A little known tool used by government agents recently came to light through a FOIA request filed by an independent security and privacy analyst, Christopher Soghoian, and published online at wired.com. Since at least 2005 government investigators have set up real-time surveillance of individuals’ credit card transactions. The government has also appeared interested in obtaining information from calling cards, airline reservations, rental cars, and retail shopping clubs.
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The Vermont attorney general has denied a request from the ACLU-VT for a copy of his report on actions of the Hartford Police Department officers involved in pepper spraying, handcuffing, striking, and dragging a nude black man from his own home in May.