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Local Police Increasingly Rely On Secret Surveillance 146

Posted by Soulskill
from the show-of-hands,-who's-surprised? dept.
v3rgEz writes: 'The Wall Street Journal reports on how local law enforcement is increasingly requesting (and receiving) sealed wiretap requests and surveillance that doesn't require a warrant for cellular data, a move that is making some courts uneasy — but not uneasy enough to stop the practice. "Across the U.S., thousands of similar law-enforcement requests for electronic monitoring are likewise locked away from public view, even after the investigations that spawned them have ended. In most cases, they stay sealed indefinitely—unlike nearly all other aspects of American judicial proceedings. Courts long have presumed that search warrants, for example, eventually should be made public." One group has set up a crowdfunding campaign to research how far the practice has spread, hoping to raise money to file and follow up on public records requests across the country for policies, invoices, and other "surveillance metadata."'
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Local Police Increasingly Rely On Secret Surveillance

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  • A little story... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by SternisheFan (2529412) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @04:03PM (#47159711)
    About a month ago, while driving a medical taxi, I was sent to an address. No one responded except a very lethargic acting woman, so I left. About a mile or so away an unmarked police car pulls me over and two plainclothes officers walk up on either side. I ask, "What'd I do?", the cop hesitates, then says, "Erratic driving". At this I frown at the officer, show him my license, then he asks me what I was doing at that house, reciting the exact address. I look at him and say, "It's a drug house, right?", he realizes I'm driving a medical taxi and then I'm free to go.

    The point is my they knew exactly where I stopped at, and located me quite easily to pull me over (my 3g was off at the time). These are the times we live in nowadays...k

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