A Police State Christmas List

December 21, 2015

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A Police State Christmas List

A web publication called The Intercept has published a catalog of 53 cellphone surveillance devices in current use by intelligence agencies, the armed forces and American police forces.

The catalog includes well known devices like the “Stingray” and the DRT (pronounced  dirt) box as well as more exotic devices.

For example the Harris Corporation Wireless Products Group, the maker of the Stingray has developed a concealable device called the Blackfin II that operators and operator wannabes (police Swat members increasingly refer to themselves as “operators,” in the style of American special operations forces) can conceal on their persons. The Blackfin II can eavesdrop on cell calls, read text messages or block calls from single or multiple phones. The device costs $75,000.

On the other hand, the Cellbrite Battlefield Data Recovery/Systems Security Engineering is a smart phone sized device that costs a mere $9,920 plus $900 a year for support and maintenance. Police forces large and small around the country depend on the Cellbrite to quickly and efficiently suck every last byte of data from virtually any cellphone. A recent Supreme Court ruling titled  required police to get a warrant before snooping through personal phone books, photo rolls, videos, calls logs and so on to find evidence that can be used against you. There is no such prohibition against mere “intelligence gathering.”

Dirt Boxes Galore

The Intercept lists a half dozen current versions of dirt boxes. Dirt boxes circumvent the involvement of phone companies in the domestic spying process. The boxes appear to be the strongest available cell phone tower to targeted phones. They exploit the fact that phones must report their locations in order to receive calls and messages.

The devices are manufactured by Digital Receiver Technologies of Germantown, Maryland. The company is a subsidiary of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. All dirt boxes simulate cellphone towers. All versions costs $80,000 or more; can be deployed on the ground or in the air; can target up to 10,000 phone numbers; and can spy on and record up to 96 phone calls at once. Various models include specific features for all your local police department’s domestic spying needs.

For example the DRT 1301C “incorporates advanced passive cooling technology eliminating the need for a noisy fan.”

The Intercept reports, “Today nearly 60 law enforcement agencies in 23 states are known to possess a Stingray or some form of cell-site simulator, though experts believe that number likely under represents the real total. In some jurisdictions, police use cell-site simulators regularly. The Baltimore Police Department, for example, has used Stingrays more than 4,300 times since 2007.”

You can read the complete catalogue here.


40 Responses to “A Police State Christmas List”

  1. xplor Says:

    These are called man in the middle attacks. They can also do wifi.

  2. T Hell Says:

    Is that what your department calls them?

  3. NCRider Says:

    @ T Hell – Just as my blood starts to boil from reading this, you cracked me up! Funny as hell.


  4. Anonymous Says:

    Stock of both Boeing and Harris were up today. They must read this site on Wall Street.

  5. dogbreath Says:

    Lets hope Anonymous is also reading.

  6. Dev Says:

    All the more reason to keep using Tracphone. Their base of operations is in India. Good luck on any “operator” here trying to get them to assist with even the most medium sized request.

  7. Sieg Says:

    Yeah, Anonymous is actually on the side of the little guy…

    And if you blee dat…

    Ya know, I think I’m gonna hafta ax my congress-critter just why these devices are legally manufactured here in the US of A. Sure can’t think of ANY reason why we should be allowing the pigs so much power.

    Or maybe we should, I don’t know, just get on up off the couch and have revolution or something?

    Here are a few little excerpts from an historical site, http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/essays/before-1800/was-the-american-revolution-a-revolution/background-history-and-the-beginning-of-the-revolution.php if you want to browse it yourself.

    Thing is, before Lexington and Concord, before it all got famous and huge and turned into a famous historical conflict, the FIRST American Revolution (FAR) was a small, local, brushfire type of thing. Patriots would meet, infiltrate a ‘ville, maybe slice a few throats, that type of thing, hang a few bigshots, and torch the place. They won hearts and minds when they could, but many times, they burned it all down-too many sympathizers.

    Damn…it all sounds so eerily familiar.

    “One of the more important facets of a revolution is violence. In this respect the American Revolution truly fits the description of a real Revolution. The most serious effect “of the colonies was the number and the force of the influences which were impelling large classes to violence…, …accustoming them to an unrestrained exercise of power and breaking down among them salutary respect for authority” (Lecky, 1912). While some scholars, especially English historians, may see this as an evil outcome of the Revolution, the violence and its consequences were an important part of the Revolutionary experience. It is from this violent uproar that the United States of America was born.”

