Fri, 24 May 2019

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  • 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.…

  • NSRH4: Al Ditty Part III

    North Star Post has obtained a trove of emails between the Minneapolis Police Department and KARE11 via public records request.

    The emails reveal that Rita Hathaway, KARE11 Managing Editor, then and now, received Allen’s tip email and immediately forwarded the entire email – address and all – to MPD spokesperson Scott Seroka. Seroka started working for the MPD in 2014, before that he was a reporter with KARE11.

    Another tip received on the TV station’s tip line was forwarded, content and identifying information included, to the MPD. This particular email was not nearly …

  • NSRH3: Fighting the Surveillance State


    As ‘Restore the Fourth Minnesota’ had a revival meeting this week, pledging a renewed fight for surveillance reform, NSRH turns to these topics.

    Our first interview is with Tony Webster who returns with news of a victory in the Minnesota Supreme Court. His survey of metro police departments via public records request hit an unexpected road bump when the Hennepin County Sheriffs Office obfuscated his efforts which eventually devolved into a protracted legal battle. Read his report and listen to a previous interview.

    Next, we speak with a surveillance reformer by …

  • NSRH2: Al Ditty Part II

    Sam continues the investigation by reaching out to the City, Kare11, NBC Universal, and the law firm that took over from Al Ditty’s lawyer. After that, we feature two interviews for some perspective. The first interview is with Scott Libin who teaches journalism at the University of Minnesota – we get his take on the story from a journalistic ethics angle.  Next up, Sam sits down with attorney and friend of the show, William Tilton of St. Paul for some insight into some of the legal issues involved.


  • NSRH1: Al Ditty Part I

    Our first episode is part I of a multipart series investigating the Al Ditty story. He was a dedicated public servant, son, brother & whistleblower who took his own life following what his family alleges was a vindictive attack by the City of Minneapolis. In blowing the whistle, Al ensured the Fourth Precinct protest encampment had several additional weeks to prepare for the raid that would ultimately shutdown the occupation. The City was determined to make an example of Al after KARE11 forwarded his email to the police.

    Part I provides an overview …

  • DEFCON 25 – Spies in the Skies

    Editor’s Note: The slides we presented at DEFCON 25 are at the bottom of this story which details what we spoke about and more.

    The Spies in the Skies

    Law enforcement agencies have used aircraft for decades to conduct surveillance, but modern radio, camera, and electronics technology has dramatically expanded the power and scope of police surveillance capabilities.

    The Iraq War and other conflicts have spurred the development of mass surveillance technologies and techniques that are now widely available to domestic police.

    The FBI, DEA and other agencies flew powerful surveillance aircraft over cities for years in relative secrecy before …