Federal Bureau of Investigation Edition
(Fox News) ...A former U.S. official told The Journal that some of the technology allows the FBI to remotely activate the microphones in phones running on Google Inc.’s Android software to record conversations.
If you want to have a private conversation you'll need to remove the battery from your cell phone. Because it's not just the FBI or NSA, but almost every intelligence service in the world that can do that. Your cell phone is a moving transponder that can be activated remotely -- just like your computer. People can use it to find you or monitor you. Live with it or live without the cellphone.
The only difference between FBI and a foreign intelligence service is that the FBI theoretically needs a search warrant to do that and has all sorts of rules that apply to a Title 3 wiretap. The foreign intelligence services don't need that.
Yes, these housing projects cost the taxpayers over half a million dollars per housing unit to build, but much of that money goes to pay-offs to public officials, the mafia, (did I repeat myself) and to community activists and local "reverends" who rubber stamp their approval all for the sake or 'removing urban blight'.
Since the FBI is losing 1,800 jobs by next year due to budget cuts, the federal government feels that there is a law enforcement benefit to be reaped by concentrating felons in these housing projects. The police don't have to burn as much gasoline looking for crooks... Who can argue with logic like that?
Pivot from Police Work
There is so much media hype and so many television shows and movies that separating the FBI from myth and silliness is quite a challenge. More recently there has been a significant move within the FBI to move from police work to intelligence collection. The FBI’s stated national security mission is to lead and coordinate intelligence efforts that drive actions to protect the United States.