The story today in the Decatur Daily Sunday Edition mentioned one cellphone tracking device being used across the nation. Our question is if our local Morgan County Sheriff's Office is using similar tactics without a legal warrant? According to the article, civil liberties and privacy groups are increasing raising objections to the Stingray version which is suitcase sized. The equipment has the capability to sweep up cellphone data from entire neighborhoods according to the article posted by Colleen Long, The Associated Press. These programs require law enforcement to sign nondisclosure agreements overseen by the FBI.
We know that the Sheriff has no problem having informants go into unsuspecting offices and place Keylogger Software on systems, take pictures, videos, and take documents that do not belong to them. What else are they doing that we the citizens are unaware of? Nobody has a right to track you unless they have a warrant to do so. We hear a lot of people say what does it matter if you are not doing anything wrong. Folks, it is an invasion of your privacy. More and more of this type information will come out in the future. The technology is a wonderful resource if used properly it the rogue cops that do not care about our rights as citizens that we should be worried about as citizens.
Sheriff Ana Franklin and her band of rogue cops have proven over the past seven years that they cannot be trusted to fight crime. They are the majority source of crime in Morgan County.
Stingray Tracking Devices: Who's Got Them?
The map below tracks what we know, based on press reports and publicly available documents, about the use of stingray tracking devices by state and local police departments. Following the map is a list of the federal agencies known to have the technology. The ACLU has identified 72 agencies in 24 states and the District of Columbia that own stingrays, but because many agencies continue to shroud their purchase and use of stingrays in secrecy, this map dramatically underrepresents the actual use of stingrays by law enforcement agencies nationwide.
Stingrays, also known as "cell site simulators" or "IMSI catchers," are invasive cell phone surveillance devices that mimic cell phone towers and send out signals to trick cell phones in the area into transmitting their locations and identifying information. When used to track a suspect's cell phone, they also gather information about the phones of countless bystanders who happen to be nearby.MORE ON STINGRAY TRACKING DEVICES