Saturday, June 6, 2015

Homeland Security?:FBI'sI,NYPD's,'s, Robocop-ter:Spying Up,Deaths Up

Homeland Security?:FBI'sI,NYPD's,'s, Robocop-ter Spying Up,Deaths Up

Story image for new york homicides from TIME

Homicides Rise in Chicago, Baltimore, New York

Huffington Post-Jun 1, 2015
The homicide rate continues to rise in Chicago, New York, and Baltimore. Is the increase related to the hot weather or are the police running out ...

Baltimore reaches grim milestone: more than 100 shootings, 40 ...
Highly Cited-Baltimore Sun (blog)-May 31, 2015

  1. Story image for boston fbi from Boston Globe (subscription)

    FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities

    Boston Globe (subscription)-Jun 3, 2015
    The AP traced at least 50 aircraft back to the FBI, and identified more than 100 ... These included parts of Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, ...

  1. Story image for fbi surveillance from Wired

    What an NYPD Spy Copter Reveals About the FBI's Spy Planes

    Wired-Jun 5, 2015
    WIRED published a story about surveillance aircraft spotted flying in .... The FBI told the AP that its surveillance planes use stingrays but only in ...
Story image for new york fbi from New York Post

FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities

New York Post-Jun 2, 2015
WASHINGTON — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of ... policies protecting civil liberties as new technologies pose intrusive ...
Who's behind mysterious flights over US cities? FBI
In-Depth-Christian Science Monitor-Jun 2, 2015

But the NYPD’s surveillance helicopter had in fact already been involved in at least one privacy controversy at the time Diazo made his remark. On the night of August 27, 2004, an officer aboard the helicopter was monitoring several thousand bicyclists conducting a street protest prior to the Republican National Convention when he directed the copter’s camera to a nearby balcony. For nearly four minutes he lingered on a music executive and his girlfriend having sex on the terrace of the executive’s Second Avenue penthouse. Jeffrey Rosner, the executive, later said he had no idea the helicopter was watching him, let alone filming him. It was dark outside and Rosner and his girlfriend were shielded by a wall of shrubs. But the camera’s thermal imaging system saw right through those obstacles and caught them in their intimate embrace.
“When you watch the tape, it makes you feel kind of ill,” Rosner later told the New York Times.
The surveillance only came to light after one of the bicyclists on the ground was arrested and demanded to see footage from the helicopter’s camera. A police spokesman told the Times that police sometimes videotaped rooftop activity if they thought someone might be in a position to throw objects at officers below. “In this instance, the officer was instructed afterward to terminate taping once it was determined a threat did not exist,” he said.
Other cases of abuse might exist, but the NYPD has fought efforts by the ACLU and others to obtain information about its spy aircraft, so it’s hard to know for sure.............

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