The American police will soon be able to further violate the privacy of citizens. The local law enforcement agencies are equipped with new, very modern radar systems. The device is called Range-R and allows you to physically peek into the house, looking through the walls.
In situations where criminals take hostages, it is very important to get an image from the inside of the building to see the location of terrorists and hostages themselves. This makes it easier for anti-terrorist units to accurately plan the assault, including choosing the most appropriate time to attack.
It is often used for endoscopic microscope cameras, but soon it will not be necessary, as the uniformed services will be able to openly use the new technology to look through the walls. This is the new Range-R radars, which the US police quietly has been using for more than two years.
The system is used by more than 50 US government agencies including FBI agents and the Marshals Service. Devices, each costing 6,000 dollars, at a distance of more than 15 meters allow you to see what is going on at home and whether, for example, no one is hidden in it. Technology allows you to see through walls as it feels so sensitive that it easily detects motion and even breath and lets you determine the exact location of your target.
The disclosure that the uniformed services use the Range-R, which took place in December last year during one of the court proceedings, caused a lot of buzz in the American media. Especially from organizations defending the right to privacy, which, according to radars, may violate it. Although the Supreme Court stated that uniformed people have no right to use the equipment if they do not have a search warrant, no one can guarantee that the warrant is obeyed.
Christopher Soghoian of the American Civil Liberties Union says technology that allows police to see homes is one of the most invasive tools in her arsenal.
L-3 Communications, a manufacturer of Range-R radars, has confirmed that it has sold about 50 such devices. The Marshals Service purchased radars in 2012 and has spent $ 180,000 on it, so it’s easy to calculate that it has 30 such devices.
It is worth emphasizing that the Range-R is one of the less advanced devices of this type, as there are already much better models that can present people’s position in three dimensions. The Department of Justice, on the other hand, is working on a system that can create a map of the interior and locate all the people in it.