Tag Archives: crime

Super Duper License Plate Snoopers-Federal Grants for Texas Spy Drones

Kaye Beach

Nov. 16, 2011

If they can use ALPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition) then they can use facial recognition too.  And if they can do something-you can bet your bottom dollar that they will do it.

Drone Gives Texas Law Enforcement Bird’s-Eye View on Crime

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Published November 16, 2011 | FoxNews.com

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is weeks away from launching an unmanned aerial asset to help deputies fight crime. The ShadowHawk helicopter is six-feet long, weighs fifty pounds and fits in the back of an SUV.

“We can put it over a fire, put it over ahazmat spill, put it over a house with a suspect barricaded inside and literally give the incident commander the ability to look at the entire scene with a bird’s eye view, ” Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel said.

Sheriff’s deputies will fly the ShadowHawk with nothing more than a laptop computer and a remote control similar to that used for video games.

It’s equipped with an infrared camera that can clearly read a license plate from an elevation of twelve hundred feet. The helicopter cost upwards of $300,000 and was purchased with a grant from the federal government.

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Also see this article mentioning facial recognition;

European Dispatch November 16, 2011

America Edges to Brink of Armed Police Drones

But police have been known to dodge these guidelines by flying drones over public protests where members of certain political movements are known to gather. Activists on the left and right assume the police want to collect mass photographic information of people in political movements, including portraits to run through facial-recognition software.

Cop hauled off to psych ward after alleging fake crime stats

NYPD officer Adrian Schoolcraft’s description of being taken in handcuffs to a psychiatric ward suggests the nation’s largest police force could have a vindictive underbelly. He claims that cops risk retribution when they try, as he did, to blow the whistle on supervisors’ faking of crime statistics to make the stats look better.

To back up his allegations, Schoolcraft made hundreds of hours of secret tapes while on duty — everything from roll calls to locker room chatter to bosses yelling at him. The tapes, along with medical records and other documents, were supplied to The Associated Press

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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/cop-nypd-psych-ward-whistleblowing/

Jim Redden Author of “Snitch Culture” Crime Reporter on A4L Friday Sept. 17th at 6pm CST


Listen live online at Rule of Law Radio

Jim Redden is a professional journalist living in Portland, Oregon and is currently the crime reporter for The Portland Tribune. He is the author of Snitch Culture: How Citizens are Turned into the Eyes and Ears of the State Feral House. October 30, 2000, 320 pages.) To order try http://www.wingtv.net/snitch.html Or Amazon.com to order)

“Jim has a way of breaking facts loose that is un-rivaled in this town. Its a shame that there seems to be no place for serious journalists in the mainstream media, but perhaps that will change. I have always counted on Redden to report the facts, with accuracy and objectivity.” . . .writes one fan about Jim Reddens work.

Chris Emery(on left) and Andrew Griffin


Joining me in studio will be Andrew Griffin, our own ‘Red Dirt Reporter’ from Oklahoma Watchdog and the Red Dirt Report and Chris Emery, Documentarian, Founder and Host of Radio Free Oklahoma.


We will be asking Mr. Redden for his thoughts on why the media seems more and more to be falling down on their job.

Snitch Culture, Redden’s first book released in December 2000 is a must read for privacy buffs or anyone who wonders how we arrived in the surveillance society we find ourselves in today. The book is packed with facts about our “Snitch Culture” and traces the history of surveillance back to the very beginning

A great Interview with Jim Redden about his book here

Redden covers how the government recruits informants, private intelligence networks, surveillance technology (including facial recognition cameras), and some of the worst spy scandals in our history. This book is an invaluable reference manual for me!

It covers history, all about informants, political spying (both left and right), private intelligence networks, surveillance tech including facial recognition, school snitching and workplace spying and a whole lot more.

In his work as a journalist over the years, Jim has covered some intriguing murder mysteries and has much insight into the criminal justice system. He also has an interest in political movements

Read an excerpt from Snitch Culture;

The Oklahoma City Bombing ‘What Did They Know and When Did They Know It

Here are some recent articles by Jim Redden;

We Could all Be Tracked

“It can reach back in time and track your movements across the city– and even produce photos of your previous locations.”

