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FBI Responds To ACLU GPS Tracking Complaint 146

Nerdolicious writes "Ars Technica reports that the ACLU has received a response from the FBI after a formal legal complaint was filed to release documents related to warrantless GPS tracking data. But, as you can see from the two memos the ACLU posted to its website, they have unsurprisingly been redacted to uselessness, consisting almost entirely of large black blocks covering full pages."
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FBI Responds To ACLU GPS Tracking Complaint

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  • Re:This is wrong. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 17, 2013 @09:20AM (#42615571)

    Inform your congressman.

    Become your congressman.

  • Government believers (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MetalliQaZ ( 539913 ) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @09:24AM (#42615597)

    People who live and work in the system are usually believers. They will always believe that they are trying to do the right thing, that they are helping not hurting. Every time governments start doing evil things and people finally get prosecuted, they always seem to have convinced themselves that they were somehow acting in then best interests of the people.

    But, in this case, I just can't seem to figure out what the person who redacted those pages was thinking. Did they actually believe that it was too dangerous to communicate the FBI's policy to the very people they are supposed to be protecting? I just can't figure out what mental twisting they could have used to justify keeping this secret. I can only conclude that they don't actually believe they are acting in the best interests of the people, but in their own interests. Do they really have so much contempt for us?

    This is a very good time to point out how much organizations like the ACLU and EFF are needed. Donate if you can, it's tax deductible!

  • by silentcoder ( 1241496 ) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @09:44AM (#42615723)

    I'm going to guess its something like: "If we reveal our policies, then criminals will know our policies and figure out ways around them or loopholes to avoid them".

    Complete bullshit, but the kind of thinking that people in the system readily embrace.

  • by ElectricTurtle ( 1171201 ) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @09:46AM (#42615737)
    I know right? More FoIA requests were denied in the last four years than the 8 years before that. How much will the American people take before they rid themselves of BusHitler and his evil?
  • by realsilly ( 186931 ) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @10:08AM (#42615913)

    ... when one is marked as UNCLASSIFIED - sensitive, and the other is not marked with a classification at all (that I saw)? If it's not marked with a classification level the I believe that it is automatically unclassified and deemed suitable for public.

    Here is an interesting paper on understanding government classification of information.
    http://www.fas.org/sgp/eprint/bagley.html [fas.org]

  • by dkleinsc ( 563838 ) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @11:10AM (#42616443) Homepage

    1. When a non-corrupt political party comes into existence with a chance of winning.
    2. When those who commit serious crimes in official capacities are charged, prosecuted, and jailed for them.
    3. When those who fund the politicians are charged, prosecuted, and jailed for their serious crimes.

    I have hopes, but I have to get back to improving porcine aerodynamics first.

  • Re:This is wrong. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mrops ( 927562 ) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @01:10PM (#42617825)

    and then do a about turn once you have become one.

    Unfortunately by then, you have forgotten your original agenda and become complacent with bribes.. um ah.. I mean lobby donations.

I was playing poker the other night... with Tarot cards. I got a full house and 4 people died. -- Steven Wright