Law enforcement reportedly use planes equipped with fake cell towers to track suspects

Shawn Knight

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For the last seven years, the U.S. Marshals Service has been using electronic devices installed in airplanes to track individuals.

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cliffordcooley

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That explains why we can't get additional towers put up! If our signal strength was stronger, these planes would have less chance of taking over communications. Now here is a concept, I had never considered before.
 

MilwaukeeMike

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Sources say what is done over US soil is completely legal although whether or not it should be done is a separate question.
Oh wow, an inflammatory statement in an article by Shawn... what a surprise. Not falling for your trolling this time, Shawn. (At least not until page 2 of the comments anyway)
 
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It probably is legal considering we now have to pass a law to find out what's in it.

But they are collecting data on Everyone in the area. Time will tell but eventually this will get abused. :(
 
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If this is fully legal why dont they use the providers cell towers info to locate people, that way they can cover the entire continent instead of relying on planes. Would be much more effective to ask AT&T to locate one person and then tell them where they are.
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

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As long as they actually discard the innocents info then this is great. The bad guys don't play by the rules, why should the feds?
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

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That explains why we can't get additional towers put up! If our signal strength was stronger, these planes would have less chance of taking over communications. Now here is a concept, I had never considered before.
Maybe you should encourage a lot more criminal activity in your area then you can have a cavalcade of Cessnas buzzing overhead 24/7 thereby eliminating the need for cell towers altogether but still have a strong, reliable signal when you need it. :D
 

seefizzle

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Every time I forget about all of the crazy ways our government has to spy on us I read another article that proves that the government has even farther reaching methods than I thought. I first thought, this can't be that bad. They can't possibly have that many planes up in the air collecting data this way... nope, they can cover most of the us population.

They're coming to take you away ha ha!
 

Camikazi

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That explains why we can't get additional towers put up! If our signal strength was stronger, these planes would have less chance of taking over communications. Now here is a concept, I had never considered before.
Maybe you should encourage a lot more criminal activity in your area then you can have a cavalcade of Cessnas buzzing overhead 24/7 thereby eliminating the need for cell towers altogether but still have a strong, reliable signal when you need it. :D
That is not a bad idea :p