CIA Helped the Justice Dept. Build Spy Planes to Snoop on Phones

There are rules barring the CIA from getting involved in matters of domestic surveillance. But here's some news: The CIA played a key role in developing a sketchy domestic dragnet phone snooping technology used by the Justice Department, according to a Wall Street Journal report. » 3/10/15 5:49pm 3/10/15 5:49pm

NYPD Denies This Bootleg Mister Softee Truck Is Surveillance Vehicle

Does the NYPD have an undercover ice cream truck to go with its secret spy taxi cab? The Mister Softee-lookalike above was spotted double-parked in front of the department's 114th precinct in Astoria, Queens, with an NYPD baseball cap on its dashboard and all of its Softee branding conspicuously removed. » 1/23/15 3:49pm 1/23/15 3:49pm

WSJ: A Secret U.S. Spy Program Is Using Planes to Target Cell Phones

A secret U.S. spy program used fake cell phone towers attached to airplanes to scan citizens' cell phones and collect their data, the Wall Street Journal reports. » 11/13/14 6:29pm 11/13/14 6:29pm

​Over 2 Million License Plates Were Scanned At The Mall Of America

A dozen cameras have been placed around our great monument to consumerism, the Mall of America, and over the last 3 months, they've managed to scan 2,275,357 license plates. Big Brother knows that you've got a serious Hotdog On A Stick problem. » 10/30/14 6:05pm 10/30/14 6:05pm

This Giant Sensor Packed Balloon Is About To Watch Over The Capitol

It may look like a pregnant blimp, but it packs one hell of a radar system. The Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor (JLENS) is an aerostat that can haul powerful radars and communications systems up to its perch at 10,000 feet, for weeks at a time. Which is exactly what it is about to do… » 9/17/14 3:16pm 9/17/14 3:16pm

How One New Drone Tech Finally Allows All-Seeing Surveillance

via FoxtrotAlpha: The omnipresent, watching aircraft of dystopian science fiction have quietly become science fact. Meet Wide Area Aerial Surveillance, the all-seeing eye in the sky that will change our lives forever. » 8/18/14 12:55pm 8/18/14 12:55pm

Anti-Spying Groups Flew A Blimp Over A NSA Data Center Today

Greenpeace, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) flew a 135-foot airship over the NSA data center in Bluffdale, Utah on Friday morning, carrying a giant banner which read, "Illegal Spying Below." » 6/27/14 6:16pm 6/27/14 6:16pm

This Is the NYPD's Secret Spy Cab

In Enemies Within, the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman on the NYPD's indiscriminate and probably illegal spying program, reference is briefly made to a "real yellow cab, complete with an authentic taxi medallion registered under a fake name" used by the… » 8/27/13 9:45am 8/27/13 9:45am

New Apps Let You Track Your Own Driving, If That's What You Want

When you trying to take care of you, you might use an app like Runkeeper, which can track your own exercise and consumption levels. What if you wanted that on your car, though? » 8/03/13 2:34pm 8/03/13 2:34pm

Police Are Engaged In ‘Mass Tracking' With License Plate Readers

In the past few months Americans have become familiar with the myriad ways the government tracks our e-mails, phone calls and social media usage. According to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union, you can almost certainly add your car's license plate to that list. » 7/17/13 12:39pm 7/17/13 12:39pm

Cops Are Building Massive Databases With License Plate Readers

The next time you see your friendly neighborhood police officer, state trooper or sheriff's deputy out on patrol in your neighborhood, note that they may not just be on the lookout for crime: they could also be gathering data from your license plate. » 6/29/13 10:00am 6/29/13 10:00am

NSA surveillance scandal: Major legal site shuts down over spying

A legal website used by attorneys to privately discuss case law is shutting down after 10 years because the owner no longer feels the site's users are protected from government spying. After federal threats led to the closure of several secure email providers, the publisher of Groklaw closed her own operation last… » 6/23/13 4:03pm 6/23/13 4:03pm

Confirmed: The FBI is Spying on the US with Drones

Get skeeved out by the NSA taking a peek at all your data? Well it gets even better: the FBI has confirmed it's spying on the United States with drones. » 6/19/13 12:56pm 6/19/13 12:56pm

Why You Could Soon See A Lot More Drones In American Skies

Drones aren't just for the military anymore. Department of Homeland Security grants gave hundreds of law enforcement and fire agencies across the country access to them. But DHS may have jumped the gun, as the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't yet okayed populating America's already busy skies with unmanned… » 5/10/12 12:00pm 5/10/12 12:00pm

Watch TSA agents flee seconds before tornado hits St. Louis airport

We now have a better view of the St. Louis Good Friday Tornado that struck Lambert Field over the weekend. This surveillance video shows just how abruptly the tornado descended on the airport. » 4/25/11 10:00am 4/25/11 10:00am

British Police Expand License Plate Surveillance, Will Store All Trips…

The surveillance state of Britain is becoming more and more unbelievable as The Guardian » 9/15/08 2:30pm 9/15/08 2:30pm is reporting a number-plate recognition system will now be tied to a massive database allowing the movements of all vehicles to be tracked and stored for up to five years.The system works by using government and privately-owned…