25 sep. 2007

Tens of thousands of CCTV cameras, yet 80% of crime unsolved

A comparison of the number of cameras in each London borough with the proportion of crimes solved there found that police are no more likely to catch offenders in areas with hundreds of cameras than in those with hardly any.
In fact, four out of five of the boroughs with the most cameras have a record of solving crime that is below average. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23412867-details/Tens+of+thou

21 sep. 2007

Advanced Orwellian (Police) Surveillance Systems

Space And Naval Warfare Systems Command - Mini VTOL(Vertical TakeOff and Landing) UAV for Law Enforcement:

Remotely operated vehicle systems, ground and air, have great potential for supporting law enforcement operations. These systems with their onboard sensors, can assist in collecting evidence, performing long-term surveillance or in assessing hazardous situations prior to committing personnel. Remote ground vehicles are presently used by many police departments for ordnance clearing missions...

Two weekends ago at the V Festival, revellers were surprised to see a remote-controlled surveillance drone flying and filming overhead. Little to nothing was known beforehand about the drone’s use, and news reports after the fact shed little light on why or how its use was approved. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article2381368.ece?openComment=true

British Police Test Eye in the Sky Drone http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/20070521/britain-drone.htm
UK's first police drone takes to the skies http://www.merseyside.police.uk/html/news/news/may/cd21-05b-police.htm

Biometrics/fringerprinting (& getting the children used to surveillance):

Child fingerprinting sign of government's surveillance state http://www.libdems.org.uk/news/child-fingerprinting-sign-of-governments-surveillance-state-clegg.12106.html

Children of 11 to be fingerprinted

Children tricked into giving fingerprints

Motorists to give fingerprints
Drivers who get stopped by the police could have their fingerprints taken at the roadside, under a new plan to help officers check people's identities. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6170070.stm

Kiddiprinters! EU biometric ID plans reach out for the children
The EU is planning to fingerprint children from as young as six, and earlier just as soon as it is technically feasible, according to documents obtained by Statewatch. The matter has already caused considerable debate (albeit behind closed doors and with no visible civil liberties concerns) among member states, but is being pushed ahead as part of a broader push towards biometric identifiers, without reference to the European Parliament. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/07/31/eu_fingerprinting_kids/

Video fingerprinting due soon (youtube, video google)

France to trial biometric boarding cards

Pupils face tracking bugs in school blazers: A school uniform maker said yesterday it was "seriously considering" adding tracking devices to its clothes after a survey found many parents would be interested in knowing where their offspring were. http://education.guardian.co.uk/schools/story/0,,2153054,00.html

Where Big Brother Watches and Talks to You
...operator in the control room spotted their actions, and a disembodied voice coming from a speaker attached to a CCTV camera stopped the offenders in their tracks...http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=2508521&page=
Big Brother is watching us all: cameras capture face in one second
The US and UK governments are developing increasingly sophisticated gadgets to keep individuals under their surveillance. When it comes to technology, the US is determined to stay ahead of the game. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/6995061.stm

Behavior detection systems:

Behavior detection officers are keeping a close eye on travelers
Amy Kudwa, a Transportation Security Administration public affairs specialist, said the agency hopes to have 500 behavior detection officers in place by the end of 2008. Kudwa described the effort, which began as a pilot program in 2006, as “very successful” at identifying suspicious airline passengers. Terrorism suspects have been apprehended, two independent sources said.At the heart of the new screening system is a theory that when people try to conceal their emotions, they reveal their feelings in flashes that Ekman calls “micro-expressions.” Fear and disgust are the key ones, he said, because they are associated with deception. http://www.kansascity.com/105/story/238871.html(pdf)
Homeland Security explores behavior detector

Brain Scan Reveals an Actual Lie
...company based in San Diego called No Lie MRI, which claims to use "the first and only direct detection of lies in human history" by actually mapping the portion of the brain that's used in deception. http://abcnews.go.com/WN/story?id=3542921&page=1
New York City Mobile Surveillance vans deployed on 9/11/07(find the terr0ritzzts!):

Europol: Shopping list could make you 'a terror suspect:

access for Europol to personal data could lead to individuals being labelled as terror suspects based on hearsay or records of their shopping habits. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/04/09/weuropol09.xml

