The U.S. cable networks won’t be covering this one tonight (not accurately, anyway), but Trapwire is making the rounds on social media today—it reportedly became a Trending hashtag on Twitter earlier in the day.
Trapwire is the name of a program revealed in the latest Wikileaks bonanza—it is the mother of all leaks, by the way. Trapwire would make something like disclosure of UFO contact or imminent failure of a major U.S. bank fairly boring news by comparison.
And the ambitious techno-fascists behind Trapwire seem to be quite disappointed that word is getting out so swiftly; the Wikileaks web site is reportedly sustaining 10GB worth of DDoS attacks each second, which is massive.
Anyway, here’s what Trapwire is, according to Russian-state owned media network RT (apologies for citing “foreign media”… if we had a free press, I’d be citing something published here by an American media conglomerate): “Former senior intelligence officials have created a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology—and have installed it across the U.S. under the radar of most Americans, according to emails hacked by Anonymous.
Every few seconds, data picked up at surveillance points in major cities and landmarks across the United States are recorded digitally on the spot, then encrypted and instantaneously delivered to a fortified central database center at an undisclosed location to be aggregated with other intelligence. It’s part of a program called TrapWire and it’s the brainchild of the Abraxas, a Northern Virginia company staffed with elite from America’s intelligence community.
The employee roster at Arbaxas reads like a who’s who of agents once with the Pentagon, CIA and other government entities according to their public LinkedIn profiles, and the corporation’s ties are assumed to go deeper than even documented. The details on Abraxas and, to an even greater extent TrapWire, are scarce, however, and not without reason. For a program touted as a tool to thwart terrorism and monitor activity meant to be under wraps, its understandable that Abraxas would want the program’s public presence to be relatively limited. But thanks to last year’s hack of the Strategic Forecasting intelligence agency, or Stratfor, all of that is quickly changing.”
So: those spooky new “circular” dark globe cameras installed in your neighborhood park, town, or city—they aren’t just passively monitoring. They’re plugged into Trapwire and they are potentially monitoring every single person via facial recognition.
In related news, the Obama administration is fighting in federal court this week for the ability to imprison American citizens under NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions—and anyone else—without charge or trial, on suspicion alone.
So we have a widespread network of surveillance cameras across America monitoring us and reporting suspicious activity back to a centralized analysis center, mixed in with the ability to imprison people via military force on the basis of suspicious activity alone. I don’t see how that could possibly go wrong. Nope, not at all. We all know the government, and algorithmic computer programs, never make mistakes.
Here’s what is also so disturbing about this whole NDAA business: “This past week’s hearing was even more terrifying. Government attorneys again, in this hearing, presented no evidence to support their position and brought forth no witnesses. Most incredibly, Obama’s attorneys refused to assure the court, when questioned, that the NDAA’s section 1021 – the provision that permits reporters and others who have not committed crimes to be detained without trial – has not been applied by the U.S. government anywhere in the world after Judge Forrest’s injunction. In other words, they were telling a U.S. federal judge that they could not, or would not, state whether Obama’s government had complied with the legal injunction that she had laid down before them. To this, Judge Forrest responded that if the provision had indeed been applied, the United States government would be in contempt of court.”
If none of this bothers you, please don’t follow me on Twitter, because nothing I report on will be of interest to you. Go back to watching the television news network of your choice, where you will hear about Romney’s latest campaign ads, and whether Obamacare will increase the cost of delivery pizza by 14 to 16 cents.
Under a totalitarian regime like New York Mayor for Life Michael Bloomberg’s, the government regulates every aspect of your life, right down to how large a cup you can drink soda out of. How are nanny state bureaucrats to keep track of each picayune detail they have tasked themselves with controlling? Here’s how:
The Domain Awareness System designed by the NYPD and Microsoft Corp. uses data from a network of cameras, radiation detectors, license plate readers and crime reports, officials said.
“We’re not your mom and pop police department anymore,” Mayor Bloomberg crowed. “We are in the next century. We are leading the pack.”
Back when San Bernardino made headlines by considering the seizure of “underwater” mortgages under the expanded eminent domain powers ratified by the notorious Kelo decision at the Supreme Court, I had a feeling this bad idea would be going national.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that, indeed, “Cities from San Bernardino to Chicago are contemplating this land grab that would seize certain mortgages, write down their principal value, impose losses on the holders of those mortgage securities, and then hand them off to another private company to repackage at a profit.”
This is nothing less than theft. The government would be seizing property – in this case, financial property, rather than physical real estate – from its lawful owners, forcibly altering the value of the property according to political imperatives, and giving it to different private interests for their own profit. That’s precisely what Justice Sandra Day O’Connor warned would happen, in her dissent from the Kelo decision.
When the FBI released their “2011 National Gang Threat Assessment Report” last year, devoted followers of hardcore rap group Insane Clown Posse — better known as Juggalos — were classified as “a loosely organized hybrid gang”. Naturally, this didn’t sit well with members of the band, and at the 13th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos, Violent J & Co. announced a plan to sue the FBI.
Violent J said in a recent interview that the designation has hurt the band’s merchandising, and unfairly targets their fans, who stand to face harsh penalties tacked onto minor infractions, such as speeding tickets. “They’re trying to kill our band, and we have to fight back,” J said.
From : billboard
Gravity-defying pools that we’d totally swim in if we knew anyone who would let us in.
Ninety-year-old Harry Nelson has attended 18 Summer Olympic Games since 1932.
From Deadspin: How USA basketball’s dominance scared the world into playing better.
An unknown disorder has caused a woman to grow fingernails in place of hair.
Drought-stricken Americans have resorted to Facebook memes to summon the rain.
I would love to know the answer to that!
I think personally we are staying in that shit hole country for one thing only…..MONEY!
Money for the military, money for obama, money for contractors, and money for all.
That has to be the real reason we are putting our military in harms way each day under rules where they can not protect themselves or fight to win!
Or maybe the extra $2 is for “Michael freaking Jordan?”
Via White House Dossier:
The Obama campaign is not where it wants to be. It needs more money. It’s been asking for $3 for those who want a chance to meet the president. Forget that. Now it wants $5.
President Obama today sent an email out to supporters raffling himself off – normal asking price $3 – but throwing in Michael Jordan as well.
So that will be an extra $2 please. I mean, this is Michael Jordan.
I thought $3 had been scientifically deduced by Obamaland technicians as the perfect price level at which people will throw away their money.
(what bothers me about all these obama raffles? why some conservative, if not the republican party, has not filed suit in a lot of states for these obama lotteries breaking the law!)
Update to this story.
(CNSNews.com) – Iraqi authorities are on the verge of releasing a leading Shi’ite terrorist wanted by the United States for the killing of American soldiers there, but the Obama administration maintains that the U.S. has “a good and robust and strategic partnership” with Baghdad.
The case of Ali Musa Daqduq, one of the most senior Hezbollah figures ever to have been in U.S. custody, threatens to become a heated political issue in the U.S., with Republican critics accusing the administration of botching the affair.
The Lebanese national allegedly was a key link between Hezbollah, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force, and violent Shi’ite “special groups” held responsible by the Pentagon for numerous deadly attacks targeting American troops.
Counterterrorism specialist Matthew Levitt of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy described Daqduq this week as “one of the most senior and dangerous Hezbollah commanders ever apprehended.”
Daqduq, suspected in the 2007 killings of five American soldiers – four of whom were abducted and murdered – was in U.S. hands until late last year when he was handed over the Iraqi authorities shortly before the last troops left Iraq.