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Relating to how the U.S. has similar elements to the world that George Orwell shows in the novel of 1984

The NSA might be reading your searches, but your local police probably aren’t. The former monitoring base of the NSA in Germany.

The NSA might be reading your searches, but your local police probably aren’t

(Matthias Schrader/AP) Thursday's surveillance state hullabaloo turned out to be a bust. But now that we’ve all calmed down a bit about the supposed risks of searching for pressure cookers, it’s worth looking at when law enforcement can actually see what you’ve been Googling -- and perhaps more importantly, when they cannot. Considering all the recent revelations about the NSA’s surveillance program, it’s easy to assume (as many did Thursday) that warrantless snooping by law-enforcement agencies is a regular occurrence. But that is, thankfully, not the case.

We asked Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, to lay out exactly when and how state and federal law enforcement can obtain a record of your Google searches. 1. 2. 3. All this goes to show that your local police will never be able to spy on your searches unless you’ve done something to convince a judge that you’re up to no good. Continue reading. News from The Associated Press.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act surveillance law, the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans' calls and emails.

News from The Associated Press

Spy satellites fighting crime from space. Months after the murder of Rania Alayed, the search for her body had ground to a halt.

Spy satellites fighting crime from space

Although her husband -- who had admitted to her killing -- indicated the approximate location where he buried the body off a highway near Manchester, northern England, police were still left with miles of open field to dig through. Frustrated with the high cost and lack of progress, investigators turned to an experimental form of satellite imaging.

"We had been using aerial photography, and the opportunity came up to look at a larger expanse," said detective superintendent Peter Marsh, of Greater Manchester Police. "It allowed us to identify anomalies on the ground, which we could search straight away. " The satellite was sensitive enough to pick up a rabbit hole under bushes, and the disturbance caused by shotgun shells used in clay pigeon shooting. Obama’s Speech on N.S.A. Phone Surveillance. Continue reading the main story Video Following is the text of President Obama’s speech on National Security Agency data collection programs, as transcribed by the White House.

Obama’s Speech on N.S.A. Phone Surveillance

MR. OBAMA: At the dawn of our Republic, a small, secret surveillance committee borne out of the “The Sons of Liberty” was established in Boston. And the group’s members included Paul Revere. At night, they would patrol the streets, reporting back any signs that the British were preparing raids against America’s early Patriots. Throughout American history, intelligence has helped secure our country and our freedoms. Throughout this evolution, we benefited from both our Constitution and our traditions of limited government. How GPS tracking threatens our privacy. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will confront the profound impact of new location-tracking technologies on Americans' privacy.

How GPS tracking threatens our privacy

The case, U.S. v. Jones, presents the question of whether law enforcement needs a warrant before planting a GPS tracking device on a person's car. The answer to this question is important in its own right, but the case is likely to have broader implications. Attaching a GPS to a car isn't the only way the government can track people's movements. In fact, everyone with a cell phone is already carrying a device that the government can use to track his or her location. The police in the current case suspected Antoine Jones of drug violations and tracked his movements continuously for one month by installing a GPS device on his car. Catherine Crump This kind of tracking is extremely invasive, because if the government knows where you are, it knows who you are. Cell phone tracking can reveal our private associations and relationships with one another. Long Beach police to use 400 cameras citywide to fight crime - latimes. Long Beach police now have eyes everywhere.

Long Beach police to use 400 cameras citywide to fight crime - latimes

Battling a worsening budget and seeking to make Long Beach one of the safest big cities, Police Chief Jim McDonnell is turning to more than 400 cameras citywide as a solution. Although the city has a few dozen cameras across the community, McDonnell has set up a system to tap into hundreds of privately owned cameras that are part of the city's streetscape. The new program synchronizes law enforcement data with real-time video feeds from parks, beaches, business corridors and even some retail centers. Dubbed Long Beach Common Operating Picture, or Long Beach COP, the "state-of-the-art program" was unveiled this week by McDonnell and Mayor Bob Foster. "We are using every technology advantage to improve safety in this city.

With Long Beach experiencing a 40-year low in serious crimes, McDonnell said he is looking for every advantage he can get to keep the city safe.