STINGRAY: US POLICE HAVE USED FAKE MOBILE BASE STATIONS TO SPY ON CITIZENS

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US government has concealed police use of fake mobile base stations which can spy on citizens without requiring search warrants since at least 2009

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By Mary-Ann Russon
July 28, 2014 14:09 BST

StingRay – a device that is allegedly being used by Californian police to monitor citizens’ mobile communicationsUS Patent and Trademark Office
A civil liberties group has discovered emails showing that the US government has concealed police use of fake mobile base stations which can spy on citizens without requiring search warrants since at least 2009.

Emails obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show that federal law enforcement officials insisted police in Sacramento, Florida conceal their use of the devices, known as “StingRay”, in order to prevent criminals from learning how to get around them.

Sgt. Ken Castro of the Sarasota Police Department sent emails to members of the North Port Police Department in April 2009, informing them that the US Marshals Service requested that police not disclose StingRay in court depositions, but instead refer to it as “information from a confidential source regarding the location of the suspect”.

The North Port Police Department implemented the new rules and continues to avoid mentioning StingRay, according to the emails.

When contacted by the Wall Street Journal, the US Marshals Service refused to comment.

Illegal telecoms equipment

There is an underground market for illegal telecoms equipment, much of which comes from China. The equipment can be used to pretend to be a mobile base station, tricking all users’ phones to connect to it as they pass close to areas where the fake base station is located.

In addition to transmitting a mobile phone user’s location and identifying information, data from text messages can easily be intercepted using an SMS server, without the user’s mobile operator or the user themselves being any the wiser.

In March, Chinese authorities arrested a total of 1,530 suspects in a crackdown on spam text messages, and found that there were 3,540 cases of suspected crimes, with some of the scams run by gangs in various cities.

Around the same time, local TV station Sacramento News 10 submitted public information requests to all the major law enforcement agencies in Northern California.

StingRay in use across California

By piecing together information from a 2012 federal grant application from the San Jose police department, the TV station discovered that StingRay has been used by the San Jose Police, US Marshals Service, Oakland Police Department, Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

“We will work with the Fusion Center to partner with San Francisco and Oakland to ensure we have the ability to cover all of the Bay Area in deploying cell phone tracking technology in any region of the Bay Area at a moment’s notice,” the application said.

The San Jose Police Department said that it had consulted with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department about how it was using StingRay.

News 10 spoke to the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office and was told that no judge had approved warrants using the device. Warrant applications filed by the Sacramento Police Department also showed that the police department had never divulged that it was using the device to track suspects.

None of the police departments mentioned have admitted to using the devices, and the worry is that a wide amount of data is being collected about citizens who are not under suspicion of committing a crime.

Barack Obama has already checked out of his job

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The degree to which Barack Obama is now phoning it in – sleepwalking perfunctorily through his second term, amid golf rounds and dinner parties – is astonishing

By Matt K Lewis12:04PM BST 26 Jul 2014

President Obama has emotionally checked out of his job a couple of years early, it seems. How can one tell?
Candidates for president who brazenly assume they are the inevitable victor are sometimes accused of “measuring the drapes” for the White House.
Obama, conversely, seems to be prematurely packing his bags in hopes for an early departure.

