By Adrian Sol @DAILY STORMER
So it seems like our capital has been riddled with foreign spies intercepting our leadership’s communications for years, and nobody has been bothering to do anything about it.
Or at least, this is how this is being presented.
But under the Trump administration’s leadership, it seems like the Department of Homeland Security is looking to crack down on all this “foreign” surveillance.
The U.S. government has acknowledged the existence in Washington D.C. of what appear to be devices that could be used by foreign spies and criminals to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
In a March 26 letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the Department of Homeland Security admitted that it “has observed anomalous activity in the [Washington D.C. area] that appears to be consistent with International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers.” DHS added that it had not determined the type of devices in use or who might have been operating them, nor did it say how many it detected or where.
Our own law-enforcement services actually use the same type of devices to spy on us.
Thousands of members of the military, the NSA, the CIA, the FBI and the rest of the national-security apparatus live and work in the Washington area. The surveillance-savvy among them encrypt their phone and data communications and employ electronic countermeasures. But unsuspecting citizens could fall prey.
There’s no doubt that there is invaluable information to be stolen by spying on people in our capital. So it should be fully expected that many actors will try.
What’s not expected is that our government hasn’t deemed this a problem until now, apparently.
Legislators have been raising alarms about the use of Stingrays in the capital since at least 2014, when Goldsmith and other security-company researchers conducted public sweeps that located suspected unauthorized devices near the White House, the Supreme Court, the Commerce Department and the Pentagon, among other locations.
The executive branch, however, has shied away from even discussing the subject.
Foreigners are spying on our government? Lol, let em’!
Why did Obama sweep this under the rug?
If I had to guess, I’d say he was told to let it happen. Because I’d bet top dollar the main culprit in this has been Israel. And they wouldn’t look kindly on having their little intelligence gathering operation getting busted.
Aaron Turner, president of the mobile security consultancy Integricell, was among the experts who conducted the 2014 sweeps, in part to try to drum up business. Little has changed since, he said.
Like other major world capitals, he said, Washington is awash in unauthorized interception devices. Foreign embassies have free rein because they are on sovereign soil.
Every embassy “worth their salt” has a cell tower simulator installed, Turner said. They use them “to track interesting people that come toward their embassies.” The Russians’ equipment is so powerful it can track targets a mile away, he said.
Right. Those eternal Russian hackers again.
Really activates your almonds.
You can be sure that if the deep state was worried about this Russian surveillance, it would have been shut down long ago. We’re likely dealing with something else here.
Shutting down rogue Stingrays is an expensive proposition that would require wireless network upgrades the industry has been loath to pay for, security experts say. It could also lead to conflict with U.S. intelligence and law enforcement.
Why would our police and spy agencies be against us removing these “foreign” surveillance devices?
You would think doing this would be a part of their jobs.