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  • DEA Operating Warrantless Surveillance Aircraft Fleet Over U.S. and Abroad

    Courtesy John Wiseman

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    The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is operating a fleet of surveillance aircraft over locations within the United States as well as “foreign environments,” according to Jeffrey Stramm special agent in charge of DEA aviation division.

    The Administration does not “get warrants for public space surveillance,” Stramm said in a phone call with The Post. He went on to say that this surveillance program is in accordance with Title 21 United States Code.

    While Stramm wouldn’t confirm the number of aircraft that make up the fleet, our investigation identified 92 aircraft (as



  • U.S. Cybersecurity Lacking – DoD Says Cultural Shift Needed

    Chief Information officer for the Department of Defense Terry Halvorsen. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense.

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    WASHINGTON — According to a Department of Defense official, a change in culture is needed in order to protect the United States Military and economy from cyber threats.

    Last week officials from the government and private sector met that the 6th Annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit. Speakers at the summit hailed from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, NSA, the Israel National Cyber Bureau and Northrop Grumman to name a few.

    “What keeps me awake is ‘Will we get the


  • Our Principles

    Our Principles

    Independent media is often at the forefront of the fight to bring the truth out and inform the public about critical issues. Voices independent of government, corporate or other influences have been sorely absent during this crucial time period in our collective history. The North Star Post will be one such organization, free from ideological or other lenses which cause distortion, and will never shy away from a relevant story for fear of reprisal. We seek to become a trusted pillar within the fourth estate, one worthy of your readership and support. That being said, we will pay special attention …

  • Vikings vs 49ers Recap

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    After months of fan anticipation, national optimism and even a Super Bowl prediction by NFL Network’s Heath Evans, the Minnesota Vikings (0-1) fell flat on their face in Monday night’s sloppy season opener against the San Francisco 49ers (1-0).

    In the first regular season game in their new stadium, San Francisco outperformed the Vikings in almost every aspect of the game en route to a 20-3 victory. The win silenced a lot of doubters of a 49ers team that saw a massive overhaul of players this off-season.

    After the key defensive losses of


  • “FBI Sky Spies” Flew 115 Times from Sept. 8th – 14th

    N969PL – FBI surveillance aircraft. Atypical port visible on airframe above landing gear.

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    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) flew 35 surveillance aircraft September 8th through the 14th. 115 surveillance flights in total were flown which is slightly less than the previous week.

    Aircraft were airborne over California everyday (8th – 14th) except for Saturday the 12th.

    Burke, Virginia which has been under near perpetual aerial surveillance since The Post began these weekly audits, was targeted repeatedly during this timeframe by the FBI.

    The Northeastern U.S. was heavily focused on, including three long range flights that


  • FBI Flew Surveillance Aircraft 143 Times First Week of September

    Newly surfaced photo of FBI spy-plane N326PS

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    The FBI flew 48 surveillance aircraft over American cities for a total of 143 flights from September 1st – 7th. We wrote last week that the then current total was a “high benchmark.” It looks as though the first week of September out did that sentiment.

    Burke, Virginia was concentrated on so heavily that not a single day went by without surveillance aircraft overhead. Communities to the southwest of Washington D.C. frequently are overflown and circled by these aircraft.

    The states of Texas, New Jersey and New York saw


  • NSP EDITS // The Hill: Iran Deal “Dangerous”

    The Power of Wording

    One is not an expert simply because they are a member of an ideologically driven institution with an agenda.

    This trend is not new, and it is a familiar problem to many journalists, critical thinkers and those fearing that our society has drifted down a frightening Orwellian path.

    The heaviness of the word “expert,” especially in fields most Americans are not well versed in themselves, is dangerous to throw around.

    People flock to publications like The Hill and other D.C. based outfits of journalism, as they should believe is wise, in order to understand and defer


  • FOIA, Snowden and FBI Hacker Recruitment Difficulties

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    WASHINGTON — A recently released audit of the FBI’s Next Generation Cyber Initiative by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found the Bureau has been better when pursuing cyber threats but stringent guidelines, competition with the private sector as well as the Snowden leaks has greatly affected their ability to do so.

    In October of 2012 the FBI launched it’s Next Gen Cyber Initiative in response to an OIG report in 2011 which showed faults in the Bureau’s investigative practices when it came to cyber security.

    In 2014 the budget for the new initiative was


  • FBI Flew Surveillance Aircraft 122 Times in 7 Days [Aug 25 – 31]

    Domestic spyplane over Disneyland.

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    The Federal Bureau of Investigation flew 46 of 100 surveillance aircraft a total of 122 times during the seven day period of August 25th through the 31st. This is a high benchmark in the overall activity of the domestic spy-plane fleet.

    The FBI, in speaking with the Associated Press, stated that these flights are “above the board.” With such a high number of flights, many times concentrated in the same States and cities across the U.S., that claim does nothing but placate those who wish to hear no more news of government