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

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