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March16

A Police Gadget Tracks Phones? Shhh! It’s Secret


From the article:

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.

And:

“So, just to be clear,” Joe Simitian, a county supervisor, said, “we are being asked to spend $500,000 of taxpayers’ money and $42,000 a year thereafter for a product for the name brand which we are not sure of, a product we have not seen, a demonstration we don’t have, and we have a nondisclosure requirement as a precondition. You want us to vote and spend money,” he continued, but “you can’t tell us more about it.”

Also:

The nondisclosure agreements for the cell site simulators are overseen by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and typically involve the Harris Corporation, a multibillion-dollar defense contractor and a maker of the technology.

I guess my only thought is this…since when has all this technology been a secret? Never!

Maybe part of the war (on your mind) is that you know someone is always listening to you all the time and under every circumstance.

As for me, I don’t care. Knock yourselves out.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/16/business/a-police-gadget-tracks-phones-shhh-its-secret.html?_r=0

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Posted March 16, 2015 by Sue Says in category In the News

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