All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Law Enforcement’

Facebook Sure Would Like the DEA to Stop Impersonating People

Though the US Justice Department thinks the Drug Enforcement Agency has the right to impersonate people on Facebook for “law enforcement purposes”, Facebook sure would like them to stop. Facebook has sent a pointed letter to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart asking that the DEA “cease all activities on Facebook that involve the impersonation of others.” “Facebook is a community where …

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Two-Year-Old Hostage Situation Ends Peacefully

These days, it seems all too common to hear stories of situations involving police which end tragically, oftentimes with innocent people being caught in collateral damage. There are those rare circumstances, though, when the news reports on the good deeds of police officers, bringing credence to the idea that not all law enforcement officers are power-hungry and incompetent. One such …

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Alaska State Troopers Die in Remote Shooting

Two Alaska State Troopers are dead following a shooting in a remote Alaskan village. According to an Alaska Dispatch report, Patrick Johnson and Gabriel “Gabe” Rich were killed on Wednesday in Tanana, Alaska. The officers, who both served the Fairbanks Rural Service Unit, were responding to reports from the village of a man threatening people with a gun. Rich was …

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Medical Marijuana Means More Crime?

Last year, a study was published, and reported on by McClatchey, that showed that marijuana was linked to crime more often than other commonly-abused substances. For example, the study reported, eighty percent of the adult males that had been arrested in Sacramento, California had tested positive for one or more drugs, most commonly marijuana. White House “drug czar”, Gil Kerlikowske, …

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Steven Seagal For Governor Of Arizona?

Action movie star Steven Seagal has hinted that he may run for Arizona governor. Seagal is an action film star, writer, producer, guitarist, artists and reserve deputy sheriff. His first film was “Above the Law (1988)”. He became famous in 1992 when “Under Siege” was released where he acted as Navy SEAL counter-terrorist expert. To date, he has been featured …

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Smartphones & Law Enforcement Discussed At Google Ideas

Google has been posting a bunch of “Google Ideas” discussions to YouTube this week. One that went live today discusses smartphones and their role in making law enforcement “smarter.” It’s only seventeen minutes long, so it won’t take too much of your time. “Commanders are isolated from their officers in the field, and civilian oversight is further removed still,” Google …

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License Plate Scanners are Appearing Across U.S.

Police, across the country, are now using license plate scanners to record and store information from millions of license plates, creating a database that can be used to track down the whereabouts of United States drivers. The American Civil Liberties Union recently released a report called “You Are Being Tracked: How License Plate Readers Are Being Used to Record Americans’ …

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Homeland Security: 3D Printed Guns May Be Impossible To Stop

The government is concerned about the proliferation of 3D printed guns. That much was obvious when the State Department demanded Defense Distributed remove the blueprints for the first 3D printed gun – The Liberator – from its Web site. Now another government agency is warning law enforcement about the potential dangers posed by 3D printed firearms. Fox News reports that …

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FBI Is Hoping To Wiretap Internet Services – Should It Be Allowed?

As technologies have advanced, they have dramatically changed the way that we live and interact. We, as consumers, have become accustomed to the convenience, capabilities, and even the entertainment that they provide. But, should these same advantages be applied to other areas such as law enforcement? This topic has recently come up for debate after the FBI indicated that it …

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How Cops Get Into Locked iPhones

Apple and Google are often compelled to assist law enforcement officials in the unlocking of iPhone and Android device screens, and some internal documents shed some light on the process of the password bypassing. From training materials put together by the Sacramento sheriff’s office featured in an article by CNET, there is a sort of fill in the blanks court …

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Google’s Drug Money About To Get Divided Up Among Law Enforcement

Last August, the United States Department of Justice announced that Google would forfeit $500 million for allowing Canadian pharmacies to place ads through AdWords, targeting consumers in the U.S. This was deemed “unlawful importation of controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs into the U.S.” DoJ attorney Peter Neronha (pictured) will hold a press conference in Providence today to announce how the …

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Microsoft PhotoDNA Will Help Cops Fight Child Porn

Microsoft announced today that it has partnered with Swedish company NetClean to make its patented PhotoDNA technology available free to law enforcement agencies investigating child sexual abuse cases. The technology will help agencies cull through the overwhelmingly large amount of sexually abusive content that is being shared across the Web. “Since 2002, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children …

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