Top priority? Barack Obama greets people in Delaware (AFP/Getty)
Just last week, for example, the Los Angeles Times reported that “The First Family is believed to be in escrow on a contemporary home in a gated community where entertainers Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby once maintained estates”.
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Once again, tough talk followed by soft action against Putin 23 Jul 2014
George Santayana observed that “Americans don’t solve problems, they leave them behind”. Perhaps the president is taking this to heart.
For rumours to catch fire, an element of truth must typically be involved.
The fact that the press would find relevance in speculating on Obama’s post-White House residence – and identify California as the kind of scene the future ex-president would want to hang out in when he leaves office – is perhaps telling.
And, indeed, this comes on the heels of multiple reports from outlets such as The New York Times and Politico, detailing how Obama has increasingly been spending his time at trendy restaurants and fancy, late-night dinner parties with celebrities and various intellectuals.
Rubbing elbows with the rich and elite is fine enough. Unfortunately, the work suffers. The degree to which he is now phoning it in – sleepwalking perfunctorily through his second term – is astonishing.
And based on his recent handling of situations much more serious than a possible post-presidential move to sunny California, it seems as if “No Drama Obama” is no longer even worried about keeping up appearances; he doesn’t care enough to fake it.
Consider this: In recent days, a) Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, apparently by Russian separatists in Ukraine, b) In the Gaza strip, the numbers killed continued to mount as Israelis and Palestinians exchange rocket fire, c) a huge influx of children fleeing Central American poverty and gang warfare swamped America’s southern border, creating a humanitarian crisis. And, oh yeah, d) Christians living in Mosul were given the choice to either convert to Islam or flee the area they have inhabited for nearly two thousand years.
You know what else has happened during this time? a) Obama played many rounds of golf, b) he attended numerous fund-raisers, c) he dined on barbecue in Texas and burgers in Delaware, and d) he almost appeared on the comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night television show in Hollywood.
I say “almost” because the White House finally relented. “We ultimately elected not to have the president do that interview over the course of this trip,” the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, conceded. “And that is at least in part related to the challenges of doing a comedy show in the midst of some of these other more serious matters that the president’s dealing with in the international scene.”
The irony is that Obama won election in 2008, partly based on his ability to demonstrate leadership (at least, rhetorically).
And, despite a less-than-perfect first term, the public believed enough in his “hope and change” mantra to return him to office – a move reminiscent of Samuel Johnson’s observation about second marriages being “a triumph of hope over experience”.
But today, one wonders if Obama even has the energy left to summon some of the old magic that got him elected. A souffle, as they say, doesn’t rise twice.
While we tend to think of them as polar opposites, Obama’s predecessor had been similarly excoriated for similarly botching a few big moments where he should have been on the job. For President George W Bush, the images of Hurricane Katrina continue to haunt his legacy. He later regretted not going to there immediately after the hurricane hit.
“I should have touched down in Baton Rouge, met with the governor, and walked out and said, ‘I hear you. We understand. And we’re going to help the state and help the local governments with as much resources as needed’,” he confessed in 2010.
Woody Allen famously said, 80 per cent of life is just showing up. He wasn’t wrong. But, in lieu of showing up, there is an even easier way to avoid looking quite so out of touch. If Obama were worried about bad optics – about appearing out of touch – he might play a bit less golf (another lesson he could have learned from his predecessor).
During one unfortunate event caught on tape, and featured in the Fahrenheit 9/11 film trailer, the then President Bush was unfortunately filmed saying: “I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you.” Then, holding up a golf club, he added: “Now, watch this drive.”
This was a brutal blow. Fair or not, playing golf has a way of making one look simultaneously elitist and aloof. Obama tends to dismiss such cautionary tales.
For example, the suggestion that while in Texas he should have gone to the border and addressed the growing humanitarian crisis (instead of attending fund-raisers) was dismissed as the suggestion he do a theatrical “photo-op”.
This is at best unromantic, and, at worst, cynical. Words matter.
Showing up matters. Was it a “photo-op” when Ronald Reagan spoke in front of the Brandenburg Gate and declared: “Tear down this wall!”?
I suppose one could have made that argument.
Obama’s not dumb, and he’s clearly capable of marshalling an effective propaganda campaign when he wants to. So what explains this series of bad optics, which might be described by PR professionals as political malpractice?
The only thing that makes sense is that he is exhausted and, perhaps, has checked out of the job early.
If Nero fiddled while Rome burned, then Obama is dining out, golfing, and raising money while the world collapses.
Matt K Lewis is a senior contributor at The Daily Caller website in Washington, DC

FOSTER AGENCY SEEKS CASE WORKERS, FAMILIES FOR ILLEGAL ALIEN “REFUGEES”

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Illegals suddenly labeled “refugees” even though violence in Central America has been going on for over 10 years

by KIT DANIELS | INFOWARS.COM | JULY 16, 2014

A California foster agency is seeking case workers for “refugee” illegal immigrant youth as well as foster families for “unaccompanied refugee minors,” highlighting how illegals from Central American countries wartorn for decades are suddenly being called “refugees” as part of the push for amnesty.

