Back in 2008, the use of Stingrays was reported in California when a tax cheat was captured after filing returns on dead people and obtaining their refunds. The culprit had thought he covered his tracks but later found out he was captured by the use of the stingray:
It turned out that the U.S. government had been secretly using the Stingray for years, first for military use and then for law enforcement, to locate and track suspects by their cellular connections. Rigmaiden became among the first civilians to learn about this technology, and his case opened the doors to public knowledge about it.
Yet several years later, as more information about Stingrays — also called IMSI catchers, cell-site simulators or fake cell towers — has become available, use of the devices by law enforcement appears to be routinely obscured in court records. At least one major manufacturer allegedly requires police departments to never disclose that they use the devices…
But by 2015, the federal government was required to obtain a warrant before using them on US citizens:
Nevertheless, on Sept. 3, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a new policy that requires its agencies — including the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) — to, in routine cases, get a warrant before using a Stingray. The policy also directs the agencies to destroy data collected from non-suspects as soon as a targeted suspect is located.
In 2015 new guidelines were established but they were just guidelines:
Last week, the Justice Department released new guidelines on how its agents can use cell phone trackers in investigations. As promised, the revised policy has a warrant requirement, clear guidance on writing a detailed warrant, and provisions for deleting bystander data. Civil liberties watchdogs call it an enormous step.
But the seven-page policy hardly closes the book on StingRays. The document’s minimal best practices have no authority beyond the Justice Department. Non-DOJ federal agencies remain free to set their own guidelines on cell site simulators, as do state and local law enforcement. What’s more, agencies under the Justice Department umbrella continue to fight disclosures regarding StingRays, as they have for years. Enormous a step as it may be, this policy is but an initial one toward true transparency on cell phone tracking by law enforcement.
In February 2013, the FBI/DOJ signed an agreement with Phoenix Police Department. In this document, it is clear that the Phoenix Police have equipment like cell phone trackers:
The first numbered bullet in the agreement states the following. Note the PD can only use this technology in support of public safety operations or criminal investigations:
As time has passed and by 2016, the federal government claimed they didn’t need a warrant for stingrays because everyone knows we can track cell phones:
“People let people into their houses sometimes, therefore no warrant is needed to search houses”. Or something. https://t.co/XncuaZvdwW
— matt blaze (@mattblaze) January 14, 2016
This leads us to the planes flying around Phoenix these past few days and their congregation around the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum where the 2020 election audit is being performed. We obtained plane routes by a police plane on the 30th, for example:
The Phoenix Police Department wrote The Gateway Pundit yesterday and shared the following:
Regarding your authored article; /2021/05/exclusive-spy-plane-identified-circling-arizona-veterans-memorial-coliseum-election-audit-taking-place-going/ . This was brought to our attention by another media outlet. The article narrative is not accurate. While the maps do accurately represent our flights, both times were the aircraft was on police calls that had nothing to do with the events at the Veteran Memorial Coliseum. Please update your news story. Maggie Cox, Sergeant Public Affairs Bureau Phoenix Police Department.
Here is the article Sergeant Cox is referring to: