By John Knefel
February 02, 2013
What follows are three companies you should know about (because some of them can learn a lot about you with their spy technologies).
“L-3 Communications is one of the main subcontractors involved with production of the US’s lethal Predator since the inception of the programme. Predators are used by the CIA to kill ‘suspected militants’ and terrorize entire populations in Pakistan and Yemen. Drone strikes have escalated under the Obama administration and 2013 has already seen six strikes in the two countries.”Unsurprisingly, L3 Communications is well connected beyond the national security community. Its chief financial officer recently spoke at Goldman Sachs, at what the financial titan hilariously refers to as a “fireside chat.”
As the Wall Street Journal noted, surveillance of even “mundane” activities of people not accused of any crime is now “the default rather than the exception.”
“[i]t is not a question of whether drones will appear in the skies above the United States but how soon.”
EFF claims the device is a modern version of British soldiers canvassing the pre-Revolutionary colonies, searching people's homes without probable cause ~ exactly what the Fourth Amendment was created to prevent. EFF describes the process this way:
.“A Stingray works by masquerading as a cell phone tower ~ to which your mobile phone sends signals to every 7 to 15 seconds whether you are on a call or not ~ and tricks your phone into connecting to it. As a result, the government can figure out who, when and to where you are calling, the precise location of every device within the range, and with some devices, even capture the content of your conversations.”