Stingray devices being used to gain intel on citizens, privately

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is probing Florida police about its use of mobile phone tracking devices, after it emerged the state spent $3m (£1.8m) on Stingrays.

Stingrays act as fake phone towers and allow the police to track suspects via their mobile signals.

The Florida state police said that it was not able to discuss its use of the technology.

Such a response was unacceptable, said the campaign group.

“We usually see this kind of response in the national security area; from a state police agency, it’s particularly indefensible,” said ACLU lawyer Nathan Wessler.

“This technology raises serious questions under the Fourth Amendment. The public is entitled to full disclosure of records so it can engage in an informed debate about the legality and wisdom of these devices, and provide oversight of their use,” he added.

Innocent people

Stingrays have been around for a number of years and it is widely known that the FBI uses them.

“What is new is that local law enforcement agencies seem to have acquired them. We have evidence that the police are using them in Arizona, California and Florida. We wanted to dig deeper in Florida as a case study of what is happening elsewhere,” said Mr Wessler.

The portable Stingray boxes work by mimicking a mobile phone tower and tricking every phone in range into connecting to it. The connection reveals the International Mobile Subscriber Number (IMSI) and the Electronic Serial Number (ESN). It can also reveal the exact location of the user.

It is used by law enforcement agencies to home in on suspects.

“We have a couple of concerns about the way it functions. It ends up gathering the location and identifying information of hundreds or thousands of innocent people,” said Mr Wessler.

He said that there were also concerns about the regulation of such devices.

“We don’t know what policies the police departments have to protect people’s information, whether they use filtering software or whether they are going to a judge or getting other authority to use these things,” he added.

Non-disclosure

Explaining why it has decided to start asking questions about the use of Stingrays, he said: “We were partly motivated by the discovery that the Tallahassee Police Department had argued in court to permanently seal court records discussing its Stingray use, apparently in deference to a non-disclosure agreement with the device’s manufacturer.”

The manufacturer is Florida-based Harris Corporation. According to procurement records obtained by technology news site Ars Technica the firm has earned more than $40m (£24m) from contracts with city, state and federal US authorities since 2004.

No comment was received from the firm by the time of publication.

Meanwhile the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) told the BBC: “FDLE has provided all non-exempt documents pursuant to this request. The ACLU has submitted a subsequent request that we are currently reviewing.”

Another Example Of White’s Using Their Stolen Power To Deprive Blacks of Life!

People Are Rallying Around A Detroit Pregnant Mother Sentenced To Prison For Simply Defending Herself. Siwatu-Salama Ra mother and community leader in Detroit, was trying to defend herself when she was violently confronted by her neighbor. The neighbor rammed her vehicle into Siwatu’s car while her two-year old was inside and then tried to use the vehicle to run Siwatu and her mother over. Fearing for their lives, Siwatu, who is a licensed concealed gun owner, held her weapon in plain sight, hoping it would stop her neighbor from running them over. The gun was unloaded and no one was hurt.

Still, she was sentenced to two years in prison and is now behind bars and pregnant. 

Siwatu’s legal team is pursuing various tactics, including requesting she be released on bond pending appeal, reversal of the conviction, and a commutation and/or pardon. After already going through one high-risk pregnancy, Siwatu’s doctor warned the judge of the serious health threats she will face while in prison. Her lawyers are doing everything they can to get her home so she can have a healthy pregnancy and birth.

Michigan has a specific law, popularly known as the Stand Your Ground law to protect people who act by using a firearm to defend themselves from another person who they believe is going to cause unlawful harm to them if there is “an honest and reasonable belief that force is imminent.” However, instead of the law working for Siwatu, it was used against her.

Here’s the link to their fundraiser

Family in SUV cliff plunge got death threats after viral photo, friend says…

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused an SUV carrying a family of eight to plunge off a California cliff. Five members of the Hart family – a free-spirited brood from Washington state who grew their own food and took up activist causes – were found dead.

Searchers kept looking Friday for three more children believed to have been in the vehicle when it went over a scenic coastal overlook and landed on rocks in the Pacific Ocean below. The missing children may have been washed out to sea.

Some family friends describe the Harts as tight-knit and loving, but neighbors said they saw signs that caused them to worry about how the homeschooled children were being cared for.

One of the children, Devonte Hart, gained national attention in 2014 when he was photographed with tears in his eyes hugging a Portland police officer at a protest.

That singer Jenni Price of the band Acoustic Minds wrote the song “Quicksand” that was inspired the famous photo. When Price asked her friend Jennifer Hart to help make a video for the song, she said the family was reluctant.

“They had been laying very low due to the backlash of the photo,” she told KOIN in an email. “They had gone into hiding and just became a bit recluse due to death threats they had received.”

Price wrote she “had never met a family like this…They did not have TV, they did not use cell phone, they did not have technology in ways like children are glued. Instead their home was filled with books, musical instruments, artistic equipment like paint and crayons and markers and huge construction paper for art projects, their yard was open and a large part of it was a garden.”

But neighbors Bruce and Dana Dekalb saw something different.