Feds closer to reviewing Portland police

Listen Live Friday Sept. 17 on www.RuleOfLawRadio.com from 6-8pm CST

AxXiom For Liberty

Coming up;

Beverly Eakman, Sept 24

Jordan Page, Oct 1

Next Friday, September 24th, Beverly Eakman will be my guest. Jordan Page joins us on Oct 1st and look for Ruell Chappell and Galen Chadwick, the founders of The Well Fed Neighbor on the 8th of October.

Oct. 8th

AxXiom for Liberty 8-20-2010 “The Prison System” Show Notes

August 20.2010

Everyone should care about the state of our Criminal Justice system.  1 in 31 Americans are currently caught up in the corrections system and 1 in 100 Americans are behind bars.

The reality is that it takes less and less to gain the attention of law enforcement these days.

Why?

For one thing, there are just too many laws criminalizing too many things ;

According to several scholars and legal researchers, Congress is criminalizing everyday conduct at a reckless pace. This study provides further evidence in support of that finding. Members of the 109th Congress proposed 446 non-violent criminal offenses and Congress enacted 36 of them. These totals do not include the many offenses concerning firearms, possession or trafficking of drugs or pornography, immigration violations, or intentional violence. The sheer number of criminal offenses proposed demonstrates why so many of them were poorly drafted and never subjected to adequate deliberation and oversight.

Without Intent: How Congress Is Eroding the Criminal Intent Requirement in Federal Law, by Brian Walsh and Tiffany Joslyn, The Heritage Foundation, May 10, 2010

It is nearly impossible for an ordinary person  to keep track of, much less make any sense of the law anymore.

How Many Laws Have You Broken Today?

Over the past three years, the trend toward what I call “criminalization” of everyday conduct has only intensified.  (Criminalization is the conversion of conduct that was once considered a contractual dispute, or merely socially stigmatized, into a criminal offense.) READ MORE

We are trying to harness the power of  the law for purposes beyond its design.

“After five years of research culminating in our recent book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, Larry Stratton and I found that the legal principles that guarantee a fair trial have been eroded by both good and bad intentions.” –Paul Craig Roberts on the Tyranny of Good Intentions

The Tyranny of Good Intentions: How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice

From Booklist
Roberts and Stratton say the Constitution and its basis in the historic rights of Englishmen to be secure in person and property are not merely imperiled but substantially gutted. In the twentieth century, many personal and property rights have succumbed to governmental regulations and to ambitious, unscrupulous government attorneys. The authors cite cases to show how it became possible to be guilty of a crime though lacking criminal intent; to be liable for damages that were, when committed, not damages; to forfeit assets without cause or assurance of recovery; to be coerced to plead guilty; to avoid punishment by snitching on others; and to force private attorneys to divulge confidential client information. For the sake of fighting the war on drugs, cleaning up pollution, and other initially well-meant causes, Roberts and Stratton warn, the U.S. is becoming the image of its totalitarian former enemies in its prosecution of justice–or, rather, injustice. Top-drawer public affairs argumentation. Ray Olson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

“The Tyranny of Good Intentions is a bold defense of our fundamental freedoms. It demonstrates that government oppression is not a right-left issue, but rather a universal evil that should be resisted by all free people. It demonstrates why conservatives and liberals who despise tyranny must unite against statists of both the right and the left who falsely believe that partisan ends justify deprivations of liberty. . . . When rights are subordinated to government power, the first steps toward tyranny are taken.” ~ Alan Dershowitz, author, The Genesis of Justice

We no longer insist that the fundamentals of law be upheld.


From Blackstone to Bentham:  Why wrongful convictions are on the rise

by Paul Craig Roberts

Jeremy Bentham despised William Blackstone for emphasizing law as a restraint on government. Government needed to be unrestrained, Bentham argued, in order to do more good. With regard to criminal law, Bentham argued that it is wrong-headed to make conviction so difficult when government’s purpose is to increase the general level of happiness by combating crime.

Bentham believed in proactively rounding up people who were likely to commit crimes. He believed in compulsory self-incrimination and wanted to revive torture. He hated the attorney-client privilege and believed that lawyers should aid prosecutors in convicting their clients.