    “However, not everyone favored the revolutionary movement; this was especially true in areas of mixed ethnic cultures and in those that were untouched by the war. The citizens of the middle colonies were especially unenthusiastic about the revolution.

    Among those who did support a change in the government structure, not everyone who joined the movement favored violence. Quakers and members of other religions, as well as many merchants from the middle colonies, and some discontented farmers and frontiersmen from southern colonies opposed the use of violence, and instead favored “discussion and compromise as the proper solution”.

    The patriots were able to gain a great deal of support for a violent Revolution from the less well-to-do, from many of the professional class, especially lawyers, some of the great planters and a number of merchants. Support for the Revolution increased when it became clear that King “George III had no intention of making concessions”

    Now, I’m just wondering, I wouldn’t want anyone to take this as a suggestion or like that, but what’s going to happen when enough people say “fuck it, I’ve had enough”, and declare war, whether personally or as a group, on the New Redcoats, the Federals? When enough people, or enough organizations, perceive of federal gun-thugs as enemy combatants, then will they start to operate against them? When enough people or organizations DO start operating against the federals, you can bet the repression is right behind…the real thing, not the mickey-mouse shit they’ve been running so far. I’m talking real live “Red Dawn” shit, with people behind wire. And when THAT happens, think enough people will wake-up, finally, and say FUCK IT!!!

    Just wondering. Personally, I think when that starts to happen, anyone working, in any capacity, for the Federal, will be a legitimate target. Just an opinion, I’m sure it violates a law somewhere, or if not, one can be manufactured for it to violate, but something cheery to think on.

    TOSIAR 14W

  8. Phuquehed Says:

    Right the fuck on, Sieg! In every war or revolution or similar typr of thing there’s *always* the worms who think ‘talking’ will work…even though the fucktards have been doing it for ten years and gotten nowhere…they keep thinking a little longer and maybe it’ll finally work.

    Yeah, look where it’s gotten anyone. The governments they kept trying to talk to sent dimwitted plebes who thought they were doing good and had no clue the government was simply fucking them over too.

    Governments don’t change nicely. Too many fat-cats don’t want to lose their power(s) (it even really isn’t ALL about money, but the power, because with the power *then* they can get the money). Find one that has. Good luck.

    Our founding fathers gave us that ability though to try to change our government ‘nicely’ and if the asshats in that government decided they thought King George was right to fight it, we got the *RIGHTS* to fight it away from them. The second is *NOT* about home safety or safety on the street, it’s about being able to defend ourselves from a fucktard government going too far and to be able to fight it out of existence and start aright once more.

    Hmmm…I must be a dissenter or something.

  9. The Kraut Says:


    Respects, Kraut

  10. The Kraut Says:


  11. Troll 1% Says:

    @ Sieg Thank you for the history reminder. Since I recently lost my “privilege” to vote I’ve remembered an historical quote from the same era that you discussed in your commentary.”Taxation without representation is tyranny” I therefore submit that any person who has lost their voice in their governmental representation should be deemed tax exempt. ie;anyone convicted of an alleged crime where they’re rights to vote are suspended or revoked. I’ve got too much free time on my hands this week. A wish to all that deserve it,Have a safe and simple season. Rebel, again ,thank you for all you do for our world. My sincere respects and wishes to those that deserve.You know who you are. Troll 1% LPDP

  12. Brad Milch Says:

    It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to imagine how a skilled defense attorney or team could take this cellphone eavesdropping info & destroy the LEO involved in the Waco massacre at Twin Peaks with it. New discovery (destroyed when LEO confiscated cellphones & wiped their memory when they presumably already had the info they pinched off the phones with their snoop tools) might be ‘discoverable’ if the lawyers can pry loose from LEO what they stole from the bikers they were snooping on.
    It’s no secret people engaged in criminal activity use cellphones like old World War II walkie-talkies to communicate with criminal co-conspirators & accomplices. Attorneys could make the argument that even if some bikers were planning together to commit crimes, the police knew of these plans in advance as a result of their cellphone eavesdropping & did nothing to quash it before the violence occurred & people were either killed or hurt; instead police opted to record it all for their posterity & future legal use against the C of C & I.
    All it takes is one juror that does not trust the LEO involved in Waco II to hang up a trial & cause the case to be retried. The OJ & Casey Anthony trials clearly demonstrated what happens when the jury as a whole rejects the police because they found them untrustworthy.
    I might be tempted to buy a raspa or chalupa off Reyna (if he goes to selling those items off a street push cart after his performance post-Waco II is evaluated & rejected by that area of Texas’ voters that push into a different line of work) if a I saw Rebel buy one first; as much as I trust & admire Rebel’s journalism skills & wisdom, my gut would still tell me the raspa & chalupa were not worth the money charged.

