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Tag: U.S Marshals Service

Justice Department Quietly Collecting Data from Cell Phone Users on Mass Scale

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has been collecting data from cell phone users on a mass scale for the past seven years by using electronic devices to mimic cellular towers, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The U.S. Marshals Service reportedly flew Cessna planes with technology capable of simulating cell phone towers.

The planes have flown out of at least five metropolitan airports but have a “flying range covering most of the U.S. population.”

By collecting data this way, the Justice Department doesn’t have to get records from cell phone companies.

Pennsylvania Survivalist Finally Captured After 7-Week Manhunt

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Matthew Eric Frein, 31

A Pennsylvania survivalist managed to elude capture during a massive manhunt since he was accused on Sept. 12 of killing a state trooper in an ambush.

That was until Thursday,

when he was captured in the Pocono Mountains, Reuters reports.

The ambush killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31.

Frein was captured about 45 miles south of the ambush.

“Eric Frein had a mission and that was to attack law enforcement,” Frank Noonan, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, told a news conference. “If he got out of those woods, we were very concerned he would then kill more law enforcement, if not civilians.”

Authorities hope to learn how Frein managed to stay undetected for seven weeks.

He was finally tracked down after U.S. Marshals service officers found him at an abandoned aircraft hangar at a vacant resort in Tannersville, Pennsylvania.

He was arrested without incident.