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FBI’s Facial Recognition System Catches Criticism from Civil Liberties Advocates

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s plan to soon launch its facial recognition system has worried civil liberties advocates because the bureau won’t say whether it has any limits on its use.

The Huffington Post reports that the FBI plans to soon use 52 million photos in its biometric database, but where those photos came from and the accuracy of the facial recognition searches are unknown.

“There should be congressional oversight of this, and there should be rules,” said Jennifer Lynch, an Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney.
For example, Lynch asked, “How do you get your picture out of the database once it’s in there? And how do you even find out that it’s in there?”

The database, called the Next Generation Identification, is going to be shared with state and local agencies to help in investigations, the FBI said earlier.

The FBI said the database is a critical tool to preventing terrorism.

FBI Director James Comey Added to Revised NSA Surveillance Lawsuit

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A lawsuit alleging that the National Security Agency violated the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens now includes claims against new FBI Director James Comey, Bloomberg reports.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed the original lawsuit in July, alleges the NSA, with the help of the Justice Department and FBI, surreptitiously collected information about “all telephone calls transiting the networks of all major telecommunication companies.”

Comey was added to the suit as a defendant.

The DOJ declined to comment on the amended complaint.

The lawsuit, First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v. National Security Agency, was filed in federal court in San Francisco.

Commentary: Frightening Questions Raised Over Drones Patrolling Border

 

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Glenn Garvin
The Columbus Dispatch

Last month, when the Senate passed an amendment to its immigration-reform bill that included $46 billion to beef up border security, Sen. John McCain declared: “We’ll be the most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall!” He didn’t know the half of it.

Since then, documents released as part of a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation have revealed that the Department of Homeland Security has been preparing to fly armed drones along the border.

A long-term-planning document prepared by the department’s Customs and Border Patrol service, which is using Predator drones for surveillance along the border, would authorize the use of “ nonlethal weapons designed to immobilize” targets of interest.

That gets scarier when you thumb through some of the other newly released documents, which reveal that the Border Patrol plans to more than double its drone fleet over the next three years, to 24, and make them more easily available to other government agencies.

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Border Patrol Seeks Weaponizing Domestic Drones Amid Serious Questions

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol officials are hoping to soon use “non-lethal weapons designed to immobilize” people on surveillance drones, the Atlantic reports.

The discovery comes from documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

“This is the first we’ve heard of any federal agency proposing using weapons on drones flown domestically,” the EFF wrote. “The CBP has, without broader public discussion, considered this stop – combined with the fact that he agency is planning to sharply increase the number of drones it flies – should cause some serious concern for Americans.”

Attorney General Eric Holder has previously said that the president doesn’t have the authority to use weapons on drones to kill Americans not engaged in combat on American soil, the Atlantic wrote.

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FBI and Homeland Security Not Only Agencies That Want to Fly Drones

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and Homeland Security aren’t the only law enforcement agencies that have gotten permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones in the friendly sky.

CNET reports that new documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation from a lawsuit against the feds show that some very small police department have gotten permission from the FAA including Herington, Kan., (population 2,526) and Gadsden, Ala.

FBI Involved in About 800 Violations in National Security Investigations


By Ken Dilanian
Tribune Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — The FBI disclosed to a presidential board that it was involved in nearly 800 violations of laws, regulations or policies governing national security investigations from 2001 to 2008, but the government won’t provide details or say whether anyone was disciplined, according to a report by a privacy watchdog group.

The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation sued under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain about 2,500 documents that the FBI submitted to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board.

The board was created in 1976 to monitor U.S. intelligence gathering. Intelligence agencies are required to submit reports to the board about suspected violations of civil-rights-related laws or presidential orders.

The nonprofit foundation said it obtained documents from a variety of intelligence agencies, but most of the records were so heavily censored that they couldn’t be properly evaluated.

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