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How CIA-Backed Palantir Is Helping Police Root Out 'Thought Crimes' - and - NSA Allowed To 'Unmask' US Citizens Without Surveillance Warrant: US Court

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Saturday, August 31, 2019 7:00 PM

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Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



How CIA-Backed Palantir Is Helping Police Root Out 'Thought Crimes'

https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/how-peter-thiels-palantir-will-he
lp-police-stop-thought-crimes


Palantir's technology was developed in warzones like Fallujah, where it was used to anticipate roadside bombs and attacks by insurgents. Now, it's being used on the streets of Los Angeles to root out criminals like something straight out of the movie "Minority Report."

Unsurprisingly, the privately-held tech firm is backed by the CIA's venture-capital arm. Now, the company has gathered massive amounts of data on the American populace, which it farms out to police departments, who use it to track down criminals before they strike.

But the company's technology isn't only used to track down common street thugs. It's also used to track and anticipate the crimes of white collar fraudsters like Bernie Madoff.

Little is known about the company, which, unlike most tech startups, has no plans to go public. In 2013, CEO Alex Karp, Palantir’s CEO, explained that "running a company like ours would be very difficult" if it was exposed to the scrutiny that comes with being a public company.

In other words, if the public became aware of what Palantir is doing, the backlash might dwarf the data privacy scandals that have roiled Silicon Valley in recent years.

As of 2013, Palantir's client list includes the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, the CDC, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, Special Operations Command, West Point and the IRS. Roughly half of the company's business is with the government. Q-Tel, the CIA's VC arm, was one of the company's earliest investors. The company, which doesn't have an office, uses blockchain technology to protect its tools from sophisticated hackers.

Samuel Reading, a former marine who has worked in Afghanistan for NEK Advanced Securities Group, a US military contractor, has said: "It’s the combination of every analytical tool you could ever dream of. You will know every single bad guy in your area."

Here's more from a Guardian report about the company:

Military-grade surveillance technology has now migrated from Fallujah to the suburban neighbourhoods of LA. Predictive policing is being used on illegal drivers and petty criminals through a redeployment of techniques and algorithms used by the US army dealing with insurgents in Iraq and with civilian casualty patterns.

When the US is described as a "war zone" between police and young black males, it is rarely mentioned that tactics developed by the US military in a real war zone are actually being deployed. Is predictive policing as a counter-insurgency tactic a contributing factor in the epidemic of police shootings of unarmed black men in the past four years?

One could argue that sophisticated pre-crime algorithms are not necessary when being black and male is seen as reason enough for the police to swoop. What predictive policing has done is militarise American cities, creating a heightened culture of suspicion and fear in areas where tensions are highest and policing is already most difficult. Officers being led to certain neighbourhoods solely because of an algorithm is enough to cause tension; enough to ignite a powder keg and push a delicate policing situation over the edge.

Ana Muniz is an activist and researcher who works with the Inglewood-based Youth Justice Coalition. "Any time that a society’s military and domestic police become more similar, the lines blur," she told LA Weekly. "The military is supposed to defend the territory from external enemies, that’s not the mission of the police – they’re not supposed to look at the population as an external enemy."


As the paper explains, the company offers a glimpse of the dystopian, totalitarian future that is gradually becoming a reality in China. Its capabilities to run 'special ops' using big-data tools shows how it has more power than Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon combined.

In 2010, the LAPD announced a partnership with Motorola Solutions to monitor the Jordan Downs public housing project with surveillance cameras. In 2013, they announced the deployment of live CCTV cameras with facial-recognition software in San Fernando Valley, reported to be programmed to ID suspects on a "hot list."

Data merely becomes a new way of reinforcing old prejudices. Critics of these analytics argue that from the moment a police officer with the pre-crime mindset that you are a criminal steps out of their patrol car to confront you, your fate has been sealed.

In 2013, TechCrunch obtained a leaked report on the use of Palantir by the LA and Chicago police departments. Sgt Peter Jackson of the LAPD was quoted as saying: "Detectives love the type of information [Palantir] provides. They can now do things that we could not do before."

Palantir is immensely secretive. It wields as much real-world power as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple, but unlike them, Palantir operates so far under the radar, it is special ops.


Palantir's name was lifted from JRR Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' series, where a Palantir is a 'seeing stone' used by the evil wizard Saruman. Palantir means "one that sees from afar." Its software allows the firm's clients to be virtually omnipotent, meaning that some day, it could be used to prevent mass shootings before they happen.

But it also means that soon, 'thought crimes' might become real, enforceable offenses.


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Monday, September 2, 2019 3:13 PM

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Monday, September 2, 2019 10:19 PM

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This is the scary shit that kept me up at night in my 20's after reading 1984 for the first time.

I've learned to relax a bit over the years though. Almost everybody is a criminal to a greater or lesser extent. Especially once the internet made copyright violations all but obligatory. Plus, although there is a bit of my stuff out there, it's nowhere near the levels of people who have used places like Facebook every single day of their lives for the last 10 or 15 years.

And at the end of the day, I'm not all that interesting. If our government really goes after me for something I would consider that a great waste of taxpayer dollars. I'm sure there are much bigger fish to fry.

(Notice I never once said "if you're not doing anything wrong, what do you have to worry about".)




If you're at all worried about it, though there's really nothing you can do at this point unless you're like my grandma who has never used the internet one single time in your life, you should probably follow Mutahar's advice in this video:



Keep the robots out of your house please, otherwise you have no right to bitch about anything.

Thank you.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Saturday, September 7, 2019 7:16 PM

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Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/2002-landmarks-on-the-road
-to-1984-orwellian-hell
/

2002 Landmarks on the Road to “1984” Orwellian Hell

Next month will be the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Politicians and bureaucrats wasted no time after that carnage to unleash the Surveillance State on average Americans, treating every person like a terrorist suspect. Since the government failed to protect the public, Americans somehow forfeited their constitutional right to privacy. Despite heroic efforts by former NSA staffer Edward Snowden and a host of activists and freedom fighters, the government continues ravaging American privacy.

Two of the largest leaps the largest leaps towards “1984” began in 2002. Though neither the Justice Department’s Operation TIPS nor the Pentagon’s Total Information Awareness program was brought to completion, parcels and precedents from each program have profoundly influenced subsequent federal policies.

In July 2002, the Justice Department unveiled plans for Operation TIPS — the Terrorism Information and Prevention System. According to the Justice Department website, TIPS would be “a nationwide program giving millions of American truckers, letter carriers, train conductors, ship captains, utility employees, and others a formal way to report suspicious terrorist activity.” TIPSters would be people who, “in the daily course of their work, are in a unique position to serve as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement.” The feds aimed to recruit people in jobs that “make them uniquely well positioned to understand the ordinary course of business in the area they serve, and to identify things that are out of the ordinary.” Homeland Security director Tom Ridge said that observers in certain occupations “might pick up a break in the certain rhythm or pattern of a community.” The feds planned to enlist as many as 10 million people to watch other people’s “rhythms.”

The Justice Department provided no definition of “suspicious behavior” to guide vigilantes. As the public began to focus on the program’s sweep, opposition surfaced; even the U.S. Postal Service briefly balked at participating in the program. Director Ridge insisted that TIPS “is not a government intrusion.” He declared, “The last thing we want is Americans spying on Americans. That’s just not what the president is all about, and not what the TIPS program is all about.” Apparently, as long as the Bush administration did not announce plans to compel people to testify about the peccadilloes of their neighbors and customers, TIPS was a certified freedom-friendly program.

When Attorney General John Ashcroft was cross-examined by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on TIPS at a Judiciary Committee hearing on July 25, he insisted that “the TIPS program is something requested by industry to allow them to talk about anomalies that they encounter.” But, when George W. Bush first announced the program, he portrayed it as an administration initiative. Did thousands of Teamsters Union members petition 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue over “anomalies”? Senator Leahy asked whether reports to the TIPS hotline would become part of a federal database with millions of unsubstantiated allegations against American citizens. Ashcroft told Leahy, “I have recommended that there would be none, and I’ve been given assurance that the TIPS program would not maintain a database.” But Ashcroft could not reveal which federal official had given him the assurance.

