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    Post  Micjer on Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:49 am




    Starting at 11 min there is an experiment at a mall. This may be the future if people don't wake up.
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    Post  Carol on Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:44 am

    They're tracking everyone with a RFID chip and have all their personal history. NOW?
    Another reason not to go to malls, buy local and purchase on-line.


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    Post  Micjer on Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:18 am

    Remember all of the credit and debit cards have rfid chips in them now. So tracking is quite possible.
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    Post  mudra on Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:12 pm

    Micjer wrote:


    Starting at 11 min there is an experiment at a mall. This may be the future if people don't wake up.

    I don't think they are going to ask anyone if they want this chip .
    They can easily put that chip in vaccines.
    Here in Belgium we have now passports and ID cards with a chip onto them.
    This has been mandatory since about two or three years now .
    The scanners they have now in the airports will probably be a good means for them
    to check that body chip .

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    Post  Carol on Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:28 pm

    We got our passports renewed right before the chips were required in all new passports here in the US.


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    Critics Of Big Sis/Wal-Mart Spy Campaign Branded Insane






    'According to the driving force behind Big Sis’ creepy Wal-Mart spy campaign, if the state encouraging Americans to report each other to the authorities causes you unease, you’re insane, similar to how critics of informant programs were also branded mentally ill and persecuted in the former Soviet Union.

    In what has been dubbed “the battle of Wal-Mart” by The New York Observer, the controversy over Big Sis Janet Napolitano’s announcement that Homeland Security messages encouraging shoppers to “report suspicious activity,” without telling them what constitutes suspicious activity, will play at Wal-Mart checkouts, has “set off a rebellion among the conspiracy-theory crowd, a number of whom are among the store’s core customers,” writes Aaron Gell.

    But the man behind the creepy slogan, “If you see something, say something,” claims that the likes of Matt Drudge and Alex Jones’ opposition to the campaign is “ridiculous”.'



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    Post  Carol on Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:43 pm

    What galls me about this is that most people who see something already say something and don't need the government treating them like grammer school children telling them what to do. Responsible adults do report suspicious activities on a regular basis. However, government's invasion is over-reaching in Amerika and I still advocate Dissent unless this nation wishes to become BORG where resistance is futile.


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    Police beat man to death in Egypt

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/154748.html

    Egyptian plainclothes police officers have beaten a man to death in the country's second largest city, Alexandria, on grounds that he had defaulted on a bank loan.


    Mustafa Attia, 39, was arrested on Tuesday on his way out from a broker. Two policemen put handcuffs on him and dragged the man along the street, al-Ahram newspaper reported on Thursday.

    "Attia had already paid his debts before he was arrested, but the policemen didn't know that," the Secretary General of the Cairo-based Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Hafez Abu Saeda told al-Ahram on Thursday.

    Attia is survived by a wife and three children, the oldest one only four-years-old.

    His death is the third in the hands of Alexandria police this year and second in a month's time.

    Last month, 19-year-old Ahmed Shaaban was killed by Alexandria police at the now infamous Sidi Gabr police station. He was reported to have been tortured before succumbing to his injuries.

    Police dumped his body in a nearby lake, according to his family.

    The case of Khaled Said, a young businessman who was allegedly beaten to death by policemen, caused an international uproar.

    The two policemen charged in that case are currently on trial.

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    Post  TRANCOSO on Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:51 am

    Police State USA: Building Public Acceptance for Airport Body Scanners
    Schumer's scanner bill is an effort to make Americans "more comfortable" with being controlled
    by Kéllia Ramares
    December 9, 2010

    Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) has introduced legislation criminalizing the distribution or recording of revealing images taken by airport full-body scanners. Violators would be subject to penalties of up to a year in prison and fines up to $100,000, or both. Although the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has said that images cannot be stored, transmitted, or printed and are deleted after being reviewed, it did admit in a February 2010 letter to House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) that the machines have some capability to store, print, record and export images “for testing, training, and evaluation” that is done at facilities away from airports.

    Further, the US Marshall's Service admitted last summer in a letter to the Electronic Privacy Information Center, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, that it had saved over 35,000 images recorded with a Brijot Gen 2 scanner at a security checkpoint of an Orlando, Florida courthouse. The letter also stated that “the USMS also tested a Millivision machine in the Federal Courthouse in the District of Columbia. However, that courthouse is no longer using the machine, which has been returned to Millivision; any images that may have been stored on that machine are therefore no longer under the agency's control.” (emphasis added).

