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  • Mar 27, 2014 @ 08:45am

    Police and Your Cell Phone

    Early in the AM last year a tow truck "hooked-up" my F-350 (paid for and worth $45K) and towed it out of my driveway which is right outside my daughter's window. She alerted me, called 911 and [luckily] the perp with my truck were stopped about 1 mile from my house. The tow truck was clearly marked with a large and prominent tow company name and the driver was an employee obviously on a moonlight sortie for himself. The arresting officers took his cell phone, called with last number on the phone and then able to break-up a serious auto/truck theft operation. The perps went to jail and the State was able to prevail WITHOUT a great deal of time and taxpayer's money PLUS many other potential victims were saved the pain and financial discomfort associated with these kinds of loses. In this case, the cell phone was no different than a weapon when used in connection with a crime. In my state, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony = mandatory jail time. True, cells phones are not weapons per se BUT can effectively act as one, for instance in remotely setting off IEDs . . . granted, a stretch; however, as long as other non-pertinent (to the particular crime) information is not seized and then used against the perp, I see seizing the cell phone as vital in crime scene investigation and the chain of evidence. The operating phrase here is "pertinent to the crime".

  • Dec 19, 2013 @ 05:35am

    Intelligence Task Force, etc.

    From Putin's press conference re Snowden: "The former KGB agent said people should remember that espionage was necessary for security reasons: "However much our American friends are criticised, I think their work was mainly directed at fighting terrorism. Of course, this has its negative aspects and on a political level the appetites of the special services need to be controlled. But overall, you have to understand that it is necessary."

  • Jul 11, 2013 @ 04:51am

    Re: Re: I think Mr Snowden found a new home

    Unless you have someone "special" meets you - then you are whisked through with no more than a wave of the hand.

  • Jul 09, 2013 @ 07:54am

    The NSA and Brazil

    We got over the U-2 (Gary Powers) shoot-down when things were "hot" between the US and Soviet Union. Brazilian politicians are squat compared to when, at the The Paris Summit between President Eisenhower and Nikita Krushchev, negotiations collapsed in large part because Krushchev demanded an apology that Eisenhower was unwilling to give. Looks like Brazilian politicos are trying to use the Snowden "revelations" to divert constituent concern over the down-turning economy - sooo typical!

  • Jul 02, 2013 @ 12:33pm

    Re: Re: duh

    If the polls are correct, %50 don't care one way or another - is that an indicator of "trust" ? The other 50% ? Where is the kernel of understanding the depth of the issue or is "gut" prevailing over pragmatic reason? The outcome will be interesting - particularly after the politicians get finished with it.

  • Jul 02, 2013 @ 08:42am

    Yo - Listen Up Y'All -"Enemy of the State" is a 1998 American action-thriller about a group of rogue NSA agents who kill a US Congressman and try to cover up the murder. It was written by David Marconi, directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Not much of a "stretch" was it?
    - Hondo1, 02July2013

  • Jun 20, 2013 @ 07:39am

    Big Deal! This is old hat stuff for the Germans - they did a great job with Communications Intel during WWII until the Brits and the US figured out their Enigma machine. One has to assume that any country is into the snooping biz - some do it better than others.

  • Apr 16, 2013 @ 10:34am

    nasch Re: FOIA - Dates

    My first letter to Department of the Treasury (US Customs Service) was acknowledged on 10 March 1997. FOIA was filed on 01 March 2000. Customs responded on 14 and 20 June 2000 indicating 14 pages of information (heavily redacted). On 06 July 2000 I requested "to expunge or amend" which was denied on 14 August 2000. I appealed on 08 September 2000 - denied.
    09 March 2001 to FOI Unit at DEA - their response was "no information, etc. on record."
    10 October 2001 to Bob Graham, Chairman Select Committee on Intelligence with CC to Porter J. Gross, Chair House Committee on Intelligence - no response from either (and I live in Florida).
    09 October to Robert C. Bonner, Commissioner, Dept. of Treas., Us Customs - no response
    Plus a few others which I don't have at hand.

  • Apr 16, 2013 @ 04:32am


    During my 30 year sales career, I did lots of international travel. Many of these countries were "controversial" because of known narcotics, money laundering and other. After at about year 20, I started to be stopped for "interrogation" upon re-entry to the US with high frequency. During a chance chat with an off duty US Customs agent, he suggested I (a) write a letter of complaint and (b)file an FOIA letter. I did all these things and what followed was INCREDIBLE. The heavily redacted reply that I received allowed enough of a analysis to conclude that US Customs had me down [suspected], with really crazy "evidence", as "having smuggled large quantities of Narcotics into the US secreted in shipments of wood [to Charlotte]from a country in South America PLUS having made large deposits of money into banks in Colombia, SA.
    I filed to have the record expunged (denied) - I also requested - in three different letters - a meeting with the Customs, either locally, regionally or in Washington - do discuss. I asked them why they didn't "prosecute" if they had so much valid information, etc. Well, I am retired now and wouldn't get on an airplane to travel internationally for anything - particularly with the current group of clowns "in charge". Irony is, (A) was Top Secret Cat 3 Crypto in the military, (B) have passed many fingerprint and background checks (Concealed weapons permit plus the FBI's InfraGard organization) and not a peep! Oh, one funny things, I made separate FOIA's to both the FBI and DEA - both came back "clean". Question, if I had been such a bad-ass, don't you think that there would have been some information sharing between agencies - particularly between DEA - Customs? Not a chance. I even wrote letters to McCain, Graham and others - no response. This was/is more comic [tragic] than the Keystone Kops!

  • Aug 04, 2012 @ 05:30pm

    It's not the money, dude!

    Anyone who tries to absolute $$$ to not only the reality of the threat but the damage already done (which has been clearly documented),is a fool. To throw cyber into the political arena for a contender's benefit is an insult to concerned Americans. Carry on, fools, with your insane use of unsecured WI-FI and hooking up things never meant to be so on the Internet. The next "whoosh" you [might] hear will be that of our infra structure being sucked out by the hep cyber criminals.