The ACLU’s Laura Murphy observed, “This is a program where people’s activities, statements, posters in their windows or on their walls, nationality, and religious practices will be reported by untrained individuals without any relationship to criminal activity.” San Diego law professor Marjorie Cohn observed, “Operation TIPS … will encourage neighbors to snitch on neighbors and won’t distinguish between real and fabricated tips. Anyone with a grudge or vendetta against another can provide false information to the government, which will then enter the national database.”

On August 9, the Justice Department announced it was fine-tuning TIPS, abandoning any “plan to ask thousands of mail carriers, utility workers, and others with access to private homes to report suspected terrorist activity,” the Washington Post reported. People who had enlisted to be TIPSters received an email notice from Uncle Sam that “only those who work in the trucking, maritime, shipping, and mass transit industries will be eligible to participate in this information referral service.” But the Justice Department continued refusing to disclose to the Senate Judiciary Committee who would have access to the TIPS reports.

After the proposal created a fierce backlash across the political board, Congress passed an amendment blocking its creation. House Majority Leader Richard Armey (R-Tex.) attached an amendment to homeland security legislation that declared, “Any and all activities of the federal government to implement the proposed component program of the Citizen Corps known as Operation TIPS are hereby prohibited.” But the Bush administration and later the Obama administration pursued the same information roundup with federally funded fusion centers that encouraged people to file “suspicious activity reports” for a wide array of innocuous behavior — reports that are dumped into secret federal databases that can vex innocent citizens in perpetuity.

Operation TIPS illustrated how the momentum of intrusion spurred government to propose programs that it never would have attempted before 9/11. If Bush had proposed in August 2001 to recruit 10 million Americans to report any of their neighbors they suspected of acting unusual or being potential troublemakers, the public might have concluded the president had gone berserk.

Total Information Awareness: 300 million dossiers

The USA PATRIOT Act created a new Information Office in the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In January 2002, the White House chose retired admiral John Poindexter to head the new office. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer explained, “Admiral Poindexter is somebody who this administration thinks is an outstanding American, an outstanding citizen, who has done a very good job in what he has done for our country, serving the military.” Cynics kvetched about Poindexter’s five felony convictions for false testimony to Congress and destruction of evidence during the investigation of the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages exchange. Poindexter’s convictions were overturned by a federal appeals court, which cited the immunity Congress granted his testimony.

Poindexter committed the new Pentagon office to achieving Total Information Awareness (TIA). TIA’s mission is “to detect, classify and identify foreign terrorists — and decipher their plans — and thereby enable the U.S. to take timely action to successfully preempt and defeat terrorist acts,” according to DARPA. According to Undersecretary of Defense Pete Aldridge, TIA would seek to discover “connections between transactions — such as passports; visas; work permits; driver’s licenses; credit cards; airline tickets; rental cars; gun purchases; chemical purchases — and events — such as arrests or suspicious activities and so forth.” Aldridge agreed that every phone call a person made or received could be entered into the database. With “voice recognition” software, the actual text of the call could also go onto a permanent record.

TIA would also strive to achieve “Human Identification at a Distance” (HumanID), including “Face Recognition,” “Iris Recognition,” and “Gait Recognition.” The Pentagon issued a request for proposals to develop an “odor recognition” surveillance system that would help the feds identify people by their sweat or urine — potentially creating a wealth of new job opportunities for deviants.

TIA’s goal was to stockpile as much information as possible about everyone on Earth — thereby allowing government to protect everyone from everything. New York Times columnist William Safire captured the sweep of the new surveillance system: “Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book, and every event you attend — all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as ‘a virtual, centralized grand database.’” Columnist Ted Rall noted that the feds would even scan “veterinary records. The TIA believes that knowing if and when Fluffy got spayed — and whether your son stopped torturing Fluffy after you put him on Ritalin — will help the military stop terrorists before they strike.”

Phil Kent, president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation, an Atlanta-based public-interest law firm, warned that TIA was “the most sweeping threat to civil liberties since the Japanese-American internment.” The ACLU’s Jay Stanley labeled TIA “the mother of all privacy invasions. It would amount to a picture of your life so complete, it’s equivalent to somebody following you around all day with a video camera.” A coalition of civil-liberties groups protested to Senate leaders, “There are no systems of oversight or accountability contemplated in the TIA project. DARPA itself has resisted lawful requests for information about the Program pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.”

Bush administration officials were outraged by such criticisms. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld declared, “The hype and alarm approach is a disservice to the public…. I would recommend people take a nice deep breath. Nothing terrible is going to happen.” Poindexter promised that TIA would be designed so as to “preserve rights and protect people’s privacy while helping to make us all safer.” (Poindexter was not under oath at the time of his statement.) The TIA was defended on the basis that “nobody has been searched” until the feds decide to have him arrested on the basis of data the feds snared. Undersecretary Aldridge declared, “It is absurd to think that DARPA is somehow trying to become another police agency. DARPA’s purpose is to demonstrate the feasibility of this technology. If it proves useful, TIA will then be turned over to the intelligence, counterintelligence, and law-enforcement communities as a tool to help them in their battle against domestic terrorism.” In January 2003, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) learned that the FBI was working on a memorandum of understanding with the Pentagon “for possible experimentation” with TIA. Assistant Defense Secretary for Homeland Security Paul McHale confirmed, in March 2003 testimony to Congress, that the Pentagon would turn TIA over to law-enforcement agencies once the system was ready to roll.

DARPA responded to the surge of criticism by removing the Information Awareness Office logo from the website. The logo showed a giant green eye atop a pyramid, covering half the globe with a peculiar yellow haze, accompanied by the motto “Scientia est Potentia” (Knowledge is Power).

Shortly after DARPA completed a key research benchmark for TIA, Lt. Col. Doug Dyer, a DARPA program manager, publicly announced in April 2003 that Americans are obliged to sacrifice some privacy in the name of security: “When you consider the potential effect of a terrorist attack against the privacy of an entire population, there has to be some trade-off.” But nothing in the U.S. Constitution entitles the Defense Department to decide how much privacy or liberty American citizens deserve.

In September 2003, Congress passed an amendment abolishing the Pentagon’s Information Office and ending TIA funding. But by that point, DARPA had already awarded 26 contracts for dozens of private research projects to develop components for TIA. Salon.com reported, “According to people with knowledge of the program, TIA has now advanced to the point where it’s much more than a mere ‘research project.’ There is a working prototype of the system, and federal agencies outside the Defense Department have expressed interest in it.” The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is already using facial recognition systems at 20 airports and the Transportation Security Administration is expected to quickly follow suit.

Two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo sent a secret memo to the White House declaring that the Constitution’s prohibition on unreasonable searches was null and void: “If the government’s heightened interest in self-defense justifies the use of deadly force, then it also certainly would justify warrantless searches.” That memo helped set federal policy until it was publicly revealed after Barack Obama took office in 2009. Unfortunately, that anti-Constitution, anti-privacy mindset unleashed many federal intrusions that continue to this day, from the TSA to the National Security Agency to the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.



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Saturday, September 7, 2019 8:55 PM

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Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



I don't know enough about the author's history to get a 'read' on his intent. But he SEEMS to be locating the problem as, ultimately, one directed straight at the Second Amendment.

I think that's extremely short-sighted.

As I understand it, our daily data is to be fed into a giant algorithm in the sky, looking for deviations from normalcy. Forget for a moment the privacy intrusions. Forget for a moment the utility of having reams of data available on everyone, to be used in case you need to stitch together a scenario that allows the government to 'remove' individuals.