    Senator Schumer's bill is yet another attempt by the government to assure people that this invasion of privacy is really not that serious and is outweighed by the need for greater security at airports. But the legislation misses many important points in the public's objection to “naked” scanners.

    1) The fact that there is a law in place does not mean that everyone will obey it. If some images are saved and distributed, irreparable harm will have been done to the victims, and the harm will not be undone by punishing the wrongdoers. Once on the Internet, a victim's image will stay there forever. It can be copied and distributed wholesale. Imagine the image of a child being distributed to online pedophiles. On one hand, the government professes to want to stamp out online child pornography and on the other hand, it seems to provide an avenue for kiddie porn with these “naked” scanners. The TSA's letter to Congress does not indicate that images of mannequins are used to test, train and evaluate. So members of the public might have their images viewed for purposes other than pre-flight security screening, albeit away from the airport setting. Do you feel any better knowing that your imagine will not be distributed by a TSA airport employee but it might be viewed elsewhere?

    2) These “naked” scanners proliferated after an alleged terrorist hid bomb-making chemicals in his underwear. He could have eluded detection by these scanners because they miss thin plastics and certain types of liquids and powders. So people are being expected to give up their privacy and dignity for security theater. I know that the Fourth Amendment right to security of your person and effects against unreasonable search and seizure has been greatly eroded for decades, and even more so after 9-11, but for a judge to rule that a person at the airport has no reasonable expectation of not being sexually assaulted or viewed naked would be insane. Not impossible, just insane. Does the Schumer bill give cover (pun intended) to that kind of insane court ruling? It would not surprise me if a court ruled that the government's interest in security outweighs your privacy interest because it's against TSA policy and, if the Schumer bill passes, the law, to store and distribute your naked picture. Exposure to just a few peeping toms at the airport is a small price to pay for “safety.” At least six lawsuits have been filed against the TSA since enhanced pat-downs were started, the latest by two Harvard law students.

    3) We are always fighting the last war. What happens if a terrorist puts the explosives up his butt to detonate in the airplane lavatory? Will we then be subject to cavity searches before boarding a plane? What if a terrorist blows him or herself up on the line before the scanner? That will be just as deadly during a holiday travel season or a weather delay that keeps people packed in at the airport as a bomb on board a plane. What good would scanners be then?

    4) Why isn't cargo on passenger planes being as closely inspected as the people? Is it because TSA employees do not have a prurient interest in boxes? Or does Michael Chertoff not have a profit incentive to promote cargo scanning?

    5) Why are we subjected to this humiliation when the Israelis, surely the most security-conscious people in the world, do not use these methods? The ultra-orthodox religious parties in the Knesset would not stand for such indignities and would bring down any Israeli government crazy enough to try to implement them.

    That last question has an answer even more important than the dollars to be made for sales of scanners to airports, federal buildings, and eventually corporate facilities such as banks, malls, and stadiums. This is all about control. We are being programmed to open ourselves up for inspection by government (and corporate) agents to go anywhere or do anything. We are being brainwashed into believing that we should be afraid of everyone and everything around us, that the corpo-government intrusions are all “for our safety” and that if we balk, we are either foolish or have something to hide.

    Unfortunately, as this New York Daily News online poll demonstrates, too many of the American sheeple have bought into the programming.

    Poll Results
    Thank you for voting.

    Would the proposed law make you feel more comfortable with full body scans?

    Yes. I think it's a good step. 62%
    No. It's still too invasive. 35%
    I'm not sure. 4%

    Poll results as of approximately :4:20 pm PST, on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, when I voted NO.

    Recently, frequent flyer and peace activist Cindy Sheehan wrote about her experience at airports: Every time a TSA operative asks me if he or she can “take a look in my bag,” I say: “Sure, if you can show me a warrant.” I cannot say how many times a fellow traveller has proclaimed: “It’s for your own safety!”

    Really? Are we to presume that Cindy does not know what is in her own bag, and needs a TSA snoop to search it for her own safety?

    Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has introduced The American Traveler Dignity Act, HR 6416, which states:
    To ensure that certain Federal employees cannot hide behind immunity.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. NO IMMUNITY FOR CERTAIN AIRPORT SCREENING METHODS.

    No law of the United States shall be construed to confer any immunity for a Federal employee or agency or any individual or entity that receives Federal funds, who subjects an individual to any physical contact (including contact with any clothing the individual is wearing), x-rays, or millimeter waves, or aids in the creation of or views a representation of any part of a individual’s body covered by clothing as a condition for such individual to be in an airport or to fly in an aircraft. The preceding sentence shall apply even if the individual or the individual’s parent, guardian, or any other individual gives consent.


