According to FBI officials, the Stingray technology helps apprehend fugitives, provides information for complex drug investigations and can help lead to the rescue of kidnapped children. It’s also an “important tool in the Federal Government's efforts to protect and defend the United States against terrorism and other threats to our national security,” he said. According to FBI officials, the release of the information would allow “criminals and terrorists to piece together information about cell site simulators' use and capabilities and thereby develop methods to evade them.”
UPDATE: ABC NEWS 7 ALAN COHN SHOW Wednesday April 13th 2016 at 7:00 pm see http://www.mysuncoast.com/: Bill Warner Investigations Takes On Sarasota ACLU Over US Marshals Use of StingRay Cell Phone Surveillance to Catch Bad Guys.
SARASOTA, Fla. — The ACLU is suing the City of Sarasota, seeking information on the city’s police department and the controversial StingRay surveillance system. The StingRay surveillance program gives authorities a tool to defend. In this case, it’s against bad guys. Developed just a few years ago, the StingRay mimics a cell phone tower, allowing law enforcement to locate wanted criminals as long as they have a cell phone. Even if they aren’t on the phone, the StingRay can locate it.
Michael Barfield and the ACLU in Sarasota are attempting to disrupt investigative techniques used by Law Enforcement to catch violent felons. A city circuit judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking applications to the Florida state court and the state court’s orders, approving the use of “StingRay” devices capable of surveillance of entire communities. But the judge did not resolve the issue of the United States Marshals Service seizing copies of records from the Sarasota Police Department so the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) would not be able to get them. Detective Michael Jackson is, according to US Attorney Sean Flynn of the Justice Department, a “sworn special deputy” of the US Marshals Office. He is assigned to a “federally created regional task force”—the Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force (he covers the area where fugitive Andre Neverson is thought to be). He was working out of the Sarasota Police Department.
Michael Barfield, an admitted ex-con was arrested by the US Marshal Service in 2000, filed the request for records from the Sarasota Police Department and is the vice president of the board of the ACLU of Florida, made an appointment on May 22 to inspect documents, which is not unusual when requesting public records. But, on May 27, the city was notified by a “federal agency” (US Marshal Service) that they were not to release the documents because Jackson was working for the federal government. Barfield’s appointment was canceled and in the next day or two the ACLU was notified that US Marshals had come to the police department and taken copies of records that were removed to another location.
Michael A. Barfield, a paralegal and litigation consultant, plead guilty on May 12, 1999, to five Federal felony offenses, including conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury before a federal grand jury, and two separate wire fraud schemes. On October 25, 1999, Michael A. Barfield was sentenced to ten years in the Federal Bureau of Prison system, fined $7,500, and ordered to pay $50,500 in restitution. Michael A. Barfield did 6 years of the 10 year sentence.
The Federal conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury convictions stem from Michael Barfield’s role in concocting a false accusation in 1997 against then-United States District Judge Lee P. Gagliardi, now deceased, and Assistant United States Attorney Kathleen A. Haley, in an attempt to disqualify the judge from presiding over a pending criminal case. Michael Barfield hired two private investigators, Deana Scapaccino and Dana Corum, to help carry out the illegal scheme. Michael Barfield, Scapaccino and Corum falsely claimed that the judge and prosecutor met at a restaurant where they discussed details of the pending prosecution and exchanged case-related documents. During the federal grand jury investigation triggered by this accusation, Barfield and his co-conspirators repeatedly attempted to bolster their false accusation by providing false information to the FBI and false testimony and Michael Barfield and his pals fabricated documents to the grand jury.
On July 28, 1999, a federal jury convicted Dana H. Corum, a Florida private investigator and former paralegal, of conspiracy, obstructing justice in a pending federal criminal case, obstructing justice in a federal grand jury investigation, and acting as an accessory after the fact to perjury. Corum was indicted on these charges on March 24, 1999. She was sentenced to 78 months in prison on December 1999. Corum was one of two private investigators hired by Michael Barfield to make a false accusation against United States District Judge Gagliardi to disqualify the judge from presiding over a pending criminal case.
In late 1998 and early 1999, while working for a Florida attorney, Michael A. Barfield falsely represented to two convicted criminal defendants that he could secure leniency for them in exchange for substantial monetary payments. After obtaining approximately $50,000 from the defendants’ families, Michael A. Barfield made preparations to flee the country. He was arrested by the FBI in January 1999 and was incarcerated. Michael Barfield appears to not like cops.
Cellular telephones are radio transmitters and receivers much like a walkie-talkie. However, the cell phone only communicates with a "repeater" inside a nearby cell tower installation. At that installation, the devices take in all cell calls in its geographic area and repeat them out to other cell installations which repeat the signals onward to their destination telephone (either by radio or land-line wires). Radio is used also to transmit a caller's voice/data back to the receiver's cell telephone. The two-way duplex phone conversation then exists via these interconnections.
The StingRay family of devices can be mounted in vehicles, on airplanes, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles. Hand-carried versions are referred to under the trade name KingFish.
Extracting stored data such as International Mobile Subscriber Identity ("IMSI") numbers and Electronic Serial Number ("ESN"),
Writing cellular protocol metadata to internal storage
Forcing an increase in signal transmission power,
Forcing an abundance of radio signals to be transmitted
Interception of communications content
Tracking and locating the cellular device user,
Conducting a denial of service attack
Encryption key extraction.
Radio jamming for either general denial of service purposes or to aid in active mode protocol rollback attacks.
US Marshal Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force Most Wanted.
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|Name: ISAAC, Wesnel Offense(s): Homicide (3 Counts) Point of Contact: Fort Myers Office|
|Name: JEWELL, George Albert Kelly Offense(s): Violation of Parole, 1st Degree Murder Point of Contact: Tallahassee Office|
|Name: MARTINEZ, Juan Carlos Offense(s): Homicide Point of Contact: Fort Pierce Office|
|Name: PORTILLO, Luis Offense(s): 1st Degree Homicide Point of Contact: Miami Office|
|Name: TEAGUE, Randy Wayne Offense(s): Homicide Point of Contact: Jacksonville Office|
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