I'll talk about one very naturally existing deviant population, and that is the very intelligent. FWIW, I can't think of a single extremely intelligent person I've ever met who didn't have their own unique way of looking at the world and behaving in it. Those people would stick out like a sore thumb on the scale of daily normalcy. Great way to get on a list, don't you think?



https://www.theorganicprepper.com/harpa-social-credit-big-tech-govt-gu
n-control
/

HARPA: America’s New Social Credit Plan Partners Big Tech and Govt to Further Gun Control Efforts

By Dagny Taggart

The Trump Administration is considering a very disturbing proposal that would use Big Tech companies including Google, Amazon, and Apple to collect data on users who exhibit characteristics of mental illness that could lead to “violent behavior”.

Supporters see the plan as a way Trump could “move the ball forward” on gun control.

Naturally, a new federal agency will be created to implement this program. The push to create this new agency – called the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency or HARPA – began two years ago, reports The Washington Post:

The concept was advanced by the Suzanne Wright Foundation and first discussed by officials on the Domestic Policy Council and senior White House staffers in June 2017. But the idea has gained momentum in the wake of the latest mass shootings that killed 31 people in one weekend in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.

The Suzanne Wright Foundation re-approached the administration last week and proposed that HARPA include a “Safe Home” — “Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes” — project. Officials discussed the proposal at the White House last week, said two people familiar with the discussions. These people and others spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the conversations. ( https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/08/22/white-house-conside
rs-new-project-seeking-links-between-mental-health-violent-behavior
/)


Trump is reportedly a big fan of the HARPA proposal.

HARPA would be part of the Health and Human Services Department. Its director would be appointed by Trump, and the agency would have a separate budget, according to The Post. The agency would be modeled on another controversial federal agency – DARPA.

In Proposed Federal Agency Would Create Criteria to “Identify” Potentially Violent People ( https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/proposed-federal-agency-
would-create-criteria-to-identify-potentially-violent-people
/), Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center raises some chilling concerns regarding the new agency:

Coupled with “red flag” laws, this sounds like the beginning of a dystopian nightmare.

You have give the people pushing HARPA credit for their ability to seize on tragedies in order to garner political support for their proposal. The HARPA plan apparently hadn’t really gained much traction since it was initially proposed in 2017. By focusing on gun violence, the supporters of HARPA may have found the political lever they needed to push their plan forward and get the agency created.

The SAFE HOME plan sounds innocent enough, but it would create the foundation for further expansion of the U.S. surveillance state and accelerate the erosion of privacy rights. (ibid)


This project will cost taxpayers an outrageous sum.

Oh, and this four-year project will cost taxpayers an estimated $40 million to $60 million.

I’d like to pause for a moment to remind everyone that the national debt is over $22 TRILLION and is rapidly climbing. Check out the US National Debt Clock (the figures are real-time) to see how much we pay in taxes, how much the government is spending (they are spending far more than they are stealing from us), and unfunded liabilities (kiss your retirement goodbye if you are years away from trying to collect).

All we need is more government spending, right? Collapse is already inevitable, and unnecessary programs that place more financial burden on taxpayers is going to hasten it.

The way data will be collected for the project is very troubling.

The Post spoke to some people who have knowledge of the project. One of them is Geoffrey Ling, who is the lead scientific adviser on HARPA. Ling is also a founding director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office. He explained that the project will use “volunteer data” to identify “neurobehavioral signs” of “someone headed toward a violent explosive act”.

“Everybody would be a volunteer,” Ling said in an interview. “We’re not inventing new science here. We’re analyzing it so we can develop new approaches.

“This is going to have to be done using scientific rigor,” he said. (source)


Everybody would be a volunteer? What does Ling mean, exactly? The Post article does not clarify, but it does emphasize that the project would not collect an individual’s information without their permission. By “permission” do they mean that because users generally agree to allow companies like Google and Apple to share their private information when they accept terms and conditions, HARPA would have access to your private data whether you want them to or not? Is this some kind of “permission by proxy” scam?

Here’s a bit more about what the proposal states:

The idea is for the agency to develop a “sensor suite” using advanced artificial intelligence to try to identify changes in mental status that could make an individual more prone to violent behavior. The research would ultimately be opened to the public.

HARPA would develop “breakthrough technologies with high specificity and sensitivity for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence,” says a copy of the proposal. “A multi-modality solution, along with real-time data analytics, is needed to achieve such an accurate diagnosis.”

The document goes on to list a number of widely used technologies it suggests could be employed to help collect data, including Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home. The document also mentions “powerful tools” collected by health-care provides like fMRIs, tractography and image analysis.

“Advanced analytical tools based on artificial intelligence and machine learning are rapidly improving and must be applied to the data,” states the document.

Those familiar with the project stressed it would not collect sensitive health data about individuals without their permission. The government is simply trying to identify risk factors when it comes to mental health that could indicate violent behavior, they said.

“Privacy must be safeguarded. Profiling must be avoided. Data protection capabilities will be the cornerstone of this effort.” (source)


The government and Big Tech continue to invade our privacy and compromise our personal data.

I’m sorry, but does anyone believe the government is going to “safeguard” anyone’s private data? The US government has suffered 443 data breaches since 2014 involving 168,962,628 records, with 2018 being the worst year so far, according to a recent study by Comparitech ( https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/us-government-breaches/).

Back in June, it was revealed that – oops! – the NSA improperly collected ( https://www.theorganicprepper.com/everyones-got-a-surveillance-score-a
nd-it-can-cost-you-big-money
/) Americans’ call and text logs in November 2017 and in February and October 2018 – just months after the agency claimed it was going to delete the 620 million-plus call detail records it already had stockpiled.

We can’t do anything without being surveilled and ranked now. The government, private companies, and stores are watching us ( https://www.theorganicprepper.com/everyones-got-a-surveillance-score-a
nd-it-can-cost-you-big-money
/) and collecting all manner of data on our preferences, behaviors, and activities.

While the report uses a lot of weird Orwellian-type Doublespeak straight out of 1984 ( https://amzn.to/2LnmcTN), it is obvious what the goal is: collect an abundance of personal data in order to watch for behavior the government deems concerning (how will this be measured? what criteria will be used?) in order to infringe on individual liberty.

Two experts shared their thoughts on the proposal with Gizmodo ( https://gizmodo.com/the-plan-to-use-fitbit-data-to-stop-mass-shootings
-is-o-1837710691
):

It’s an approach that strikes George David Annas, deputy director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University, as ridiculous.

“The proposed data collection goes beyond absurdity when they mention the desire to collect FitBit data,” Annas told Gizmodo. “I am unaware of any study linking walking too much and committing mass murder. As for the other technologies, what are these people expecting? ‘Alexa, tell me the best way to kill a lot of people really quickly’? Really?”

Less unusual is the effort to scapegoat people with mental health issues by suggesting their illness is a leading factor in these atrocities—even though that conclusion isn’t supported by data.

“Creating a watchlist of citizens who most likely will never act violently based on their mental health is a very dangerous proposal with major ethical considerations,” Emma Fridel, a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University specializing in mass murder, told Gizmodo in an email. “Doing so to predict the unpredictable is utterly absurd.” (source)


HARPA is another sign that social credit systems and gun confiscation are coming.

This sounds a lot like a component of a social credit system( https://www.theorganicprepper.com/forget-1984-were-facing-a-brave-new-
world
/), doesn’t it? Eta Onrish described how this works and the role Big Tech plays in the article Forget 1984, We’re Facing a Brave New World ( https://www.theorganicprepper.com/forget-1984-were-facing-a-brave-new-
world
/):

The ‘biggest’ problem is that these freedoms that you enjoy will be infringed without due process. The social credit system is a very nebulous and fuzzy system that lacks any sort of transparency. Also, if you happen to speak out against the government or are somehow considered a threat, you could easily find yourself without a job or money and unable to travel – and not only could this be done without any proof that you’ve done anything illegal – this could happen completely behind the scenes. Because there is no legal proceeding, you have no recourse other than to fall back in line and hope they give you your life back.

There are additional concerns to consider, Maharrey says ( https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/proposed-federal-agency-
would-create-criteria-to-identify-potentially-violent-people
/):

One has to ask the question: what will the government do once it identifies these “risk factors?” It won’t simply publish a paper. It will use the information as a basis for action. It seems almost certain the federal government would use the risk factors developed by HARPA as criteria to justify gun confiscation under proposed “red flag” laws.