    In the speech Rep. Paul gave on the floor of the House when introducing HR 9416, he said: ...what we’re doing and what we’re accepting in putting up with at this airport is so symbolic of us just not standing up and saying, “Enough is enough”....we have to realize that the real problem is that the American people have been too submissive, we have been too submissive. It’s been going on for a long time....You know, the way I see this; if this doesn’t change, I see what has happened to the American people is we have accepted the notion that we should be treated like cattle...

    The fact that control is what's really at stake means that terrorism (or the appearance of or threat of terrorism) is the government's ally. A government that wants rigid control of its people and that uses the treat of terrorism as a control mechanism really has no incentive to end the true causes of terrorism, such as the illegal wars and occupations in which it engages. As the people get more and more disgusted with endless war, bailouts and tax breaks for the super-rich while the rest of us are unemployed and foreclosed upon, radiation and sexual assault at the airport and the closing of our society in the name of security theater, the government has every incentive to keep us afraid of each other. If we are afraid of each other, we are less likely to talk to each other and organize to fight corpo-government manipulation, even when we know there is a much greater chance of a TSA employee getting his jollies from ogling “naked” scanner pictures than there is of a scanner actually catching a bona-fide terrorist.

    Boycott the airlines. Maybe the government will come to heel when its corporate masters notice their pockets getting felt up.

    Kéllia Ramares is a freelance journalist in Oakland, CA. Her web site the The End Of Money: A critique of paying, owing, and working “for a living”. She can be reached at theendofmoney@gmail.com Kéllia Ramares is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

    SOURCE: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22337
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    Re: The Surveillance State - A New Era

    Post  Carol on Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:43 pm

    We are totally into boycotting the airlines and hiring a private jet, sharing costs with other passengers who would rather fly private - rather then put up with the TSA BS.


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    Post  TRANCOSO on Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:43 pm

    F.A.S.T. by DHS - Homeland Security: Seems like The Minority Report

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    Post  giovonni on Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:20 pm

    i found this very telling of our (world) governments growing paranoia Omnipotence

    Justice Department Prepares for Ominous Expansion of "Anti-Terrorism" Law Targeting Activists

    Saturday 11 December 2010

    by: Michael Deutsch, t r u t h o u t | News Analysis

    Justice Department Prepares for Ominous Expansion of "Anti-Terrorism" Law Targeting Activists
    (Photo: Ryan J. Reilly; Edited: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t)

    In late September, the FBI carried out a series of raids of homes and antiwar offices of public activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. Following the raids, the Obama Justice Department subpoenaed 14 activists to a grand jury in Chicago and also subpoenaed the files of several antiwar and community organizations. In carrying out these repressive actions, the Justice Department was taking its lead from the Supreme Court's 6-3 opinion last June in Holder v. the Humanitarian Law Project, which decided that nonviolent First Amendment speech and advocacy "coordinated with" or "under the direction of" a foreign group listed by the Secretary of State as "terrorist" was a crime.

    The search warrants and grand jury subpoenas make it clear that the federal prosecutors are intent on accusing public nonviolent political organizers, many of whom are affiliated with Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), of providing "material support" through their public advocacy for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The Secretary of State has determined that both the PLFP and the FARC "threaten US national security, foreign policy or economic interests," a finding not reviewable by the courts, and listed both groups as foreign terrorist organizations (FTO).

    In 1996, Congress made it a crime - then punishable by 10 years, which was later increased to 15 years - to anyone in the US who provides "material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization or attempts or conspires to do so." The present statute defines "material support or resources" as:

    ... any property, tangible or intangible, or service, including currency or monetary instruments or financial services, lodging, training, expert advice or assistance, safe houses, false documentation or identification, communications equipment, facilities, weapons, lethal substances, explosives, personnel and transportation except medicine or religious materials.

    In the Humanitarian Law Project case, human rights workers wanted to teach members of the Kurdistan PKK, which seeks an independent Kurdish state, and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which sought an independent state in Sri Lanka, how to use humanitarian and international law to peacefully resolve disputes and obtain relief from the United Nations and other international bodies for human rights abuses by the governments of Turkey and Sri Lanka. Both organizations were designated as FTOs by the Secretary of State in a closed hearing, in which the evidence is heard secretly.

