Boston P.D. Joining the Trend of Internet Surveillance Tech

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A whole host of reasons are being given to justify the increased surveillance and data mining of social media and the wider Internet itself: terrorism, suicide prevention, pre-crime detection of violence and other illegal acts, and even teenage alcohol abuse.This is being done at the federal level most egregiously with a recent ruling that the feds have now been given the green light to hack millions of private devices with only a single warrant.

This extends also to the smaller state/local level. Where many local police departments are willing to treat their their citizens as guilty until proven innocent. One of the key tools of this spreading surveillance state has been social media and Internet monitoring software. Many police departments and the federal government have taken the position that what can be found on social media is information from participants released willingly into the public domain, so it’s fair game for analysis.

An announcement from the Boston PD demonstrates that they appear willing to go to a whole new level of monitoring, which goes far beyond social media and would include just about anything that appears on the Web. The Boston Globe recently reported on the capabilities of this new software that will cost taxpayers $1.4 million for the privilege of having their free speech subjected to scrutiny and their civil liberties undermined

The software would be able to search blogs, websites, chat rooms, and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. It would provide law enforcement officials with an address of where the content was posted and allow police to create a “geo-fence” that would send alerts when new posts are made within an area that meets specified search criteria.

In addition to the troubling concept of having Big Brother looking over the shoulder of anyone typing anything anywhere on the Internet is the stated desire to establish connections between users, opening people up to guilt by association.

The Boston PD is currently in the solicitation phase of seeking this technology and has set December 5th as the date to choose a supplier. It would behoove anyone living in Boston who has concerns about the threat to their privacy and right to assembly to immediately express your demands to the Boston PD in the hope that they will pull this program before it is implemented.

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SciFi Military “Weapons That Actually Exist”

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Technologies that are understood by the general public are seriously outdated. There has been a revolution of new advances in Military technologies, and much of it draws heavily from the use of electromagnetic energy, lasers and A.I. robots.

The future is downright deadly – that is, if you wind up in the crosshairs.

Though many of these devices may seem outlandish, they are, in fact, ready to make the difference in the conflicts of the rest of the 21st Century.

These technologies are changing the world that we live in, and tilting the tables in favor of whoever can maintain dominance over the spectrum and the arena in which the battle is to take place.

A highlight of these technologies includes:

Directed Energy Weapons – Rumored to exist long before the Pentagon admitted that it did, these weapons focuse a high-energy laser that can destroy practically anything in its path. A 10kw laser can take out incoming threats, enemy planes, satellites and more. As well as high energy Lasers, Microwave weapons have been the most extensivley tested example. Most prominent among those is the Active Denial System. this technology has already been in use on the battlefield in Iraq, and at home at protests both in the U.S. and in other nations.

Laser-weapon systems– There are many variations of this, but the most utilized is becoming the laser shot system deployed by the military on boats and other craft with the intention of shooting down UAVs and other drone craft. It is precise and very low cost, and certainly something likely to be part of the future of warfare.

(The original concept for such a weapon can be seen in Nikola Tesla’s claim of a Death Ray, while it sounds fanciful the concept for such a weapon has been there for some time.)

Precision-guided firearms/Smart Bullets – This smart, long-range, superior tracking system won’t fire the bullet until the weapon is on target. Now, being a highly deadly sniper doesn’t require rare skill and natural talent, but simply the ability to operate this smart gun.

Rail Guns– The major benefit is that they don’t need gun powder or explosives. Instead, it is fired via electromagnetic forces – which can be extremely potent. Projectiles can be fired at speeds up to 4500 mph, or more than 1 mile per second. Though this requires tremendous amounts of electricity, they may replace missile defense systems as a cheap and cleaner weapons grid.

Swarm bots – Using the collective power of slavish, hive insect behavior, It is supposed that a desired collective behavior emerges from the interactions between the robots and interactions of robots with the environment. This could play a central role in many military strategies and scenarios, using command and communication without the need for human operators.

So What else is coming down the pipeline from DARPA that we don’t yet know about?The answer is plenty, and there’s much more in development. Technology is advancing more rapidly than ever before.

Brace yourself, and stay prepared!

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Minority Report” Technology To Become Reality By 2020

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According to a new report by Juniper Research, the largely “point and click” style computer and Internet interactions with which humans have become so familiar are going to enter a paradigm shift in the coming years.
By the beginning of the next decade, humans will largely interface with online (and offline) electronics via physical actions and gestures reminiscent of the 2002 science fiction film, Minority Report.

Juniper Research asserts that by 2020, “There will be as many as 492 million motion and gesture-tracking devices.” This incredible 280% increase suggests “gesture and motion control will become vital for certain forms of human-computer interaction in the coming years.”

In Minority Report, which is based on a 1956 science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick. Police Chief John Anderton’s PreCrime division sources future info from specially harvested humans. These so called “PreCogs” possess extrasensory perception,which they use to feed into a computerized “pre -crime” database.
In the film the protagonist accesses a vast gesture based user interface,not much unlike the developing gesture based camera’s and V.R. systems of today.