  13. Gandalf Says:

    @ Sieg I agree 100% and would add that most of the reasons we started the Revloution have all come back in the guise of Whatever. Speedy Trial, “Not practical too many cases.” Innocent until proven Guilty, “the bail bond system out of control. Free Speech, “Gag orders to protect defendents” and last but not least Freedom of Religion, “Starbucks coffee cups. LOL
    Happy Holidays everyone LOL @ Troll 1%er I lost my right to vote in 77 3 years before I was old enough to even do it. LOL BTW If the USA ever went into rebellion Y’all would rule the yard because of your brotherhood… Me? Fuck it I’m old anyway… Everyone gotta die and a bullet sounds better than Cancer. Merry Christmas to all, and to all good night. ;)

  14. FF Says:


    All I can say its just me and my family. And if/when they are gone its just me against my enemy. The odds be damned.

    I dont give a shit about anything but right and wrong. Most of the people in this country DESERVE a boot on their neck. Fuck em all. Let them all know what Crazy Horse knew. Stupid fucking bastards.

    Peace, respect to you and yours.

  15. Parsifal Says:

    @ FF – I been telling my family – if your not part of my family or a very good long time friend of the family? Your probably my enemy – and even some in my family are suspect.

    Tasunka Witko ? – Yeah, the Horse was a great patriot – Capitulation only gets you dead.

    BTW – Dec. 26 is the 153 Anniversary of the largest Mass Hanging in America. 38 Dakota Warriors/Patriots/Men were hung. Yeah, day after Xmas, gives a person a warm fuzzy holiday feeling. Capitulation got them dead too. {They may as well fought to the death.}

  16. FF Says:


    Good ol’ Honest Abe!

  17. Ronbo Says:

    I may not comment much anymore but I am here most days. I always look forward to your comments and insight. Paliden and Phuquehed too. Anyways , thanks and I am continually preparing for TOSIAR


  18. T Hell Says:

    Wise words my friend, its all about incrementalism versus the tipping point. Most everyone thinks they have a line in the sand where once the government crosses it there will be no turning back but the government never crosses that line, they simply dig around it, chipping away one right at a time and before most people realize it that line has been not only crossed but completely erased. In the biker community you will find the last vestiges of true patriots, that is why the government of this once fine country tries so hard to eradicate them. The tipping point is when patriots and sheep alike look at each other and just don’t give a fuck anymore. Just how close to the edge one can stand will never be known until that tipping point is crossed. As for me give a fuck been gone for too long to remember.

  19. Shovelhead Says:


    “Hmmm…I must be a dissenter or something”

    Right there with ya!!

  20. swampy Says:

    Great comment, Sieg, and thanks for the link too.

    FF, the only thing “ol’ Honest Abe” was worried about was the loss of revenue when he heard of the original seven seceding States. He as much as said so…it’s in His Papers.

    I carry a Samsung Rugby 4 “flip phone”, I DON’T text and I don’t use the camera either. If Someone calls, or if I make a call,….well, I just prefer to talk in person. I’ve played around with the built-in compass a few times and have wondered if even that goes to a tower?

  21. Anonymous Says:

    A revolution for America would be nice.

    But according to the bible, that’s not god’s plan.

    The devil rules the earth, until god returns.

    As we enter the age of Aquarius the anti-christ is upon us.

    Soon the earth will be united in an unrivaled age of peace, prosperity, and knowledge.

    I’m not religious or a bible thumper, just can’t deny truth.

  22. Meh Says:

    Recording the cops is a fine use of smartphones, even better if you do it where the recording is recorded on cam or by someone else with a phone:


    Manhattan prosecutors have done something rare indeed: indicted a cop for allegedly falsely arresting someone and lying about it. NYPD Officer Jonathan Munoz, 32, was arraigned this morning on two felony charges of filing false reports, and three misdemeanor charges of official misconduct and false statements.

