Sign "O" the Times

Your local police want all the eavesdropping and tracking power enjoyed by the NSA, and they seem likely to get it, too:

A powerful new surveillance tool being adopted by police departments across the country comes with an unusual requirement: To buy it, law enforcement officials must sign a nondisclosure agreement preventing them from saying almost anything about the technology.

Any disclosure about the technology, which tracks cellphones and is often called StingRay, could allow criminals and terrorists to circumvent it, the F.B.I. has said in an affidavit. But the tool is adopted in such secrecy that communities are not always sure what they are buying or whether the technology could raise serious privacy concerns.

The confidentiality has elevated the stakes in a longstanding debate about the public disclosure of government practices versus law enforcement’s desire to keep its methods confidential.


A domestic spying spying program which can’t even be discussed is antithetical to the notions of liberty and freedom.

The only way to end this Orwellian bullshit is to start scrapping laws and slashing budgets.


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