In multiple job openings posted on socialservice.com, Crittenton Services for Children and Families wants Spanish-speaking social workers who can “provide case management in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic foster family setting” and in an ad published in The PennySaver, the same company says that families willing to take in illegal immigrant youth can be reimbursed up to $6054 monthly.

“Seeking a Lead Case Manager for our Unaccompanied Children’s Program,” reads one job posting. “The program is a residential program that services refugee minors.”

The posting adds that the successful candidate will “act as a liaison to various departments and outside contacts” including the Office of Refugee and Resettlement within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Similarly, the newspaper ad seeking foster parents also refers to the illegal immigrant youth as “refugee minors.”

It’s interesting to note that Crittenton has served as a subcontractor for the Health Department for the past several years, but back then the minors were referred to by the federal government as “Unaccompanied Alien Children.”

But this year, however, the children are referred to as “refugees,” even though the violence in Central America, where many illegals are from, has been going on for the past 10 years.

That’s because the Obama administration and illegal immigration activists are currently pressuring Congress to grant amnesty for illegal aliens, and they will have an easier time winning public support by calling illegals “refugees.”

Case in point, several activists who were guests on NPR last month broadly described all the illegal immigrant youth entering the U.S. in record numbers as desperate “war refugees” who need the full support of the government.

But one radio listener rejected the propaganda and called into the show.

“With respect to your guests, I would like to just make a comment that when I hear phrases like ‘They’re clutching their teddy bears,’ ‘They’re wetting their pants in front of judges,’ there’s an approach here where we’re being told that all 40,000 of these minor immigrants that have come here since October are all the same,” he said. “This is a technique that is used to stir passion.”

“These kinds of comments raise red flags to me and I just don’t believe that we should, without question, accept 40,000 under-18 immigrants who are breaking the law. Their parents broke the law and they may even be coming here because they have been paid by drug gangs to engage in the drug business in America.”
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The question remains whether the American public will likewise see through the propaganda as well and while many illegal aliens cannot be faulted for wanting to escape violence, they are being taken advantage of by the Obama administration who are using them as mere pawns to expand government power, particularly through the proposed North American Union, at the expense of America’s national sovereignty.

White House fights to keep top Obama advisor from testifying before Congress

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The White House is attempting this week to fend off a subpoena from Congress intended to compel a top political advisor for United States President Barack Obama from testifying on Capitol Hill.

On Monday, the White House sent a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asking the congressman to consider attending a closed-door meeting with administration officials on Tuesday in lieu of having an Obama aide answer questions on the Hill.

At issue is what David Simas, a top political adviser to the president, has to say about the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach’s compliance with the Hatch Act — a 1930 legislation that largely restricts members of the executive branch from engaging in partisan politics. Simas was appointed to head that office when its creation was announced by the White House in January 2014, and two months later Issa asked for “all documents and communications, including e-mails” about the launch of the government-funded department, according to Politico, which previously existed as the Office of Political Affairs.

Rep. Darrell Issa (Reuters / Larry Downing) Rep. Darrell Issa (Reuters / Larry Downing)

Issa responded to the White House’s silence by sending a subpoena last Friday to Simas’ office, requesting specifically that the director appear before Congress and speak as to OPSO’s role with regards to political campaigns and compliance with the Hatch Act.

“In an effort to appease its political allies, the Obama administration broadcast its intention to re-open a political office within the White House to assist in partisan election efforts and fundraising,” Issa said at the time. “This hearing will examine abuses of taxpayer funds for political gain and the level of White House commitment to preventing them.”