US agencies train spy satellites on civilians

...a plan to allow emergency response, border control and, eventually, law enforcement agencies greater access to the sophisticated satellites... http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1311872007
U.S. to Expand Domestic Use Of Spy Satellites http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB118714764716998275.html?mod=blog

British motorists face spy in sky monitoring

Monitoring would be via a combination of static cameras to capture license plate details, electronic tags in vehicles that would be read by roadside monitoring stations and global positioning system satellites to read on-board transponders http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSL013370320070501?feedType=RSS
European Commission & RFID technology at CeBIT Event
European Commission launched a wide-ranging public consultation on the challenges and opportunities of RFID for government, industry and society at large. http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/events/cebit_07/index_en.htm
(over RFID chipping zal ik later nog eens een aparte post moeten maken, van 967 paginas)

$228,752 in surveillance equipment for Bayonne High
The Bayonne Board of Education voted last week to accept $228,752 in mostly federal grants to install surveillance cameras throughout the high school. http://www.jonesreport.com/articles/021006_surveillance_high.html
And now the funny(f*ckface): Real ID will 'strengthen' Americans' privacy, Chertoff says
Bush administration's Real ID plans, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the national-identification scheme will actually "strengthen" personal privacy by providing added protection against identity theft. Starting on May 11, 2008, Americans will need a federally approved, "machine readable" ID card to travel on an airplane, open a bank account, collect Social Security payments or take advantage of nearly any government service. http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9771953-7.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5

17 sep. 2007

16 sep. 2007

1 in 3 Americans Still Believe Saddam Involved in 9/11

A new CBS/New York Times poll reveals that even today, 1 in 3 Americans believe that "Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon."

Latest Bin Laden Video Is a Forgery: All References to Current Events Are Made During Video Freeze?!

Osama Bin Laden's widely publicized video address to the American people has a peculiarity that casts serious doubt on its authenticity: the video freezes at about 1 minute and 58 seconds, and motion only resumes again at 12:30. The video then freezes again at 14:02 remains frozen until the end. All references to current events, such as the 62nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan, and Sarkozy and Brown being the leaders of France and the UK, respectively, occur when the video is frozen! The words spoken when the video is in motion contain no references to contemporary events and could have been (and likely were) made before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

7 sep. 2007

Newsupdate 7 sept

Pentagon ‘three-day blitz’ plan for Iran

THE Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert.Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for pinprick strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities. "They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military," he said.
Cheney Orders Media To Propagandize Attack On Iran
They [the source’s institution] have “instructions” (yes, that was the word used) from the Office of the Vice-President to roll out a campaign for war with Iran in the week after Labor Day; it will be coordinated with the American Enterprise Institute, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, Fox, and the usual suspects. It will be heavy sustained assault on the airwaves, designed to knock public sentiment into a position from which a war can be maintained. Evidently they don’t think they’ll ever get majority support for this—they want something like 35-40 percent support, which in their book is “plenty.” http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/georgepacker/2007/08/if-there-were-a.html
Zogby Poll: 51% of Americans Want Congress to Probe Bush/Cheney Regarding 9/11 Attacks; Over 30% Seek Immediate Impeachment

Ron Paul wins Maryland GOP Presidential Straw Poll
ANNAPOLIS— After eleven days of presidential straw poll ballots cast at the Maryland Republican Party’s State Fair booth, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) was announced last night as the winner. http://www.mdgop.org/News/Read.aspx?ID=5992
Ron Paul wins 33% FOX news vote http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUxQadgSkoA

Police break up anti-war meeting in Washington
Mounted police charged in to break up an outdoor press conference and demonstration against the Iraq war in Washington on Thursday, arresting three people, organizers and an AFP reporter said. "The police suppressed the press conference. In the middle of the speeches, they grabbed the podium". Three people -- Tina Richards, the mother of a marine who did two tours of duty in Iraq; Adam Kokesh, a leader of the Iraq Veterans Against the War group; and lawyer Ian Thompson, who is an organizer for ANSWER in Los Angeles -- were arrested.

