Hour 1 -- Tom Jenney (DIrector of the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity) talks about the good legislation recently passed in AZ
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Arizona Director - American's for Prosperity
Tom Jenney is director of the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity, formerly the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers. As director of AFT in 2006, Jenney helped to reduce state income and property taxes, and helped lead the fight to pass Prop 207, the Private Property Rights Protection Act. Since joining Americans for Prosperity in 2007, Jenney has won multiple legislative and local government victories on tax policy, privatization, budget reform and worker freedom. In November 2010, Jenney and AFP-Arizona were helpful in passing Prop 106, the Arizona Health Care Freedom Act, and Prop 113, the Save Our Secret Ballot Act. In 2012, AFP-Arizona led the successful fight against the Arizona ObamaCare insurance exchange, and helped in defeating the Prop 204 permanent sales tax increase.
Since 2004, Jenney has overseen the publication of the AFT-AFP "Friend of the Taxpayer" Legislative Scorecard, which is often cited by candidates and their opponents in primary and general election fights. Since 2007, Jenney has overseen the publication of AFP-Arizona's Local Government Scorecard, which grades city council members and county supervisors on taxes and spending. In 2009, Jenney was honored to serve as the emcee at the April 15 Taxpayer Tea Party at the Arizona state capitol, which attracted about 10,000 taxpayer activists. On April 15 of 2010, the AFP-Arizona tea party rallied 7,000 people at Diablo Stadium in Tempe. AFP-Arizona activists distributed 35,000 informational door hangers and made more than 193,000 phone calls as part of the "November is Coming" campaign in the fall of 2010.
Jenney is a Tucson native and a 1988 graduate of University High School. He earned an associate's degree from the New Mexico Military Institute and a bachelor's degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. Jenney has worked for the Institute for Justice and the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. and done translations for the International Center for Pension Reform in Santiago, Chile. From 2002 to 2004, he was communications director of the Goldwater Institute. Jenney taught government, economics and Spanish at St. Paul's Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, and worked for the UNIQUE Learning Center, an inner-city after-school program in Washington, DC. He is treasurer for the Arizona School Choice Trust and a deacon at the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Phoenix. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by phone at (602) 478-0146. AFP Arizona's website is americansforprosperity.org.
Good legislation recently passed in Arizona...
*PHOENIX*, Ariz. (April 24, 2017) – Today, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that bans the use of "stingrays" to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The new law will not only protect privacy in Arizona, but will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.
Sen. Bob Worsley (R-Mesa) introduced Senate bill 1342 (SB1342
<https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/69166>) back in January.
The legislation would help block the use of cell site simulators, known as "stingrays." These devices essentially spoof cell phone towers, tricking any device within range into connecting to the stingray instead of the tower, allowing law enforcement to sweep up communications content, as well as locate and track the person in possession of a specific phone or other electronic device.
SB1342 will require police to get a search warrant based on probable cause before deploying a stingray to locate or track an electronic device. It will also require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant under existing wiretapping statutes before using a stingray to intercept, obtain or access the content of any stored oral, wire or electronic communication.
Last Monday, the House passed an amended version of SB1342 by a 57-1 vote <https://legiscan.com/AZ/rollcall/SB1342/id/626357>. The amendment decreases the time between the issuance of a warrant and notification of the target from 120 to 90 days. The Senate initially passed the legislation 30-0 <https://legiscan.com/AZ/rollcall/SB1342/id/593686> in February. It approved the amended House version 28-0 last week.
*IMPACT ON FEDERAL SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS*
The federal government funds the vast majority of state and local stingray programs, attaching one important condition. The feds require agencies acquiring the technology to sign non-disclosure agreements.
This throws a giant shroud over the program, even preventing judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys from getting information about the use of stingrays in court. The feds actually instruct prosecutors to withdraw evidence if judges or legislators press for information. As the Baltimore Sun reported <http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-stingray-case-20150408-story.html#page=1>
in April 2015, a Baltimore detective refused to answer questions on the stand during a trial, citing a federal non-disclosure agreement.
Defense attorney Joshua Insley asked Cabreja about the agreement.
"Does this document instruct you to withhold evidence from the state's attorney and Circuit Court, even upon court order to produce?" he asked.
"Yes," Cabreja said.
As privacysos.org <http://privacysos.org/node/1715> put it, "The FBI would rather police officers and prosecutors let 'criminals' go than face a possible scenario where a defendant brings a Fourth Amendment challenge to warrantless stingray spying."
The feds sell the technology in the name of "anti-terrorism" efforts.
With non-disclosure agreements in place, most police departments refuse to release any information on the use of stingrays. But information obtained from the Tacoma Police Department revealed that it uses the technology primarily for routine criminal investigations.
Some privacy advocates argue that stingray use can never happen within the parameters of the Fourth Amendment because the technology necessarily connects to every electronic device within range, not just the one held by the target. And the information collected by these devices undoubtedly ends up in federal data bases.
The feds can share and tap into vast amounts of information gathered at the state and local level through a system known as the "information sharing environment" or ISE. In other words, stingrays create the potential for the federal government to track the movement of millions of Americans with no warrant, no probable cause, and without the people even knowing it.
According to its website
the ISE "provides analysts, operators, and investigators with information needed to enhance national security. These analysts, operators, and investigators…have mission needs to collaborate and share information with each other and with private sector partners and our foreign allies." In other words, ISE serves as a conduit for the sharing of information gathered without a warrant.
The federal government encourages and funds stingrays at the state and local level across the U.S., thereby undoubtedly gaining access to a massive data pool on Americans without having to expend the resources to collect the information itself. By placing restrictions on stingray use, state and local governments limit the data available that the feds can access.
In a nutshell, without state and local cooperation, the feds have a much more difficult time gathering information. Passage of SB1342 represents a major blow to the surveillance state and a win for privacy.
The bill goes into effect 90 days approximately July 24, 2017.