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American Surveillance State (part 1)

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  • American Surveillance State (part 1)

    In case you havent noticed, the United States is quickly evolving into a high tech surveillance grid that is becoming more tyrannical with each passing day. They watch, track, monitor and record virtually everything that we do. The surveillance technologies just continue to become more and more advanced and the control web that is being constructed all around us continues to become even more inescapable.

    We are slowly becoming acclimated to the idea of our privacy and even our bodies being invaded on a grand scale. The Patriot Act granted the government the right to search your home or tap your phone without a warrant and established a satellite based intelligence network that listens to your phone calls and picks out key works typed into your computer. Then more assaults to our rights; cameras at intersections, x- ray sensors at airports, all designed to get you used to the idea of your body being violated. If we continue on the path that we are currently on, we will be heading into a future where there will be absolutely no privacy of any kind. Our liberties and freedoms are literally being strangled to death. Every citizen needs to speak up and fight for their rights before there are no rights left to fight for.
    Below is a list of currently implemented, privacy destroying technologies that are systematically transforming America into a giant prison.

    Pre-Crime Detectors: New "pre-crime" detectors are being tested by the Department of Homeland Security. The Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) program is designed to 'sense' and spot people who intend to commit a terrorist act. FAST technology uses remote sensors to detect when a person experiences irregular physiological properties like increased heart rate and darting eye movements that are supposedly associated with malicious intent.

    FAST merges technology with behavioral science, measuring heart and respiration rates, and remote eye trackers that can measure pupils, position and gaze of eyes. Thermal cameras and audio analyze pitch changes in human voices. High resolution video analyzes facial expressions and body movements. Other sensor types such as pheromones detection are also in development.

    On a similar note, Pre-Crime Surveillance Cameras, installed to analyze suspicious behavior at tourist attractions, government buildings, military bases, transport systems are programmed with a list of behaviors considered normal. Anything that deviates from usual activity is classified as suspicious and guards are immediately alerted via text message or a phone call.

    Critics have been concerned about "false positives." For example, some travelers might have some of the physical responses that are supposedly signs of mal-intent if they were about to be groped by TSA agents in airport security.

    Next Gen Facial Recognition Technology: Law enforcement agents can quickly match a suspect against millions upon millions of profiles in vast detailed databases stored on the cloud using facial recognition.

    The police can take a picture of any person, anywhere, and match it on the spot against millions upon millions of entries within a vast, intricate web of databases stored on the cloud.

    Trapwire: TrapWire siphons data from surveillance cameras in stores, casinos, and other businesses around the country. TrapWire then analyzes this data for people of interest. Reportedly, these new spy cameras are more accurate than modern facial recognition technology, and every few seconds they send back data from cities and major landmarks all over the United States to a centralized processing center where it is analyzed.

    Mob Alerts: Google recently filed a patent for a system that identifies when and where a mob event takes place and sends multimedia alerts to relevant parties. The patents are titled Mob Source Phone Video Collaboration and Inferring Events Based on Mob Sourced Video.

    In this case a mob is defined as an activity or event attracting attention in the form of video recording and picture taking. Unfortunately that could include just about any assemblage or gathering. Heres a quick blurb from the patent description:

    When there are at least a given number of video clips with similar time stamps and geolocation stamps uploaded to a repository, it is inferred that an event of interest has likely occurred, and a notification signal is transmitted (e.g., to a law enforcement agency, to a news organization, to a publisher of a periodical, to a public blog, etc.).

    Sure, everyone wants their picture uploaded to law enforcement agencies, newspapers and blogs. Thanks Google.
    Smart Meters: The governments goal is to have a smart meter installed in every house in America. The new smart meters are radio transmitters licensed by the FCC and can essentially be used as surveillance devices. Smart meters provide highly detailed energy-use data. The info can be used by police agencies, by insurance companies to determine health care premiums, and by criminals to determine if you own high-dollar appliances and when would be the best time to steal them. And thats only the tip of the potential privacy invasion iceberg.

    Smart meters harvest highly detailed data on how people live from day to day by monitoring their use of specific appliances. With data from thousands or millions of smart meters, researchers could design tools to measure how many times a day a refrigerator door was opened, eavesdrop on your sleep patterns, work schedules, track whether families are away on holiday, if someone uses a specific medical device or a baby-monitor, how they like to spend their free time etc.
    Its not hard to imagine a divorce lawyer subpoenaing this information, an insurance company interpreting the data in a way that allows it to penalize customers, or criminals intercepting the information to plan a burglary.

    The data must also be transmitted to electric utilities, and potentially to third parties outside of the smart grid, subjecting it to interception or theft as it travels over communications networks and is stored in a variety of physical locations.

    A National Database Containing Millions of Voices: VoiceGrid Nation has introduced a new product line called SpeechPro. SpeechPro uses advanced algorithms to enable government agencies to build a huge database containing millions of voices of criminals, persons of interest, people on watch list, and so forth - perhaps even just ordinary citizens. The technology will allow agencies to create a countrywide biometric database designed to store millions of peoples voice-prints. VoiceGrid Nation can scan through 10,000 voice prints in just 5 seconds.

