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  • FBI Sky Spies Weekly Update [Aug 18 – 24]

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    The FBI flew surveillance aircraft at least 93 times in the seven day period between August 18th and the 24th. Out of the entire fleet of 100 aircraft, 39 were flown above cities of varying size, and on several occasions over nature preserves, college campuses and even amusement parks. The Twin Cities were surveilled, or at least circled by one aircraft which flew a surprisingly large circle around the entire metro that reached all the way to Somerset, Wisconsin.

    The Post has been conducting these weekly audits for several weeks now, and this author, after


  • DEA Confidential Source Program Slammed by OIG Report

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    An audit of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) confidential source program by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found the agency’s policies did not fall in line with standards set forth by the Department of Justice.

    The audit, released in July 2015, took a considerable amount of time due to lack of cooperation by the DEA in participating with the audit. The review took over one year and the OIG plans on continuing their investigation into the DEA’s program in order to “fully access” the DEA’s management and oversight.

    According


  • Secrecy Within the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

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    It is no secret that Minnesota law enforcement generally want to keep hidden from the people new technology that conduct surveillance and monitor people. Just review the past several years of my blog on matters such as Stingray, KingFish, and to some extent automatic license plate readers, among other topics I have written about.

    It was through data request’s that I found out that at least the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), even though the data was limited, owned or operated cellular exploitative devices, such as Kingfish and Stingray. It took the questioning by the State




  • FBI Sky Spies Weekly Update [Aug 4 – 10]

    From August 4th through the 10th, the FBI flew surveillance aircraft 27 times over various locations across the United States.

    They used 15 of the 100 aircraft in the surveillance fleet, compared to 52 aircraft during the last seven day period the North Star Post audited.

    This represents either much more limited aerial surveillance activity, or a tightening of the availability of flight tracking data, or a combination of both. The Post primarily uses FlightRadar24, a public aviation tracking website that it is not difficult for aircraft owners and operators to pull tracking data from, typically with a request to



  • FBI Aerial Surveillance Flight Data

    August 25th – August 31st

    Part I

    Part II

    Part III


    August 18th – August 24th

    Part I

    Part II


    August 11th – August 17th

    This photo set includes the circular, persistent surveillance flights, and other transitory flight data.


    August 4th – August 10th

    These photo sets include only the circular, persistent surveillance flights, other flight data was left out.

    Eastern US

    Central US

    Southern US

    Western US


    July 28th – August 3rd

    These photo sets include only the circular, persistent surveillance flights, other flight data was left out.

    Part I

    Part II

    Part III



  • Florida Law Enforcement Surveillance Operation Hidden Behind Front Company

    – Frequently airborne surveillance aircraft in Florida registered to non-existent company, the phone number of which rings the desk of an analyst at the Southeast Florida Fusion Center.

    – Miami-Dade Police Department is not allowing information requests pursuant to surveillance operations, aerial or otherwise, and at this time has not confirmed or denied that the aircraft in question is operated by law enforcement.

    Cessna aircraft N786TF has been airborne most recently [upon last check] on July 30th over Pompano Beach, North of Fort Lauderdale.

    – [Update: August 6th, 1030am]
    Broward Sheriffs Public Information Office denied our inquiries “Any information


  • BAE Systems Building “Future Weapons” in Minneapolis

    BAE Logo

    This is Part I of the North Star Post series on the local military industrial complex.

    BAE Systems Inc. an international defense contractor is building what can only be described as future-weapons for the United States military. Components for these advanced weapons platforms are being designed, developed, and manufactured right here in Minneapolis. Just what is being created here? The BAE website calls them an, “entirely new gun that will change the Navy forever.”

    The “gun” is more like a cannon, and the cannon is more like something you’d see in a science fiction flick. The proper name