    Despite the nonviolent, peacemaking goal of the Humanitarian Law Project's speech and training, the majority of the Supreme Court nonetheless interpreted the law to make such conduct a crime. Finding a whole new exception to the First Amendment, the Court decided that any support, even if it involves nonviolent efforts towards peace, is illegal under the law since it "frees up other resources within the organization that may be put to violent ends," and also helps lend "legitimacy" to foreign terrorist groups. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Roberts, despite the lack of any evidence, further opined that the FTO could use the human rights law to "intimidate, harass or destruct" its adversaries, and that even peace talks themselves could be used as a cover to re-arm for further attacks. Thus, the Court's opinion criminalizes efforts by independent groups to work for peace if they in any way cooperate or coordinate with designated FTOs.

    The Court distinguishes what it refers to as "independent advocacy," which it finds is not prohibited by the statute, from "advocacy performed in coordination with, or at the direction of, a foreign terrorist organization," which is, for the first time, found to be a crime under the statute. The exact line demarcating where independent advocacy becomes impermissible coordination is left open and vague.

    Seizing on this overbroad definition of "material support," the US government is now moving in on political groups and activists who are clearly exercising fundamental First Amendment rights by vocally opposing the government's branding of foreign liberation movements as terrorist and supporting their struggles against US-backed repressive regimes and illegal occupations.

    Under the new definition of "material support," the efforts of President Jimmy Carter to monitor the elections in Lebanon and coordinate with the political parties there, including the designated FTO Hezbollah, could well be prosecuted as a crime. Similarly, the publication of op-ed articles by FTO spokesmen from Hamas or other designated groups by The New York Times or The Washington Post, or the filing of amicus briefs by human rights attorneys arguing against a group's terrorist designation or the statute itself could also now be prosecuted. Of course, the first targets of this draconian expansion of the material support law will not be a former president or the establishment media, but members of a Marxist organization who are vocal opponents of the governments of Israel and Colombia and the US policies supporting these repressive governments.

    In his foreword to Nelson Mandela's recent autobiography "Conversations with Myself," President Obama wrote that "Mandela's sacrifice was so great that it called upon people everywhere to do what they could on behalf of human progress. … The first time I became politically active was during my college years, when I joined a campaign on behalf of divestment, and the effort to end apartheid in South Africa." At the time of Mr. Obama's First Amendment advocacy, Mr. Mandela and his organization the African National Congress (ANC) were denounced as terrorist by the US government. If the "material support" law had been in effect back then, Mr. Obama would have been subject to potential criminal prosecution. It is ironic - and the height of hypocrisy - that this same man who speaks with such reverence for Mr. Mandela and recalls his own support for the struggle against apartheid now allows the Justice Department under his command to criminalize similar First Amendment advocacy against Israeli apartheid and repressive foreign governments.

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    Post  Carol on Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:56 pm

    Alex Jones on this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huj2ntG9MOY



    "And of what kind are the men that will strive for this profitable preeminence, through all the bustle of cabal, the heat of contention, the infinite mutual abuse of parties, tearing to pieces the best of characters? It will not be the wise and moderate, the lovers of peace and good order, the men fittest for the trust. It will be the bold and the violent, the men of strong passions and indefatigable activity in their selfish pursuits. These will thrust themselves into your government and be your rulers." - Excerpt from "Dangers of a Salaried Bureaucracy" addressed to the Constitutional Convention members by Benjamin Franklin in 1787


    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”

    - Marcus Tullius Cicero


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    iPhone snitch network launched MORE NAZI CONTROLS

    A new iPhone App with the misleading name ‘PatriotApp’ attempts to draw on the power of the patriot movement, turning smartphone users into a gigantic snitch network.
    You might think an app with such a patriotic name might have useful functions like a pocket constitution or quotes from our forefathers. But contrary to the services one might expect, this app allows users to report any ‘suspicious’ behavior directly linking them with top government agencies.

    Much like the new DHS program ‘If you see something, say something’ this app is meant to turn average citizens into a network of spies feeding information back to the federal government.


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    Boy Scouts Train to Become Homeland Gestapo
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    Once upon a time the Boy Scouts were about camping, backpacking, and canoeing. Boy Scouts were into high adventure and sporting activities. Scouts were about preventing forest fires and “Do a Good Turn Daily.” Scouts worked with the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. They cherished ideals such as the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack.
    Now the Boy Scouts have a new mission — fighting terrorism, rounding up illegal aliens, search and destroying marijuana fields, and embracing the SWAT mentality.

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    Post  Micjer on Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:09 pm

    Any Walmart that is participating in this bs should be boycotted. That is the only way to get their attention.

