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Edward Snowden
Secrecy, surveillance and the Baltimore police
Secrecy, surveillance and the Baltimore police

Our criminal justice system is not supposed to be built on secrecy. Police and prosecutors are supposed to be open and transparent about their methods, about the evidence they gather and how they gather it. Any exceptions to that general rule must be subject to strict oversight. But it is now clear that the Baltimore police department has been routinely violating that principle by using a high-tech, secret device to snoop on cell phone traffic — both that of suspected criminals and others — while seeking to conceal that information from judges, defense attorneys and the general public. The department, one of an unknown number that has received a so-called "stingray"...