We’re flying and spying!

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But don’t worry, they promised to let go of your data if you’re not a criminal. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!

The U.S. Department of Justice is putting devices that emulate cellphone towers in Cessna aircraft and flying them around the country to track the locations of cellphones, a practice that targets criminal suspects but may also affect thousands of U.S. citizens, according to a news report Thursday.

The program is run by the DOJ’s U.S. Marshals Service and has been in operation since at least 2007, according to the report in the Wall Street Journal, which cited two unnamed sources. The aircraft are flown out of at least five metropolitan-area airports and can cover most of the U.S. population, it said.

Cellphones are programmed to connect to whichever nearby cell tower has the strongest signal. The fake cell towers trick phones into thinking they have the strongest signal, then read the devices’ unique registration numbers when they connect, the Journal report says.

The goal is to locate cellphones linked to people under investigation for crimes like selling drugs, but in the process the program collects data about people not suspected of any crime, the report says. The fake cell towers determine which phones belong to criminal suspects and “let go” of those that aren’t.

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  1. All of this activity fits under the umbrella of what the NSA is up to. Sen. Mark Udall was defeated in his reelection bid because he crossed the line with the NSA. Sen. Ron Wyden is allowed to keep his senate seat because he runs up to the line of what criticism is acceptable to the intelligence community and he never crosses it. Udall didn’t have any such filter so now he’s gone. Where is that 6500 page report authored by Feinstein’s Intelligence Committee concerning CIA torture? You can bet your ass that had Udall been the person in charge of writing this report it would have been truthful and already in the public domain. But alas, every member of every intelligence committee in both the House and Senate either once worked for the CIA or NSA or is 100% behind their illegal activities. Representative democracy?

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