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Local Police Receive Cell Phone-Monitoring Surveillance Made for Federal Government

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The militarization of local law enforcement has become a hot button topic since police in Ferguson employed their weapons during the recent protests, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. What’s not getting as much attention is surveillance equipment that some police forces are getting from federal law enforcement.

In Tacoma, Wash., police were using surveillance known as Stringray that is capable of collecting records on every cell call, text message or data transfer up to a half-mile from the device. It was manufactured by a Pentagon contractor.

More than 40 local law enforcement agencies have similar surveillance.

Privacy groups have warned of the potential for abuse.

“It’s like kicking down the doors of 50 homes and searching 50 homes because they don’t know where the bad guy is,” Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the ACLU, told the News Tribune.

 

Authorities to Add Ted Bundy’s DNA to FBI Database

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Florida authorities are working to add serial killer Ted Bundy’s DNA profile to the FBI’s national database by mid-August, a move that could help detectives in Tacoma, Wash., determine if Bundy was responsible for the abduction of 8-year-old girl Ann Marie Burr in 1961, The News Tribune reported

The paper reported that Tacoma detectives hope to compare the DNA to evidence that was never analyzed. Authorities say it could also help solve other murders.

“From a historical standpoint, there is this belief that Ted Bundy could be responsible,” said detective Gene Miller, who leads the Tacoma Police Department’s cold case unit, told the Tacoma paper.

The paper reported that it took years for authorities to come up with a complete DNA profile of Bundy.

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