BY BUDDY NEVINS
Is the City of Sunrise using a device to track phones or, in some cases, intercept calls and text messages?
The American Civil Liberties Union wants to know. The group filed a public information request in Sunrise and other Florida cities to ask for any documents relating to so-called “stingray” devices.
Sunrise cops refused to cooperate.
Stingray, manufactured by the Harris Corporation, is a highly secret mechanism that is alleged to capture phone calls and text messages. Sunrise has already made public invoices that it paid $65,000 for a stingray, and now refuses to say why.
The City of Sunrise obviously believes it needs to know what folks are saying on their phones and texts.
No surprise. This is the same city that ran bogus drug stings to make money, according to a detailed report in the Sun-Sentinel.
I will say one thing about President Barack Obama and the NSA scandal. Barack Obama fessed up.
What excuse is there?
Obviously the Sunrise cops are out of control. Instead of spying on phone calls and texts, the cops should do something about the rampant crime in parts of the city.
Read all about it in the ACLU’s response to Sunrise’s refusal to disclose just what they are spying on. The response is here.
A more complete story is here.
An earlier Browardbeat story about the Sunrise police is here.