    One problem, many are only worried about getting the latest deal that has come directly from China!

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    Post  MargueriteBee on Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:29 pm

    I once worked in a prison where, if you snitched on someone you were considered a rat. Rats didn't last long in prison unless they were put in protective housing which was a cage inside a cage behind a wall of bars.
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    Post  TRANCOSO on Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:36 pm

    Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura - Big Brother (Episode 4) PT 1 of 6

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    Post  Micjer on Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:09 pm

    Police mull banning all UK protests


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    The British police chief says he is weighing up an option to ask the Home Secretary to enforce a ban on any future protest gatherings altogether across the UK.

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson referred to the level of violence in recent student protests against the rise in tuition fees, saying that he does not rule out banning all future student protests across the country, the daily Independent reported.

    Tens of thousands of student protesters from universities, colleges and schools have been marching across England in protests against the huge hikes in tuition fees, together with the scrapping of Educational Maintenance Allowance and proposed cuts in college funding.

    Police have arrested more than 180 people in London after four protests against the government's plan to increase the fees.

    The motion was voted on and approved last Thursday in defiance of the most violent protest scenes in and around Parliament Square where the clashes between police and protesters left 12 officers and more than 40 protesters injured.



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    Post  mudra on Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:42 pm

    The Latest Outrage in Tyranny USA — Man Shot Dead By Police While Watering Neighbor’s Lawn

    December 14, 2010 by Alex


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    Murders like this will continue to increase as long as DHS continues its push to label everyday Americans as terrorists. Through fusion centers and other DHS programs, police officers throughout America are being brainwashed into the belief that American citizens are the enemy.

    On the other hand, we now have a dumbed population that are seemilying unable to discpher the difference between a man water his lawn and a drunk guy with a gun.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poXCJ_liXTQ&feature=player_embedded


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    Secretary Napolitano Announces Expansion of "If You See Something, Say Something" Campaign to Walmart Stores Across the Nation

    Release Date: December 6, 2010

    http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1291648380371.shtm

    Washington, D.C. - Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the expansion of the Department's national "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign to hundreds of Walmart stores across the country - launching a new partnership between DHS and Walmart to help the American public play an active role in ensuring the safety and security of our nation.

    "Homeland security starts with hometown security, and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe," said Secretary Napolitano. "I applaud Walmart for joining the ‘If You See Something, Say Something' campaign. This partnership will help millions of shoppers across the nation identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to law enforcement authorities."

    The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign—originally implemented by New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and funded, in part, by $13 million from DHS' Transit Security Grant Program—is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.

    More than 230 Walmart stores nationwide launched the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign today, with a total of 588 Walmart stores in 27 states joining in the coming weeks. A short video message will play at select checkout locations to remind shoppers to contact local law enforcement to report suspicious activity.

    Over the past five months, DHS has worked with its federal, state, local and private sector partners, as well as the Department of Justice, to expand the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign and Nationwide SAR Initiative to communities throughout the country—including the recent state-wide expansions of the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign across Minnesota and New Jersey. Partners include the Mall of America, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Amtrak, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, sports and general aviation industries, and state and local fusion centers across the country.

    In the coming months, the Department will continue to expand the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign nationally with public education materials and outreach tools designed to help America's businesses, communities and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the country safe.

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    Re: The Surveillance State - A New Era

    Post  Micjer on Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:11 pm

    Like walmart is where the terrorist are going to meet!!!!


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    Post  mudra on Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:25 pm


    10 Ways We Are Being Tracked, Traced, and Databased
    July 10, 2010


    http://www.miatoday.com/10WaysWeAreBeingTrackedTracedandDatabased.asp

    Are technological advances infringing on our right to privacy?

    The war on terror is a worldwide endeavor that has spurred massive investment into the global surveillance industry - which now seems to be becoming a war on "liberty and privacy." Given all of the new monitoring technology being implemented, the uproar over warrantless wiretaps now seems moot. High-tech, first-world countriesare being tracked, traced, and databased, literally around every corner. Governments, aided by private companies, are gathering a mountain of information on average citizens who so far seem willing to trade liberty for supposed security. Here are just some of the ways the matrix of data is being collected:

    GPS -- Global positioning chips are now appearing in everything fromU.S. passports, cell phones, to cars. More common uses include tracking employees, and for all forms of private investigation. Apple recently announced they are collecting the precise location of iPhone users via GPS for public viewing in addition to spying on users in other ways.