5 sep. 2007

Internet censorship, Internet 2.0 & Trusted Computing

Save the Internet (about net neutrality) SavetheInternet.com

Internet censorship, Rupert Murdoch style:

Since Rupert Murdoch's $580 Million acquisition of MySpace in July 2005, it has come from total obscurity to now being the 8th most visited website in the world, receiving half as many page hits as Google...MySpace has been caught shutting down blogs critical of itself and other Murdoch owned companies. They even had the audacity to censor links to completely different websites when clicking through for MySpace. When 600 MySpace users complained, MySpace deleted the blog forum that the complaints were posted on. Taking their inspiration from Communist China, MySpace regularly uses blanket censorship to block out words like 'God'.Earlier this week Rupert Murdoch sounded the death knell for conventional forms of media in stating that the media elite were losing their monopoly to the rapid and free spread of new communication technologies. Murdoch stressed the need to regain control of these outlets in order to prevent the establishment media empire from crumbling. MySpace is Rupert Murdoch's trojan horse for destroying free speech on the Internet. It is a foundational keystone
of the first wave of the state's backlash to the damage that a free and open Internet has done to their organs of propaganda. By firstly making it cool, trendy and culturally elite for millions to flock to establishment controlledInternet backbones like MySpace, Murdoch is preparing the groundwork for the day when it will stop being voluntary and become mandatory to use government and corporate monopoly controlled Internet hubs. The second wave of destroying freedom of speech online will simply attempt to price people out of using the conventional Internet and force people over to internet 2, a state regulated hub where permission will need to be obtained directly from an FCC or government bureau to set up a website.
The Nation magazine reported, "Verizon, Comcast, Bell South and other communications giants are developing strategies that would track and store information on our every move in cyberspace in a vast data-collection and marketing system, the scope of which could rival the National Security Agency. According to white papers now being circulated in the cable, telephone and telecommunications industries, those with the deepest pockets--corporations, special-interest groups and major advertisers--would get preferred treatment.
Amateur 'video bloggers' under threat from EU broadcast rules:
THE Government is seeking to prevent an EU directive that could extend broadcasting regulations to the internet, hitting popular video-sharing websites such as YouTube. The European Commission proposal would require websites and mobile phone services that feature video images to conform to standards laid down in Brussels. Ministers fear that the directive would hit not only successful sites such as YouTube but also amateur “video bloggers” who post material on their own sites. Personal websites would have to be licensed as a “television-like service”.
Online Video fingerprinting due soon:
Google's YouTube hopes recognition technology will be in place in September to stop the posting of copyrighted videos on the popular website, a lawyer told a judge presiding over copyright lawsuits. The system will, according to Google, 'be as sophisticated as fingerprinting technology used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.'

US authorities can get access to EU citizens' data...
...on phone calls, sms' and emails, giving a recent EU data-retention law much wider-reaching consequences than first expected, reports Swedish daily Sydsvenskan.The EU data retention bill, passed in February after much controversy and with implementation tabled for late 2007, obliges telephone operators and internet service providers to store information on who called who and who emailed who for at least six months, aimed at fighting terrorism and organised crime.

Bye bye Internet freedom? Net Pioneer Wants New Internet:
One of the fathers of the Internet, David Clark, who served as chief protocol architect for the government's internet development initiative in the 1980s, has been given $200,000 by the National Science Foundation to covertly work on a "whole new infrastructure to replace today's global network," according to Wired Magazine. Clark has vowed to create a "brave new world" in designing the new Internet, characterizing what he wanted for the new network to be "a
coherent security architecture." http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/news/2005/06/68004
Bloggers are terrorists, (Malaysian) government claims:
The Malaysian government says it has had a gutsful of boggers who insult them, the King, or Islam and it will treat them like terrorists if they are not careful. http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=41236
US plans to 'fight the net' revealed - US military's plans for 'information operations' - psychological operations ...:
The declassified document is called "Information Operations Roadmap". It was obtained by the National Security Archive at George Washington University using the Freedom of Information Act. When it describes plans for electronic warfare, or EW, the document takes on an extraordinary tone. It seems to see the internet as being equivalent to an enemy weapons system."Strategy should be based on the premise that the Department [of Defense] will 'fight the net' as it would an enemy weapons system," it reads.The slogan "fight the net" appears several times throughout the roadmap.
New Law Gives Government Six Months to Turn Internet and Phone Systems into Permanent Spying Architecture: http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/08/analysis-new-la.html

