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FBI tells law enforcement to throw out cases rather than disclose Stingray information

(Mass Private)  Police across the country are illegally spying on innocent Americans using ‘Stingray’ surveillance technology.
At least 48 police departments in 20 states and the District of Columbia have purchased ‘Stingrays’. And as Ellen Nakashima reported in the Washington Post, the excessive secrecy surrounding their use “has begun to prompt a backlash in cities across the country.” 
The Baltimore police spied on thousands of cellphones and withheld facts from judges and prosecutors.
The Baltimore Police Department like numerous others across the country are using the cellphone tracking device known as ‘Stingray’  They’ve used it thousands of times, following instructions from the FBI to withhold information about it from prosecutors and judges, a detective revealed in court testimony Wednesday.
Detective Emmanuel Cabreja said under questioning that he did not comply with a subpoena to bring the ‘Stingray’ device to court because of a non-disclosure agreement.

“Does it instruct you to withhold evidence from the state’s attorney and the circuit court of Baltimore city, even if upon order to produce?” asked defense attorney Joshua Insley.  

“Yes,” Cabreja replied, saying he spoke with the FBI last week about the case.

His testimony shows how frequently police are using a cell site simulator technology that authorities have gone to great lengths to avoid disclosing.

In one case last fall, a city detective said a non-disclosure agreement with federal authorities prevented him from answering questions about the device. The judge threatened to hold him in contempt if he didn’t provide information, and prosecutors withdrew the evidence.

Here’s some examples of police hiding behind non-disclosure agreements to illegally spy on Americans:

The Florida police, Tacoma police and the Arizona police are hiding behind non-disclosure agreements. Numerous other cities like Chicago and Sheriff’s in California etc. are using them.

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Here’s another example of police hiding illegal surveillance of Americans. A Maryland State Policecommander told state lawmakers that “Homeland Security” prevented him from discussing the technology.

I could go on, but you get the picture. Our nation’s police are spying on EVERYONE’S phone calls, emails and they give your social media posts threat ratings!

Notice how law enforcement are marking their surveillance vehicles as ‘Office of Emergency Management’ (OEM). If you guessed it’s run by FEMA/DHS give yourself a gold star!
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It might be a totally legitimate business interest, or maybe they’re trying to keep people from realizing there are bigger privacy problems,” said Orin S. Kerr, a privacy law expert at George Washington University. “What’s the secret that they’re trying to hide?”

The non-disclosure agreement, presented in court, explicitly instructs prosecutors to drop cases if pressed on the technology, and tells them to contact the FBI if legislators or judges are asking questions.

If you’re upset with the above statement wait until you read the FBI memo.

The ACLU received an FBI memo proving DHS controls police departments and the FBI.

Below are excerpts from the memo:
“In order to ensure that such collection equipment/technology continues to be available for use by the law enforcement community, the equipment/technology and any information related to its functions, operation, and use shall be protected from potential compromise by precluding disclosure of this information to the public in any manner including but not limited to: in press releases, in court, during judicial hearings, or during other public forums or proceedings.”

“The Erie County Sheriff’s Office shall not, in any civil or criminal proceeding, use or provide any information concerning the Harris Corporation wireless collection equipment/technology… beyond the evidentiary results obtained through the use of the equipment/technology including, but not limited to, during pre-trial matters, in search warrants and related affidavits, in discovery, in response to court ordered disclosure, in other affidavits, in grand jury hearings, in the State’s case-in-chief, rebuttal, or on appeal, or in testimony in any phase of civil or criminal trial, without the prior written approval of the FBI.”

“In addition, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office will, at the request of the FBI, seek dismissal of the case in lieu of using, or providing, or allowing others to use or provide, any information concerning the Harris Corporation wireless collection equipment/technology […] if using or providing such information would potentially or actually compromise the equipment/technology.”

http://www.nyclu.org/files/20120629-renondisclsure-obligations(Harris-ECSO).pdf