    “Had this officer’s attempts to conceal his alleged misconduct succeeded, an innocent man may still be facing charges for a fabricated crime,” Manhattan DA Cy Vance said in a statement.

    Munoz’s prosecution stems from his role in arresting Jason Disisto, then 21, in the spring of 2014. From our report this April:

    Disisto was standing outside of a Puerto Rican restaurant around 1 a.m. when he saw Officer Jonathan Munoz reaching into his friend’s pocket. Disisto asked a friend to give him his phone so he could record, but as he lined up the shot, Munoz spotted him and rushed over to grab him. A brief struggle for the phone ensued, with two other officers joining in, and it ended with Disisto in cuffs in the back of a police car.

    Before the officers drove away, one threw the cellphone out the window.”

  23. Jim666 Says:

    Right on the money Sieg.
    @ Troll 1%er
    Im right there w/ you,
    if we dont have a voice on how and who spends it why should we have to pay it.
    Same goes w/ the right to bare arms, funny thing is I can get a hunting lic. but cant hunt.
    It seems that no one has a constitutional right to vote anyway, I after thinking about this a little started looking into it and found the text below.
    Here it is for anyone interested

    Americans often talk about their “right” to vote. The reality – noted in cases like Bush v. Gore – is that no affirmative federal right to vote exists. Instead, courts often defer to state-based voting laws and administration. Although Americans vote for one president, one U.S. representative, and usually one U.S. senator, every one of the greater than 3,000 counties in the United States can administer federal elections in a unique (and often inefficient) way.

    While it wouldn’t be an instant cure-all, a constitutional amendment conferring a right to vote and empowering Congress to enforce that right would provide voters with heightened legal protections and set the stage for standards that enhance the voting experience for all Americans, regardless of where they live.
    – Joshua Field, deputy director, Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress ”

    to get a little closer on track to the story here’s something else i found about invasion of privacy RE: Cell phones , computers etc.
    link below.
    The Legislature hereby declares that advances in science and technology have led to the development of new devices and techniques for the purpose of eavesdropping upon private communications and that the invasion of privacy resulting from the continual and increasing use of such devices and techniques has created a serious threat to the free exercise of personal liberties and cannot be tolerated in a free and civilized society.
    The Legislature by this chapter intends to protect the right of privacy of the people of this state.

    The Legislature recognizes that law enforcement agencies have a legitimate need to employ modern listening devices and techniques in the investigation of criminal conduct and the apprehension of lawbreakers. Therefore, it is not the intent of the Legislature to place greater restraints on the use of listening devices and techniques by law enforcement agencies than existed prior to the effective date of this chapter.

    § 631
    Any person who, by means of any machine, instrument, or contrivance, or in any other manner, intentionally taps, or makes any unauthorized connection, whether physically, electrically, acoustically, inductively, or otherwise, with any telegraph or telephone wire, line, cable, or instrument, including the wire, line, cable, or instrument of any internal telephonic communication system, or who willfully and without the consent of all parties to the communication, or in any unauthorized manner, reads, or attempts to read, or to learn the contents or meaning of any message, report, or communication while the same is in transit or passing over any wire, line, or cable, or is being sent from, or received at any place within this state; or who uses, or attempts to use, in any manner, or for any purpose, or to communicate in any way, any information so obtained, or who aids, agrees with, employs, or conspires with any person or persons to unlawfully do, or permit, or cause to be done any of the acts or things mentioned above in this section, is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison, or by both a fine and imprisonment in the county jail or in the state prison. If the person has previously been convicted of a violation of this section or Section 632, 632.5, 632.6, 632.7, or 636, he or she is punishable by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison, or by both a fine and imprisonment in the county jail or in the state prison.
    “continued on link below”


  24. don Says:

    the point is don’t talk on cell phones, no shit

  25. xplor Says:

    In the 80’s Radio Shack sold recievers that could tune in cell phones and you could hear the call Now they ae illegal.

  26. rollinnorth Says:

    “Never write when you can speak;
    Never speak when you can nod;
    Never nod when you can wink.”