    Internet -- Internet browsers are recording your every move forming detailed cookies on your activities. The NSA has been exposed as having cookies on their site that don't expire until 2035. Major search engines know where you surfed last summer, and online purchases are databased, supposedly for advertising and customer service uses. IP addresses are collected and even made public. Controversial websites can be flagged internally by government sites, as well as re-routing all traffic to block sites the government wants to censor. It has now been fully admitted that social networks provide NO privacy to users, while technologies forreal-time social network monitoring are already being used. The Cybersecurity Act attempts to legalize the collection and exploitation of your personal information. Apple's iPhone also has browsing data recorded and stored. All of this despite the overwhelming opposition to cybersurveillance by citizens.

    RFID -- Forget your credit cards which are meticulously tracked, or the membership cards for things so insignificant as movie rentals which require your SSN. Everyone has Costco, CVS, grocery-chain cards, and a wallet or purse full of many more. RFID "proximity cards" take tracking to a new level in uses ranging from loyalty cards, student ID, physical access, and computer network access. Latest developments include an RFID powder developed by Hitachi, for which the multitude of uses are endless -- perhaps including tracking hard currency so we can't even keep cash undetected. (Also see microchips below).

    Traffic cameras -- License plate recognition has been used to remotely automate duties of the traffic police in the United States, but have been proven to have dual use in England such as to mark activists under the Terrorism Act. Perhaps the most common use will be to raise money and shore up budget deficits via traffic violations, but uses may descend to such "Big Brother" tactics as monitors telling pedestrians not to litter as talking cameras already do in the UK.

    Computer cameras and microphones -- The fact that laptops -- contributed by taxpayers -- spied on public school children (at home) is outrageous. Years ago Google began officially to use computer "audio fingerprinting" for advertising uses. They have admitted to working with the NSA, the premier surveillance network in the world. Private communications companies already have been exposed routing communications to the NSA. Now, keyword tools -- typed and spoken -- link to the global security matrix.

    Public sound surveillance-- This technology has come a long way from only being able to detect gunshots in public areas, to now listening in to whispers for dangerous "keywords."This technology has been launched in Europe to "monitor conversations" to detect "verbal aggression" in public places. Sound Intelligence is the manufacturer of technology to analyze speech, and their website touts how it can easily be integrated into other systems.

    Biometrics -- The most popular biometric authentication scheme employed for the last few years has been Iris Recognition. The main applications are entry control, ATMs and Government programs. Recently, network companies and governments have utilized biometric authentication including fingerprint analysis, iris recognition, voice recognition, or combinations of these for use in Nationalidentification cards.

    DNA -- Blood from babies has been taken for all people under the age of 38. In England, DNA was sent to secret databases from routine heel prick tests. Several reports have revealed covert Pentagon databases of DNA for "terrorists" and now DNA from all American citizens is databased. Digital DNA is now being used as well to combat hackers.

    Microchips -- Microsoft's HealthVault and VeriMed partnership is to create RFID implantable microchips. Microchips for tracking our precious petsis becoming commonplace and serves to condition us to accept putting them in our children in the future.The FDA has already approved this technology for humans and is marketing it as a medical miracle, again for our safety.

    Facial recognition -- Anonymity in public is over. Admittedly used at Obama's campaign events, sporting events, and most recently at the G8/G20 protests in Canada. This technology is also harvesting data from Facebook images and surely will be tied into the street "traffic" cameras.

    All of this is leading to Predictive Behavior Technology -- It is not enough to have logged and charted where we have been; the surveillance state wants to know where we are going through psychological profiling. It's been marketed for such uses as blocking hackers. Things seem to have advanced to a point where a truly scientific Orwellian world is at hand. It is estimated that computers know to 93% accuracy where you will be, before you make your first move. Nanotech is slated to play a big role in going even further as scientists are using nanoparticles to directly influence behavior and decision making.

    Many of us are asking: What would someone do with all of this information to keep us tracked, traced, and databased? It seems the designers have no regard for the right to privacy and desire to become the Controllers of us all.

    (source: http://www.activistpost.com/2010/07/ten-ways-we-are-being-tracked-traced.html)

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    Re: The Surveillance State - A New Era

    Post  TRANCOSO on Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:28 pm

    Micjer wrote:Like walmart is where the terrorist are going to meet!!!!


    Well, not anymore...
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    Re: The Surveillance State - A New Era

    Post  mudra on Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:35 pm

    F.A.S.T. by DHS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7A-53dCWcE&feature=player_embedded


    this DHS video shows a mobile unit that has multiple sensors as well as human questioning. All this for a hot dog and a ball game?

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