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(Sun Sentinel)   Remember the good old days when the only organization tracking your cell phone calls was the NSA and not your local police department?   ( divider line
    More: Asinine, cell phones, assistant commissioner, stingrays, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, tracking, Broward Sheriff's Office  
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4858 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 May 2014 at 9:56 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-05-19 10:23:39 AM  
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Billy Bathsalt: I have one.  Turns out my neighbors think I'm listening to their calls.

My father used to put on headphones and listen to calls from the neighborhood in his scanner. In particular, he'd listen to calls between some married guy and his ex wife, in which the guy would wax nostalgic about all the sexual things the ex wife used to do for him that his new wife wouldn't do. And there my father is the whole time, eavesdropping in his recliner in the middle of the living room, headphones on, like the town's perviest hermit.

One time when he wasn't wearing the headphones I heard the woman call a local take out restaurant and place an order to be delivered to her home. I listened carefully to what she ordered and memorized her address and phone number, and then about ten minutes later I called her, pretending to be a restaurant employee, and told her we weren't allowed to deliver to her address because of previous pranks we'd received from that address and phone number, and that she'd have to come pick it up. Of course the woman was irate, insisting that none of that had ever happened, and when she demanded to speak to the manager I told her that he was busy at that moment, but could she call back in a couple minutes and talk to him then?

Fine! she shouted and slammed down the phone, and I went and sat back down and waited. Sure enough, a few minutes later I heard her pick up and dial the restaurant and demand angrily to speak to the manager, who, amusingly, had just left. The woman went off on a furious tirade about how she's never given them any reason to not deliver her food and she shouldn't have to drive all the way up there and blah blah blah. When the girl at the restaurant could get a word in, and when she understood who she was talking to, she said, I have no idea what you're talking about, you're food's right here and it's about to go out with our driver. The woman insisted that a guy had called her and said they wouldn't deliver her food, and the girl insisted there weren't even any men working there that evening. The whole conversation ended with both of them completely confused, neither having any sort of idea what had happened. I was 16 or 17 at the time, and found it all completely hilarious...

2014-05-19 12:16:06 PM  
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Not at all impressed
2014-05-19 10:46:22 AM  
1 vote:
Welcome to ObamaWorld citizen. Carry on.
2014-05-19 10:45:20 AM  
1 vote:
Why are people acting like these departments, my own probably included, are juts firing up the cell tracker and listening in on everyone? We only use it when it is an applicable tool to the investigation at hand. If we're looking for a specific person, whose cell phone number we know, that we need to track down and we need a warrant to do so. That's it. A wiretap warrant would be needed separately to listen in on someone, that tracking is something else entirely.

You can be pretty sure that what we are provided as police is gonna be a couple of steps lower than what the Feds have. It's not a magic box.
2014-05-19 10:18:12 AM  
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vpb: There isn't a cypher that can't be broken.

Then what just the hell is Bob Dylan singing about, anyway?
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