Wed, 16 Jan 2019

Recent Posts

  • NSRH15: Al Ditty, Doctors w/o Borders, Stillwater Prison Lockdown & more

     

    We start this edition of North Star Radio Hour with an important update to our on-going investigation into the Al Ditty whistleblower story. Sam sits down with Teresa Nelson, the Legal Director for the ACLU of Minnesota. The two discuss the legalities surrounding the subpoena that the MPD used to identify Al as the whistleblower, who setup an email account to anonymously leak police plans to KARE11. Teresa confirms our previously held suspicion that issuing a subpoena in this way is not in accordance with the law, …


  • NSRH14: Dave Hutchinson for Sheriff

     

    Sam sits down with Dave Hutchinson, or “Hutch.” Hutchinson is running for Sheriff of Hennepin County in an effort to unseat Rich Stanek who he describes as a “bully.”  A victory for Hutchinson would make him the first LGBTQ sheriff in the Midwest. From his campaign website:

    “Since 2006, he has served with the Metro Transit Police Department.  He currently holds the position of sergeant, working on the north side of Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs.  He also supervises the Peer Support Program, Crisis Intervention Training (CIT),


  • NSRH13: Koch Brothers vs Democracy

     

    Concerned citizens met at the Hosmer Library in South Minneapolis to expose what they describe as a right-wing plot against the public sector, academia, media, environment, courts and Democracy in general. All of the speakers were women who felt moved by the book Democracy in Chains by Nancy Maclean which provides a deep dive into the alarming plot and provides documentary evidence to back up the claims.

    Representative Karen Clark rounds off the conversation by detailing her encounters at the Minnesota Legislature with legislation that was clearly drafted by ALEC, the …



  • NSRH11: ICE Revelations, CellHawk & more

    Segment one features an interview with Chris of Unicorn Riot. Chris is part of a team of investigative reporters that published internal documents provided by a source within Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The documents included training manuals, instructions for avoiding entrapment defenses from targets of ICE activities, detailed descriptions of covert front companies and a whole lot more. Read the manuals and tweet your findings using #ICEBreaker.

    Segment two includes a wide-ranging discussion focused on CellHawk surveillance but also, protest movements, nuance in reporting, the FBI Sky Spies, how people …



  • NSRH9: ACLU MN Legislative Director Ben Feist

    Sam sits down with ACLU of Minnesota Legislative Director Ben Feist. Feist has been lobbying for oversight, accountability and to protect our liberties for around five years. He’s been at the forefront of fights over regulations of newly disclosed surveillance technologies such as license plate readers (ALPRs), StingRay and KingFish cellphone snooping devices, and drones.

    The conversation starts off covering the CellHawk revelations North Star Radio Hour brought forth and continues from there. The two talk about Feist’s impressions from the last legislative session, national politics, movements and much more. Be sure to …


  • NSRH8: NSA & FBI Whistleblowers

     

     

    This week we broadcast a mash-up of previous interviews Sam and Jerod conducted with NSA whistleblower Kirk Wiebe and FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley. For the full versions check out the ICYMI episodes here & here.

     

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  • NSRH6: CellHawk & ACLU Legislation

     

    Until now, Hawk Analytics and their product CellHawk have remained hidden from the public eye. CellHawk is a call detail record (CDR) analytics tool used by police departments and private investigators around the United States. Records indicate Hawk Analytics, which employs six people, nets over a million dollars a year. On social media, Hawk Analytics brags that “hundreds of agencies and law enforcement professionals [use] CellHawk.” From their corporate literature it is clear that CellHawk is used in Wisconsin, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, Colorado, California, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Texas, Georgia and Minnesota.…