First Time Ever Federal Court Throws Out A Stingray Case

NEW YORK- For the first time, a federal judge has suppressed evidence obtained without a warrant by U.S. law enforcement using a stingray, a surveillance device that can trick suspects’ cell phones into revealing their locations.

Stingray is the nonspecific name for  IMSI-catcher technology with both passive (digital analyzer) and active (cell site simulator) capabilities. When operating in active mode, the device mimics a wireless carrier cell tower in order to force all nearby mobile phones and other cellular data devices to connect to it. StingRay devices can be mounted in vehicles, on airplanes, helicopters and on unmanned aerial vehicles.

Active mode operations

  1. Extracting stored data such as International Mobile Subscriber Identity (“IMSI”) numbers and Electronic Serial Number (“ESN”),
  2. Writing cellular protocol metadata to internal storage
  3. Forcing an increase in signal transmission power
  4. Forcing an abundance of radio signals to be transmitted
  5. Interception of communications content
  6. Tracking and locating the cellular device user,
  7. Conducting a denial of service attack
  8. Encryption key extraction.
  9. Radio jamming for either general denial of service purposes or to aid in active mode protocol rollback attacks

On Tuesday U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan ruled that defendant Raymond Lambi’s rights were violated when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used a StingRay device without a warrant to find his Washington Heights apartment.

The DEA had used a stingray to identify Lambis’ apartment as the most likely location of a cell phone identified during a drug-trafficking probe. Pauley said doing so constituted an unreasonable search.

“Absent a search warrant, the government may not turn a citizen’s cell phone into a tracking device,” Pauley wrote.

This ruling marks the first time a federal judge has suppressed evidence obtained using a stingray, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which has open criticized law enforcement’s use of such devices.

“This opinion strongly reinforces the strength of our constitutional privacy rights in the digital age,” ACLU attorney Nathan Freed Wessler said in a statement.

It was unclear whether prosecutors would seek to appeal. A spokeswoman for Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, whose office was prosecuting the case, declined to comment.

Excerpt from Stingray document obtained by ACLU

ACLU Documents Reveal Secretive Stingray Use in Florida -link-

Critics of the technology call it invasive and say it has been regularly used in secret to catch suspect in violation of their rights under the U.S. Constitution.

The ACLU has counted 66 agencies in 24 states and the District of Columbia that own stingrays but said that figure underrepresents the actual number of devices in use given what it called secrecy surrounding their purchases.

A Maryland appeals court in March became what the ACLU said was the first state appellate court to order evidence obtained using a stingray suppressed. Pauley’s decision was the first at the federal level.

The U.S. Justice Department in September changed its internal policies and required government agents to obtain a warrant before using a cell site simulator.

Bernard Seidler, Lambis’ lawyer, noted that occurred a week after his client was charged. He said it was unclear whether or not the drug case against Lambis would still stand or be dismissed.

(This version of the story corrects location of apartment in second paragraph to Washington Heights from the Bronx, rephrases paragraph 10 to make clear ACLU said its figure underrepresents number of devices)

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Medicare Prescriptions Drop After Medical Marijuana Legalized

Big Pharma’s nightmare has come true as Americans are depending less on the pharmaceutical industry and more on medical marijuana as an alternative to prescription medication.

Marijuana is a natural plant that can’t be patented, unlike chemical-made synthetic tablets. Marijuana can be used to treat chronic pain, depression and anxiety. This may be why more are choosing to toke and smoke the herb and less are choosing to swallow pills.

Marijuana is not only a natural, safer alternative, but the prices for pharmaceutical drugs have sky rocketed. Now people are seeking an alternative to “modern medicine” in the form of cannabis.

Research shows that legalized medical marijuana has caused a sharp decline in the purchasing of prescription meds. Using data on all prescriptions filed by Medicare D enrollees from 2010 to 2013, it was found that the use of prescription drugs was replaced with marijuana for health problems that marijuana could substitute for. For health problems where marijuana could not substitute, like blood-thinners, prescriptions didn’t drop.

“National overall reductions in Medicare program and enrollee spending which covers the cost of prescription medication.

When states implemented medical marijuana laws estimated to be $165.2 million per year in 2013.”
– Researchers Ashley C. Bradford and W. David Bradford

The study’s finding’s add more arguments to the debate about whether to legalize marijuana or not for medical purposes. Already 25 states and the nation’s capital have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. That list includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Washington, D.C.

Other States have legalized medical marijuana for limited use including – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Two states –  Florida and Missouri – are expected to vote for medical marijuana legalization in November.

On one hand legalization would save an estimated $470 million in Medicare part D spending if widely available. On the other hand, Big Pharma would lose customers, and as said by George Carlin, they want customers — not cures.

