Mon, 25 Mar 2019

Articles Posted in the " Aerial Surveillance " Category


  • Fourth of July & the Beginnings of the United States

    Today is the Fourth of July, a day marked with celebrations featuring fireworks, barbecues and beer. The day commemorates the signing of a document that informed Britain that the American colonies no longer recognized the rule of the Crown and were declaring their sovereignty. What lead the Founding Fathers to declare independence needs to be understood by modern Americans.

  • National Guard Spy-planes Operating in Violation of Federal Code

    Credit: Jake Melampy

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    Updated June 2nd to separate the article from it’s parent (which was published March 3rd) and to include new documents & graphics.

    Aerial surveillance is not only being conducted by law enforcement, DHS, DEA, FBI (and others) but also the military. The National Guard is operating a fleet of highly capable C-26 surveillance aircraft. “Air Cerberus Inc” is a non-existent company used solely for the purposes of registering seven aircraft. The company quite clearly traces back to the National Guard Bureau headquarters. A spy-plane belonging to the National Guard was active recently circling



  • Dawn of the Police Drones at Hand in Minnesota – Major Questions Unanswered

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    The day has come in which the skies over Hennepin County will start becoming witness to law enforcement unmanned aerial systems (UASs / Drones). The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has acquired a small quadcopter and has already deployed it despite a lack of state law regulating such operations. North Star Post, being both local and devoted to civil liberties, has completed an analysis of the legislation which would impact the use of this (and future drones) and probed the drone policy set forth by HCSO.

    If we can take any cues from his Federal


  • Freddie Gray, FBI Planes and Civil Unrest: Baltimore 1 Year Later

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    I run into Bailey as she is stepping out of her car in downtown Baltimore. It has been almost a year since waves of protests shook the city following the death of Freddie Gray, but she remembers those days well. “I live off Fulton Street, right where everything was happening – the rioting, the looting around there.

    “Now everything’s pretty much the same around there.”

    The words have barely left her mouth when we are interrupted by the sirens of a BPD patrol car as it pulls


  • Investigations Raise Constitutional, Legal Concerns Over Aerial Surveillance

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    North Star Post has learned that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) relies on forty year old Supreme Court rulings to justify warrantless aerial surveillance and does not seek warrants when fielding intrusive electronic surveillance gear. Documents obtained by NSP through Freedom of Information requests show that the FBI does not consider their actions in these regards to constitute a search.

    The ACLU revealed a great deal of information on purchase orders of intrusive electronic surveillance technology from several federal agencies including the DEA and the FBI of which we have reported on a great deal.


  • FBI Aviation and Policy Guide Sheds Light on Aerial Surveillance

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    A recently declassified internal FBI document has shed light on certain aspects of the Bureau’s aerial surveillance program but large redactions still leave much to speculate.

    The document, titled Bureau Aviation Regulations Policy Directive and Policy Guide (BAR for short), was released as part of a North Star Post Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in May of 2015.

    The BAR discusses many aspects of the FBI’s aviation program from maintenance and safety policies to staffing requirements.

    The FBI has three separate teams as part of their main aviation program. Surveillance and Aviation Section (SAS)


  • FOIA Confirms Lawless Nature of FBI Sky Spies

    “Eyes in the Sky” by Bill McMullen

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released documents received in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that confirm the use of cell-site simulators in surveillance aircraft and the shocking disregard for oversight or regulatory policy what-so-ever. The federal government is flying spy-planes over US soil as the EFF put it, “without any policies or legal guidance.” North Star Post has been reporting on these activities since our founding following the independent disclosure of FBI operated domestic aerial surveillance on May 26th, 2015.

    The EFF reports: the FBI’s “first successful airborne geolocation mission


  • Examining the Power of Aerial Surveillance – Part I

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    This is Part I of a series covering aerial surveillance in America.

    MINNEAPOLIS (NSP) – Americans by now are now familiar with concepts of domestic militarization and the growth of the surveillance state at least in a general sense. What is often lacking is specific, detailed information (sometimes by design) that helps the country visualize and deeply understand the issues at hand.

    Without precise knowledge of how these systems and programs are being used, We the People are not able to have a proper, informed and accurate debate on the use of advancements such as aerial