|10-20-2015, 03:46 AM||#1|
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X-ray vans: NYPD still shielding details of military-grade surveillance tech
The New York City Police Department has refused a court order for ten months to release records on its vans ‒ honed by the US military in Afghanistan ‒ that use X-ray radiation on city streets. The NYPD was sued over the surveillance tool three years ago.
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the Brennan Center for Justice have called on an appellate court to enforce a lower court's decision that the NYPD must provide information on its unmarked Z Backscatter vans, also known as X-ray vans.
"How is the NYPD ensuring that innocent New Yorkers are not subject to harmful x-ray radiation?" NYCLU's senior staff attorney Mariko Hirose wrote in the filing, a request to submit an amicus brief.
"How long is the NYPD keeping the images that it takes and who can look at them? Is the NYPD obtaining judicial authorization prior to taking images, and if so, what type of authorization? Is the technology funded by taxpayer money, and has the use of the vans justified the price tag?"
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