Immediate confiscation and investigation of your private belongings including cell phone data.
‘HailStorm’ is a device obtained by Police with Homeland Security grants.
There isn’t much information available on what exactly it can and cannot do.
This cellphone tracking device previously used by the US military in Iraq.
The federal Homeland Security Act bars individuals from discussing the Hailstorm device.
The secret device is manufactured by Harris Corp., a Florida-based international telecommunications equipment company and military contractor.
“It’s all very secretive and information about (Stingray and Hailstorm) is tightly controlled, which makes it (difficult) to have a broad discussion about these tools,” Alan Butler, a lawyer for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, told the Detroit News.
Super-secretive military devices called ‘Hailstorm’, and ‘Stingray’ which we covered recently:
State Sen. Glenn Grothman, the senate’s lead sponsor of the cellphone tracking bill, said he is disturbed by the capabilities of the Stingray.
“We’re headed to the point where the government knows where you are at any time of the day or night, and we don’t want to be there,” said Grothman, R-West Bend. “The people who push these devices of course will always say that you can trust the government — they will never abuse their power. But a lot of our Constitution is based on the idea that you can’t trust the government with unlimited power.”’
The Detroit News sought basic information about Hailstorm and were denied their Freedom of Information Act request.
‘Stingray’, has been used by police in Florida and they were caught abusing it over 200 times without ever telling a judge or obtaining a warrant.
Drone strike operators usually identify targets based on metadata and cell-phone tracking technologies like Hailstorm and Stingray.
From there, the CIA or US military orders a drone strike to the location of the phone the target is thought to be using.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002 ensures all the info will remain censored and difficult to FOIA request.
Below is a video of the Michigan House Oversight Committee Hearing on Stingray and Hailstorm technologies, and their use by law enforcement. (Testifying: Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist and senior policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties Union and Brian Owsley, former U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Texas and law professor at Texas Tech University School of Law)