September 11, 2016 |
'Don't trust the government," Oliver Stone was saying the other day, on the phone from Washington. "I've always said this, from the beginning of my career, my own experience in Vietnam, and Salvador - what I saw there with my own eyes. Never trust the government. They lie all the time. " Stone, acknowledging that his films tend to be controversial - an understatement if ever there was one from the provocateur behind Platoon, Salvador, JFK, Nixon, World Trade Center , and W - was in the nation's capital to screen Snowden . On Wednesday night, he presented his two-hour, 14-minute biopic about Edward Snowden, the NSA whistle-blower who leaked a data storm of classified documents exposing the security agency's mass monitoring of Americans' emails, phone calls, Facebook posts, and dating-site missives.
September 9, 2016
By Vida Bajc With the cauldron at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro extinguished, fans and critics alike are revisiting the perennial Olympic question: To whom is this enormously oversized effort to host the Games really worth it? One beneficiary that was prominently featured in Rio is the world of global security and surveillance. Olympic delegations and high-profile guests clearly want to be assured that the host has control over security. The organizers are equally as eager to demonstrate that they have the event under control.
August 6, 2016
A plan to install 10 surveillance cameras in high-crime areas of Pottstown was presented to the borough council this week. The camera system, which is being funded by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, will be monitored around the clock by the Pottstown Police Department, said Assistant District Attorney Brianna Ringwood. The cameras, which can be moved to different locations as needed, will be useful in apprehending suspects and aiding investigations, Ringwood said.
June 17, 2016 |
Two former employees of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission were charged Wednesday by state prosecutors with collecting pay for time they did not work. Sharie Anne Sacco, 56, and Stephen Michael Dombek, 51, were accused of stealing more than $8,000 by falsifying their work hours and using state vehicles for personal use. The Turnpike Commission conducted 39 days of surveillance between April and June last year on Sacco, a construction manager, and caught her submitting bogus time reports for all 39 days, prosecutors said.
June 2, 2016
By Chris Edelson Donald Trump clearly has a way of grabbing attention by making bold statements that energize his supporters and repel his critics. After the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, Trump initially said he "would certainly implement" a database to register and track Muslims in the United States, while further suggesting there should be surveillance of mosques. He also left open the possibility that Muslim Americans might be required to carry specific identification indicating their religious faith.
May 15, 2016 |
A Philadelphia Police Department surveillance vehicle bearing a Google Maps logo seen in Center City on Wednesday was not authorized to use the logo, officials said Friday. "We have been informed that this unmarked vehicle belongs to the Police Department," police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said in an email. "Once this was brought to our attention, it was ordered that the decals be removed immediately. " The officers who used the logo were "trying to be creative," he added. News of the "Google" surveillance vehicle broke Wednesday morning, when a University of Pennsylvania assistant professor, Matt Blaze, noticed the white SUV on 13th Street near Arch and tweeted about it. He mistakenly called it a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle, but the online magazine Motherboard soon set the record straight.
December 14, 2015 |
After Bob Garraty's annual PSA blood test led to the diagnosis of a tiny, slow-growing prostate tumor, he opted to do something almost as stressful as getting treatment. He postponed it. Like a growing number of men, he chose "active surveillance" of his cancer. He had PSA blood tests plus physical exams every three months, and biopsies every year, in hopes that he would never need surgery or radiation - and never risk treatment-related urinary and sexual problems. It didn't turn out quite that way. In October, after four years of surveillance, his biopsy revealed the cancer was turning more aggressive.
December 6, 2015 |
Police released surveillance images Friday of two men suspected of a Thanksgiving homicide in the city's Port Richmond section and several armed robberies in the area. Ryan Kelly, 21, was shot in the chest shortly after 5 a.m. Nov. 26 in the 3500 block of Almond Street and was pronounced dead a short time later at Temple University Hospital. Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman, said it was unclear whether Kelly, who lived nearby and may have been on his way home, was the victim of an attempted robbery that turned deadly.
October 28, 2015 |
The judge presiding over the criminal case against an aide to state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said at a hearing Tuesday that he and his wife had been followed and that his house had been under surveillance. Montgomery County Court Judge William R. Carpenter made the disclosure before denying a motion to dismiss a contempt-of-court charge against Patrick Reese, who was the head of Kane's security detail and her sometime driver. Carpenter also denied a motion to recuse himself.
October 15, 2015 |
A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department's post-9/11 surveillance of Muslim religious and civic groups, comparing the program to other dark moments of race-based government monitoring in America's past. "We have been down similar roads before," Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro wrote for a three-judge panel of the Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. "Jewish Americans during the Red Scare, African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement, and Japanese Americans during World War II are examples that readily spring to mind.