Mon, 25 Mar 2019

Articles Posted in the " Exclusive Investigation " Category




  • 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


  • 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


  • Cellebrite: What You Need to Know About Cell Phone Forensics

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    Smartphones are nearly ubiquitous devices that handle, create, and store massive amounts of information about our lives.

    Law enforcement agencies have spent tens of millions of dollars on technology and training to seize a large trove of data on any given smartphone. Cellebrite has emerged as a leading supplier of cellular data seizure technology. Cellebrite produces software and mobile terminals that are used to physically copy data off of seized cell phones–data that might not be shared over a connection that can be intercepted.

    Smartphones are often the best source of information on their users, which


  • UPDATED: CENTCOM FOIA Denial Reveals US may Seek Legal Action in Hospital Bombing

    The FOIA denial letter from United States Central Command.

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    Update

    The Pentagon is planning on seeking legal action against United States Special Forces and others involved in the bombing of a Doctor’s Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan last year, according to information obtained by Foreign Policy.

    Earlier this month, a Freedom of Information Act request denial letter sent to the North Star Post from the United States Central Command revealed United States officials might be seeking legal action.

    An unnamed source told Foreign Policy that staffers with CENTCOM in Fla. will be combing through a