It's infuriating the lengths that the government is going to in order to hide their spying. Now, they're blocking an investigation.
The American Civil Liberties union put in a routine request for public records about the use of surveillance in Florida. Before the police could respond, the U.S. Marshals Service jumped in and confiscated the documents.
ACLU staff attorney Nathan Freed Wessler called the move “truly extraordinary and beyond the worst transparency violations” the group has seen regarding documents detailing police use of the technology.
“This is consistent with what we’ve seen around the country with federal agencies trying to meddle with public requests for StingRay information,” Wessler said, noting that federal authorities have in other cases invoked the Homeland Security Act to prevent the release of such records. “The feds are working very hard to block any release of this information to the public.”
The request was to find out more about "StingRays," which are structures that simulate a cellphone tower and trick nearby mobile devices to connect to them, giving up the phone's location.