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Texas Paid Hundreds of Thousands to Spy on Cellphones With Surveillance Planes Texas Paid Hundreds of Thousands to Spy on Cellphones With Surveillance Planes

Last year, military surveillance aircraft in Texas were outfitted with devices designed to spy on cellphones, including their location, numbers dialed, text messages and photos and even the content of their calls, The Texas Observer reports. The newspaper obtained documents between the Texas National Guard, the DEA…

DEA Backpedals: Kratom Will Remain Legal, For Now DEA Backpedals: Kratom Will Remain Legal, For Now

Opiate addicts and chronic pain sufferers were sent into a panic in August when the DEA announced its intention to place kratom’s two main constituent chemicals on schedule 1—making sale and possession of the plant illegal. Now, a preliminary document, set to be posted to the Federal Register tomorrow, reverses that…

The DEA Is About to Kill Kratom and Internet Sales Are Going Crazy The DEA Is About to Kill Kratom and Internet Sales Are Going Crazy

Unless the DEA changes its mind in the 11th hour, kratom—the substance of choice for many recovering opiate addicts—is all but certain to become a schedule 1 drug in the United States this Friday, illegal to possess and illegal to sell. Distributors and users alike are left wondering what they’re going to do next.

Feds Say Weed Is Still as Bad as Heroin Feds Say Weed Is Still as Bad as Heroin

The US Drug Enforcement Agency has announced that marijuana will remain a Schedule 1 drug, saying it has “no medical use or purpose.” The decision keeps weed on the same naughty list alongside drugs like LSD and heroin.

Federal Judge Won't Accept Incredibly Invasive Cell Phone Tracking Federal Judge Won't Accept Incredibly Invasive Cell Phone Tracking

For the first time, a federal judge has thrown out evidence obtained by the warrantless use of a Stringray to track a cellphone. This is a huge win for privacy.

Why This Suburb Is the Best Place to Build a Drug-Smuggling Tunnel Why This Suburb Is the Best Place to Build a Drug-Smuggling Tunnel

So say you need to get a few hundred pounds of cocaine from Mexico to the US. Underground, preferably, so as not to attract too much attention. Where’s the best place one might, hypothetically, do this? Asking for a friend.

The Government Blew $86 Million on a Would-Be Drug-Spy Plane That Never Flew The Government Blew $86 Million on a Would-Be Drug-Spy Plane That Never Flew

When the DEA bought a spy plane in 2008, it was supposed to be a way to catch and transport dealers in Afghanistan. Instead, it turned into a corroding rust bucket in the desert, and a reminder of how dumb the government can be.

IRS Admits to Using the Same Spy Tech as the FBI to Track 37 Phones IRS Admits to Using the Same Spy Tech as the FBI to Track 37 Phones

Last month, it was alleged that the Internal Revenue Service had been using Stingray devices to track people by scraping their phone metadata. Now, it’s admitted as much—and gone so far as to say that it wants another of the units, too.

Bitcoin-Stealing DEA Agent Sentenced to Over Six Years in Jail Bitcoin-Stealing DEA Agent Sentenced to Over Six Years in Jail

Carl Force, a DEA agent who helped bring down online black market The Silk Road whilst also plundering hundreds of thousands of dollars in Bitcoin will be spending the next 78 months in prison, a judge decided today.

DEA Agent Who Stole Bitcoin During Silk Road Investigation Pleads Guilty DEA Agent Who Stole Bitcoin During Silk Road Investigation Pleads Guilty

One of the two government officials charged with some shady dealings during the investigation of Silk Road pleaded guilty today. Carl Force used to work for the DEA and during the course of his investigation was doing things that might even make the darknet blush.

The DEA Is Buying Off-the-Shelf Spyware From a Sketchy Company  The DEA Is Buying Off-the-Shelf Spyware From a Sketchy Company 

The Drug Enforcement Agency has been quietly spending millions on off-the-shelf spyware for the past few years.

DEA Was Dragnet Spying on Billions of American Phone Calls for Decades  DEA Was Dragnet Spying on Billions of American Phone Calls for Decades 

Indiscriminate spying was the DEA’s blunt force weapon of choice in its “War on Drugs.” The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Justice Department tracked billions of Americans’ phone calls, even people not suspected of crimes, for decades—and it looks like collateral damage wasn’t much of a concern.

DEA Used a Woman's Private Photos to Catfish Drug Dealers on Facebook DEA Used a Woman's Private Photos to Catfish Drug Dealers on Facebook

The U.S. government is neck-deep in creeptastic digital impersonation schemes. The Justice Department just paid a woman $134,000 in a settlement after she sued them for stealing her private pictures to set up a fake Facebook profile in her name so that DEA agents could catfish drug dealers.

Facebook: The DEA Can't Use Fake Profiles to Chase Suspects Facebook: The DEA Can't Use Fake Profiles to Chase Suspects

Remember how the Justice Department decided it was just fine for a Drug Enforcement Administration agent to steal a woman's identity and set up a fake Facebook account to chase subjects? Well, Facebook's not OK with that.

DOJ: It Was OK For a DEA Agent to Impersonate This Woman on Facebook DOJ: It Was OK For a DEA Agent to Impersonate This Woman on Facebook

An overlooked Justice Department court filing explains that a federal agent had the right to commandeer a woman's identity, set up a fake Facebook account using her details and even post provocative photographs of her found on a seized phone.

The NSA Made Its Own Google to Help Share Your Data with Cops The NSA Made Its Own Google to Help Share Your Data with Cops

Well, here's timely NSA revelation for you: The Intercept reports that the spy agency built a "Google-like" search engine for its seemingly bottomless cache of data on persons of interest. This tool allows the spy agency to share over 850 billion records with nearly two dozen U.S. government organizations, including…

FYI, The FDA Recommends Mixing Kitty Litter Into Your Old Meds FYI, The FDA Recommends Mixing Kitty Litter Into Your Old Meds

I have a small orange bottle in my bathroom cabinet with a couple painkillers leftover from the time I got my wisdom teeth out a few years ago. They're way out of date. I should toss 'em. BUT HOW?? According to the FDA, flushing is a no-no; proper protocol is mixing them with kitty litter before bagging them up and…

Drug Enforcement Agency Seizes First Bitcoins From Silk Road Dealer Drug Enforcement Agency Seizes First Bitcoins From Silk Road Dealer

The Drug Enforcement Agency has seized 11.02 Bitcoins—about $800—from a drug dealer in South Carolina who had been using Silk Road. It's the first (known) time the government has taken control of the virtual currency like it were property or real-world cash.

The DEA Is Upset It Can't Access iMessages (They're Just Like Us!) The DEA Is Upset It Can't Access iMessages (They're Just Like Us!)

We've all generally come to accept the fact that, in using iMessage, our correspondence runs the very real risk of being eternally damned to the iCloud ether. But at least now, we know we're not suffering alone; a document obtained by CNET has revealed that the DEA has also been whining about their inability to access…

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