As Michael Boldin has said, from the income tax to the “PATRIOT” Act, proposals for new federal programs and powers always start small. Then they eventually end up used against everyone. John Dickinson, the “Penman of the American Revolution,” warned us to “Oppose a disease at its beginning.” (source)


Gun confiscation really is coming, and it doesn’t seem to be a partisan issue anymore.

Red flag gun laws ( https://www.theorganicprepper.com/red-flag-gun-confiscation-laws/), the NRA being labeled a terrorist organization ( https://www.theorganicprepper.com/san-francisco-nra-terrorist-organiza
tion
/), the Trump Administration’s support of HARPA’s agenda, and presidential candidates openly admitting they will confiscate guns if elected are all signs that we are truly heading down a terrifying dystopian path ( https://twitter.com/RealSaavedra/status/1168308521600839680?ref_src=tw
src%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1168308521600839680&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2F51283%2Fbeto-if-elected-i-am-going-confiscate-your-semi-ryan-saavedra
).

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Sunday, September 8, 2019 1:55 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Here is a very long related article on CIA's Palantir, Mossad's Carbyne911, Unit 8200, the tech giants, Epstein, Trump, and the whole megillah ...

https://www.mintpressnews.com/cia-israel-mossad-jeffrey-epstein-orwell
ian-nightmare/261692
/
As I analyze the article I'll bring up specific points here. As I posted, it's very long and full of detail.

*****

But as an aside, I'm very critical of China's "social credit" system which relies on extensive surveillance, not just video but also electronic. (Since many Chinese pay for goods via smart phone and are very active on the Chinese web, tracking individuals is easy.) It looks like we have the same thing here, or at least we have the infrastructure and data already implemented to establish such a system. The only thing lacking is some kind of government-admitted "black list". (Dollars to donuts such a list already exists, and the government will try to use mass shootings to gain public acceptance.)

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

You idiots have been oppressing the entire sexual spectrum as long as you have existed. I can't wait for the day your kind is dead - WISHIMAY

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Sunday, September 8, 2019 3:17 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Just as an aside ... I think we all know that there are several justice systems in the USA ... one for black/Hispanic males, one for almost everyone else, and one for TPTB.

TPTB, not only have they managed to legalize immoral behavior, they get away with ACTUAL CRIMES. And I don't mean bloodless white-collar crimes, I mean things like ... sex and child and organ-trafficking and blackmail and drug-running and torture and murder .. ahem! "suicide".

If Palantir and Carbyne911 are supposed to surveill/respond to/predict ACTUAL CRIMES thru universal connections to smart phones and iot, would they surveill/respond to/predict the ACTUAL CRIMES of TPTB?

I mean, unscheduled flights and rebranded tail numbers with high-powered people should look like a major security issue, and screams and sobs should sound like actual crimes, so what kind of cloak covers TPTB while they're engaged in their infernal crime spree?

Do they carry special smart phones? Is there a loophole in the software that allows them to slide thru? I mean, I KNOW that this surveillance/prediction is less-than-universal, but I'm curious about the mechanics of those loopholes.

This focus mass shootings ... which are horrific to be sure ... while Epstein's multi-decade predation on girls was buried by the press ... turns the focus the wrong way. It's not "us" that needs to be surveilled, it's "them". I doubt, tho, that they will be.

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

You idiots have been oppressing the entire sexual spectrum as long as you have existed. I can't wait for the day your kind is dead - WISHIMAY

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Sunday, September 15, 2019 10:44 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



"You're Being Tracked" - Massive 30 State, Real-Time License Plate Database Revealed

Our worst fears about automatic license plate readers (ALPR) are much worse than we could have imagined.

Two months ago, I warned everyone that police in Arizona were using ALPR's to "grid" entire neighborhoods. But this story brings public surveillance to a whole new level.

Last month, Rekor Systems announced that they had launched the Rekor Public Safety Network (RPSN) which gives law enforcement real-time access to license plates.

"Any state or local law enforcement agency participating in the RPSN will be able to access real-time data from any part of the network at no cost. The Company is initially launching the network by aggregating vehicle data from customers in over 30 states. With thousands of automatic license plate reading cameras currently in service that capture approximately 150 million plate reads per month, the network is expected to be live by the first quarter of 2020."

RPSN is a 30 state real-time law enforcement license plate database of more than 150 million people.

And the scary thing about it is; it is free.

"We don’t think our participants should be charged for accessing information from a network they contribute to, especially when it provides information that has proven its value in solving crimes and closing cases quickly,” said Robert A. Berman, President and CEO, Rekor.

Want to encourage law enforcement to spy on everyone? Give them free access to a massive license plate database.

RPSN's AI software uses machine learning to predict when and where a hotlisted person or a person of interest will be.

"Rekor’s software, powered by artificial intelligence (“AI”) and machine learning, can also be added to existing law enforcement security camera networks to search for law enforcement related hotlists as well as Amber Alerts and registered sex offender motor vehicles."

Rekor admits that police in thirty states are probably spying on more than 150 million license plates each month.

The Westchester County New York Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center alone, collects "more than 25 million license plates each month."

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Sunday, September 15, 2019 4:39 PM

1KIKI

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Spiegel Online: Interview with Edward Snowden

http://www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?bid=18&tid=63285&p=1

“It was kind of mind blowing to realize that the country 50 miles away from where I live — that people could go to the doctor whenever they wanted and not have to take out their wallet.” B. Sanders And at half the per capita cost as the US.

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Friday, September 20, 2019 1:08 PM

1KIKI

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Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Companies

The practice, which the bureau says is vital to counterterrorism efforts, casts a much wider net than previously disclosed, newly released documents show.
8h ago156 comments

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/us/data-privacy-fbi.html

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Friday, September 20, 2019 1:17 PM

THG


T


Quote:

Originally posted by 1kiki:

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-09-01/scariest-thing-youll-read-al
l-day-report-sounds-alarm-over-brain-reading-technology


for later



Quote:

Originally posted by THGRRI:
I think this needs its own thread. SIG pulls most of her information that she posts here from this blog and stupidly defends it as a reputable source. As she continues to do so I will regenerate this thread to remind all it is a corrupted blog designed to create havoc rather than informing.

Below are the names of those behind zero hedge. Don't miss what I've highlighted in red below. This folks is why comrade troll SIG loves to quote zero hedge.




In addition, Lokey said he faced constant pressure to frame stories in-line with a particular world-view, which he described as “Russia=good. Obama=idiot. Bashar al-Assad=benevolent leader. John Kerry=dunce. Vladmir Putin=greatest leader in the history of statecraft.”



All of this matches SIG's playbook here and Putin's globally; exactly.


The men behind zero hedge

Colin Lokey, a 32-year-old former Seeking Alpha director

Daniel Ivandjiiski, a 37-year-old Bulgarian-born former hedge fund employee who was barred for insider trading in 2008

Tim Backshall, a 45-year-old credit derivatives strategist
Despite its populist tone, Lokey told Bloomberg he recently left Zero Hedge because he didn’t see eye-to-eye with the others when it came to editorial vision.

“Zero Hedge ceased to serve that public service years ago,” Lokey said. “They care what generates page views. Clicks. Money.”

In addition, Lokey said he faced constant pressure to frame stories in-line with a particular world-view, which he described as “Russia=good. Obama=idiot. Bashar al-Assad=benevolent leader. John Kerry=dunce. Vladmir Putin=greatest leader in the history of statecraft.”

Lokey claims Zero Hedge’s focus on traffic and revenue is hypocritical, but Ivandjiiski sees things differently.

Finally, Zero Hedge addressed the accusations of systematic bias in its content.

“We are certainly ok with being the object of other’s conspiracy theories, in this case completely false ones since we have never been in contact with anyone in Russia, or the US, or any government for that matter,” Zero Hedge says.