Trusted Computing

Een voorbeeld, Telenet doet aan "traffic shaping" voor torrents (kan ik over getuigen btw, ze doen het tijdens de piekuren, en het is officieel niet zo, "onbeperkt internet" rofl) Hoe lang nog voor ze de kraan volledig dichtdraaien?
Internet Service Providers Around The World That Throttles Bittorrent+P2P:

Wikipedia Scanner: See Who's Editing Wikipedia - Diebold, the CIA, a Campaign:
On November 17th, 2005, an anonymous Wikipedia user deleted 15 paragraphs from an article on e-voting machine-vendor Diebold, excising an entire section critical of the company's machines. While anonymous, such changes typically leave behind digital fingerprints offering hints about the contributor, such as the location of the computer used to make the edits.In this case, the changes came from an IP address reserved for the corporate offices of Diebold itself. And it is far from an isolated case. http://www.wired.com/politics/onlinerights/news/2007/08/wiki_tracker

Week in review: The taxman cometh back:
The era of tax-free e-mail, Internet shopping and broadband connections could end this fall, if recent proposals in the U.S. Congress prove successful. State and local governments this week resumed a push to lobby Congress for far-reaching changes on two different fronts: gaining the ability to impose sales taxes on Net shopping, and being able to levy new monthly taxes on DSL and other Internet-service connections. One senator is even predicting taxes on e-mail. http://news.com.com/2100-1083_3-6186567.html

Internet taxes? It's just a matter of time: http://news.com.com/Internet+taxes+Its+just+a+matter+of+time/2010-1071_3-5778677.html

EU moves to log Internet, phone communication: http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200509/s1465671.htm

Internet is 'the new Afghanistan' NY police commissioner:

Will security firms detect police spyware?
A recent federal court decision raises the question of whether antivirus companies may intentionally overlook spyware that is secretly placed on computers by police.

Is the Internet dead (Cnn October 27, 1998)
The Pay-As-We-Go Internet will have various metering and billing mechanisms allowing Internet users, or their advertisers or governments, to pay for the resources they consume. This will help coordinate growth of the Internet by using price to communicate between supply and demand, and it will create playing fields for fierce competition on price and new technologies. If the Internet is dead, long live the Internet. http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9810/27/deadnet.idg/
FCC Issues Rule Allowing FBI to Dictate Wiretap-Friendly Design for Internet Services CALEA:
Back door access via CALEA is unfettered access; period. Agencies get Log in,Password,VPN connection.There is no checks and balances to access. Type a few commands and you're in and logging.The laws are have been expanded to ISP's. Land lines and cell phones are subject to monitoring via CALEA and the extension to ISP. & FCC Requires Certain Broadband and VoIP Providers to Accommodate Wiretaps.
Main website for the government regulated Internet for the "New World":

3 sep. 2007

De politie, uw vriend

Pop up policemen to patrol the web

Police in China's capital said they will start patrolling the web using animated beat officers that pop up on a user's browser and walk, bike or drive across the screen warning them to stay away from illegal internet content.
"It is our duty to wipe out information that does public harm and disrupts social order," the newspaper quoted the bureau's deputy chief of Internet surveillance, Zhao Hongzhi, as saying.He said the virtual police officers would protect "netizens" from harm.
Virtual police patrol China web http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6968195.stm

Now police are told they can use Taser guns on children

Police have been given the go-ahead to use Taser stun guns against children.
The relaxing of restrictions on the use of the weapons comes despite warnings that they could trigger a heart attack in youngsters...
Man bursts into flames after being shot by a taser gun
Police are investigating the firey death of a man who burst into flames after dousing himself in petrol and then being shot with a taser gun.
Officers used the gun after the man had poured gasoline over himself.
Juan Flores Lopez, 47, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Texas.
11-Year-Old Arrested For Using Rubber Band Gun
Handcuffed 5-Year-Old Sparks Suit
St. Petersburg (Fla.) police officers handcuffed an unruly 5-year-old girl after she acted up in her kindergarten class.
The police are becoming an anti-terror law unto themselves
THE Metropolitan Police took a lot of flak last week for using anti-terrorism powers to manage the Heathrow climate change protest.
Since 9/11 there has been a rapid increase in anti-terrorism powers and a consequent diminution in our own civil liberties. Indefinite detention without charge for foreign nationals, subsequently replaced (following legal challenge) by the control order regime; pre-charge detention increased from 14 days to 28 days; new infringements on freedom of speech; banning orders on non-violent groups which promote terrorism; restrictions on the right to protest ... the list goes on. http://news.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=1355332007&format=print