The administration rejected that request, however, saying the subpoena is “precipitate and surprising in light of our clear willingness to work with you to meet your informational needs” in a letter sent Monday by White House counsel W. Neil Eggleston. Instead of having Simas testify, Eggleston suggested, a private meeting could be held to discuss questions concerning OPSO’s compliance.

“In your letter, you accepted my offer to have my staff provide a briefing on OPSO. You requested that the briefing take place before the hearing you have scheduled for Wednesday,” Eggleston wrote to Issa. “In response to your request, I have directed my staff to arrange to provide that briefing on Tuesday, July 15. I trust that the briefing will answer any remaining questions that you have about how OPSO is complying with the law governing political activity by federal employees, including the Hatch Act.”

“While I am hopeful that we can work together constructively to address your stated interests, your subpoena is not helpful to these efforts. As you know, it has been the view of administrations from both political parties that summoning the President’s most senior advisors to provide public testimony raises significant separation of power concerns,” Eggleston added.

By early Tuesday, however, representatives for the congressman from California were telling reporters that Issa still wanted to hear Simas answer to the subpoena.

“The subpoena for Mr. Simas’ testimony remains in effect,” Issa spokeswoman Becca Glover Watkins said in an emailed statement to Roll Call on Tuesday. “The White House has had multiple opportunities to work with Congress to date, and has neglected to do so. Chairman Issa has allowed that if the White House provided the requested information to the Committee, he would reconsider but at present Mr. Simas is still expected to appear at Wednesday’s hearing.”

Wednesday’s hearing is tentatively titled: “White House Office of Political Affairs: Is Supporting Candidates and Campaign Fund-Raising an Appropriate Use of a Government Office?”

“To date, there’s not even any suggestion, let alone evidence, that we’ve deviated from the requirements of the Hatch Act,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said late last week. “In fact, the Office of Special Counsel recognized in its 2011 report the propriety of having an office in the White House to provide the president with information about the current political environment and political issues nationwide.”

Black Americans: The True Casualties of Amnesty

Democrats throw black voters under the bus.

By A. J. Delgado

One of the sleeper issues surrounding the debate on amnesty for illegal immigrants – an inconvenient one that no proponent of a widespread amnesty wishes to acknowledge – is the devastating effect so-called immigration reform will have on African Americans.

The black unemployment rate is almost 11 percent, far higher than that of any other group profiled by labor statistics. African Americans are disproportionately employed in lower-skilled jobs – the very same jobs immigrants take. As Steven Camarota asked in a recent column, why double immigration when so many people already aren’t working?

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Who will be harmed most by amnesty? African-Americans.

The issue resurfaced this week when a YouTube video emerged of two young African-Americans confronting pro-illegal-immigration demonstrators in Murrieta, California. Murrieta is one of the towns in which undocumented minors are being relocated — and supporters are squaring off with protestors.

The young man argues:

If somebody brought six children to your house and you ain’t got no job, are you gonna take them in?… What are you gonna do? Are you gonna try to go out there and take care of these children AND the children you got already that you can’t take care of?… What are we going to do for the people who are here who are starving already?… We got our OWN people that are starving and hungry…. Why would we add to the problem?!

He also laments the problems in black neighborhoods where prices “are upped on everything” after large groups of immigrants move in.

The young woman argues:

It’s just too much…. We already have our own poor people. Starvation, kids walking with no shoes…. We don’t need other people’s kids to bring more problems…. You’re gonna watch America go spiraling down… We’re already in debt as it is. [Now] we’re gonna need more money to support these kids.

Why are Democratic politicians disregarding the concerns and needs of black Americans in a push to address the concerns and needs… of foreigners? Amnesty proponents speak of the need to grant others a better life – but what of the need to look out for our fellow Americans? What of those black Americans whose ancestors quite literally built this nation through the sweat of their brows?