The site claims it has never accepted a dime of funding outside of advertising revenue and that Lokey was never pressured about how to frame his articles or editorialized.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/zero-hedge-unmasked-theres-more-1427301
65.html

According to the Bloomberg article, three men have been churning out all of the content at Zero Hedge, using the joint pseudonym “Tyler Durden” from the Brad Pitt film “Fight Club.” The 1999 cult film, according to Rolling Stone, is “about being young, male and powerless against the pacifying drug of consumerism. It’s about solitude, despair and bottled-up rage.” That ethos is frequently on display at Zero Hedge.

The three “Tyler Durdens” outed by Bloomberg reporters are Colin Lokey, who has now left Zero Hedge in a fit of pique and is responsible for handing over the internal chat sessions from Zero Hedge on traffic-building strategies and other matters. Bloomberg says “the other two men are Daniel Ivandjiiski, 37, the Bulgarian-born former analyst long reputed to be behind the site, and Tim Backshall, 45, a well-known credit derivatives strategist.”

The article notes that “Ivandjiiski has a multimillion-dollar mansion in Mahwah, N.J., and Backshall lives in a plush San Francisco suburb,” suggesting these are “not exactly reflections” of the anti-capitalism reflected in the moniker “Tyler Durden.”







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Monday, September 23, 2019 2:18 PM

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Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.

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Monday, September 23, 2019 2:30 PM

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Secret FBI Subpoenas For Personal Data Go Far Beyond Previously Known
half-million issued since 2001

The agency (FBI) says the sweeping requests are crucial to counterterrorism efforts - however the new records reveal that the FBI requests go far beyond Silicon Valley; "encompassing scores of banks, credit agencies, cellphone carriers and even universities," according to the report.

The demands can scoop up a variety of information, including usernames, locations, IP addresses and records of purchases. They don’t require a judge’s approval and usually come with a gag order, leaving them shrouded in secrecy. Fewer than 20 entities, most of them tech companies, have ever revealed that they’ve received the subpoenas, known as national security letters.

Equifax, Experian and AT&T received the most termination letters: more than 50 each. TransUnion, T-Mobile and Verizon each received more than 40. Yahoo, Google and Microsoft got more than 20 apiece. Over 60 companies received just one.

-New York Times


Aside from these new names - we've long known about tech companies receiving national security letters, including Verizon, AT&T, Google and Facebook "which have acknowledged receiving the letters in the past" per the Times.

"This is a pretty potent authority for the government," said University of Texas law professor, Stephen Vladeck. "The question is: Do we have a right to know when the government is collecting information on us?"


https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/secret-fbi-subpoenas-personal-dat
a-go-far-beyond-previously-known

https://www.documentcloud.org/search/projectid:45842-Termination-Lette
rs

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/us/data-privacy-fbi.html
https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2014/05/22/new-success-in-pr
otecting-customer-rights-unsealed-today
/
https://www.verizon.com/about/portal/transparency-report/us-report/
https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/nsl-ndp-procedures.pdf/view
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/judge-criticize
s-secrecy-rules-surrounding-fbi-requests-for-companies-data/2016/08/05/37f80ba6-5b2b-11e6-831d-0324760ca856_story.html



And if democrats don't do anything different, how are they any better?

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Saturday, September 28, 2019 8:50 AM

1KIKI

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https://summit.news/2019/09/27/china-unveils-super-surveillance-camera
-that-can-link-to-its-social-credit-system
/

China Unveils "Super Surveillance Camera" That Can Link To Its Social Credit System

...the device can identify individual faces out of crowds of tens of thousands; Will take mass surveillance to a new level...

A new camera with a resolution five times more detailed than the human eye, able to monitor thousands of people in real time and identify individual faces has been unveiled by Chinese scientists, prompting renewed fears about mass surveillance.

ABC News in Australia reports that the new 500 megapixel cloud camera AI system, dubbed a ‘super camera’, was revealed at China’s International Industry Fair last week.

The camera system, equipped with state of the art facial recognition utilities, was designed by Fudan University and Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. (see link for complete story)



There is no non-surveillance reason to develop anything remotely like this system as far as I can tell. So we're talking about a system that's inherently developed for politically suppressing entire populations.

As I look at this I realize that it couldn't happen without the willing participation of researchers and academics; and the eager pursuit by government.

But that's true of the US as well.


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Wednesday, October 9, 2019 4:11 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


While Lennon was not—as far as we know—being blackmailed into suicide, he was the subject of a four-year campaign of surveillance and harassment by the U.S. government (spearheaded by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover), an attempt by President Richard Nixon to have him “neutralized” and deported. As Adam Cohen of the New York Times points out, “The F.B.I.’s surveillance of Lennon is a reminder of how easily domestic spying can become unmoored from any legitimate law enforcement purpose. What is more surprising, and ultimately more unsettling, is the degree to which the surveillance turns out to have been intertwined with electoral politics.”

https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_comm
entary/john_lennon_vs._the_deep_state_one_man_against_the_monster

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019 4:32 PM

1KIKI

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/fbis-use-of-foreign-surveillance-tool-vio
lated-americans-privacy-rights-court-found-11570559882


The intelligence community disclosed Tuesday that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last year found that the FBI’s pursuit of data about Americans ensnared in a warrantless internet-surveillance program intended to target foreign suspects may have violated the law authorizing the program, as well as the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.

The court concluded that the FBI had been improperly searching a database of raw intelligence for information on Americans—raising concerns about oversight of the program, which as a spy program operates in near total secrecy.


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Friday, October 25, 2019 12:10 PM

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019 2:06 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Edward Snowden recently talked to Joe Rogan for nearly three hours. Snowden has a book out (“Permanent Record“) about his life and his decision to become a whistleblower who exposed lies and crimes by the U.S. national security state. As I watched Snowden’s interview, I jotted down notes and thoughts I had. (The interview itself has more than seven million views on YouTube and rising, which is great to see.) The term in my title, “turnkey tyranny,” is taken from the interview.


My intent here is not to summarize Snowden’s entire interview. I want to focus on some points he made that I found especially revealing, pertinent, and insightful.

Without further ado, here are 12 points I took from this interview:

1. People who reach the highest levels of government do so by being risk-averse. Their goal is never to screw-up in a major way. This mentality breeds cautiousness, mediocrity, and buck-passing. (I saw the same in my 20 years in the U.S. military.)

2. The American people are no longer partners of government. We are subjects. Our rights are routinely violated even as we become accustomed (or largely oblivious) to a form of turnkey tyranny.

3. Intelligence agencies in the U.S. used 9/11 to enlarge their power. They argued that 9/11 happened because there were “too many restrictions” on them. This led to the PATRIOT Act and unconstitutional global mass surveillance, disguised as the price of being kept “safe” from terrorism. Simultaneously, America’s 17 intelligence agencies wanted most of all not to be blamed for 9/11. They wanted to ensure the buck stopped nowhere. This was a goal they achieved.

4. Every persuasive lie has a kernel of truth. Terrorism does exist - that’s the kernel of truth. Illegal mass surveillance, facilitated by nearly unlimited government power, in the cause of “keeping us safe” is the persuasive lie.

5. The government uses classification (“Top Secret” and so on) primarily to hide things from the American people, who have no “need to know” in the view of government officials. Secrecy becomes a cloak for illegality. Government becomes unaccountable; the people don’t know, therefore we are powerless to rein in government excesses or to prosecute for abuses of power.

6. Fear is the mind-killer (my expression here, quoting Frank Herbert’s Dune). Snowden spoke much about the use of fear by the government, using expressions like “they’ll be blood on your hands” and “think of the children.” Fear is the way to cloud people’s minds. As Snowden put it, you lose the ability to act because you are afraid.

7. What is true patriotism? For Snowden, it’s about a constant effort to do good for the people. It’s not loyalty to government. Loyalty, Snowden notes, is only good in the service of something good.

8. National security and public safety are not synonymous. In fact, in the name of national security, our rights are being violated. We are “sweeping up the broken glass of our lost rights” in today’s world of global mass surveillance, Snowden noted.