Various drugs have adverse side effects, and some even include suicidal thoughts and death. Not one known death can be attributed to marijuana, and opioid dependency is being decreased by Marijuana.

But could there be benefits to using marijuana? It’s already been revealed that the age old myth that marijuana kills brain cells is indeed false.

The myth was due to experiments where scientist took chimpanzees, strapped them with a gas mask and pumped them full of smoke. The study forgot to take into account that they didn’t allow the chimpanzees to breathe. Which holding your breathe for too long can kill brain cells on it’s own, by not breathing and taking in no oxygen and just smoke this would definitely kill brain cells — but marijuana isn’t to blame.

In fact, according to researchers Marijuana might do the opposite and grow brain cells. Marijuana compounds may also protect the brain from developing the Alzheimer’s disease according to researchers at the Salk Institute in San Diego. THC and other chemical compounds found in Marijuana remove amyloid beta proteins from the brain — which are toxins found in Alzheimer’s patients. The THC compounds also reduced cellular inflammation. What other health benefits lie ahead for cannabis users? Only time and more medical research will tell. But to reap its benefits we need to legalize marijuana as it’s still considered a schedule 1 drug by the federal government.

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Sanders Delegate Assaulted by Clinton Supporter at Democratic Party Meeting

A female at-large Bernie Sanders delegate meeting was assaulted by a male Hillary Clinton supporter at a heated party meeting in New York on Tuesday, wear the Vermont senator’s supporters were once again treated as unwelcome pests.

During the meeting, Sanders supporters were silenced once again as they were denied being heard on selection of the state chairman for the Democratic National Convention. Party leaders chose to make Governor Andrew Cuomo the party’s convention chair, and refused to allow Sanders delegates to submit other candidates or arguments.

Outraged, Sanders delegates began to protest and boo the decision.

“We are not recognizing Andrew Cuomo as the chair,” Kate Brezler, a Sanders delegate from White Plains said. “We wanted to have a democratic vote.”

Moumita Ahmed, an organizer with the People for Bernie Sanders, and co-founder of Millennials for Bernie Sanders, went up to the mic with another delegate, political commentator Nomiki Konst, to voice their dissent on behalf of Sanders delegates. Their microphone was then shut off.

“That was when I proceeded down the aisle to rally the Bernie delegates to decide on next steps, and while on my way an older, male Clinton delegate slapped me with the back of his hand from behind and told me to sit down. So I ran back and got my friend Kat Brezler, who was live streaming, to go and get Eddie Kay to come up and speak to Basil Smikle about the whole incident. On our way back, I confronted the man who assaulted me and told him ‘don’t you dare touch me ever again,’ and at that point he beat me with his cane. It was all caught on camera,” Ahmed wrote of the incident.

Ahmed and other delegates and volunteers then demanded that he be kicked out, which was shrugged off by party leaders.

“Oh this guy? He’s old, he didn’t mean any harm,” someone reportedly told Ahmed.

Ultimately, Ahmed ended up filing a police report for the assault.

“I filed a complaint with the police, and I am not backing down until the man who assaulted me receives punishment, because I feel it’s part of the picture of the work we still have to do in racial inequality when a young woman of color is caned in 2016 by a supporter of the presumptive first woman president,” Ahmed wrote.

Despite videos of the event, the New York Democratic Party seems to be gaslighting Sanders supporters, asserting that they never tried to nominate anyone else.

“Sanders representatives were also provided information on the process and the format of the meeting. Nominations were open to the floor, and then closed once none was offered. The vote was taken, and the overwhelming number of delegates supported the governor,” New York Democratic Party Executive Director Basil Smikle said in a statement to the New York Post.

The state has already been under criticism for two voter purges that barred 120,000 people from being able to vote.

Last month, the top Democrat at the city Board of Elections in Brooklyn was suspended without pay.

Sanders has called New York City’s voter disenfranchisement a “national disgrace.” 

In April, another Clinton supporter was captured on film assaulting a Greenpeace activist as she attempted to ask the former Secretary of State about contributions she has received from the fossil fuel industry.

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Why the Global Financial Meltdown Happened and How to Deal With It

On Monday August 24th, the U.S. Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 1000 points within five minutes of opening the New York Stock Exchange. The loss of 1000 points hasn’t been seen since the 2008 stock market crash. It happened amid China’s action of devaluing its own currency, the Yuan.

The Dow would recover to -588 points by the end of the day. (more…)

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Alec has been involved in activism such as sit down protests as well as Idle No More gatherings. Being independent for the majority of his time, Alec became a member of the WeAreChange family to assist one of the organizations that inspired him to become active in the first place. With a larger platform and positive support Alec has committed the majority of his time to research, writing, and maintaining social media with the goal to continue expanding the awakening sweeping throughout all levels of society.

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