After the Taser.. police gun that makes you sick
The latest weapon in the fight against crime is a "sick gun" that makes you vomit.
It looks like a normal torch but sends out rapidly-changing, different-coloured strobelights which blind and disorientate whoever it is shined at.

U.S.: Attack Dogs Used Against Prisoners

Worst Offenders Are State Prisons in Connecticut and Iowa
(New York, October 11, 2006) – Five state prison systems in the United States permit the use of
aggressive, unmuzzled dogs to terrify and even attack prisoners in efforts to remove them from their cells, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report.

Egyptian Police Sexually Humiliate Female Demonstrators (Egypt finds democracy can wait)

President Hosni Mubarak's enforcers have a particular way of dealing with female demonstrators: they sexually humiliate them.
Tickets For Good Driving
Travis County deputies kicked off what has become a controversial reward program.
You know that heart-stopping feeling you get when seeing the flashing red lights of law enforcement in the rear view mirror? Well, you won't see that if you're a good driver, but you may get pulled over.
Getting pulled over for doing nothing wrong may not sound right to a lot of people.

FBI to restrict student freedoms
US university students will not be able to work late at the campus, travel abroad, show interest in their colleagues' work, have friends outside the United States, engage in independent research, or make extra money without the prior consent of the authorities, according to a set of guidelines given to administrators by the FBI. Federal agents are visiting some of the New England's top universities, including MIT, Boston College, and the University of Massachusetts, to warn university heads about the dangers of foreign spies and terrorists stealing sensitive academic research.
School enforces strict No-Touching Rule
All touching -- not only fighting or inappropriate touching -- is against the rules at Kilmer Middle School in Vienna. Hand-holding, handshakes and high-fives? Banned. The rule has been conveyed to students this way: "NO PHYSICAL CONTACT!!!!!"
"I think hugging is a good thing," said Hal, a seventh-grader, a few days before the end of the school year. "I put my arm around her. It was like for 15 seconds. I didn't think it would be a big deal." That landed him a trip to the school office.

1 sep. 2007

American Airlines - 9/11 "didn't happen" :)

WikiScanner discovered that American Airlines changed their Wikipedia entry to state that Flights 11 and 77 never flew on 9/11.
Original entry was:

Two American Airlines aircraft were hijacked and crashed during the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack: American Airlines Flight 77 (a Boeing 757) and American Airlines Flight 11 (a Boeing 767).
New entry is:
Two American Airlines aircraft were hijacked and crashed during the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack: Flight 77 (a Boeing 757) and Flight 11 (a Boeing 767). Although these flights were daily departures before and a month after September 11, 2001. Neither flight 11 nor 77 were scheduled on September 11, 2001. The records kept by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (www.bts.gov/gis/) do not list either flight that day.
A Google search of the IP address that made the change - - is located at American Airlines.
Why the change American airlines? Did the flights actually operate or did we just imagine all of that?

From http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/8/25/92620/6237

9/11 Truth: Donna Marsh O'Connor Speaks Out (11/09/06)

Ron Paul Update


  • Passengers on a plane leaving New York could see three words in 4-foot block letters painted on an East Village rooftop terrace as they ascended: GOOGLE RON PAUL.
  • 34,394 Members in 826 Meetup Groups, 4,999 waiting for a Meetup Group! Dit is meer als alle andere kandidaten samen, een vergelijking met Obama(2de plaats):
Barack Obama: 4,154 Members in 67 Meetup Groups, 1,609 waiting for a Meetup Group
btw: Obama is ook CFR member, voor een kleine vid intro over deze Council on Foreign Relations & 2008 Candidates http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo5CZvD3-QM
Kzal later wat meer info geven over de geschiedenis van de RIIA (Royal institute of International Affairs) en de amerikaanse branch daarvan, de CFR. (& waarom)