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July 23, 2000 | From Reuters
Former Northern Ireland Secretary Marjorie "Mo" Mowlam has admitted that she sanctioned the bugging of a car used by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams while peace talks were being held last year, the BBC said Saturday. "Lives were being lost. At least it was done to make sure we knew what was going on," Mowlam said in an interview to be broadcast Monday, details of which were released by the British Broadcasting Corp. in advance.
April 24, 2014 | By Angel Jennings, Richard Winton and James Rainey
After learning this week of a nine-day aerial surveillance program conducted in 2012, Compton Mayor Aja Brown proposed a policy that would require authorities to notify the public before installing monitoring equipment. “There is nothing worse than believing you are being observed by a third party unnecessarily,” Compton Mayor Aja Brown said Wednesday. “We want to assure the peace of mind of our citizens.” The proposal for the so-called “citizen privacy protection policy” came amid public outrage among Compton residents who were never notified of the pilot surveillance program and said it amounted to an invasion of privacy.  For nine days in early 2012, a small Cessna plane recorded low-resolution images of every corner of the 10.1-square-mile city and beamed them to the local Sheriff's Department station, where deputies observed incidents including fender benders, a string of necklace snatchings and a shooting.
June 26, 2009 | Robert Abele
Her debut provocation, 1993's "Boxing Helena," revealed the limits of artistic heredity, and now director Jennifer Lynch -- daughter of David -- has returned with the prankish, ultra-violent hell ride "Surveillance." But, again, her quest to unnerve feels forced.
April 23, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department acknowledged this week that Compton residents were not notified of an airborne video-surveillance program that was tested in 2012. "No notification to the residents was made because this system was being tested in a city where cameras were already deployed and the system was only being evaluated," the department said in a statement released Tuesday. Officials said the department decided the program was not useful and dropped it after the test period.
October 28, 1997 | VERONIQUE de TURENNE
A device that makes time-lapse surveillance videotapes easier to view will be presented to Ventura County today at the Board of Supervisors' morning meeting. The so-called "Blue Box" is a gift from ARCO Products Co., according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. The Blue Box also converts and copies surveillance videos to standard VHS format, and can print color photos from the videos to use in investigations.
February 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has been placed under 24-hour police surveillance, said Serbia's new interior minister, Dusan Mihajlovic. Mihajlovic did not give details. But police sources, who demanded anonymity, said security guards who once were loyal to Milosevic now report to the new pro-democracy government on his whereabouts, amid fears that he may flee the country or go into hiding to escape war crimes charges.
February 7, 2006
Re "Tapping into AT&T," editorial, Feb. 5 The Times thinks that AT&T should thwart all telephone surveillance by the National Security Agency in the future and that there is no excuse or need for warrantless domestic surveillance. Additionally, The Times believes this anti-terrorism tool is illegal and should be discontinued, despite its success in preventing any post-9/11 terrorism on U.S. soil so far. I think The Times' editorial board has memory loss and would be one of the first to howl about President Bush being inept if and when the U.S. were hit with a major terrorist act. I can only conclude The Times wants to restrict those who want to prevent terrorism, by protecting those who want to do America and Americans harm.
February 9, 2008
Re "Trust, but verify," editorial, Feb. 4 The editorial regarding intelligence gathering misstates the impact of foreign surveillance on U.S. persons. To say that surveillance of a foreign terrorist allows intelligence officials to also track the activities of U.S. citizens is misleading. The law has never required a court order for surveillance of a foreign terrorist, even if the terrorist calls someone in the United States. When a terrorist overseas does contact an American, our intelligence laws provide minimization procedures to limit surveillance.
June 21, 1999
The excellent commentary by Simon Davies, "Big Brother Truly Is Watching You" (June 13), should sound a wake-up call to all Americans. His only omission was the gender change that has taken place in our Orwellian society. Big Brother has become Big Momma. As a senior citizen, I have witnessed the relentless abrogation of individual rights taking place in our country over the last 40 years, a suppression of personal freedoms unparalleled since the Stalinization of Russia. Most of this has come in the form of bureaucratic edicts purportedly designed to protect us from ourselves.
August 3, 2001
Re "At FBI, a Traitor Helped in Search for Subversives," July 29: Monitoring the legal, political and social activities of Americans should be prohibited. The Reagan and Bush Sr. administrations requested covert surveillance of legitimate liberal groups. The files have come to light only because one of the FBI's agents in charge of domestic spying, Robert Hanssen, is being charged with providing secrets to the Soviets that resulted in the execution of double agents in the USSR. Are there no liberal FBI agents?
April 23, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Wednesday there were no "Big Brother" aspects to an airborne video-surveillance program over Compton that was tested in 2012. Under the nine-day trial program in January 2012, a video camera was mounted on a small plane that was deployed for six-hour periods during the day, the department said. The plane, which flew out of Long Beach Airport, was operated by a private company that provides airborne surveillance technology. Nicole Nishida, a sheriff's spokeswoman, said the program was limited in scope and the department did not see a need to announce it because the city already used ground surveillance cameras in any areas.
April 23, 2014 | By Angel Jennings, Richard Winton and James Rainey
To the 96,000 residents of Compton, the little Cessna would have looked like scores of other small planes that flew over the city each day. But anyone paying close attention might have noticed the single-engine craft kept circling the city in a continuous loop. What they could not have known was that it packed unusual cargo - a bank of a dozen wide-angle industrial imaging cameras. They recorded low-resolution images of every corner of the 10.1-square-mile city. For nine days in early 2012, the small plane beamed the images to the local Sheriff's Department station, where deputies observed fender benders, necklace snatchings and a shooting.
April 22, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that an airborne video-surveillance program that was tested in 2012 was deemed not useful for the agency's crime-fighting needs. Under the nine-day trial program in January 2012, a video camera was mounted on a small plane that was deployed for six-hour periods during the day, the department said. The plane, which flew out of Long Beach Airport, was operated by a private company that provides airborne surveillance technology.
April 7, 2014 | Ken Dilanian
When federal prosecutors charged Colorado resident Jamshid Muhtorov in 2012 with providing support to a terrorist organization in his native Uzbekistan, court records suggested the FBI had secretly tapped his phones and read his emails. But it wasn't just the FBI. The Justice Department acknowledged in October that the National Security Agency had gathered evidence against Muhtorov under a 2008 law that authorizes foreign intelligence surveillance without warrants, much of it on the Internet.
March 2, 2014 | By Maija Palmer
There is a sense of despair when it comes to privacy in the digital age. Many of us assume that so much of our electronic information is now compromised, whether by corporations or government agencies, that there is little that can be done about it. Sometimes we try to rationalize this by telling ourselves that privacy may no longer matter so much. After all, an upstanding citizen should have nothing to fear from surveillance. In "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance," author Julia Angwin seeks to challenge that defeatism.
February 11, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Google, Twitter and Microsoft were among the nation's tech companies who lent their support to an anti-spying protest Tuesday that urged Congress to restrict the National Security Agency's powers. " The Day We Fight Back " campaign, formally supported by civil liberties groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and websites, including Reddit, aims to end "mass surveillance -- of both Americans and the citizens of the whole world," according to a news release from the coalition.
February 1, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Arizona, which has tried to school the federal government in immigration enforcement, again wants to teach the U.S. a lesson. This time, a junior state lawmaker intends to take on the National Security Agency, which has been under fire for controversial data-collection tactics that include keeping records of every telephone number dialed in the U.S. for five years. State Sen. Kelli Ward, a tea party Republican who represents the Lake Havasu area, introduced a bill this month intended to limit NSA operations in Arizona.
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