9. We live naked before power. Companies like Facebook and Google, together with the U.S. government, know everything about us; we know little about them. It’s supposed to be the reverse (at least in a democracy).

10. “The system is built on lies.” James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, lies under oath before Congress. And there are no consequences. He goes unpunished.

11. We own less and less of our own data. Data increasingly belongs to corporations and the government. It’s become a commodity. Which means we are the commodity. We are being exploited and manipulated, we are being sold, and it’s all legal, because the powerful make the policies and the laws, and they are unaccountable to the people.

12. Don’t wait for a hero to save you. What matters is heroic decisions. You are never more than one decision away from making the world a better place.

In 2013, Edward Snowden made a heroic decision to reveal illegal mass surveillance by the U.S. government, among other governmental crimes. He has made the world a better place, but as he himself knows, the fight has only just begun against turnkey tyranny.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:36 PM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!


Govt loves them some sci/fantasy fiction, huh ?

Palantir, J.E.D.I.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:03 PM

1KIKI

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While You Slept, Government Created Internal Passports
(it's called RealID)

The deadline of yet another, and perhaps the most insidious, element of the post-9/11 initiatives (a partial list of which includes the establishment of the Transportation Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and a never-ending international war against a nebulously-defined, noncorporeal enemy, “terror”) is less than one year from coming to fruition. Beginning no later than October 1, 2020, citizens of all US states and territories will be required to have a Real ID compliant card or US passport to board a commercial plane or enter a Federal government facility. Pundits citing the inevitability of what amounts to a national ID card have, regrettably, been vindicated.

read more at the link

https://www.aier.org/article/while-you-slept-government-created-intern
al-passports
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:36 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/novemb
er/04/sentence-first-crime-later
/

Sentence First, Crime Later?

Attorney General William Barr recently sent a memo to law enforcement officials announcing a new federal initiative that would use techniques and tools developed in the war on terror, such as mass surveillance, to identify potential mass shooters. Those so identified would be targets of early interventions, which would include the disregarding of Second Amendment rights, as well as the imposing of mandatory counseling and involuntary commitment.

The program would likely match data collected via mass surveillance with algorithms designed to identify those with mental problems that would lead them to commit violent crimes. So, this program would deprive Americans of respect for their rights not because they committed, or even threaten to commit, a violent act but because their tweets, texts, or Facebook posts trigger a government algorithm.

In order to enhance the government’s ability to conduct mass surveillance, Barr has been trying to force tech companies to allow the government to have a “backdoor” for accessing electronic information. This would allow the government to read all messages — even those that are encrypted, making it all but impossible to escape the government’s watchful eye. ...

Some mental health professionals argue that holding certain political beliefs is a sign of mental illness. ...

A recent internal FBI memo warned that a belief in “conspiracy theories” is a sign that someone could be a domestic terrorist. ...


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Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:22 PM

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Thursday, November 14, 2019 2:31 PM

1KIKI

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https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/11/12/how-surveillance-and
-propaganda-work-in-the-free-world
/


How Surveillance and Propaganda Work in ‘the Free World’


A Bloomberg report of October 22 was concise and uncompromising in declaring Russia to be a surveillance state. Harking back to the good old days of the Cold War, as is increasingly the practice in much of the Western media, Bloomberg recounted that “... these days it’s not just foreigners who are being tracked, but all 12.6 million Muscovites, too. Officials in Moscow have spent the last few years methodically assembling one of the most comprehensive video-surveillance operations in the world. The public-private network of as many as 200,000 cameras records 1.5 billion hours of footage a year that can be accessed by 16,000 government employees, intelligence officers and law-enforcement personnel.”

...

The statistics obtained by Caught on Camera and comparitech differ markedly from those in the Bloomberg story which was retailed throughout the Western world by many news outlets, who increasingly refer to the West as “the Free World”. Comparitech records that as at August 2019 Moscow, with a population of 12.4 million, had 146,000 (not 200,000) cameras, while London’s 9 million citizens were being watched by 627,707 cameras. The picture (if one may use that word) is slightly slanted.


To put it another way, London has 68 cameras for each 1,000 people, and the ratios elsewhere are enlightening: Shanghai 113 (China is in treble figures in three cities); Atlanta (Ga) 15; Chicago 13; Baghdad, Sydney and Dubai 12; Moscow and Berlin 11; and St Petersburg, Canberra and Washington DC tie at 5.

The slanting doesn’t stop there, because there are other ways of attacking Russia, spearheaded by such as the Washington Post, which highlighted the Bloomberg surveillance tale. The Post behaves like Big Brother focusing on Winston Smith, the hapless victim/hero of 1984 whose job it is “to rewrite the reports in newspapers of the past to conform with the present reality.” There is an eerie resonance in this, because the Post’s reportage on Russia verges on the obsessively censorious, while it avoids mention of anything remotely positive.

Understandably, the Post relies heavily on such sources as “Meduza, a Latvia-based online news outlet that covers the Kremlin” which reported that the Russian government “passed a law earlier this year that lets Vladimir Putin take all the country’s Internet traffic off the World Wide Web if he decrees that there’s an ‘emergency’.”

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Thursday, November 14, 2019 2:33 PM

1KIKI

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Friday, November 15, 2019 2:55 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



I focus on surveillance and privacy because a lot of people think 'it won't happen to me'. But the technology (camera / computer / AI) is already here to surveil everybody, all at the same time. If you've ever seen "Person of Interest" then you've had a good look at what exists today.

The only questions are: which governments choose to use it, and which governments choose to tell you about what they're doing.

With its massive nation-spanning camera network and AI-driven facial recognition, along with message-capturing/analyzing technology, (among other things), China surveils out in the open. It then generates a social credit score based on things like monitored jaywalking or critical phone messages, with real-life economic consequences. This technology isn't aimed at a limited number of special individuals. It's being used on ALL Chinese; all roughly 1.4 billion.

I've posted before about the surveillance in China not because I'm so concerned about Chinese freedom, (I'm not), but because it illustrates the level of technology available to governments around the globe. And of course, if we know about this, I guarantee there's more more being used in the dark.


AT LEAST THAT'S NOT US! we think WE ARE TOLD. Unlike China, unlike Russia, we're free here in the western world!

That's a myth. I hope you understand that. What in fact is happening is that our governments are surveilling us in secret. They're simply not telling us what they do.


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Tuesday, December 3, 2019 7:04 PM

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Thursday, December 19, 2019 9:47 PM

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NSA Allowed To 'Unmask' US Citizens Without Surveillance Warrant: US Court

A US court of appeals ruled on Wednesday that the US government may collect information about a US citizen without first obtaining a surveillance warrant, as long as it was done so inadvertently while legally monitoring a non-national abroad, according to Reuters.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-courts-surveillance/warrant-not
-always-needed-for-inadvertent-nsa-surveillance-of-americans-u-s-court-idUSKBN1YN02U

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Friday, December 20, 2019 1:00 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.



Quote:

A US court of appeals ruled on Wednesday that the US government may collect information about a US citizen without first obtaining a surveillance warrant, as long as it was done so inadvertently while legally monitoring a non-national abroad, according to Reuters.
Because apparently none of these judges have read the CONSTITUTION.


Quote:

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.



Fuckin' a. Deep state being a bunch of "dedicated professionals" my ass.


-----------
Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

I'd nuke a BILLION PEOPLE if it would save the other 7 billion from living under Putin. Hell, I might go all the way to the last 100 people on Earth to keep this planet from being under fascist rule.- WISHIMAY

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Friday, December 20, 2019 1:02 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

[/i]


T loves Big Brother.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, December 20, 2019 1:24 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
T loves Big Brother.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

Yes, he does. He loves Big Brother more than he loves the Constitution or his fellow citizens.

A few comments:

1) This opens the pathway for the NSA to "legally" intercept an American's communications simply by "ring fencing" that person's foreign-entity communications. Say that you want to capture Pelosi's communications but you can't do it legally. All you have to do is grab the names of all of the foreign entities that she's in communcation with, and monitor THEM, with the intent of snatching up HER communications.

