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The surveillance system that was set up after the staged attacks of September 11, 2001 is for monitoring, analyzing and tracking the American people.
Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators.
The system, by far the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the nation's history, collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of U.S. citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing.
The months-long investigation, based on nearly 100 interviews and 1,000 documents, found that:
• Technologies and techniques honed for use on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan have migrated into the hands of law enforcement agencies in America.
• The FBI is building a database with the names and certain personal information, such as employment history, of thousands of U.S. citizens and residents whom a local police officer or a fellow citizen believed to be acting suspiciously. It is accessible to an increasing number of local law enforcement and military criminal investigators, increasing concerns that it could somehow end up in the public domain.
• Seeking to learn more about Islam and terrorism, some law enforcement agencies have hired as trainers self-described experts whose extremist views on Islam and terrorism are considered inaccurate and counterproductive by the FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies.
• The Department of Homeland Security sends its state and local partners intelligence reports with little meaningful guidance, and state reports have sometimes inappropriately reported on lawful meetings.The surveillance system that was set up after the staged attacks of September 11, 2001... more
Federal authorities are investigating why a Mexican drone was in Texas airspace and what caused the unmanned surveillance aircraft to crash into a backyard in El Paso.
The crash occurred after sunset Tuesday behind a house in a former agricultural area, the El Paso Times reported Friday. Police Detective Mike Baranyay said no one was injured.
U.S. officials did not release the exact location of the crash. The neighborhood is separated from Mexico by the Rio Grande, floodlights, the 15-foot to 18-foot tall border fence, a chain-link fence, a line of poles with surveillance cameras and a highway, according to the newspaper.
"We responded to a concerned citizen's call and recovered a small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which belonged to the Government of Mexico," said Jenny L. Burke, a spokeswoman for Homeland Security, in a statement.
Keith Holloway, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, described the drone as a mini orbiter unmanned aerial vehicle.
The El Paso Times reported Friday that Border Patrol Agent Ramiro Cordero says numerous agencies were involved in returning the unmanned drone to Mexico on Wednesday.
Holloway described the equipment as a mini orbiter aerial vehicle.
Full Story: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/12/17/national/main7159594.shtmlFederal authorities are investigating why a Mexican drone was in Texas airspace and... more
Top secret American spy plane returns to Earth after seven months... but U.S. still won't say what it was doing in spaceThe U.S.'s first unmanned re-entry spacecraft landed at an airfield today, seven months after it was launched.The X-37B's exact purpose remained shrouded in secrecy when it touched-down at at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast 130 miles north west of Los Angeles.
LINK : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1335526/X-37B-secret-unmanned-space-shuttle-returns-Earth.htmlThe U.S.'s first unmanned re-entry spacecraft landed at an airfield today, seven... more
Drunk Santa is caught on surveillance camera entering a parking garage.
http://yesbitch.net/2010/funny/drunk-santa-caught-on-surveillance-cam/Drunk Santa is caught on surveillance camera entering a parking garage.... more
GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING: Scariest speed camera of all... It checks your insurance, tax and even whether you are tailgating or not wearing a seatbeltEven the most law-abiding driver might feel a shiver down the spine when spotting this speed camera at the roadside.
For as well as detecting speeding, it is packed with gizmos that check number plates to make sure insurance and tax are up to date.
It also measures the distance between vehicles to spot tailgating and takes pictures of the inside of the car – to make sure you are wearing a seat belt.
Read More: http://globalpoliticalawakening.blogspot.com/2010/11/scariest-speed-camera-of-all-it-checks.htmlEven the most law-abiding driver might feel a shiver down the spine when spotting this... more
A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online. The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real, whether the young Arab-American was being targeted in a terrorism investigation and what the authorities would do.
It took just 48 hours to find out: The device was real, the student was being secretly tracked and the FBI wanted their expensive device back, the student told Wired.com in an interview Wednesday.
The answer came when half-a-dozen FBI agents and police officers appeared at Yasir Afifi’s apartment complex in Santa Clara, California, on Tuesday demanding he return the device.
Afifi, a 20-year-old U.S.-born citizen, cooperated willingly and said he’d done nothing to merit attention from authorities. Comments the agents made during their visit suggested he’d been under FBI surveillance for three to six months.
An FBI spokesman wouldn’t acknowledge that the device belonged to the agency or that agents appeared at Afifi’s house.
“I can’t really tell you much about it, because it’s still an ongoing investigation,” said spokesman Pete Lee, who works in the agency’s San Francisco headquarters.
Afifi, the son of an Islamic-American community leader who died a year ago in Egypt, is one of only a few people known to have found a government-tracking device on their vehicle.
