On this week’s Off the Grid, Jesse Ventura sounds off about civil asset forfeiture. Federal laws allow law enforcement agencies to seize our houses, cars, cash or property without even charging us with a crime. Shouldn’t the Fifth Amendment be good enough to protect American citizens from this type of thing? Let us know what you think. Sound off at ora.tv/offthegrid/askjesse.
Internal documents of the Italian malware maker Hacking Team, leaked online in a hacker attack, show that the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and the US Army all made use of its controversial spyware known as Remote Control System, or Galileo. The FBI’s secret Remote Operations Unit has been using Hacking Team’s software since 2011, according to leaked documents analyzed by The Intercept. Galileo allows users to take over their targets’ computers, activate their cameras, and record their calls, emails, and keystrokes. The DEA used the software in Colombia since 2012, with an eye to expand it to places like El Salvador and Chile, the company’s emails reveal. The Army unit that purchased Galileo in 2011 was based at Fort Meade, Maryland – home of the US Cyber Command. Hacking Team referred to its US clients by code names: the FBI was “Phoebe,” the DEA was “Katie,” and the CIA […]