    Boston Ward Boss Martin Lomasney to a young James Michael Curley


  27. Sieg Says:

    Anonymous, you aren’t a bible-thumper, but you figure a book of old jewish fairy-tales is “the truth”…riiiiiiiiht.

  28. FF Says:

    Well, there is some truth to the Earth recycling every 5, 000 years. The Mayans were hip to that.

    I always wondered why ages went from Pisces To Aquarius but on an annual calender Aquarius comes first.


  29. Jp Says:

    Alright you ignorant biker fucks, I’m with ya but I’m in the new crew, I mean the younger crew. I mean the folks that got the short end and keep getting the short end.

    You got something to say? Somebody I revere, frequently says, “Shut the fuck up!’. That’s his motto. Good motto.

    If you can’t help yourself? And believe me I’m with you, cuz shit has to get done right?…try silent phone or silent circle apps or similar and turn the tables on whoever might be listening.

    If you don’t understand encryption then educate your dumb ass.

    Still worried or don’t get it? Go back to rule #1Shut the fuck up.

  30. Tooj Says:

    Unless I’m talking to family about every day ordinary, you won’t find me using a cell. Works well for me. The latest news shows that this “monitoring” has been going down for ten years and the problem with the current communications laws is they refer to a hard “line” which provides for a nasty little loophole.

    Besides, if our current so called government wants to break the law, they just do. Every nasty little critter gets its comeuppance; every one.

  31. RtC Says:

    TRUE DAT, Tooj! Here’s hoping it’s while we are still on this side of the grass.

  32. Scrap Dog Says:

    It’s too late. Damn near every smartphones first stop is a place called a “DoD Network Information Center” check your phones IP address… The results will look like this:
    IP Details for
    IP General Information
    IP Address:
    ISP: DoD Network Information Center Geolocation Information
    Continent: North America (NA)
    Country: United States (US) US
    38 (38°0’0″ N)
    -97 (97°0’0″

    Welcome to America…

  33. Troll 1% Says:

    @ jim666 already spent my productive time for today .work is done .chickens and other livestock responsibilities are almost finished for the day and I found time to visit Rebbel’s site again.[last 2 or 3 days the ol’lady and grandbrat have monopolized the machine] I thank you for you’re response , never stop.or give up. I am going to ‘ CLUB FED ” on Thursday 01/7/16 Don’t know how long yet. In the meantime TO REBEL.SIEG.JIM666.PALADIN.AND ANY WHO HAVE responded to my infrequent bitching,yous’al stay safe [DATS A YANKEE WIT FORTY YEARS AS A REBEL MUTHA FUCKA] My wish for all that read this that ain;t employed by any “alphabet” crew SAFE NEW YEAR Those that know ,know how I feel ,and those that work for aleph bet FUCK OFF AND DIE Troll 1% L.P.D.P

  34. Troll 1% Says:

    @ Gandalf Include yourself in my earlier noise .You are still a youngster, I came home from other places 3 years before your stupid incident with them people .happy,healthy and safe to ?????? go figure Troll1% L.P.D.P.

  35. RtC Says:

    DAMN! Best to ya Troll 1%. My your time be short. FTF!!!

  36. RtC Says:

    Fuckin’ old keyboard! To Troll 1% MAY your time be short. FTF!!! Here’s hoping fabrication is proven as such.

  37. RtC Says:

    So this Jp is among the”We whine cuz it isn’t given to us, crew, RIGHT?!
    Why didn’t you follow your own statement? JSTFU,”Whiny Boy.

  38. Mad Dog Says:

    More from The Intercept–interesting in light of all the complaints about Apple:

    “Apple’s Tim Cook Lashes Out at White House Officials for Being Wishy-Washy on Encryption”

    “Apple CEO Tim Cook lashed out at the high-level delegation of Obama administration officials who came calling on tech leaders in San Jose last week, criticizing the White House for a lack of leadership and asking the administration to issue a strong public statement defending the use of unbreakable encryption.

    The White House should come out and say “no backdoors,” Cook said. That would mean overruling repeated requests from FBI Director James Comey and other administration officials that tech companies build some sort of special access for law enforcement into otherwise unbreakable encryption. Technologists agree that any such measure could be exploited by others.”


  39. Sieg Says:

    If anyone has Troll 1%’ers info, please send it on to Rebel to pass to me, or get my info from him. Hoping I can pass some help his way.


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