His discovery comes in the wake of a recent ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying it’s legal for law enforcement to secretly place a tracking device on a suspect’s car without getting a warrant, even if the car is parked in a private driveway.
Brian Alseth from the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington state contacted Afifi after seeing pictures of the tracking device posted online and told him the ACLU had been waiting for a case like this to challenge the ruling.
“This is the kind of thing we like to throw lawyers at,” Afifi said Alseth told him.
“It seems very frightening that the FBI have placed a surveillance-tracking device on the car of a 20-year-old American citizen who has done nothing more than being half-Egyptian,” Alseth told Wired.comA California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS... more
“Exposed” is a photographic collection presently on exhibition at London’s Tate Modern Gallery, which offers a fascinating look at pictures made on the sly, without the explicit permission of the people depicted. With photographs from the late nineteenth century to present day, the pictures present a shocking, illuminating and sometimes witty perspective on iconic and taboo subjects. “Exposed” presents 250 works by celebrated artists and photographers, including Weegee, Guy Bourdin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Harry Callahan, Lee Miller, Helmut Newton and Man Ray.
The United Kingdom is now the most surveyed country in the world, fostering an obsession with voyeurism, privacy laws, freedom of media, and surveillance, images captured and relayed on camera phones, YouTube or reality TV. Much of “Exposed” focuses on surveillance, and the issues raised are particularly relevant in the current climate, with debates raging around the rights and desires of individuals, terrorism and the increasing availability and use of surveillance. “Exposed” confronts these issues and their implications head-on.
This piece include a number of high-resolution photographs from the exhibition, a slide show and two documentary short films.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2010/10/08/exposed-voyeurism-surveillance-and-the-camera/“Exposed” is a photographic collection presently on exhibition at... more
Fethiye, Turkey, 4 October 2010 - The 44 year old man stabbed his 28 year old ex-wife infront of the children at a bus station in Fethie. The bystanders that finally stopped the man found him carrying four knives. Custody battle?Fethiye, Turkey, 4 October 2010 - The 44 year old man stabbed his 28 year old ex-wife... more
Korean guy on a scooter is to damn impatient to wait for the next elevator. So he smashes through the door and down into the elevator shaft. I think this happened in Daejeon, Korea. Apparently he fell 6 meters and died.Korean guy on a scooter is to damn impatient to wait for the next elevator. So he... more
What Was Caught on the Russian Security Camera at a Night Club in the Women's Bathroom (VIDEO) - The Daily BlenderRussia, Moscow. Night Club. Recorded from their surveillance cameras.
Caught On Surveillance: Man Ends His Life After Breaking Up With Girlfriend (GRAPHIC VIDEO) - The Daily BlenderWarning Viewer Discretion Is Advised. Disturbing Material. (18+)
After breaking up with his girlfriend in front of the elevator, the guy pulls out a gun and shoots himself in the head.Warning Viewer Discretion Is Advised. Disturbing Material. (18+) After breaking up... more
Viewer Discretion Is Advised - Woman Gets Struck And Killed By Truck
August 17, 2010: Tragic accident captured on surveillance camera in China. A truck driver swerves to miss a cab crossing his way and runs over a woman, killing her instantly. The cab driver fled the scene.Viewer Discretion Is Advised - Woman Gets Struck And Killed By Truck August 17,... more
The problem with the video of this seemingly harmless London woman trashing an equal harmless cat is that there's no sound to give us context. Thankfully, the cast of infoMania is here to tell you exactly how it all went down.
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Erin Gibson, Ben Hoffman, Bryan Safi and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10/9c on Current TV.
Go to http://current.com/infomania for more, and make sure to check out our Facebook profile for special features at http://facebook.com/infomania.The problem with the video of this seemingly harmless London woman trashing an equal... more
TIME report details legal ruling that befits activity of KGB or the East German Stasi...
A Report in TIME magazine details how it is now perfectly legal in nine states for the government to attach secret satellite tracking devices to your car and monitor you wherever you go, without a search warrant.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the report also details how The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which made the ruling, essentially suggests that privacy should be reserved for rich people only.
The law, which now applies in California and eight other Western states, stems from a case beginning in 2007 when federal agents of the DEA covertly attached a GPS tracking device to the vehicle of an Oregon man they suspected of growing marijuana.
The vehicle was parked in the man’s driveway, yet judges ruled that he did not have any reasonable expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment because they driveway was “open to strangers” such as delivery people and neighborhood children.
This ruling transgresses long standing court rules that the area immediately surrounding a private property, known as the “curtilage,” should also be considered private.
