A secretive cellphone spy device known as StingRay, intended to fight terrorism, was used in far more routine LAPD criminal investigations 21 times in a four-month period during 2012, apparently without the courts’ knowledge that the technology probes the lives of non-suspects who happen to be in the same neighborhood as suspected terrorists.
According to records released to the First Amendment Coalition under the California Public Records Act, StingRay, which allows police to track mobile phones in real time, was tapped for more than 13 percent of the 155 “cellular phone investigation cases” that Los Angeles police conducted between June and September last year.
Comforting is it not. Yet another piece of technology and it’s application that I have no doubt goes back to the Patriot Act.
I’m sure no one will be held accountable for this violation of the rights of citizens, as usual.
State Sponsored Criminal #509: The Entire LAPD
Because by all means violate the rights of law abiding citizens because a criminal has decided to live somewhere near by. Though that is better than what they did to Jose Guerena for being related to a criminal.