According to Juniper’s new Gesture, Motion & Haptics interface research, in only a few years most Web users will be handling information this way. Interestingly, traditional devices, like PCs and even smartphones, are not expected to adopt gesture and motion control with anywhere near the same frequency.
The innovation expected to spearhead the change is virtual reality. Virtual reality headsets and wearables such as smart watches and glasses are uniquely suited to integrate motion and gesture tracking.

The precognitive policing of Minority Report could become reality, too. The technology of 2020 probably won’t include ‘PreCogs’ floating in water and generating dream-visions of the next murder, but there are some analysts who think nation-states will wield complex predictive crime programs in the near future. And some manifestations of this technology exist now. But will these nascent technologies mature to be full-blown PreCrime divisions?

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Half of Americans’ Photos Are Now Stored In Facial Recognition Databases

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According to a report by Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology, half of Americans now have photos of themselves stored in facial recognition databases. The vast majority of these citizens are not suspects in crimes, nor do they have criminal records.
Over 117 million adults are stored in facial recognition databases, and any of their photos can be used at any time in a “virtual lineup,” where they can be picked out by law enforcement as potential suspects.

According to the ACLU, many police departments use photos from Facebook, photos from protests, and even videos of average people walking down the street taken from cameras posted up around urban centers. It was even indicated in the report that drivers license photos are used to populate these databases, meaning that almost anyone could be a potential suspect in one of these lineups.

The report’s findings suggest that the technology may be violating the rights of millions of Americans and is disproportionately affecting communities of color, advocates said.
Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU’s legislative counsel, pointed out that government agencies have free rein to do whatever they want with this technology, and that they offer absolutely no transparency.

One of the most disturbing aspects of the recent report is the fact that these facial recognition databases have become “overwhelmingly made up of non-criminal entries.” This can get extremely dangerous because this technology is far from perfect and, in fact, mistakes are made all of the time.

Even the FBI admits that one out of every seven searches of its facial recognition database are incorrect, meaning that innocent people are singled out on a regular basis. However, independent investigation revealed that the number was far higher, with close to 90% of those identified by facial recognition technology being innocent people.

Via: Activist post

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Ron Paul Weighs in on Trump Presidency — Beware of the ‘Shadow Government’

Former Texas Representative Ron Paul has issued a warning, on the heels of president elect Donald Trump’s successful bid for the White House, to beware of the shadow government pulling political strings behind closed doors.

Paul made his remarks in an interview with Peter Lavelle, when asked what foremost issues should be on the mind of Donald Trump right now. Paul answered, “who he appoints to the cabinet,” should be one of the first things the billionaire turned politician must address.

“Quite frankly, there’s an outside source which we refer to as the Deep State or a Shadow Government. There’s a lot of influence by people that are actually more powerful than our government itself,” he said referring to U.S. meddling with international elections around the world.
“If the government’s not acting right, it’s the secret government, it’s the shadow government, it’s the CIA and the false flags and the accidents that happen and then the people get angry, because if you don’t get angry at your enemies, then you’re unpatriotic.

Paul says he’s optimistic because the media and the government have been exposed. “Don’t believe the government,” Paul implored. He said he wants government to “be very very small” and said if we did we would have a “more peaceful world.”

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DARPA and JASON Scientists – The Pentagon’s Maladaptive Brain

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An uncensored look into DARPA, the US government’s secretive agency, reveals exactly how the brain of the military industrial complex operates. Utilizing super-scientific intellects.DARPA’s arms reach far and wide – touching universities, small businesses, the public, of course, and also the established media. Despite its collaborative success, the brain running the show is acutely flawed, for its aim is not to protect and serve, but to control.

DARPA has been credited with creating the internet,Enhancing Computer networking, and early Development of G.P.S. systems. As investigative journalist Annie Jacobson describes it as “the future.” For anyone who has lurked on DARPA’s pages, they only hint at the sci-fi reality that the list of alphabet agencies it employs,can create. The technologies of dominance that DARPA is developing include bullets that can change direction mid-flight, high-energy liquid-laser systems, robotic pack animals, flying trucks, and drones that can stay airborne for years.

But even these do not reveal the true workings of the Pentagon’s dysfunctional aims, supported by the JASON group scientists. In an interview describing DARPA’s omniscient presence Annie Jacobson says that:
“those who follow conspiracy theorists probably know that the JASON scientists are considered to be right up there with the Illuminati, in terms of, you know people see them as these wizards behind the curtain doing all these bad things. . .”

Jacobson goes on to say that she interviewed one of the co-founders of the JASON physicists, Martin Goldberger, who was an adviser to the Pentagon for decades. It is thought that he and other scientists are working on data codes similar to the human brain. The implications of this discovery are enormous, considering that DARPA has inserted itself into nearly every aspect of our daily lives.

