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Indiana Gazette (Newspaper) - June 18, 2015, Indiana, PennsylvaniaBy Eileen Sullivan Jack Gillum and Eric Tucker associated press Washington the Fri assured Congress in an unusual confidential briefing that its plane surveillance program is a by the books operation Short on High definition cameras with some planes equipped with binoculars and said Only five times in five years has it tracked cellphones from the sky. The Fri would not openly answer some questions about its planes which routinely orbit major u. S. Cities and Rural areas. Although the Fri has described the program As unclassified and not secret it declined to disclose during an unclassified portion of a Capitol Hill briefing any details about How Many planes it flies or How much the program costs. In a 2009 budget document the Fri said it had 115 planes in its Fleet. The briefing wednesday to Senate staff was the first Effort in recent years if Ever to impose oversight for the of bids 30 year Aerial surveillance program that gives support to specific ongoing investigations into counter terrorism espionage and criminal cases and ground surveillance operations. While it withheld some details it offered assurances that the planes Are not intended to perform mass surveillance or bulk intelligence collection. However there is still no formal oversight regimen for the program. The briefing came two weeks after the Fri confirmed to the associated press for the first time its wide scale use of the aircraft after the a traced at least 50 planes registered to fake companies Back to the Fri. The a investigation identified More than 100 flights in 11 states Over a 30 Day period this Spring. The planes since june 1 have flown More than two dozen times Over at least seven states including parts of Texas Georgia and the Pacific Northwest. The ubiquity of the flights combined with few details about the surveillance equipment aboard the planes raised civil liberties concerns Over americans privacy. The a had reported that in rare circumstances the Fri equipped the planes with technology capable of tracking thousands of cellphones using a device known As a cell site simulator. These can trick pinpointed cellphones into revealing identification numbers of subscribers including those not suspected of a crime. The Fri said that technology has been used on its surveillance aircraft Only five times since 2010, according to one Senate staffer present at the briefing. The Fri would not say How often it has used the technology in ground surveillance operations. Staffers shared details with the a on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about them. The Fri said 85 percent of the aircraft have commercially available infrared still and video cameras. The remaining 15 percent use binoculars for surveillance missions. The Fri said there were Only eight High definition cameras in the Fleet though it would like to have that technology for More of its planes. The Fri like the drug enforcement administration said it hides its aircraft behind fake companies so that it can discreetly conduct surveillance and protect the safety of the pilots. The Fri said most surveillance flights some 64 percent Are part of National Security investigations. It was unclear Over what time period those flights took place. Senate judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley r Iowa pressed for answers about the of bids Aerial surveillance program after the Washington Post reported in May that an Fri surveillance plane was used Over Baltimore during rioting that erupted following the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray who sustained grievous injuries while in police custody. In that instance the Fri was helping local police with Aerial support. Despite government concerns that publicity about the planes might impede surveillance the number of flights has remained consistent since the a first reported on the program according to an a review of flight records and radar data. Flights since june 2 have occurred a few times each Day Over cites across the United states including san Francisco Phoenix and Orange county Calif. They Are generally flown without a warrant which the Fri says is consistent with the Law. Two senators proposed changing that wednesday. Sen. Dean Heller a Nevada Republican and sen. Ron Wyden an Oregon Democrat who has been outspoken about government surveillance introduced a Bill that would limit what the Federal government can record from the skies and require a warrant to conduct surveillance from planes and drones. Technology has made it possible to conduct round the clock Aerial surveillance. The Law needs to keep up Wyden said in a statement. 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Com june 22 26 x rays if necessary Are complimentary join the kids in the the mayor deadly Balcony collapse tied to rotted beams by Lisa Leff and Martha Mendoza associated press Berkeley Calif. The Balcony collapse that killed six College students appears to have been caused by rotted wooden beams Berke Leys mayor said wednesday As the victims heartbroken loved ones began arriving in the u. S. From Ireland. Mayor Tom Bates said investigators believe the Wood was not caulked and sealed properly at the time of construction and was damaged by moisture As a result. The crowded fifth floor Balcony broke off an apartment building during a 21stbirthday party Early tuesday held by visiting Irish College students dumping 13 people 50 feet onto the pavement. In addition to the six killed seven were seriously Hurt. More than Likely it was caused by rain and caused by water damage that was done to the support beams Bates said. He said it was obviously a bad idea for 13 people to crowd onto such a Small Balcony it was about 40 Square feet but added that he is not blaming the victims. Later in the Day however the mayor said the water damage theory was speculation on his part and not an official conclusion and that the investigation is still underway. Building inspectors also determined another Balcony at the Library gardens apartment Complex was structurally unsafe and presented a collapse Hazard. They ordered it demolished. Two other balconies were red tagged or declared of limits at the apartments which were completed in 2007 and Are popular among visiting students and those at the nearby University of California Berkeley. Segue construction the Library gardens general contractor was involved in two san Francisco Bay area lawsuits in recent years involving allegations of dry rot and substandard balconies at Condo and apartment projects in Millbrae and san Jose. Among other things segue was accused of improperly waterproofing balconies. Both cases were settled in 2013 with segue developers and other parties agreeing to pay millions of dollars. Segue spokesman Sam Singer said such litigation is common on Large projects and has no bearing on the tragedy in Berkeley. They Are completely different projects. They Are completely different types of balconies he said. Singer said of the Balcony collapse segue construction has never had an incident like this in its history. Cassandra Bujarski a spokeswoman for the apartments property management firm Gre Star had no comment. Across the Atlantic flags flew at half staff around Ireland and the country is parliament suspended Normal business As the nation mourned the dead Ashley Donohoe 22, of Rohnert Park Calif., and Olivia Burke Eoghan Culligan Niccolai schuster Lorcan Miller and Eimear Walsh All 21 Jearolds from Ireland. 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