“Their daughter is telling us, ‘Please, please, please,’ begging us not to go back. They’re abusing her,” said Dana Dekalb. “And then Devonte coming over here and telling us he’s being starved to death.”

The Dekalbs say recent cries for help from the Hart children prompted them to call Child Protective Services.

“I was trying to help them and protect them and this is the result,” said Dana.

Price told KOIN that it was hard for her to reconcile what she knew about the Hart family and the fact that neighbors said they were forced to call Child Protective Services.

If Money Isn’t Slavery, Then The Police Aren’t Slave Patrol

Most Americans spend their lives working for others, paying off debts to others and performing tasks that others tell them that they “must” do… we work our fingers to the bone to pay off these debts, and the vast majority of us are not even working for ourselves. Instead, our work makes the businesses that other people own more profitable.

So if we spend the best years of our lives building businesses for others, servicing debts that we owe to others and making others wealthier, what does that make us? In 2015, the words “servant” and “slave” have very negative connotations, and we typically don’t use them very much.

Instead, we use words like “employee” because they make us feel so much better. But is there really that much of a difference? Yes, most of us might not be “legal property” of someone else in a very narrow sense, but in a broader sense we all have to answer to someone.

We all have someone that we must obey. And we all have obligations that we must meet or else face the consequences. Perhaps you don’t think that any of this applies to you personally.

Well, if someone came up to you and asked you what you truly own, what would you say? Because if you don’t OWN LAND, you don’t own anything!!

We Get Money…🗣Because We’re Held To!

White Hatred Is Real, Even When Their DNA Is Mixed

I wanted to share this because it’s a perfect example of how white people suppress moor opinion while allowing any kind of white opinion.

my comment was removed because he said it violated but this white boy, who has a black great great grandmother who was raped, supports capitalism and ethnic cleansing can promote police violence against black bodies!

It’s just disgusting how white ppl support their kind giving their opinion but ours is oppressed and silenced! That bitch mark banned me for 24 hrs from posting but his 3/5 counterpart can post his heart content with no violation!

I just wish there was someplace not raggedy that I could spend my time with my ppl instead of having to deal with the suppression because I want to share and learn with my own!

I DO WISH WE WOULD STOP SUPPORTING THE LIFESTYLE WE GRANT THEM!!

He feels like it’s okay because he expresses hate for racist rhetoric but when you don’t agree with him, he places you in the dumb lane and all dumb people should be killed. Even though he doesn’t know you!

His white is definitely the dominate in the mixing and he utilizes it when it fits his need to not feel powerless! He’s a fucking coward and protected by white hatred…it must be nice to flip around like a fish out of water but instead of gills you have lungs so you can walk amongst bullshitting all the way!!!!!! They don’t respect that melanin even when it’s part of their dna…smhh

What Is Ca$h????

I don’t have time to play…if your quick to get offended don’t listen but if you can deal with the facts by all means.

What I’m looking for is some answers! I need people who get it and can offer their perspective.

The Fed expands the money supply through a couple of methods. For simplicity, let’s consider “security purchasing.” When the Fed wants to expand the money supply, it buys a security — let’s call it Asset A — from a bank. Then it electronically transfers money to that bank. There is now additional money in the financial system that the bank can use to provide loans.

The nice part about being the Fed is that it doesn’t actually need to mail a box of dollar bills to pay for these securities. Instead, it creates a “reserve balance” liability on its balance sheet. The transaction is completely electronic. No hard currency changes hands.

Then, when the Fed is ready to reduce monetary supply, it sells Asset A. This puts the security back into the financial market and reduces money in the system, again electronically. Is that money destroyed?

On the one hand, the money no longer exists in the financial system.

On the other hand, it was only there temporarily in the first place. When the Fed gets that money back, it merely reduces the size of its reserve balance liability. In a sense, money is only “created” during an expansionary cycle electronically, through an accounting mechanism. It’s then “destroyed” in a similar, but opposite, accounting entry.

How do you change something your controller doesn’t want to change????

Moor owned business in Detroit hosts dinner events to showcase moor chefs:

African-American owned business in Detroit hosts dinner events to showcase moor chefs:

‘Last Sunday Supper’ hosted last Sunday of each month.

DETROIT – A thriving African-American owned business is hosting special events featuring local chefs. House of Pure Vin continues to thrive in the heart of Downtown Detroit along Woodward Avenue.

Owner Regina Gaines is hosting “Last Sunday Supper,” taking place on the last Sunday of each month. She hosts a local chef to cook up a full chef’s menu and she pairs each course with wines from African American wineries.

In fact, University of Michigan football great and NFL star Charles Woodson has been making wine for a decade. One of his wines will be featured next week during Last Supper Sunday. “It is perfect to feature chefs who have returned to Detroit to showcase their talents,” Gaines said.

On Feb. 25, Celebrity chef Max Hardy, of River Bistro on Grand River Avenue, will serve up his Caribbean-style, refined soul food at the Last Supper Sunday. Reservations are $65. River Bistro was recently featured as No. 10 on a list of best new restaurants in the area.

Travel Noire writes about the “5 African American Wineries you should know.”