This dude is a good American.
Interesting series on local government invasion of privacy events in the Detnews.com
Now, though, some privacy advocates question why one of the safest counties in Michigan needs the super-secretive Hailstorm device that is believed to be able to collect large amounts of cellphone data, including the locations of users, by masquerading as a cell tower.
“I don’t like not knowing what it’s capable of,” said county Commissioner Jim Runestad, R-White Lake Township, who has met in recent weeks with sheriff’s officials about his concerns.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is one of about two dozen forces nationwide — and the only one in Michigan — with the $170,000 machine. So little is known about Hailstorm that even national experts will only speculate about its capabilities. The technology from Florida-based defense contractor Harris Corp. is believed to be an upgrade of Stingray, a suitcase-sized contraption that is installed in cars and used to trick nearby phones into connecting with it and providing data to police.
Undersheriff Michael McCabe said, “Hailstorm helps us capture fugitives from the law, people wanted for murder and rape” and can be used only with a search warrant. He said the federal Homeland Security Act bars him from discussing Hailstorm, but he elaborated at length about what it doesn’t do.
“It’s not a tool to spy on people, unequivocally,” McCabe said. “It does not record cellphone conversations … Hailstorm does not capture personal information on anyone or store unintended target data. It does not take photos of anyone. It doesn’t take videos or fly in the sky. It’s a tool used for criminal investigations and it’s legal and lawful.”
McCabe recently gave similar assurances to county commissioners. He was prompted in part by persistent, anonymous emails that have been sent to county officials and others about the system, but also questions from Runestad.
Sure… like why would anyone question the on record judgement calls from the Oakland County Sheriff?
Michigan's First District Will Have A Primary Battle
Alan Arcand (R-Iron River) announced today that his campaign has surpassed the 1,000 signature minimum to qualify for the August Republican primary race against incumbent Dan Benishek. Arcand achieved the benchmark during a weekend visit to the Traverse City area, collected some 300 signatures in 3 days.
A veteran of the Air Force, he will be gathering approximately 200 more signatures to ensure a cushion against any challenge, and will file in Lansing once this goal has been met. “Our visit to the Bay region was both fruitful and invigorating.” he said, “The reception and help we received was encouraging, and we look forward to our next visit in May.”
Arcand is challenging two term incumbent Republican Dr. Dan Benishek in Michigan’s largest Congressional district. His website is: arcandforcongress.com, and information on Arcand can also be found on Facebook HERE.
Well, if it is exposure that Rep. Stamas seeks, then let’s give him some true exposure.
Give billionaire Mike Ilitch roughly $290M so he can build a new ice rink with our money? Yes, Roll Call 807
Create a Metro Detoilet Mass Transit Authority when road repairs allegedly require a fuel tax and registration fee hike? Yes, Roll Call 691
Shake down motorists every 10 years for an extra $5 for a Mandatory new plate? Yes, Roll Call 308
Impose a MANDATE on health insurance policies for “broad spectrum” disorders? Yes, Roll Call 159
Dole out $50M for electric batteries in Wixom? Yes, Roll Call 613
Well, I guess that’s enough for now but, there is way more that can be listed. Anyhoo, thanks for calling, Rep. Stamas.
Just ring again if you need anymore help getting your name out to the voting public.
Yep. Keep on giving up your Right to due process over to a powerful centralized Ineptocracy.
With only three weeks to the filing deadline, Congressman Dave Camp has said he will not seek re-election. Rollcall reports his announcement:
“Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the United States House of Representatives,” Camp said in a statement. “This decision was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family.”
We wish him the best of luck in future endeavors.
We also hope that Peter Konetchy is ready to fend off an expected establishment chosen congressional candidate. Konetchy is currently the only announced candidate for the 4th congressional district in Michigan
Serious question when those in Lansing just performed government sanctioned theft of $60 million dollars (includes $10M gamed from .FEDGOV). Why is this going on anywhere?
Be careful how you answer that because it sure as Hell is not giving me a warm and fuzzy feeling that the Progressive Nerd’s non-bailout bailout schemes is spending another $350M in tax dollars.
7 Term Congressman Is Moving On
Its apparently time to move on the the graveyard of political careers. The land of political punditry; broadcaster Nirvana. Talk Radio. The Detroit News Reports
The seven-term Howell Republican’s announcement comes less than a month before the filing deadline — and is the third major departure for the state’s congressional delegation following the decisions of Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, and Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, to retire. Last year, Rogers opted not to pursue Levin‘s seat, despite pressure from fellow Republicans, to focus on his job overseeing the Intelligence committee.
This of course presents yet another opportunity for a Michigan conservative pickup in the 8th congressional district. It also can go the other way if a decent candidate is NOT found by April 22, which is Michigan’s filing deadline for the Aug 5 primary.