2)
The full article, which I will reprint, points to the NSA-database that I have referred to from time to time. It is chock-a-block full of (what was formerly) ILLEGALLY-OBTAINED communications. This database is SECRETLY SHARED WITH LAW ENFORCMENT AGENCIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, not just the FIB but also the DEA, ATF, various other "Homeland Security" agencies, the Treasury, IRS, and local police and sheriffs.

Until now, these various enforcement agencies have had to content themselves with needing to construct a LEGALLY OBTAINED chain of evidence, in essence fabricating a series of warrants and "flips" which would account for the evidence that they obtained illegally.

I'm going to extend this to Trump, the DNC, the so-called "Russian hack", and Assange.

If anyone thinks that all electronic communications across our border, and espeically destined for Julian Assange, conveniently (for the deep state) held in a fixed place in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, was not being (illegally) monitored to the fullest extent technically possible by the NSA .... they're nuts. If anyone thinks that the TRUMP campaign's foreign (and domestic) comunications were not being (illegally) monitored to the fullest extent possible by the NSA, they're nuts. That the Mueller investigation was not able to even concoct any evidence linking Trump to the Russians but had to rely on some cocked-up "dossier" speaks volumes of the LACK OF EVIDENCE against Trump, whether obtained legally or not.

Just, yanno, FYI.

3) The ruling was from the 2nd District Appeals Court (NYC), which btw does not cover DC. I'm sure that this will go to the Supreme Court, and I hope they insist on a plain reading of the 4th Ammendment. I know that this might prevent catching Joe Biden diddling the Ukrainian government, or it might allow Hillary to continue to hide her "pay for play" operations based in the State Department but we need to uphold the Constitution here, and not give more power to Big Brother.

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Friday, December 20, 2019 1:45 PM

THG


Anyone who would rather live in Russia say so now.

T


Deep state describes dedicated, educated professionals.

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Friday, December 20, 2019 1:48 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Full article

Quote:

(Reuters) - The U.S. government may collect information about U.S. citizens without obtaining a warrant if the information is gathered inadvertently while legally carrying out surveillance of non-nationals abroad, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday.


The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled in an appeal by Agron Hasbajrami, a U.S. resident arrested in 2011 and who later pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Hasbajrami challenged the charges, questioning whether the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had legally obtained information about him without a warrant.

The “incidental collection” of Americans’ communications by NSA electronic dragnet that explicitly targets people abroad and without U.S. ties was permissible under the U.S. Constitution, the court ruled. It also said, however, that examining the content of databases of stored NSA information

Everyone who claimed that the NSA had a gargantuan database of illegally-obtained electronic communications, including Alex Jones, was smeared as a "conspiracy theorist"
Quote:

could violate the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

The court said the “vast majority” of evidence prosecutors had used against Hasbajrami was “lawfully collected,” but prosecutors did not provide information to the trial court about whether investigators had “queried” NSA databases.

Evidence that law enforcement agencies subsequently concoct a series of warrants and "flips" to account for illegally-obtained evidence.

Quote:

The NSA surveillance program is sometimes called PRISM
as revaled by a true whistleblower, Ed Snowden, who is being treated like criminal by the DNC
Quote:

, which gathers data from tech and telecom companies under court supervision and under the authority of section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) but without individual warrants.

“We are gratified by the Court’s remand to resolve a critical factual and constitutional question in this case, as well as its recognition of the important constitutional issues that FISA section 702 raises for everyone. We look forward to the next stage of the litigation,” Hasbajrami’s lawyer Joshua Dratel said in a statement.

A spokesman for federal prosecutors in Brooklyn declined to comment.

The case of Hasbajrami, arrested at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to board a flight to Turkey, was returned to the trial court for a determination about whether evidence against him was lawfully collected and admissible under the Fourth Amendment. Prosecutors said Hasbajrami communicated by email with a non-American overseas, who he believed was associated with a terrorist organization.

Documents detailing NSA telephone and internet surveillance were leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowden in 2013. Although he is viewed by some as a hero who upheld the U.S. Constitution, authorities want him to stand trial over his disclosures of classified information.

Because it's just plain fucking embarassing when a surveiilance agency is caught MASSIVELY violating the Constitition, and this embarassment must not be allowed to stand!

Quote:

“While we disagree with the court’s ruling that the NSA can collect Americans’ international communications without a warrant ... the court rightly finds that the Fourth Amendment applies when the government searches for that sensitive information in intelligence databases,” said American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Patrick Toomey, who filed a brief in the case.

Finally, the ACLU got its head unstuck from its ass, where it's been hiding for ten years.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-courts-surveillance/warrant-not
-always-needed-for-inadvertent-nsa-surveillance-of-americans-u-s-court-idUSKBN1YN02U


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Friday, December 20, 2019 1:52 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Quote:

Originally posted by THG: Anyone who would rather live in Russia say so now.

Why move? We've got Russia right here! May as well call us the USSA!




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Friday, December 20, 2019 2:00 PM

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The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:

Everyone who claimed that the NSA had a gargantuan database of illegally-obtained electronic communications, including Alex Jones, was smeared as a "conspiracy theorist"

Gigantic databases of people’s movements are valuable commodities in the era of information supremacy, and all that location data eventually ends up in the hands of companies who can sell it to the highest bidder. The New York Times recently got hold of one such database, which holds 50 billion pings of 12 million people, and they were pretty shocked by just how easily they could use it to follow anyone they put their minds to.

But wait. Isn’t all this data anonymized? It’s not like each ping includes your name and Social Security number. Think again:

In most cases, ascertaining a home location and an office location was enough to identify a person. Consider your daily commute: Would any other smartphone travel directly between your house and your office every day?…Yet companies continue to claim that the data are anonymous. In marketing materials and at trade conferences, anonymity is a major selling point — key to allaying concerns over such invasive monitoring.

To evaluate the companies’ claims, we turned most of our attention to identifying people in positions of power. With the help of publicly available information, like home addresses, we easily identified and then tracked scores of notables. We followed military officials with security clearances as they drove home at night. We tracked law enforcement officers as they took their kids to school. We watched high-powered lawyers (and their guests) as they traveled from private jets to vacation properties. We did not name any of the people we identified without their permission.

www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2019/12/your-every-move-is-being-tracke
d-seriously
/

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Friday, December 20, 2019 2:14 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


SECOND, thanks for clouding the issue, again. I know you love Big Brother, too, and are always sticking up for it when it promotes the DNC's current projects.

The NSA has ILLEGALLY OBTAINED CONTENT OF COMMUNICATIONS.
They did this by TAPPING INTO MAJOR NETWORK TRUNK LINES (ILLEGALLY INSTALLING SPLITTERS) STARTING WITH GWB AND AT&T, AND CONTINUTING UNDER THAT "CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYER" OBAMA.

This was CLEARLY illegal action by the NSA - which BTW continues to this day no matter what anyone confabulates - so I guess now you support the illegal work of GWB?

Also, my point about Trump: The NSA has been monitoring both him personally, and his campaign. That they couldn't dig up evidence, even with that going on, tells you there was nothing there to begin with.



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Friday, December 20, 2019 2:46 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


One more comment:

I know that the FIB, CYA, and No Such Agency (NSA) have outsourced a lot of data collection to the telecoms, banks, IPSs, search engines, and internet vendors.

This data could only be used for commercial purposes and be USELESS to a government agency were it not for the agency habit of writing WARRENTLESS NATIONAL SECURITY LETTERS (NSLs), which are secret demands for information. Now, these commercial entities could require seeing a warrant before they comply, but because the government is so big and powerful, and companies depend on government cooperation, and because some of these companies are angling for big government DOD/CIA contracts, they have absolutely no problem bending you over and spreading your cheeks, without ever letting you know of course.

The FIB was required to lift gag orders on some 126 companies, but the "Justice Department" wanted to keep that list secret so that nobody would be inspired to ask about themselves!

