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ACLU Recommends Budget Cuts Amid Imminent Government Shutdown Threats

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

New FBI Director James Comey may have to make big cuts to the bureau’s budget because of a government shutdown and last year’s sequester.

The ACLU has some ideas about “programs that deserve to get the axe, because they’re ineffective, undermine innocent Americans’ privacy and civil liberties, or simply offend American values.

The recommendations are: Stop identifying neighborhoods by race in order to investigate them; quit collecting information on innocent Americans a part of “Domain Management;” end intrusive programs called “assessments” that target people or groups without any reason to believe they broke the law; do away with the new database, eGuardian, because it encourages racial discrimination; and end the collection of all U.S. telephone call data.

“Spying on innocent people rarely helps find guilty people,” the ACLU wrote. “We hope that by giving Director Comey a few ideas about FBI programs that can be cut to save expenses, he can turn his attention to other abusive FBI practices documented in the ACLU report. Ending practices that violate civil liberties won’t necessarily put the FBI’s budget back in the black, but it is still the right thing to do.”

Critics: FBI Violates Federal Law with Cell Phone Tracking Technology

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

New records show the FBI is using a controversial cell phone tracking technology that dupes phones into using a fake network, Slate reports. The idea is to track the movements of suspects in real time, Slate reported. But communication is not intercepted.

The technology, called “Stingray,” is controversial because it collects data from the phones of innocent bystanders and can interrupt phone service.

Critics charge that the practice violates federal communications law, Slate wrote.

“There are clearly concerns, even within the agency, that the use of Stingray technology might be inconsistent with current regulations,” says attorney Alan Butler, of the Electric Privacy Information Center. “I don’t know how the DOJ justifies the use of Stingrays given the limitations of the Communications Act prohibition.”