Category Archives: Privacy
Homeland Security has customized its fleet of 4th Amendment destroying Predator drones to include the capability to determine if a citizen has a rifle or shotgun. The tyrants from the various alphabet soup of idiocy assure the populace that it will only be used for border surveillance. What happens if a law-abiding citizen is holding their lawfully owned shotgun on their property? Will we have a drone strike on that poor individual? Will their 2nd Amendment rights be curtailed because of mis-identification by the drones?
Homeland Security’s specifications for its drones, built by San Diego-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, say they “shall be capable of identifying a standing human being at night as likely armed or not,” meaning carrying a shotgun or rifle. They also specify “signals interception” technology that can capture communications in the frequency ranges used by mobile phones, and “direction finding” technology that can identify the locations of mobile devices or two-way radios.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center obtained a partially redacted copy of Homeland Security’s requirements for its drone fleet through the Freedom of Information Act and published it this week. CNET unearthed an unredacted copy of the requirements that provides additional information about the aircraft’s surveillance capabilities.
So far the FAA says that the domestic drones won’t be armed. The question is what are the alphabet soups going to do with all that data they collect in violation of your 4th Amendment?
This country is out of control.
In what must be a Saturday Night Live skit, Maryland police are installing cameras…to watch cameras…watching you. Apparently privacy hoodlums have taken to shooting, dismantling and otherwise simply vandalizing the traffic cameras in Prince George’s County, Maryland. These are expensive cameras, you see, and the county’s nanny corp wants to make sure the herd is acting in a safe manner.
Many people find speed cameras frustrating, and some in the region are taking their rage out on the cameras themselves.
But now there’s a new solution: cameras to watch the cameras.
One is already in place, and Prince George’s County Police Maj. Robert V. Liberati hopes to have up to a dozen more before the end of the year.
Liberati is the Commander of the Automated Enforcement Section, which covers speed and red-light cameras.
Since April, six people have damaged speed cameras.
On April 6, someone pulled a gun out and shot a camera on the 11400 block of Duley Station Road near U.S. 301 in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Two weeks later, a speed camera was flipped over at 500 Harry S. Truman Drive, near Prince George’s Community College. Police believe several people were involved because of the weight of the camera itself.
Then in May, someone walked up to a camera on Brightseat Road near FedEx Field, cut off one of the four legs, and left.
But when someone burned down a speed camera on Race Track Road near Bowie State College on July 3, Liberati and his colleagues began to rethink their strategy.
“It costs us $30,000 to $100,000 to replace a camera. That’s a significant loss in the program. Plus it also takes a camera off the street that operates and slows people down. So there’s a loss of safety for the community,” says Liberati.
Maryland law says they can’t use the cameras for anything but traffic enforcement. Good to know.
CISPA passed the House. Why should you care? Because this piece of legislation is just one more step toward an online police state. It received bi-partisan support. Liberty loving Republicans and obstructionist Democrats voted “Nay”. The rest voted “Yay” with a few who abstained from casting their vote.
This government is moving toward total control. Left, right, it doesn’t matter. Together the political parties of this country want control. They are destroying your freedom and liberty. Nancy Pelosi may vote against CISPA but she sure as shit had no problem taking away your health care freedom. Michelle Bachmann may lead the fight against health care but she sure had no problem voting for this piece of dystopian crap.
None of them are fighting for your liberty and freedom. They are fighting for their control. And sadly 50% of the country that are mooching off the government think that is perfectly fine. And the totalitarian, big government, state marches on.
The bill is still unabashedly a violation of your privacy rights—nearly anything you say or do online can be handed over to the government without so much as a warrant—although version of the bill that passed this afternoon is both better and worse than it had been in its original form. As CNET points out, one amendment was withdrawn before the proceedings that would have given the Department of Homeland Security sweeping and, more importantly, superseding authority. When it was in, CISPA would have been a DHS trump card, essentially, overruling any local or state legislation that contradicted it. That’s gone.
That doesn’t, though, mean that you should stop worrying about CISPA. As the EFF makes all too clear, the truly concerning parts of the bill—the ones that give the government the right to conduct surveillance on your Internet everything without your knowledge or permission—are firmly in place…
…Comparisons between SOPA and CISPA have been cropping up, and they’re inevitable because they’re both an uncomfortable and disquieting intersection of government and Internet. But the two bills are also different in crucial ways. Where SOPA aimed to prosecute, CISPA will spy. Where citizens rallied against SOPA in final days before voting, CISPA has remained largely off the radar. Where tech giants stood up against SOPA, they’ve lined up to join the CISPA caravan.
The good news is that it more than likely won’t pass the Senate. If it does Obama threatens veto. This is the first thing in the last 3.5 years that I have supported the President or the Democrat led Senate on.