Quote:

Companies Staying Mum on FBI Surveillance of Customers, Records Show
2019
Earlier this year, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ordered the Justice Department to disclose the names of companies that had NSL gag orders lifted. He rejected arguments that such information would endanger national security or help criminals evade justice.

Following Chhabria’s order, the Justice Department agreed to reveal how many NSL gag orders it reviewed from February 2016 to September 2017, along with how many gag orders were terminated or continued, the names of companies freed from gag orders, and how many gag orders were lifted for each company.

The data showed 760 gag orders were lifted out of 11,874 reviewed, and 126 companies had at least one gag order lifted during that time period.



https://www.courthousenews.com/companies-staying-mum-on-fbi-surveillan
ce-of-customers-records-show
/

The warrantless surveillance is underpinned by Section 702 of the FISA Act ...

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/09/14/q-us-warrantless-surveillance-unde
r-section-702-foreign-intelligence-surveillance


... which both Dems and Repubs have been more than willing to hustle through. Nothing like bipartisanship to screw the American people!

Quote:

The motio, which both Dems and Repubs have been more than willing to hustle throughn, which passed 60-38, virtually guarantees that the final bill will pass likely later this week and quashes any opportunity to debate whether protections should be added. Eighteen Democrats — including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who had previously proposed an amendment to restrict the FBI’s surveillance authority — voted in support of the motion. They were joined by 41 Republicans and one independent, Angus King, giving the pro-surveillance bloc the supermajority needed to push the bill forward.
https://theintercept.com/2018/01/17/fisa-section-702-nsa-internet-surv
eillance-senate
/

We have a surveillance state that is the equal of the KGB or the Stasi, and ramping up to the equivalent of the Chinese social credit score. And THUGR and SECOND are all on board with that.





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Friday, December 20, 2019 2:48 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
SECOND, thanks for clouding the issue, again. I know you love Big Brother, too, and are always sticking up for it when it promotes the DNC's current projects.

The NSA has ILLEGALLY OBTAINED CONTENT OF COMMUNICATIONS.
They did this by TAPPING INTO MAJOR NETWORK TRUNK LINES (ILLEGALLY INSTALLING SPLITTERS) STARTING WITH GWB AND AT&T, AND CONTINUTING UNDER THAT "CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYER" OBAMA.

This was CLEARLY illegal action by the NSA - which BTW continues to this day no matter what anyone confabulates - so I guess now you support the illegal work of GWB?

Also, my point about Trump: The NSA has been monitoring both him personally, and his campaign. That they couldn't dig up evidence, even with that going on, tells you there was nothing there to begin with.

Not only the NSA, but the entire world, including corporations, could be listening in on Trump's private conversations and tracking his location on the golf course:

When President Trump calls old friends on one of his iPhones to gossip, gripe or solicit their latest take on how he is doing, American intelligence reports indicate that Chinese spies are often listening — and putting to use invaluable insights into how to best work the president and affect administration policy, current and former American officials said.

Mr. Trump’s aides have repeatedly warned him that his cellphone calls are not secure, and they have told him that Russian spies are routinely eavesdropping on the calls, as well. But aides say the voluble president, who has been pressured into using his secure White House landline more often these days, has still refused to give up his iPhones. White House officials say they can only hope he refrains from discussing classified information when he is on them.

Mr. Trump’s use of his iPhones was detailed by several current and former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity so they could discuss classified intelligence and sensitive security arrangements. The officials said they were doing so not to undermine Mr. Trump, but out of frustration with what they considered the president’s casual approach to electronic security.

American spy agencies, the officials said, had learned that China and Russia were eavesdropping on the president’s cellphone calls from human sources inside foreign governments and intercepting communications between foreign officials.

www.nytimes.com/2018/10/24/us/politics/trump-phone-security.html

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly

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Friday, December 20, 2019 2:52 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Quote:

SIGNYM:
SECOND, thanks for clouding the issue, again. I know you love Big Brother, too, and are always sticking up for it when it promotes the DNC's current projects.

The NSA has ILLEGALLY OBTAINED CONTENT OF COMMUNICATIONS.
They did this by TAPPING INTO MAJOR NETWORK TRUNK LINES (ILLEGALLY INSTALLING SPLITTERS) STARTING WITH GWB AND AT&T, AND CONTINUTING UNDER THAT "CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYER" OBAMA.

This was CLEARLY illegal action by the NSA - which BTW continues to this day no matter what anyone confabulates - so I guess now you support the illegal work of GWB?

Also, my point about Trump: The NSA has been monitoring both him personally, and his campaign. That they couldn't dig up evidence, even with that going on, tells you there was nothing there to begin with.

SECOND: Not only the NSA, but the entire world, including corporations, could be listening in on Trump's private conversations and tracking his location on the golf course:

When President Trump calls old friends on one of his iPhones to gossip, gripe or solicit their latest take on how he is doing, American intelligence reports indicate that Chinese spies are often listening — and putting to use invaluable insights into how to best work the president and affect administration policy, current and former American officials said.

Mr. Trump’s aides have repeatedly warned him that his cellphone calls are not secure, and they have told him that Russian spies are routinely eavesdropping on the calls, as well. But aides say the voluble president, who has been pressured into using his secure White House landline more often these days, has still refused to give up his iPhones. White House officials say they can only hope he refrains from discussing classified information when he is on them.

Mr. Trump’s use of his iPhones was detailed by several current and former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity so they could discuss classified intelligence and sensitive security arrangements. The officials said they were doing so not to undermine Mr. Trump, but out of frustration with what they considered the president’s casual approach to electronic security.

American spy agencies, the officials said, had learned that China and Russia were eavesdropping on the president’s cellphone calls from human sources inside foreign governments and intercepting communications between foreign officials.

www.nytimes.com/2018/10/24/us/politics/trump-phone-security.html



So with all of this unintentional transparency -as well as all of this intrusive and illegalsurveillance - why has no one caught Trump doing anything nefarious? Why do anti-Trumpers have to rely on cocked-up "dossiers" and gossip-blowers who saw, heard, and did nothing?

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Friday, December 20, 2019 3:13 PM

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I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Quote:

SIGNY: So with all of this unintentional transparency -as well as all of this intrusive and illegalsurveillance - why has no one caught Trump doing anything nefarious? Why do anti-Trumpers have to rely on cocked-up "dossiers" and gossip-blowers who saw, heard, and did nothing?
So, why no answer?

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Friday, December 20, 2019 4:32 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

SIGNY: So with all of this unintentional transparency -as well as all of this intrusive and illegalsurveillance - why has no one caught Trump doing anything nefarious? Why do anti-Trumpers have to rely on cocked-up "dossiers" and gossip-blowers who saw, heard, and did nothing?
So, why no answer?

Why? Because you are out of your tiny mind if you did not understand what Trump did wrong:
1) https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/the_trump-ukraine_impeach
ment_inquiry_report.pdf

2) https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20191216/CRPT-116hrpt346.pdf
3) www.openmuellerreport.org/download/

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Friday, December 20, 2019 5:06 PM

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[/i]


She's not talking about Trump here other than just an example of a much larger problem. Keep your TDS in the relevant threads.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Sunday, December 22, 2019 4:16 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


It occured to me that gargantuan NSA database can not only be used to fabricate a case against anyone, it would also be very useful for blackmail.

I wonder if they have some of Epstein's material. I'll bet they have Hillary's "private server" emails, seeing as they were bcc'd internationally to some Chinese email addy.



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Sunday, December 22, 2019 7:51 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK

[/i]


Yup. That 10 terabyte external hard drive you got on black friday?

Easily backed up along with everybody else's on the alphabet agencies 10 yottabyte server, along with every phone call and email ever sent and any conversation that has ever been had near a device with Siri, Alexa or Cortana.

They're not "watching" you, per se... but everything has been cataloged in case you ever become a person of interest.



Anybody ever wonder why your upload transfer rate is only about 1/10th of the download rate you pay for when there's absolutely no real reason for that to be the case? Seems pretty self explanatory when you think about it.

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