Tue, 18 Dec 2018

Articles Posted in the " Civil Liberties " Category

  • 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)



  • Report Details Dangers of “Non-Lethal” Weapons Used Against Protesters

    A protester flees from tear gas fired a protesters in Hong Kong in 2014. Photo by Pasu Au Yeung via Flickr

    A report by Physicians for Human Rights and the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations detailed the health risks associated with crowd control weapons (CCWs) used by police around the world and issued recommendations for their proper use.

    The report, titled “Lethal in Disguise,” discusses the use of kinetic projectiles, chemical irritants, water cannons, disorientation devices, acoustic weapons and directed energy weapons with information obtained from medical reports and news reports on injuries sustained by these weapons at protests


  • Donald Trump Flees Chicago Campaign Event Following Demonstrations

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    Donald Trump was forced to call off a rally on the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) campus on Friday after thousands turned up to protest the event.

    An Estimated 5,000 protesters chanted and held signs criticizing Donald Trump’ for his racism, particularly against Muslims and Latinos. Many of the protesters were also criticizing Trump for his support from White supremacists and terrorist organizations like the KKK.

    The protesters were separated from those attending the Trump event by steel railings, police on horseback, and an all around heavy police presence.

    The UIC community had



  • 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



  • Spotlight: Niko Georgiades

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    In this – the inaugural edition of the Spotlight series – we speak with Niko Georgiades of the independent media collective Unicorn Riot. Niko and his media collective have been instrumental in the documentation of on-going protests not only in the Twin Cities but also around the country. Unicorn Riot broadcasts a live news show every week covering a wide variety of topics from activism to climate change.

    In our interview with Niko we speak about the First Amendment, independent versus mainstream media, Black Lives Matter, law enforcement surveillance and interference with livestream broadcasts,