A D.C. appeals court ruled DHS can shutdown cellphone service anywhere for any reason and there’s NOTHING we can do about it!
This is freaking unbelievable! An appeals court claims the public could be ‘ENDANGERED’ if we knew the details of DHS’s cellphone kill switch!
After the decision, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) asked the court to revisit the issue in what is known as an en banc review. The appeals court declined the order.
EFF demanded the document in 2011 after DHS shutdown cellphone service in a train station in advance of a peaceful protest! DHS refused to divulge the documents associated with Standard Operating Procedure 303, which the appeals court described as a “unified voluntary process for the orderly shut-down and restoration of wireless services during critical emergencies such as the threat of radio-activated improvised explosive devices.”
What is it going to take for the public to wake up? DHS controls our courts, police, justice system and much more. Now they control our cell phone service! Where does it end?
EPIC sued and won the case in the lower courts. But power hungry DHS appealed and won!
In its petition for a rehearing, EPIC argued that the appellate court’s decision “created a catch-all provision that would allow federal agencies to routinely withhold records subject to disclosure where the agency merely asserts a speculative security risk.”
SOP 303 allows for the shutting down of wireless networks “within a localized area, such as a tunnel or bridge, and within an entire metropolitan area.”
This gives law enforcement carte blanche to shut down cell phone service anywhere in the country!