According to a recent report published by the Intercept.com, a recent document reveals that the FBI has been telling a local police department that the FBI’s covert cell-phone tracking equipment is so secret that any evidence acquired through its use needs to be *recreated in some other way before being introduced at trial.
*Recreated is simply another way of saying that the FBI led this police department to manipulate the evidence and findings so that the police could use this constitutionally violating and illegal equipment to successfully get a conviction in court.
“Information obtained through the use of the equipment is FOR LEAD PURPOSES ONLY,” FBI special agent James E. Finch wrote to Chief Bill Citty of the Oklahoma City Police Department.
Research into this matter from the Intercept shows that the official notice, dated September 2014, said such information “may not be used as primary evidence in any affidavits, hearings or trials. This equipment provides general location information about a cellular device, and your agency understands it is required to use additional and independent investigative means and methods, such as historical cellular analysis, that would be admissible at trial to corroborate information concerning the location of the target obtained through the use of this equipment.”
The document, obtained by nonprofit investigative journalism outlet Oklahoma Watch, pertains to the use of cell site simulators, or Stingrays — surveillance technology that mimics a cellphone tower to trick cellphones into transmitting location data and other information, sometimes even the contents of calls. In other words, the Government illegally uses this technology to both pinpoint your location and gather all sensitive information regarding your personal phone calls without a court order or a valid warrant issued by an appropriate Judge.
Evidence reveals that reporters and activists have uncovered at least 20 similar nondisclosure agreements between FBI and local police about Stingrays in the past few years — but the FBI’s advice to police about retroactively recreating (or manipulating the evidence) evidence appears to be new.
“This is the first time I have seen language this explicit in an FBI non-disclosure agreement,” Nate Wessler, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, wrote in an email to The Intercept. “The typical NDAs order local police to hide information from courts and defense attorneys, which is bad enough, but this goes the outrageous extra step of ordering police to actually engage in evidence laundering,”
“Instead of just hiding the surveillance, the FBI is mandating manufacture of a whole new chain of evidence to throw defense attorneys and judges off the scent. As a result, defendants are denied their right to challenge potentially unconstitutional surveillance and courts are deprived of an opportunity to curb law enforcement abuses,” Wessler continued.
The Church views this technology as a clear and present danger to the Constitutionally protected rights of fellow Christians. The Lord and the Church views the FBI’s use, motivation and advise to local law enforcement as a gross violation of true justice. Justice must be measured by love and mercy. Love does not abide by breaking the law, violating the constitutionally protected rights of American citizens, advising manipulating facts or acting dishonorably. This is nothing more than high-tech lawbreaking in order to find other lawbreakers….which is not true justice.