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U.S. Marshals Seize Fla. Surveillance Records ACLU Requested

June 05, 2014  | 

A routine request in Florida for public records regarding the use of a surveillance tool known as stingray took an extraordinary turn recently when federal authorities seized the documents before police could release them, reports Wired.

The surprise move by the U.S. Marshals Service stunned the American Civil Liberties Union, which earlier this year filed the public records request with the Sarasota, Fla., Police Department for information detailing its use of the controversial surveillance tool.

The ACLU had an appointment last Tuesday to review documents pertaining to a case investigated by a Sarasota police detective. But marshals swooped in at the last minute to grab the records, claiming they belong to the U.S. Marshals Service and barring the police from releasing them.

ACLU staff attorney Nathan Freed Wessler called the move "truly extraordinary and beyond the worst transparency violations" the group has seen regarding documents detailing police use of the technology.

Comments (7)

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KevCopAz @ 6/5/2014 5:00 PM

Oh Im sure the "most transparent administration" (President Obama) will fix this. Oh perhaps Im a bit wrong since Obama's justice department sure has not been "transparent" during the IRS scandal, Fast & Furious scandal, Benghazi Scandal, the VA scandal, voter fraud issues, Holder lying to congress…. NEED I LIST MORE???

John Carp @ 6/5/2014 5:01 PM

First of all, The ACLU (All Convicts Love Us) does NOT make "routine" requests. So,.....If the United States Marshal's Service acquired records, it was in the interest of National Security.
Whooo-Yah USMS!

Ima Leprechaun @ 6/6/2014 12:43 AM

The US Marshal's are protecting President George W Bush from prosecution for unconstitutional and illegal spying on US citizens. The release of this case would reveal all the illegal Bush era spying programs which is why the cover up. This is a "Big Brother" case of illegal data capture and recording of cell phone conversations from live cell phone traffic. No National Security is at stake this is just the existence of an illegal program being protected.

Richard Hightower @ 6/9/2014 5:16 AM

Ima Leprechaun -- please leave the "Bush Bashing" at the door. This Administration would like nothing better than to allow what you describe to President Bush just prior to the upcoming election cycle and to divert attention aways from the many, many... many scandles and foibles of the current Adminstration.

However, I do see the Marshal's service doing this to protect the Federal Government. As Joe Q Public would probably be agaist at just how much Orwellian our Imperical betters have become in the last couple of decades.

Ima Leprechaun @ 6/10/2014 5:11 PM

FISC authorization under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Bush administration maintained that the authorized intercepts were not domestic but rather foreign intelligence integral to the conduct of war and that the warrant requirements of FISA were implicitly superseded by the subsequent passage of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists FISA makes it illegal to intentionally engage in electronic surveillance under appearance of an official act or to disclose or use information obtained by electronic surveillance under appearance of an official act knowing that it was not authorized by statute; this is punishable with a fine of up to $10,000 or up to five years in prison, or both.[9] In addition, the Wiretap Act prohibits any person from illegally intercepting, disclosing, using or divulging phone calls or electronic communications; this is punishable with a fine or up to five years in prison, or both.
A January 16, 2004 statement by Mr. Klein of AT&T includes additional technical details regarding the secret 2003 construction of an NSA-operated monitoring facility in Room 641A of 611 Folsom Street in San Francisco, the site of a large SBC phone building, three floors of which are occupied by AT&T. According to Klein's affidavit, the NSA-equipped room uses equipment built by Narus Corporation to intercept and analyze communications traffic, as well as perform data-mining functions. All illegally stolen data by George W Bush and Dick Cheney.

Ima Leprechaun @ 6/10/2014 5:18 PM

National Security Agency surveillance


Main Core

Since 2001


Since 2007

Boundless Informant
Surveillance Detection Unit

GCHQ collaboration

All programs were authorized by President Bush to spy on US citizens not involved or suspected to be involved in anything illegal. This spy network involved every internet company, cell phone company and telephone company in the USA all data was illegally obtained by order of President George W Bush (FACT). the program was in an effort to attempt to silence critics of the Bush Administration and its handling of several controversial issues during its tenure.

Ima Leprechaun @ 6/10/2014 5:21 PM

Thankfully big brother already knows all about you and he really doesn't care if you know.

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