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Tim Howard’s Spycraft

America’s Worst Sheriffs

Add to the laundry list of “why Sheriff Tim Howard is awful” the fact that his department bought a $350,000 device that mimics a cell tower and allows police to surveil every cell phone call and text in range. Since this story broke, big 2nd Amendment “I won’t enforce the law” hero has dummied up. He won’t comment, and his department won’t explain why and how it’s used this device, or whether it’s obtained the needed warrants to do so.

Without a warrant, any evidence gather from, or as a result of, intercepted conversations is no good in court.

Erie County Legislator Pat Burke is calling for hearings on this, and hopefully everyone gets some answers.

I guess Tim Howard isn’t going to enforce the 4th and 5th Amendments, either.


  • Will Mansfield

    We all elected and re-elected him. What does everyone expect?

    • lavenderjane

      No we “all” did not elect him. Many of us voted against him, but his chest thumping over the 2nd Amendment and the S.A.F.E.Act convinced so many gun rights loonies that they should overlook his incompetence and vote for him that he won.

    • Matt

      Burt Dunn not dropping out and splitting the non Howard vote didn’t help either.

      • Know Saint

        Dunn should have dropped out and support Dick Dobson!!!!!

      • Know Saint

        Or better yet, Mr. Sybil Liberties Kennedy!

  • UncleBluck

    Regarding the picture ….Definitely…Americas 2 worst sheriffs….way to go gun nuts!!!

  • This is what happens when you elect a guy whose last campaign consisted solely of telling a lot of people who only care about one issue what they desperately wanted to hear.

  • Know Saint

    This is exactly what the good people of Erie County get with the piss poor leadership of people like Steve Pigeon, Frank Max, Tim Kennedy, Camille Brandon and Kristy Mazurek in doing their trip-up-the-Democratic-candidate politics, and the resulting return of Tim Howard to office.

    They have no care at all about the result of their politics.

    This is yet again another good example of this failed approach with the Pigeon-Max-Kennedy-Brandon-Mazurek obsession with taking over the Democratic Party – at any and all costs, of course.

    Gee, like Howard buying $350,000 in spying equipment. Another one, Chris Collins, and all the wreckage he wrought on residents, especially Buffalo residents and people who happen to be poor. Or even Stefan Mychajliw and his crookedness, but who cares, Mychajliw in all his glory feted at Frank Max’s annual spring brunch last week.

    Will Kennedy, Brandon and Mazurek be letting voters know of their support of Howard when they run this year??? Or Frank Max??????

    Maybe Tim Howard can send a spying drone around to keep tabs on Kennedy, Brandon, Mazurek and Max and let us know. After all, aren’t we paying for it?

  • Marc Rebmann

    I might be more upset that Howard thinks its acceptable and or desirable to be pictured with Joe Arpaio. That guy is one of the biggest pieces of shit in the country.

    Good on Legislator Burke for calling hearings. My questions are 1) If the sheriff does obtain warrants, why not going directly to the mobile company’s to tap the lines? 2) Does the sheriff intercept unintended information, and if so, what does it do with it?

  • Zman1978

    How did This Tim Howard get voted in. Wish we knew that this scumbag was up to no good since the last election. Stealing text messages and photos from phones what a deuche

    • Lamont Cranston

      WNY is filled with people who think an adulterous bestiality enthusiast like Pervadino is a good person. WNY is the Alabama of New York. Thus, Tim.

  • jamesholstun

    When the New York City cops began spying on Muslims in the five boroughs, they sent feelers out to good old Tim asking if the Erie County police would like snoop on local Muslim Somalis. As far as we know, Tim didn’t oblige, but he didn’t inform the community–not even the targeted Somalis–of this plan to commit a crime against them. In other words, he didn’t protect his employers from criminals.

    Fire his ass.

    • ckg1

      We won’t get a chance to do that for a few years.

  • starrrbuck

    Is there any proof of the claimed fact regarding the word “surveil”?

    the fact that his department bought a $350,000 device that mimics a cell tower and allows police to surveil every cell phone call and text in range.

    Or does surveil mean only location tracking? Are critics saying location tracking should be illegal even if/when court authorized?

    http://www.buffalonews.com/feed/sheriff-howard-defends-use-of-surveillance-equipment-20140509

    the Sheriff’s Office does own and use technology that allows for the tracking of cellular devices. However, he said, the office does not possess equipment that allows for the interception of cell phone calls or text messages, nor any equipment that is capable of collecting personal data from targeted mobile phones.

    “Utilization of this technology is only done so with appropriate judicial or legal authority, or in instances when life is immediately at stake,” Howard said in a statement.

    … On Friday Howard said the cellular tracking devices have been an invaluable tool for his office, resulting in the location of five missing persons, as well as tracking the location of two suicidal individuals. The devices also helped foil 13 violent felonies while they were in progress and helped in the investigations of four murders, one abduction and a rape. …