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– “The FBI Has Planted Surveillance Cameras Throughout Seattle, You Just Can’t Know Where”
Last month [May], we noted that the FBI had hidden microphones in public places throughout the Bay Area – now it’s Seattle’s turn.
A federal judge recently blocked the city of Seattle from releasing information about surveillance cameras that the FBI has placed around the city, saying the disclosure could jeopardize ongoing investigations ABC News reports. The FBI had provided the city information about its use of surveillance cameras on public utility poles, but only to prevent the cameras from being removed or destroyed by utility workers. The city had originally planned to release the information as a result of public records requests by news reporters and privacy activists, however the Justice Department nixed that idea as fast as you can say Fourth Amendment.”
* From ABC News:
“The FBI’s use of the pole camera technique is a powerful tool in FBI investigations of criminal violations and national security threats,” the Justice Department’s lawsuit said. “Disclosure of even minor details about them may cause jeopardy to important federal interests because, much like a jigsaw puzzle, each detail may aid adversaries in piecing together information about the capabilities, limitations, and circumstances of (the) equipment’s use, and would allow law enforcement subjects, or national security adversaries, to accumulate information and draw conclusions about the FBI’s use of this technology, in order to evade effective, lawful investigation by the FBI.”
Ah yes, as a matter of national security, one can no longer expect private conversations in public places to remain private – got it,” quoting Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge.
A Yelm citizen wrote this to the Yelm Community Blog:
“I noticed out in front of the School recently that men were working on the power lines installing something early in the morning, this went on for a week or so.”