Judges also ruled that there was no reasonable expectation that the government was not tracking the man’s movements.
All appeals against the court’s motion have failed.
One Ninth Circuit judge has spoken out against the ruling however, noting that it essentially suggests that privacy is limited to those who can afford to completely close off their property with hi-tech security features such as electric gates, fences and security booths to stop anyone, including the government, sneaking around.
Chief Judge Alex Kozinski raised the point and added that “cultural elitism” is rife within the justice system:
“There’s been much talk about diversity on the bench, but there’s one kind of diversity that doesn’t exist,” he wrote. “No truly poor people are appointed as federal judges, or as state judges for that matter.”
“1984 may have come a bit later than predicted, but it’s here at last,” Kozinski added, noting that “Some day, soon, we may wake up and find we’re living in Oceania.”
With a Justice Department on record suggesting that the Fourth Amendment does not apply after 9/11, and an intelligence apparatus guilty of widespread covert wiretapping of American citizens’ communications, one might suggest that we found ourselves living in such an Orwellian nightmare a long time ago, now it is simply being made official.
“…if government agents can track people with secretly planted GPS devices virtually anytime they want, without having to go to a court for a warrant, we are one step closer to a classic police state – with technology taking on the role of the KGB or the East German Stasi.” the TIME reporter and professional lawyer Adam Cohen writes, noting that due to differing decisions by courts in other districts, the issue is soon likely to end up in the Supreme Court.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor at Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and regular contributor to Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.TIME report details legal ruling that befits activity of KGB or the East German... more
~So they gain even more spy powers on citizens, yet can't find a guy who jumps from cave to cave supposedly....
"Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway - and no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements.
That is the bizarre - and scary - rule that now applies in California and eight other Western states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers this vast jurisdiction, recently decided the government can monitor you in this way virtually anytime it wants - with no need for a search warrant. (See a TIME photoessay on Cannabis Culture.)
It is a dangerous decisio..............."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/08599201315000~So they gain even more spy powers on citizens, yet can't find a guy who jumps... more
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In an unprecedented proliferation of public spying, government is casting its watchful eye on millions of ordinary Americans through largely unregulated surveillance cameras trained on public spaces throughout the nation.
A Long Island town is using a new tool to find you without ever setting foot on your property.
Using Google Earth images Riverhead’s Chief Building Inspector Leroy Barnes Jr. eyeballed properties on the Internet and identified those with pools, then compared the list to records of homes with pool permits.
Barnes said he targeted pools – after discussions with town leaders – because of safety concerns. Without permits and the required inspections, pools can be hazards, he said, because there’s no way to tell whether fencing, electric and plumbing work for such pools meets code and state safety regulations.
“Pool safety has always been my concern,” said Barnes, who acknowledged that “a lot of people don’t like the idea of an eye in the sky.”
This has raised concerns with privacy advocates as it may be the first use of Google Earth for such a purpose. A Google representative told Newsday she didn’t know of any specific example of Google Earth being used elsewhere as it has been in Riverhead, and did not respond specifically to whether the company had any concerns about how the town used the service.
Read More: http://morichesdaily.com/2010/08/electronic-eye-sky/In an unprecedented proliferation of public spying, government is casting its watchful... more
A former NSA executive who is fighting government charges of leaking classified information was part of a group that pursued several sanctioned paths to report concerns about an agency spy program, but was repeatedly frustrated by the government’s inaction, according to a report Wednesday.
Thomas Drake, now reduced to working at a Washington, D.C.-area Apple store while awaiting his trial, first notified his superiors at the National Security Agency, then looked to Congress to address his concerns, and finally worked with a group that went to the Defense Department’s inspector general, according to The Washington Post. When all of these avenues failed to net results, he took his information to a reporter at The Baltimore Sun.
Drake now faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison if convicted of mishandling classified information and obstructing justice.
Drake’s information involved a data-mining program called ThinThread that, after the Sept. 11 attacks, was going to be replaced by a more expensive, less efficient and less privacy-friendly program called Trailblazer. When he expressed concerns that the new program would ignore constitutional safeguards around wiretapping, he was reportedly rebuffed by his superiors.
“He tried to have his concerns heard and nobody really wanted to listen,” attorney Nina Ginsberg, who is representing a former Capitol Hill staffer but is not representing Drake, told the Post.
Drake began working for the NSA in 1989 as a contractor. His job was to evaluate software programs for the agency. In 2001, on the morning of Sept. 11 to be exact, he began a new job as a senior executive at the NSA overseeing the office of change leadership and communications, the Post says. ThinThread was developed for the NSA in the ’90s to mine massive amounts of digital data collected by the agency and find patterns.
