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  • John Bogdan


    Bogdan testified he had not known that devices made to look like smoke detectors were actually listening devices, installed so intelligence analysts could eavesdrop on Guantanamo captives and their lawyers. Colonel John Bogdan is an officer in the United States Army. In June 2012 he took over as commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo's Detention Group—a position sometimes called the camp's warden, from Colonel Donnie Thomas. In February 2013 attorneys representing Guantanamo captives had confirmed one of their long-standing concerns—that the rooms where Guantanamo captives met with their clients were bugged. When Bogdan was called to testify about the rooms being bugged, he asserted that he had only recently been aware of the bugs—which had been hidden in innocuous looking smoke detectors. Bogdan said the bugs had been installed long before he assumed command. He denied any knowledge of the bugs being listened to recently, and implied that they may have been abandoned. Bogdan asserted that he had told guards "there was to be no audio monitoring of attorney-client meetings.

  • Global surveillance disclosures (2013–present)


    Ongoing news reports in the international media have revealed operational details about the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and its international partners' global surveillance of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens. The reports mostly emanate from a cache of top secret documents leaked by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, which he obtained whilst working for Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the largest contractors for defense and intelligence in the United States. In addition to a trove of U.S. federal documents, Snowden's cache reportedly contains thousands of Australian, British and Canadian intelligence files that he had accessed via the exclusive "Five Eyes" network. In June 2013, the first of Snowden's documents were published simultaneously by The Washington Post and The Guardian, attracting considerable public attention.

  • FM transmitter (personal device)


    headphone jack. Frequency range is 88.1 - 88.3 - 88.5 - 88.7 MHz Belkin TuneCastII FM Transmitter with a modified antenna connected to an iPod music player. A personal FM transmitter is a low-power FM radio transmitter that broadcasts a signal from a portable audio device (such as an MP3 player) to a standard FM radio. Most of these transmitters plug into the device's headphone jack and then broadcast the signal over an FM broadcast band frequency, so that it can be picked up by any nearby radio. This allows portable audio devices to make use of the louder or better sound quality of a home audio system or car stereo without requiring a wired connection. They are often used in cars but may also be in fixed locations such as broadcasting from a computer sound card throughout a building. Being low-powered, most transmitters typically have a short range of 100–300 feet (30–100 metres), depending on the quality of the receiver, obstructions and elevation. Typically they broadcast on any FM frequency from 87.5 to 108.0 MHz in most of the world, 76.0 - 95.0 MHz for Japan, 65.0 - 74.2 MHz for Russia (or 88.1 to 107.9 MHz in the US and Canada).

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