US pushing local cops to stay mum on surveillance

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Updated: 6/12/2014 11:28 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods.

Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the technology. This has resulted in police departments withholding materials or heavily censoring documents in rare instances when they disclose any about the purchase and use of such powerful surveillance equipment.

Federal involvement in local open records proceedings is unusual. And it comes at a time when President Barack Obama has said he welcomes a debate on government surveillance and called for more transparency about spying in the wake of disclosures about classified federal surveillance programs.

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freedomrings - 6/13/2014 2:23 PM
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Absolutely unbelievable what this Muslim dictator is getting away with. Impeachment is eminent, start proceedings NOW !!!

sierra11 - 6/13/2014 1:59 PM
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We are living in the age of 1939 Germany, the best part is still to come. The German People couldn't believe it was happening either. They had the best Colleges and Scientists the world has ever seen. Think it can't happen here? Just wait.

4me2knw - 6/13/2014 12:26 PM
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Kramer, At the risk of sounding dumb, which sometimes I am, please, What are RPG's? I might agree with you if I knew what these were?

4me2knw - 6/13/2014 12:01 PM
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This right here should prove to people we're living in a police state. No longer free.

Kramer - 6/12/2014 4:38 PM
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Oakland, CA can afford only 8 hours a week for its helicopter. pleez, no RPG's

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