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FAA Eases Rules to Allow Local Police to Use Drones

losangeles.cbslocal.com | Surveillance aircraft used by the U.S. military overseas could soon be coming to the skies above Los Angeles County.

KNX 1070′s Charles Feldman reports the Federal Aviation Administration is making it easier for local law enforcement agencies to fly unmanned drones.

The FAA has streamlined the process that would allow agencies to fly smaller, unarmed versions of the drones that hunt down terrorists in places such as Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Florida Sheriff's Office Trains Garbage Truck Drivers & Landscapers To Spy On Us

Infowars.com | The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) in Florida is using a trust fund to train garbage truck drivers and landscapers to spot crime in the neighborhoods where they work.

The program is called Operation B.O.L.O., which trains people to be on the lookout for crime as they go about their daily tasks.

“When an employee reports something suspicious, on-duty BSO deputies will drive to the scene. If the information leads to an arrest, the employee gets a reward of up to $100,” reports the Sun Sentinel.

B.O.L.O. is funded by BSO’s Law Enforcement Trust Fund, which is made up of funds seized during investigations.

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Air Force Brief Says Drones Can Be Used To Spy On Americans

Infowars.com | A newly discovered Air Force intelligence brief states that should fleets of unmanned drones accidentally capture surveillance footage of Americans, the data can be stored and analyzed by the Pentagon for up to 90 days.

The instruction, dated April 23, admits that the Air Force cannot legally conduct “nonconsensual surveillance” on Americans, but also states that should the drones”incidentally” capture data while conducting other missions, military intelligence has the right to study it to determine whether the subjects are legitimate targets of domestic surveillance.

“Collected imagery may incidentally include US persons or private property without consent,” the instruction states.

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FBI Wants "Wire-Tap Ready" Websites

Infowars.com | The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build in backdoors for government surveillance.

In meetings with industry representatives, the White House, and U.S. senators, senior FBI officials argue the dramatic shift in communication from the telephone system to the Internet has made it far more difficult for agents to wiretap Americans suspected of illegal activities, CNET has learned.

The FBI general counsel’s office has drafted a proposed law that the bureau claims is the best solution: requiring that social-networking Web sites and providers of VoIP, instant messaging, and Web e-mail alter their code to ensure their products are wiretap-friendly.

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U.S. Military Developing Chips Embedded in Soldiers

wnd.com | The U.S. military wants to plant nanosensors in soldiers to monitor health on future battlefields and immediately respond to needs, but a privacy expert warns the step is just one more down the road to computer chips for all.

“It’s never going to happen that the government at gunpoint says, ‘You’re going to have a tracking chip,’” said Katherine Albrecht, who with Liz McIntyre authored “Spychips,” a book that warns of the threat to privacy posed by Radio Frequency Identification.

“It’s always in incremental steps. If you can put a microchip in someone that doesn’t track them … everybody looks and says, ‘Come on,’” she said. “It’ll be interesting seeing where we go.”

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Surveillance Cameras Can Read Your Text Messages

Stuff.co.nz | Surveillance cameras are now so powerful that they were able to zoom in on individual spectators at the Rugby World Cup and read their text messages.

Details of police monitoring used for the first time during the tournament were discussed at a privacy forum in Wellington yesterday, at which it was revealed that the average person is digitally recorded about a dozen times a day – and even more if they use email and social media frequently.

Superintendent Grant O'Fee told the forum how one incident at the Rugby World Cup "tweaked in my head" a concern about possible privacy breaches.

Camera operators who were scanning the crowd for unruly behaviour or suspicious packages chose to zoom in on a person who was texting.

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Obama Administration Seeks Greater Access To Cellphone Records

What follows is Just another example of the ever increasing reach of the federal government into our lives and our right to privacy.  The pattern is now more than obvious and clear.  Is anyone on the left surprised that this is coming from the teacher of constitutional law?  At what point do you wake-up and acknowledge what an utter scam their whole campaign was on this country?

Reuters.com | The U.S. Congress should pass a law to give investigators freer access to certain cellphone records, an Obama administration official said on Thursday, in remarks that raised concern among advocates of civil liberties and privacy.

Jason Weinstein, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's criminal division, argued that requirements for warrants at early stages of investigations would "cripple" prosecutors and law enforcement.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this year that a warrant was needed to put a GPS satellite tracking device on a suspect's vehicle, prompting questions about other instances where probable-cause warrants should be needed to obtain information in the rapidly changing world of mobile devices.

Federal courts around the country are split on whether to require warrants for records of phone usage collected at towers that transmit cellphone signals, Weinstein told a conference.

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Is NSA's New Spy Center Watching You?

Foxnews.com | The National Security Agency is building a massive data collection warehouse in the midewest -- and an ex-CIA covert operations agent is casting a wary eye at the agency's motives.

Mike Baker, a former cover field operations officer for the CIA and now the president of the global intelligence and security firm Dilligence LLC, believes the paranoia surrounding the NSA’s new spy center under construction in Utah is understandable yet overblown.

“The fact that they’re building a new data center isn’t news,” Baker explained in an interview with Fox News. “They’ve got several other [similar] facilities. The size of this is what is creating the stir.”

Once finished, the NSA’s million square foot data center will be the size of 17 football fields, five times the size of the U.S. Capitol Building and 18 times bigger than the White House.

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Drones Gaining Popularity With Hobbyists & Government Agencies

Sharp-eyed dog walkers along the San Francisco Bay waterfront may have spotted a strange-looking plane zipping overhead recently that looked strikingly like the U.S. stealth drone captured by Iran in December.

A few key differences: The flying wing seen over Berkeley is a fraction of the size of the CIA's waylaid aircraft. And it's made of plastic foam. But in some ways it's just like a real spy plane.

The 4 1/2-foot-wide aircraft, built by software engineers Mark Harrison and Andreas Oesterer in their spare time, can fly itself to specified GPS coordinates and altitudes without any help from a pilot on the ground. A tiny video camera mounted on the front can send a live video feed to a set of goggles for the drone's view of the world below.

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