One of the existing program’s key features was a privacy component that anonymized collected data through encryption. The identifying information would only be decrypted if authorities gained sufficient evidence to obtain a warrant. Although the mere collection of domestic data was still illegal without a warrant, Drake apparently approved of the product as long as the anonymization feature was in place.
But after Sept. 11, NSA director Michael Hayden opted instead for the $1.2 billion Trailblazer program, which was believed to have more robust capability to handle larger volumes of data, but which had none of the privacy safeguards present in ThinThread.
Three of Drake’s superiors now say that he never mentioned his concerns about constitutional safeguards to them, but career NSA employees back Drake’s story, according to the paper. They took their concerns to congressional leaders and staffers, including Diane Roark, a Republican staff member of the House Intelligence Committee. Roark contacted Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who was responsible for appointing judges to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — the court that oversees requests for national security surveillance warrants. But Rehnquist apparently was a dead end.
Roark also had no luck with her boss, House Intelligence Chairman Porter Goss (R-Florida). Instead of performing his congressional oversight duty, Goss simply sent her along to NSA chief Hayden, who told her: “We’re proud of what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.”
That’s when Roark and former NSA employees who sided with Drake took their concerns to the Defense Department’s inspector general. They reported that the NSA had shelved ThinThread in favor of a program that cost 10 times as much and was less effective.
An administrative investigation was spawned by their complaint, as well as two criminal fraud investigations. The inspector general’s report was completed in December 2004 but was classified and led to no action.
It was Roark who suggested Drake contact a reporter at that point. A month later, in December 2005, The New York Times reported its groundbreaking story disclosing that the NSA had been spying on Americans, based on information from anonymous sources. Drake decided he should come forward with his information as well.
He contacted Siobhan Gorman at The Baltimore Sun, using Hushmail, an encrypted e-mail service. They communicated for a year without Drake identifying himself, before they finally met in person.
Drake allegedly provided Gorman with scans of classified documents, from which she wrote an article questioning the NSA’s replacement of ThinThread with Trailblazer and its abandonment of privacy safeguards. Drake later told New Yorker investigative reporter Seymour Hersh that the story was actually much more significant than what The Baltimore Sun reported.
Drake’s attorney, a public defender, says the government’s allegations against his client are factually wrong and miss important principles suggested by the case.
“Throughout, Tom Drake has tried as best he could to do the right thing in service of his country,” Jim Wyda told the Post. “His motives in this important matter are completely pure.”A former NSA executive who is fighting government charges of leaking classified... more
The secret $100 Million Raytheon developed clandestine surveillance program for the NSA watches big companies and keeps tem safe from digital attacks, according to the Wall Street Journal.The secret $100 Million Raytheon developed clandestine surveillance program for the... more
Welcome to the surveillance society
That’s what the American Civil Liberties Union concluded Tuesday with a report chronicling government spying and the detention of groups and individuals “for doing little more than peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.”
The report, Policing Free Speech: Police Surveillance and Obstruction of First Amendment-Protected Activity (.pdf),http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/Spyfiles_2_0.pdf
surveys news accounts and studies of questionable snooping and arrests in 33 states and the District of Columbia over the past decade.
The survey provides an outline of, and links to, dozens of examples of Cold War-era snooping in the modern age.
“Our review of these practices has found that Americans have been put under surveillance or harassed by the police just for deciding to organize, march, protest, espouse unusual viewpoints and engage in normal, innocuous behaviors such as writing notes or taking photographs in public,” Michael German, an ACLU attorney and former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, said in a statement.
Here are a few examples:
At a California State University, Fresno lecture on veganism, six of the 60 in attendance were undercover officers from the local and campus police. The Oakland Police Department in California had infiltrated a police-brutality demonstration, and its undercover officers selected “the route of the march.”
A vegetarian activist in Georgia was arrested for jotting down the license plate of a Department of Homeland Security agent who was snapping photos of a protest outside a Honey Baked Ham store. A Joint Terrorism Task Force in Illinois went on a three-day manhunt in Chicago searching for a Muslim man for his suspicious activity of using a hand counter on a bus. As it turned out, the man was counting his daily prayers.
A Kentucky minister was detained at Canadian border trying to enter the United States because he had purchased copies of the Koran on the internet following the 2001 terror attacks. A New York, Muslim-American student journalist was detained for taking pictures of Old Glory outside a Veterans Affairs building as part of a class project. The authorities deleted the pictures before releasing her an hour later.Welcome to the surveillance society That’s what the American Civil Liberties... more