Sun, 26 May 2019

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  • 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


  • 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

    DEA logo – courtesy wikipedia

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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