Instead, Democrats are chucking aside black voters in their rush to lock in the Latino vote (or so they’re hoping). Taken for granted as a given come election-time, blacks are now actively harmed as the Democrats vow to grow their voting base through importing more and more of what they see as future blue-voters. It’s the husband who leaves his wife of 30 years: ‘We had a good run, honey, but I’ve found someone new.’

Black attorney and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Peter Kirsanow, serves as one of the lone voices of reason, repeatedly outlining the harm amnesty will cause black Americans. In a 2013 letter to the Congressional Black Caucus, he wrote: “The obvious question is whether there are sufficient jobs in the low-skilled labor market for both African-Americans and illegal immigrants. The answer is no.” Kirsanow’s statistics demonstrate the way in which immigration impacts the wages and employment opportunities of black males and hurts the black community.

But no one seems to listen to Kirsanow.

Meanwhile, the harm to African Americans is not limited to reduced wages, greater competition for jobs, and declining household incomes – now even the black history of suffering is being diluted. Liberal columnist and CNN pundit Sally Kohn penned a column last week arguing that the term ‘illegal immigrant’ is the same as the N-word. Kohn, is usually fair-minded and reasoned in her arguments, lumping black Americans’ unique history and suffering with that of certain Latino immigrants is absurd and offensive. Consider that the N-word was used to describe a person who was whipped daily, while ‘illegal immigrant’ is a word used to describe a person who receives free education (even in-state tuition!), housing, driver’s licenses, legal aid, food, and healthcare. To even claim the two words are similar is an unthinkable affront – and insult – to African-Americans.

Senator Jeff Sessions’s recent National Review column “On Immigration, It’s Time to Defend Americans,” hits the nail on the head. Sessions notes:

Harvard professor George Borjas estimated that high immigration rates from 1980 to 2000 resulted in a 7.4 percent wage reduction for lower-skilled American workers…. The Center for Immigration Studies issued a study based on Census data showing that “since 2000 all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants.”… If mass immigration is so good for the economy, why then — during this long sustained period of record immigration into the U.S. — are incomes falling and a record number of Americans not working?

Birthright citizenship is already bad enough; largely refusing to deport illegal immigrants is already bad enough.But now, we’ve upped the ante even further. Overburdened taxpayers, including black taxpayers, are covering the cost to feed, clothe and educate illegals, and black Americans face the additional burden of having their historic suffering belittled and their precarious circumstances made even worse.

Democrats have built a brand as the party willing to stand up for black Americans, but the amnesty push shows what a false promise that was. The message to black voters is: “Yes, your ancestors endured unimaginable hardships and helped build this country, and we said we’d help you out. But now we have a new trophy wife.”

— A. J. Delgado is a conservative writer and lawyer. She writes about politics and culture.

Feds Plan Riot Cops to Push Through Illegals in California

ICE riot cops said preparing to barricade road

by Infowars.com | July 6, 2014

Breitbart News reports today the feds will use the threat of violence to break up protests by citizens in Murrieta, California.

A resident told Breitbart “it’s going to get ugly” on Monday when the feds plan to deliver another load of illegals. People in the southern California city successfully blocked Homeland Security buses last week.

“The feds are pissed that they haven’t been able to use this facility,” Temecula, California resident Jeremy Oliver told Kristin Tate of Breitbart. “Officers out there warned people that federal agents will be in Murrieta on Monday – they are going to get the next bus through no matter what. Riot gear and shields will be used to push the crowd back.”

“We’re being told that federal Marshals or ICE will be here in the next few days and that they are bringing riot gear,” Murrieta resident John Henry said. “They’re apparently going to be blocking off the street with concrete blockades so that no vehicles can get through. The River County Sheriff’s Department showed up last night and brought huge watch tower that shoots up into the air 35 feet.”

The government rerouted the buses to San Diego when the protesters blocked access last week. The feds claim the demonstrators pose a threat to the illegals.

