Albuquerque Police: Spy Tech Too Secret To Confirm We Have It

The Albuquerque Police Department has been under federal investigation for years, and court-appointed monitoring, for excessive force and police killings.

International Mobile Subscriber Identity catchers — also known as cell-site catchers or Stingrays — simulate cell phone towers, pulling in all cellphone use within a certain distance.

ALBUQUERQUE  — The ACLU sued Albuquerque for information on how its police use Stingray cellphone spying technology, and whether they use it for immigration enforcement, but Albuquerque claims all such records are confidential — including whether they use Stingrays at all. International Mobile Subscriber Identity catchers — also known as

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Government Agencies Using Stingray To Hunt Down Undocumented Immigrants

New reporting reveals that FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents employed a controversial surveillance technology known as Stingrays to hunt down undocumented immigrants.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers escort an arrestee in an apartment building, in the Bronx borough of New York, during a series of early-morning raids. (AP/Richard Drew, File)

As the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans continue to push for a harsher immigration crackdown, new reporting reveals that FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents employed a controversial surveillance technology known as Stingrays to hunt down undocumented immigrants. According to Electronic Frontier Foundation's

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In Landmark Decision, Court Refuses To Consider Secret Police ‘Stingray’ Evidence

A federal judge, for the first time, has thrown out evidence obtained without a warrant through the use of the controversial “Stingray” cellphone surveillance system, stating that it violated the rights of the defendant.

An inforgrapic demonstrating how a Stingray device works via a USA Today investigation

In a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday, US District Judge William Pauley made the unprecedented decision to refuse Stingray evidence presented by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), determining the use of the device to be an unreasonable search. The device is designed to mimic a cellphone tower, tricking the phone belonging to suspect Raymond

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FBI Continues To Operate Spy-planes Without Warrants Despite Federal Rule Change

FBI Director Comey has brazenly admitted to Congress that his Bureau is actively subverting the Fourth Amendment as well as the Department of Justice when fielding these powerful surveillance tools.

This FBI surveillance plane flew over the Twin Cities several times. Surveillance equipment and its power cord can be seen on the fuselage. Photo: John Zimmerman/Star Tribune

Updated on October 29th following revelations on surveillance technology capabilities. Follow Sam on Twitter. In a press release from September 3, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced new "department-wide" rules for the operation of cell-site simulators such as the infamous Stingray device. These devices are commonplace during FBI

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Justice Department’s New Stingray Surveillance Policy Has Major Loophole

Essentially, the Justice Department seeks to establish a “We Won’t Get a Warrant If We Don’t Feel Like It” loophole in government policy.

Police using 'Public Eye' surveillance software.

Published in partnership with Shadowproof. On September 3, the Justice Department announced a new policy which will require the FBI, Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to get a warrant when using Stingray surveillance in domestic crime investigations. But the new policy

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