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Government scheme offering surplus military supplies to law enforcement agencies

The Payson Police Department, during 2011, mistakenly believed they were procuring a cell phone jammers through a government program that allocates surplus military equipment to law enforcement agencies. However, they ended up with a smokescreen device from a U.S. Navy ship.

“The ‘Electronic Countermeasures’ were supposed to be cell phone jamming devices. However, what was sent were smoke machines off of a naval ship,” Chief of Police Ronald Tischer said in an email to Arizona Mirror. “So, we are in the process of sending them back. They were never used and have been in storage since 2011.”

The Mirror reached out to the Payson Police Department after analyzing data published by the Defense Logistics Agency about military equipment sent to local law enforcement agencies across the country. The department obtained two items listed as “electronic countermeasures” in 2011 both valued at roughly $4,800.

Company offering cell, drone and other jammers is fined $35 million

Chinese electronics manufacturer and online retailer C.T.S. Technology was penalized with a $34.9 million forfeiture order by the Federal Communications Commission yesterday for selling signal jamming devices to U.S. consumers, even though the full amount may not be recovered.

Commonly known as "jammers," radio frequency transmitters are specifically designed to block, disrupt, or interfere with wireless communications, including cell phone calls, GPS systems, Wi-Fi networks, and emergency communications.

As a result of an investigation conducted by the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, C.T.S. Technology is facing a proposed fine of $34,912,500. This penalty is being considered due to the company's marketing of 285 jammer models in the United States.

The FCC has also instructed the company to guarantee that its marketing adheres to federal law. Despite not responding to the proposed fine, formally known as a "Notice of Apparent Liability," the company has taken several steps to bring its marketing practices into compliance with U.S. laws that prohibit the marketing, sale, and importation of signal jammers.

The Commission's decision yesterday, characterized as a formal forfeiture order, confirmed the full proposed fine against C.T.S. Technology as they did not present any evidence to challenge the findings.

But collecting that money may be difficult.

The FCC, following international law, contacted the Chinese government to issue the NAL when C.T.S. did not acknowledge receiving it.

Nonetheless, China's designated service affairs agency paid no heed to the agency's request and concluded that a forfeiture filing was the suitable response.

The deadline for C.T.S. to pay is 30 days. The FCC has not indicated the next course of action if payment is not made.

on May 24 at 7:41

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