    We look forward to a future when products like these have turned the frivolous distractions of texting and iMessaging into acts of civil disobedience.
    Fingerprint reading from 2 meters away: The new AIRprint sensor product line from IDair systems is designed for rapid, long range collection of fingerprints.
    The sensor collects fingerprints from distances of 1 to 2 meters. This sensor allows fingerprinting to have the same ease-of-use as facial recognition. iDair's primary customer is the military, but it's pushing into the commercial space. The device is about the size of a small flashlight, so now your employer can set one up at the front door of the office and within a few days have the prints of the entire company.

    Molecular Scanners: A new laser-based scanner built by Genia Photonics can detect traces of just about anything on your person from a stunning 50 meters (164 feet) away in around 1/1000000000000th of a second.

    The government will soon be able to scan your body, car or belongings for just about any molecule or substance they please without you knowing. Laser scanner technology can penetrate clothing and many other organic materials and offers spectroscopic information.
    Their plan is to install this molecular-level scanning in airports and border crossings all across the United States. The official, stated goal of this arrangement is to be able to quickly identify explosives, dangerous chemicals, or bioweapons at a distance.
    The Spy in Your Television: The new Smart TVs which connect to the internet, send and receive data on your viewing habits back to the televisions manufacturer in China, Korea etc. This data sends details of not just every show you watch but every button you press on your remote control. The TV manufacturer sells this information on the open market.

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    Re: American Surveillance State (part 1)

    Stop it. You are scaring me. It's not like there's a chance in hell of preventing the penetration and use of these technologies anyway.

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    • #3
      Re: American Surveillance State (part 1)

      I don't think anyone can have an expectation of privacy in public.

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      • #4
        Re: American Surveillance State (part 1)

        Originally posted by Jihad4Beer View Post
        I don't think anyone can have an expectation of privacy in public.
        you indeed have "no reasonable expectation of privacy" on a public street

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        • #5
          Re: American Surveillance State (part 1)

          You guys have a long way to go before you have as many CCTV camera's as we do in the UK.
          I just wish the UK government had bought shares in the companies building them first as we could have saved vast fortunes.

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            I think it is sad that the older people understand that this is NOT the way things are supposed to be in the US. The younger people shrug it off, just as the people in Europe do; which should tell everyone something about how far we have gone in the wrong direction.

            Consider this, each and every one of you--------------> more than likely, someone, somewhere, inside this government is scanning everything each one of us posts. Of course they are looking for references to jihad, revolution, Obama, President, and other key words that send up a red flag at the NSA or other departments, but scanning they are doing since this is on the internet.

            And so, whom among us do you think is classified as a possible subversive? Rather, how many of us, lol. What words did YOU use to have them look deeper into your life, because if you used any of the trigger words, someone, or some computer undoubtedly did. Knowing this, will you change how you word your posts? Maybe you will decide to stop posting at all, and is that back door shutting down free speech?

            Maybe you rolled your eyes at that last paragraph, but consider this------------>if the United States is collecting "meta data" on phone calls, what are the odds they aren't collecting some sort of data on web sites, especially those in the USA? A political website? They aren't collecting? If you believe that, what are you smoking, and can the rest of us have some for the weekend, lol!

            And so for those of you who don't care, and profess you have nothing to hide, I say this---------------> if you were so confident in that, you wouldn't be using a "alter ego" on here to start with. If they are already sniffing you, they know who you are, where you live, and probably your credit rating, lol. Talk negatively about Obama, and within a few hours, they will know much more about you.

            Welcome to the USSA. A place where those who came before you tried to stop from ever happening, and many of those who are now here just don't give a damn that it exists. Talk about generational divide, you just discovered one!

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              Re: American Surveillance State (part 1)

              Originally posted by Imawhosure View Post
              I think it is sad that the older people understand that this is NOT the way things are supposed to be in the US. The younger people shrug it off, just as the people in Europe do; which should tell everyone something about how far we have gone in the wrong direction.

              Consider this, each and every one of you--------------> more than likely, someone, somewhere, inside this government is scanning everything each one of us posts. Of course they are looking for references to jihad, revolution, Obama, President, and other key words that send up a red flag at the NSA or other departments, but scanning they are doing since this is on the internet.

              And so, whom among us do you think is classified as a possible subversive? Rather, how many of us, lol. What words did YOU use to have them look deeper into your life, because if you used any of the trigger words, someone, or some computer undoubtedly did. Knowing this, will you change how you word your posts? Maybe you will decide to stop posting at all, and is that back door shutting down free speech?

              Maybe you rolled your eyes at that last paragraph, but consider this------------>if the United States is collecting "meta data" on phone calls, what are the odds they aren't collecting some sort of data on web sites, especially those in the USA? A political website? They aren't collecting? If you believe that, what are you smoking, and can the rest of us have some for the weekend, lol!

              And so for those of you who don't care, and profess you have nothing to hide, I say this---------------> if you were so confident in that, you wouldn't be using a "alter ego" on here to start with. If they are already sniffing you, they know who you are, where you live, and probably your credit rating, lol. Talk negatively about Obama, and within a few hours, they will know much more about you.

              Welcome to the USSA. A place where those who came before you tried to stop from ever happening, and many of those who are now here just don't give a damn that it exists. Talk about generational divide, you just discovered one!
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