April 23, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIA'S 250 police surveillance cameras in recent years have documented shocking crimes and helped convict the evildoers responsible for them. But just how many of those cameras are operational? City officials say 93 percent are working and recording at any given time. But City Controller Alan Butkovitz told City Council yesterday that one-third of the cameras are broken, and some that work aren't even being monitored by human beings. Butkovitz said two reviews of the cameras by his office - in June 2012 and May 2013 - turned up the same results.
January 15, 2015 |
Federal judges in Philadelphia raised questions Tuesday about a New York Police Department surveillance program that critics say unfairly targeted Muslim communities after 9/11. The 11 plaintiffs in the case - including an Army sergeant, a former schoolteacher, and an imam - have argued that the surveillance intimidated people from attending Muslim businesses and places of worship. Julio Fuentes, one of three appeals court judges hearing the appeal, said he would not want to attend a mosque if it was being watched, and compared the effect to a business losing money.
December 15, 2014 |
High-tech surveillance cameras are going up on street poles in suburban South Jersey communities where they are being used as virtual patrols to stretch police departments. Many have been installed quietly, netting a rash of drug dealers as well as petty criminals. In Riverside, a blue-collar town of 9,000, the equipment was used in recent years to disband a burglary ring and a Bloods Gang affiliate known as Sex Money Murder. Nearby, in Burlington City, the equipment captured an encounter with a vandal who had a ladder, a hammer, and a scheme to stop the incessant recording on a street corner known as a drug market.
June 21, 2014 |
Following months of investigation and weeks of sleuthing, South Jersey law enforcement officials announced Thursday that they had arrested a suspect in a string of armed robberies at area 7-Eleven stores dating back to the start of the year. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office and the police departments of Evesham, Gloucester Township, and Cherry Hill reported the arrest of Charles Walls, 31, of Collingswood. Though he was immediately charged in connection with two robberies, officials say Walls is a suspect in at least six more, including the Jan. 10 repeated shooting of a store clerk who is struggling to regain the use of his legs.
March 7, 2014
M AX PERELMAN, 37, of East Falls, is co-founder and head of business development for Philly start-up Biomeme. Backed by DreamIt Ventures, Biomeme has a device that will turn your smartphone into a mobile DNA-replicating machine to help point-of-care clinicians quickly diagnose and track infectious diseases. Other co-founders are Jesse vanWestrienen, 30, of Old City, and Marc DeJohn, 44, of East Falls. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Biomeme? A: Marc and Jesse have backgrounds in bioscience and engineering and had been working on a mobile-diagnostics device.
January 27, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA To illustrate his point, Spencer Ackerman ordered the panel moderator to hand over her wallet, from which he then withdrew a credit card. "I'm going to make a little indentation copy of it," Ackerman, the national security editor for the Guardian newspaper, told about a hundred in the audience at the American Library Association's annual meeting at the Convention Center in Philadelphia on Saturday. "Now, I have an impression of her credit card. Have I taken something from her when I took the card or only when I use the impression to make a purchase?"
August 2, 2013 |
Third in a series of profiles of New Jersey's U.S. Senate candidates. Flanked by three scientists and joined by a former Energy Department secretary via webcam at a town-hall meeting Tuesday in West Windsor, N.J., called "Geek Out Live," the campaign message was clear: Rush Holt is an unabashed geek. The signs are everywhere: from the campaign bumper stickers proclaiming "My Congressman IS a Rocket Scientist" to his frequent reminder to voters that he beat the IBM computer Watson on Jeopardy!
July 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out that it can be a lot, depending on the technology. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars but with little public scrutiny, surveillance fees charged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly. AT&T, for example, imposes a $325 "activation fee" for each wiretap and $10 a day to maintain it. Smaller carriers Cricket and U.S. Cellular charge only about $250 per wiretap.
July 6, 2013 |
About 120 people marched from Washington Square to the Thomas Paine Plaza at the Municipal Services Building on Thursday afternoon as part of a national day of protest against widespread government surveillance. The group Restore the Fourth planned rallies across the country for the holiday, aiming to spread awareness about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. Organizers said they hoped their movement will spark changes in the Patriot Act, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and subsequent amendments; create an oversight committee; and hold officials involved in the surveillance accountable, according to the group's website.
July 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Monday moved to contain a diplomatic flare-up with Europe over reports that the United States has spied on some of its closest allies, assuring them that it would respond to concerns while also insisting that American surveillance is a natural part of modern statecraft. More than two years after a massive breach of State Department cables revealed the inner workings of U.S. diplomacy, reports that the National Security Agency had undertaken a wide-ranging effort to monitor European diplomatic offices seemed - at the very least - to once again force American officials into an embarrassing position.