The west is becoming a Police State
When I lived in
When I came back to Sweden after living in Iraq for many years it took me quite some time before I felt comfortable talking on the phone or talking with governmental agencies. I knew I was in
After some time I finally felt emotionally comfortable. The days of surveillance were over!
I remember that before the
The other day in a forum the debate was about the surveillance society we are turning into. The argument by people that are for it was that as long as you are not doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about. Then someone suggested that’s when you tell a guy “well then let me see your wife take a shower. I mean as long as she is not doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about.”
What the EU and the
Well we’ve got a lot to worry about.
Our governments have been doing a lot of things wrong. Lies, killing innocent people, putting innocent people in prison without trial, an illegal war based on lies, setting up secret prisons all over the world and torturing people. They can NOT be trusted and should never be given the power over our lives. Ask yourself who is surveillancing THEM?
Just look at how our governments in the west is selling weapons and giving support to both the dictatorship in
* Word on the street ... they’re listening
Police and councils are considering monitoring conversations in the street using high-powered microphones attached to CCTV cameras, write Steven Swinford and Nicola Smith.
The microphones can detect conversations
The devices are used at 300 sites in
The interest in the equipment comes amid growing concern that
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* Analysis: 'Total Information' lives again
The new system is bound to attract controversy because of its similarity to the Total Information Awareness or TIA program, a project run by the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
That program also aimed to detect patterns of suspect terrorist behavior by data-mining huge stores of information about everyday transactions like credit card purchases, telephone calls and travel records.
Alarmed by the privacy and civil liberties implications of the program, Congress in 2003 cut all funding for it, but research continued in different agencies, funded by appropriations in the classified intelligence annex to the Defense Department budget.
Most of that continuing research was conducted by the Advanced Research and Development Activity, a unit formerly based at the National Security Agency but now part of Negroponte's office. The National Journal, which first revealed the existence of Tangram last week, said that office would oversee the new program, too.
"The administration has flat out ignored Congress," said Sparapani. "They renamed it, re-tied the bow around it and off they went."
* US licence to snoop on British air travellers
Britons (all EU members too) flying to America could have their credit card and email accounts inspected by the United States authorities following a deal struck by Brussels and Washington.
By using a credit card to book a flight, passengers face having other transactions on the card inspected by the American authorities. Providing an email address to an airline could also lead to scrutiny of other messages sent or received on that account.
* Terrorist Profiling, Version 2.0
Intelligence and privacy experts who reviewed the document said that it reaffirms their long-held belief that many computerized terrorist-profiling methods are largely ineffective. It also raises significant privacy concerns, because to distinguish terrorists from innocent people, a system that's as broad as Tangram purports to be would require access to many databases that contain private information about Americans, the experts said, including credit card transactions, communications records, and even Internet purchases.
Each year since 1997, the
The most recent report published in 2006 is probably the most comprehensive single volume report published in the human rights field. The report runs to almost 1,200 pages and includes about 6,000 footnotes. More than 200 experts from around the world have provided materials and commentary. The participants range from law students studying privacy to high-level officials charged with safeguarding constitutional freedoms in their countries. Academics, human rights advocates, journalists and researchers provided reports, insight, documents and advice.
This year Privacy International took the decision to use the report as the basis for a ranking assessment of the state of privacy in all EU countries together with eleven benchmark countries. This project was first considered in 1998 but was postponed pending availability of adequate data. We now have the full spectrum of information at our disposal and we hope to publish the rankings on an annual basis.
* No privacy for laptops
"Currently we don't know what happens to all the files and information that is copied by customs once a person is not found to have anything incriminating. This is something that needs to be resolved, as there remains the threat of misuse. The one thing that is certain is that the customs and border authority can share the information with all other U.S government agencies,".
* Airport to track passengers
* Allt fler arbetsgivare använder GPS för att lokalisera firmabilar och anställda.
More and more employers use GPS to keep track on company cars and employees.
* Surveillance technology
IBM, the leading provider of global security services, today introduced a service product that contains the industry’s most advanced digital surveillance technology, code-named “S3.” IBM’s new Digital Video Surveillance (DVS) service product leverages IBM hardware, software, research and services to enable real-time access to critical security information, providing businesses the ability to detect patterns or search for particular attributes and alert authorities of any suspicious or anomalous behaviour in real-time.
* Even if they're off, cellphones allow FBI to listen in
"This is a kind of surveillance we've never really seen before. The government can and will exploit whatever technology is available to achieve their surveillance goals. This is of particular concern, considering the proliferation of microphones and cameras in the products we own," said Kevin Bankston, a lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
* Olympics audio surveillance row
A new civil liberties controversy has flared up over the news that police chiefs are considering using high-powered microphones to "eavesdrop" - as critics will see it - on crowds at the London 2012 Olympics.
"As you walk down the street you expect to be able to have a private conversation," he said.
"If you can't guarantee that - and here is someone speaking who has been pretty tough in terms of what should be available to protect society - I believe we have slipped over the edge."
Richard Thomas, who said he raised concerns two years ago, spoke after research found people's actions were increasingly being monitored.
Researchers highlight "dataveillance", the use of credit card, mobile phone and loyalty card information, and CCTV.
Monitoring of work rates, travel and telecommunications is also rising.
There are up to 4.2m CCTV cameras in
But surveillance ranges from
It predicts that by 2016 shoppers could be scanned as they enter stores, schools could bring in cards allowing parents to monitor what their children eat, and jobs may be refused to applicants who are seen as a health risk.
* How we are being watched
Legal and logistical obstacles stand in the way of a massive Big Brother-esque database but information is being gathered on almost everything we do.
Everything from shopping tags to mobile phones has the potential to be watching us.
* Consumer concern over RFID tags
At least once consumer group - Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (Caspian) - has claimed that RFID chips could be used to secretly identify people and the things they are carrying or wearing.
* Consumer concern over RFID tags
All kinds of personal belongings, including clothes, could constantly broadcast messages about their whereabouts and their owners, it warned.
* Spy Blog - SpyBlog.org.uk
This United Kingdom based blog attempts to draw public attention to, and comments on, some of the current trends in ever cheaper and more widespread surveillance technology being deployed to satisfy the rapacious demand by state and corporate bureaucracies and criminals for your private details, and the technological ignorance of our politicians and civil servants who frame our legal systems.
The hope is that you the readers, will help to insist that strong safeguards for the privacy of the individual are implemented.
The best way to avoid having a bunch of angry people from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan or any other country attack the west is by changing western countries behaviour in those countries.
- Stop committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in
- Stop selling weapons to the military dictator Mosaref and working with him as a close partner against his own people.
- Stop killing innocent Afghani people and then hiding it by saying they were Taliban or yet another mistake.
- Stop selling weapons and giving support to the religious dictatorship in
- Stop supporting the apartheid state of
- Find a solution to the
- Start taking the millennium goals more seriously.
ALL these are actions that must be taken if we want peace in the whole world. These sorts of actions must be taken by the democratic governments if they really want to protect their people.
People on the top are very aware of that oil is ending and it will have enormous impact on the way our societies function. Climate change is happening and it will have enormous impact on millions of people. These are threats to the continuation of “our way of life” in the west.
When I look at it, it’s very clear that western democratic governments are engaged in a sinister manipulating game which objective is to keep people living in the west under strict surveillance so that some of us don’t engage in changing the world to a more just one. And at the same time keep people in countries outside the west poor and/or oppressed ready to be sacrificed when our own way of life is threatened.