The Frightening New Technology Transforming State Surveillance

State of Surveillance: Across the US, Hollywood-style surveillance technology is inching closer to reality. Sophisticated technologies enable access to more data than ever before raising questions about how the information is used.

"You can lie about your name, date of birth, address but tattoos, birthmarks, scars don't lie", says officer Rob Halverson. Mobile facial recognition technology allows him to capture a person's face and confirm their identity within seconds. Wide-area surveillance is another technology revolutionising surveillance. Capturing images from a plane, it has the ability to play back the movement of cars and people as they scurry about the city. Meanwhile, the FBI is finalizing plans this year to make 130 million fingerprints digital and searchable. FBI's Jeremy Wiltz is thrilled about the potential of solving cold cases: "I can't wait till those success stories come out". But many of the fingerprints belong to people who have simply submitted their prints for background checks while seeking jobs. Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is suing the FBI for what she believes subverts basic democratic rights: "Those people whose face images come up suddenly have to prove their innocence rather than the government having to prove their guilt".

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commented 2014-04-26 21:37:41 -0400 · Flag
D.P. writes:

it’s clear and incontrovertible: the government is militarizing every agency and the enemy is anyone with the constitutional originalist temerity to resist being a statist supplicant.

Orwell’s vision, huxley’s vision, (ayn)rand’s vision, our founders’ nightmare fears… They have materialized full-blown.

whom do I blame, in the main, for this lurch into dystopia? The magic o is simply the logical apogee of this trajectory toward statist tyranny. No, the true pygmy violator of the constitution is none other than that earnest but tragically retarded massive government RINO, bush43, and the grotesque transmogrification he initiated with his ahistorical and panicked response to global traumas that had been gestating for decades… DHS, TARP, etc. With these and other programs (many created expressly in defiance of majority opinion) he definitively pissed on the constitution, thus he issued an open invite for the kenyan fraud’s administration to simply take it to its end and 5hit on the constitution wholesale.

We haven’t had a admirable president since eisenhower, but the last 3 executive administrations (clinton-bush-magic0) has been simply too much successive unconstitutional crony criminality for the republic to endure. We now preside over the enfeebled husk of a previous great, precedent-setting (albeit very flawed) experiment in constitutional republicanism.