“The Department of Homeland security said that because of security concerns, it will not publicize immigrant transfers among border patrol,” CBS News reported on Saturday.

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Pro-Amnesty Crowd Burns American Flag at Murrieta on 4th of July

MURRIETA — An American flag has reportedly been burned by pro-amnesty protesters near the Murrieta Border Patrol station on America’s Independence Day.

Breitbart News obtained the above photograph, which shows a burnt flag on the ground, from an anti-illegal immigration activist who was monitoring the pro-amnesty demonstration.

Opponents of illegal immigration had gathered in Murrieta to stop Friday’s planned transfer of Central American illegal aliens, as they did earlier this week. A pro-amnesty counter-demonstration was organized in response.

The illegal aliens, many of them unaccompanied children, are being brought from overcrowded Texas detention facilities for processing in California.

In addition, Breitbart News obtained photographs of torn-up flags that pro-amnesty demonstrators had impaled on a fence.

Bonnie Lewis, an anti-illegal immigration activist, told Breitbart News that she saw one of the pro-amnesty activists dragging an American flag on the ground.

“I said: ‘Hey, don’t do that.’ He said: ‘That’s where it belongs,'” she said.

Another anti-illegal immigration activist said that pro-amnesty demonstrators called her a “f***ing whore” i Spanish, and shouted, “F*** America!”

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Border Meltdown: Obama Delivering 290,000 Illegals To U.S. Homes

Neil Munro
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The vast majority of 50,000 unaccompanied youths and children who have illegally crossed the Texas border during the last few months have been successfully delivered by federal agencies to their relatives living in the United States, according to a New York Times article.

A second New York Times article reports revealed that officials have caught an additional 240,000 Central American migrants since April, and are transporting many of them to their destinations throughout the United States.

The deluge of 290,000 illegals — so far — are exploiting legal loopholes that allow them to get temporary permits to stay in the United States.

Experts say that President Barack Obama’s administration has failed to close the loopholes and is unlikely to deport more than a small percentage of the illegals, despite the high unemployment rates among American Latino, African-American and white youths, and the strapped budgets of many cities and towns.

The president’s policy has caused protests by frightened citizens in towns such as Murrieta. But Obama’s allies — such as La Raza, an ethnic lobby for Latinos — are eager to escalate the conflict and to paint the protestors as racists. Those protests may escalate before the November elections.

The Central American parents of the 50,000 youths and children are using a 2008 law to ensure their children are transported to them for free by a relay of border patrol and Department of Health and Human Services officials. The youths are delivered to the border patrol by smugglers, dubbed coyotes, in exchange for several thousand dollars.

Half of the 50,000 Central American youths were delivered by taxpayer-funded employees directly to their parents now living in the United States, and another third were delivered to people who said they were close relatives, said the July 3 article.

That new data was included in the 19th paragraph of a 20-paragraph June 3 article.

Top immigration officials choose to not heck if the relatives or parents who pick up the children are in the country legally.

Both New York Times articles described the border-crossing illegal aliens as “immigrants.” In fact, “immigrants” is the term for people who legally migrate into the United States.

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The 240,000 strong-group largely consists of many mothers and young children, most of whom are now being flown and bussed to destinations near where they wish to settle. That new 240,000 number was included in the seventh paragraph of a 24-paragraph article.

Few of the illegal immigrants are high-school graduates, or have skills that would allow them to earn more than they cost to federal, state and local taxpayers.

Officials have not said where they’ve delivered the adults or youth illegals, but pro-American activists are keeping track of some locations, including San Diego, Calif.

Officials have defended the administration’s catch-and-release policy, which critics say is inviting more Central Americans to cross the border in the hope of being arrested by the border patrol.

“When you have a noncriminal [border-crossing ] mother, they are going to be released,” David Jennings, the head of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency in southern California. “The most humane way to deal with this is to find out where they are going and get them there,” he said at a town meeting held in Murrieta, Calif., according to the New York Times.

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