The press conference actually occurred back in October, but the video didn't surface until this weekend and hadn't been reported on until the Charlotte Observer's excellent investigation into the use of Stingrays by local police was published on Sunday.
This may be the first time the FBI director has answered questions about Stingrays. https://t.co/KLIhufMcUI
— Christopher Soghoian (@csoghoian) February 16, 2015
Comey also said that the agency has "nothing to hide" from "good people," but that secrecy is important if Stingrays are going to be effective. Comey doesn't note, however, that, in trying to track down any one "bad person," the agency law enforcement necessarily tracks the locations of everyone within a wide geographic radius, thanks to the way the technology works."To me, it's about we are using some equipment appropriately to find bad guys. I don't want to say too much about that, because I don't want the bad guys to know," he said. "One of the reasons we ask local authorities who are working with us and using our equipment not to talk about it. It's not because I have something to hide from good people—I have a lot to hide from bad people."The ACLU, meanwhile, has said that every year, millions of good people are getting wrapped up in a surveillance dragnet they didn't ask to be involved in."The devices wrap up innocent people, which looks like a dragnet search that's not legal under the Fourth Amendment," Nate Wessler, a staff attorney for the ACLU, recently told me. "Even if they're tracking a specific suspect, they're getting info about every bystander. That's a concern."
@csoghoian IT'S NOT CONTENT AND SO NOT COLLECTION AND DEFINITELY NOT BULK!!
And he only reverted to his "Bad Guy" crutch 3 times in 1:32.
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) February 16, 2015