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  •  When will 99% be outraged by this? (14+ / 0-)

    THEY can now track all of us.

    Looking forward to using tracking data against those who participate in OWS and environmental actions.

    And using outside contractors as well.

    What if Republicans get in power? Will they use all this data to hold onto power? They are already standing in the way of voting.

    Democrats are complicit in providing the machinery and the laws that can be used against protesters.

    Are we waving good-by to the constitution? When will the 99% realize this? As they said years ago, the revolution will not be televised.

    Check out Chris Hedges and Glenn Greenwald and Emptywheel for more on what the country has become.

    Once again, struck by how little comment to this diary.

    It may be that this issue requires more background understanding than tracking the ups and downs of the latest news events.

    •  Not to mention cell phone monitoring (12+ / 0-)

      by local law enforcement . . .

      Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show. . . . The practice has become big business for cellphone companies, too, with a handful of carriers marketing a catalog of “surveillance fees” to police departments to determine a suspect’s location, trace phone calls and texts or provide other services. Some departments log dozens of traces a month for both emergencies and routine investigations.

      My book, TRAITOR: THE WHISTLEBLOWER & THE "AMERICAN TALIBAN," is Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Human Rights Books for February 2012.

      by Jesselyn Radack on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 11:30:52 AM PDT

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      •  Slightly OT comment (6+ / 0-)

        I'm with Sprint, and to help out people who live in poor reception areas, they sell and sometimes give away for free a device called the Air Rave, which is basically a microcell radio that you keep in your home and attach to your internet router, that your cell phone connects to when it can't connect to the nearest tower.

        When I heard about it, I got to wondering how easy it would be for someone, be it an individual, crime syndicate, or law enforcement, to hack it to use to spy on people illegally. I asked this question online in a different forum and got deafening silence. I took that to mean that either hackers don't want anyone to know about this unintended potential misuse of this product, or legitimate forum members suspect that I might be trying to find out how to do this (I don't).

        I've little doubt that such devices can be hacked to spy on people without their knowledge, and that local police depts have looked into this, if not already gone ahead and started doing it. Why waste money paying cell carriers and leave an audit trail when you can DIY much cheaper? Unlike individuals or private groups, if caught they could always defend themselves with these laws.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 01:51:59 PM PDT

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      •  interesting that when asked (1+ / 0-)
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        by whoever it was that asked them, there were several, a minority, sadly, that said they didn't track people.

           Most PD's ignored, but if they answered mostly they said they did except for the few who don't.

        From those who live like leeches on the people's lives, We must take back our land again, America!...Langston Hughes

        by KenBee on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 11:30:08 PM PDT

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    •  99%? Hell, can't even get a majority here, (14+ / 0-)

      much less in the country, to care about the out-of-control militarization and spying being done within the US.  Truly embarrassing to see the same blind partisan loyalty here as the Bushies exhibited for almost eight years.

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