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ACLU-Obtained Documents Reveal Breadth of Secretive Stingray Use


ACLU-Obtained Documents Reveal Breadth of Secretive Stingray Use

Seth Freed Wessler

The ACLU has now released records today obtained from law enforcement agencies across Florida about their acquisition and use of sophisticated cell phone location tracking devices known as “Stingrays.” These records provide the most detailed account to date of how law enforcement agencies across a single state are relying on the technology. (The full records are available here.)


This kind of mealy mouthed statement drives me nuts. And I’m already nuts.

“As we’ve seen elsewhere in the country,
our justice system can’t properly function when judges and defense
attorneys are kept in the dark about covert electronic surveillance by

That statement implies that the justice system could “function properly” if judges and defense attorneys simply knew of covert and unconstitutional surveillance by police.

How about this rewrite…

There is no possibility of justice in a system where police and judges are violating Fourth Amendment Constitutional rights of citizens accused of crimes.

Apparently that direct fight has been lost, and now just simply given up.