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Federal police will gain access to military spy satellites
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, below, that Homeland
Security and other federal police will gain access to military spy
This is akin to what I wrote about last year, which is police agencies
trying to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance over U.S.
Both raise important privacy concerns. But if the people being
surveilled are walking or driving on a public street, current precedent
says police surveillance, even aggressive police surveillance, is just
U.S. to Expand Domestic Use Of Spy Satellites
By ROBERT BLOCK
August 15, 2007; Page A1
The U.S.'s top intelligence official has greatly expanded the range of
federal and local authorities who can get access to information from the
nation's vast network of spy satellites in the U.S.
The decision, made three months ago by Director of National Intelligence
Michael McConnell, places for the first time some of the U.S.'s most
powerful intelligence-gathering tools at the disposal of domestic
security officials. The move was authorized in a May 25 memo sent to
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff asking his department to
facilitate access to the spy network on behalf of civilian agencies and
Until now, only a handful of federal civilian agencies, such as the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Geological
Survey, have had access to the most basic spy-satellite imagery, and
only for the purpose of scientific and environmental study.
Posted by Declan McCullagh on Aug 17, 2007
in category privacy
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