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Archive for October 25th, 2013

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Newark Star-Ledger: FBI Surveillance’s Lasting Impact Reminiscent of NYPD’s Snooping in Newark

Editorial Board
Newark Star-Ledger 

In its hunt for terrorists, the New York Police Department hid moles in Newark mosques and sent agents into Paterson bodegas. The spying stayed secret until boxes of documents were leaked to the Associated Press.

Here’s what was exposed: The NYPD’s surveillance of New Jersey Muslims never turned up a useful lead. But it bred mistrust in those neighborhoods — of police, the government and each other. The damager will outlast the cops’ cloak-and-dagger failure.

The American Civil Liberties Union has evidence of a nearly identical FBI program to
track and map racial, ethnic and religious groups across the country — under a 2003 law that protects the agency’s profiling. In 2011, ACLU lawyers sued for details about who, where and how the feds are watching these communities. This week, a federal appeals court ruled the FBI can keep its spy mission secret.

No one doubts the value of national security. But dangerous, discriminatory policies — particularly those directed at Muslim Americans since 9/11 — undermine trust between law enforcement and those communities. In the end, we’re all less safe.

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Suspects in Benghazi Attacks Not on State Department’s ‘Rewards for Justice’

 

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Former NSA Chief Finds Himself Spied On During a Train Ride with Reporters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former NSA chief who oversaw the controversial warrantless surveillance found out what it’s like to be spied on Thursday.

While on an Amtrack train, a passenger overheard Michael Hayden complaining about the current administration to reporters in an off-the-record conversation, USA Today reports.

The passenger also happened to be MoveOn activist Tom Matzzie, who tweeted about Hayden’s conversation. “Former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden on Acela behind me blabbing ‘on background as a former senior admin official’ Sounds defensive,” Matzzie (@tommatzzie) wrote initially.

Hayden is a four-star general who headed the CIA and NSA under President George W. Bush, USA Today wrote.

FBI, Police Take Novel Approach to Find Man Pointing Laser Beams at Descending Airplanes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When someone began pointing a high-powered laser beam at airplanes descending into Portland International Airport, police and FBI agents were determined to capture the perpetrator.

The Oregonian reports that agents and police flew planes over the area after dark until they could determine where the big green light was coming from.

After pinpointing an apartment building in Portland’s northeast side, authorities secretly installed surveillance until they could determine who was using the laser, which can be blinding to pilots.

The suspect, Stephen Bukucs, was arrested.