The JASON scientists are essentially considered the best and brightest, paid to conduct research on behalf of the Defense industry’s aims. From it’s founding until today, this group has applied their collective minds to keep the Defense Machine’s military advantage over the rest of humanity

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Deep State: America’s Shadow Government and Its Silent Coup

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By John W. Whitehead

“Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by Congress, the President, or the people. Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system … a well-organized political-action group in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a one-party state
The important point to remember about this group is not its ideology but its organization… It operates secretly, silently, continuously to transform our Government…. This group … is answerable neither to the President, the Congress, nor the courts. It is practically irremovable.”

— Senator William Jenner, 1954 speech

Unaffected by elections. Unaltered by populist movements. Beyond the reach of the law. Say hello to America’s shadow government.

A corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country, this shadow government represents the hidden face of a government that has no respect for the freedom of its citizenry. No matter which candidate wins the presidential election, this shadow government is here to stay. Indeed, as recent documents by the FBI reveal, this shadow government—also referred to as “The 7th Floor Group”—may well have played a part in who will win the White House this year.

To be precise, however, the future president will actually inherit not one but two shadow governments.

The first shadow government, referred to as COG or Continuity of Government, is made up of unelected individuals who have been appointed to run the government in the event of a “catastrophe.” COG is a phantom menace waiting for the right circumstances—a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, an economic meltdown—to bring it out of the shadows, where it operates even now. When and if COG takes over, the police state will transition to martial law.

Yet it is the second shadow government—also referred to as the Deep State—that poses the greater threat to freedom right now. Comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes, this government within a government is the real reason “we the people” have no real control over our government.

So who or what is the Deep State?

It’s the militarized police, which have joined forces with state and federal law enforcement agencies in order to establish themselves as a standing army. It’s the fusion centers and spy agencies that have created a surveillance state and turned all of us into suspects. It’s the courthouses and prisons that have allowed corporate profits to take precedence over due process and justice. It’s the military empire with its private contractors and defense industry that is bankrupting the nation.

It’s what former congressional staffer Mike Lofgren refers to as “a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies”: the Department of Defense, the State Department, Homeland Security, the CIA, the Justice Department, the Treasury, the Executive Office of the President via the National Security Council, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a handful of vital federal trial courts, and members of the defense and intelligence committees.

These are the key Elements that drive the shadow government.This is the hidden face of the American police state that will continue long past Election Day:

USA Patriot Act, NDAA.
America’s so-called war on terror, which it has relentlessly pursued since 9/11, will continue to chip away at our freedoms, unravel our Constitution and transform our nation into a battlefield, thanks in large part to such subversive legislation as the USA Patriot Act and National Defense Authorization Act. These laws completely circumvent the rule of law and the rights of American citizens. In so doing, they re-orient our legal landscape in such a way as to ensure that martial law, rather than the U.S. Constitution, is the map by which we navigate life in the United States. These laws will continue to be enforced no matter who gets elected.

Domestic surveillance.
No matter who wins the presidential popularity contest, the National Security Agency (NSA), with its $10.8 billion black ops annual budget, will continue to spy on every person in the United States who uses a computer or phone. Thus, on any given day, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, is listening in and tracking your behavior.
Full-body scanners at airports which perform virtual strip-searches of Americans traveling by plane, have gone mobile, with roving police vans that peer into vehicles and buildings alike—including homes. Coupled with the nation’s growing network of real-time surveillance cameras and facial recognition software, soon there really will be nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

Global spying:
The NSA’s massive surveillance network, what the Washington Post refers to as a $500 billion “espionage empire,” will continue to span the globe and target every single person on the planet who uses a phone or a computer. The NSA’s Echelon program intercepts and analyzes virtually every phone call, fax and email message sent anywhere in the world. Echelon has also been a keystone in the government’s attempts at political and corporate espionage.

A Militarized police state.
Thanks to federal grant programs allowing the Pentagon to transfer surplus military supplies and weapons to local law enforcement agencies without charge, police forces will continue to be transformed from peace officers into heavily armed extensions of the military, complete with jackboots, helmets, shields, batons, pepper-spray, stun guns, assault rifles, body armor, miniature tanks and weaponized drones.
America’s law enforcement officials, no longer mere servants of the people entrusted with keeping the peace, will continue to keep the masses corralled, controlled, and treated like suspects and enemies rather than citizens.

Endless Wars

America’s expanding military empire will continue to bleed the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour). The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety. Yet what most Americans fail to recognize is that these ongoing wars have little to do with keeping the country safe and everything to do with enriching the military industrial complex at taxpayer expense.

The next president, much like the current president and his predecessors, will be little more than a figurehead, a puppet to entertain and distract the populace from what’s really going on. The Deep State not only holds the nation’s capital in thrall, but it also controls Wall Street (“which supplies the cash that keeps the political machine quiescent and operating as a diversionary marionette theater”) and Silicon Valley.

This is fascism in its most covert form, hiding behind public agencies and private companies to carry out its dirty deeds.It is a marriage between government bureaucrats and corporate fat cats.

So the next time you find yourselves despondent over the 2016 presidential candidates, remember that it’s just a puppet show intended to distract you from the silent coup being carried out by America’s shadow government.

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