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We have allowed our country to violate basic human rights, in special cases such as with terrorist suspects.  We know better than to set foot on such a slippery slope.  Or we should.

Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2008-09

January 7, 2010    NCJ 228416

Presents data from the 2008-09 National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC), conducted in 195 juvenile confinement facilities between June 2008 and April 2009, with a sample of over 9,000 adjudicated youth. The report provides national-level and facility-level estimates of sexual victimization by type of activity, including youth-on-youth sexual contact, staff sexual misconduct, and level of coercion. It also includes an analysis of the experience of sexual victimization, characteristics of youth most at risk to victimization, where the incidents occur, time of day, characteristics of perpetrators, and nature of the injuries.

Read Report

Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons

Oklahoma

Overview of Oklahoma’s Correctional System

An inmate in the Oklahoma County Jail has a good chance of dying.  In 2006, the Oklahoma County jail had a mortality rate higher per 100,000 inmates than Los Angeles County Jail, Cook County Illinois, among many others.  Three inmates have died there this year.  Fourteen inmates died in the jail in 2007 and 2008.

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We have permitted pound of flesh profiteering by private prison industries.

Former Luzerne County judge pleads guilty in kids-for-cash scheme

Published: Friday, July 23, 2010, 7:03 PM

PHILADELPHIA — A former judge in northeastern Pennsylvania pleaded guilty Friday to a racketeering conspiracy charge for his role in a kickback scheme that put juvenile defendants, many without lawyers, behind bars for sometimes minor offenses.

Ciavarella, 60, routinely shackled children, denied them legal counsel and removed them from their homes during brief plea hearings, juvenile advocates said.

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Private prisons subject of controversy in Oklahoma

A private prison system that has yet to exist for a decade is coming under fire as part of growing concerns by legislators about rising costs involving the state’s correctional system.

With the Department of Corrections requesting millions of dollars in supplemental legislative funding for the 10th time in 12 years, many legislators are looking for ways to slow down the high costs of locking up criminals. A million-dollar audit was approved by the Legislature in order to have an independent performance review of the agency and the prisons under its purview.

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Corrections Corp. Shows Crime Pays as States Turn Jails Private

Oklahoma DOJ Investigation of the Oklahoma County Jail and Annex

Oklahoma County Jail Memorandum of Understanding 2008

July 31, 2009

Safety or Profit?

Oklahoma prisons to take other states’ maximum-security inmates

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Private prisons in Oklahoma soon could be housing maximum-security inmates from other states under a law approved in the waning days of the 2009 legislative session.The language inserted into an omnibus corrections bill changes state policy that previously allowed only minimum- and medium-security inmates from other states to be housed in private prisons.House author Randy Terrill, R-Moore , defended the law,…

This could  be your child, your brother….

Support Your Local Rape Gang

by William Norman Grigg

If you can stand to, take a careful look at the faces at the top of this page.

Do they inspire respect, confidence, a quiet sense of gratitude for public service courageously rendered? Or do they look like the kind of human detritus one would find lurking in the vicinity of the local Junior High, leering at underage girls (or boys)?

How would your answer change if, instead of being seen in a police mug shot, each of the individuals above were swaddled in a government-issued police costume and clothed in the supposed majesty of the “law”?

You see, these three guys, who are accused of conspiring in the jailhouse rape of an 18-year-old high school student, are former deputies in the employ of the Grant County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Clinton Shawn Sydnor, the fetching item on the left, was the highest-ranking officer on duty that night at the Grant County Detention Center, located in tiny Williamstown, Kentucky.

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Oklahoma’s Female Prison Population study 2004

Findings and recommendations on  Oklahoma’s Criminal Justice System 2008

Just one example of the depravity some encounter in Oklahoma jails or prisons.  Were these women a threat to society?  They could be now!

Okla Female Inmates v Delaware County Sheriff

RESOURCES

SNITCHING Blog a comprehensive resource on criminal informants: legal developments, legislation, news stories, cultural reactions, commentary and more….

SIMPLE JUSTICE

http://blog.simplejustice.us/

INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE

http://www.injusticeeverywhere.com/

Oklahoma: Prison Resources

Oklahoma Prison Project

This site is a journalism project of the Documentary Workshop class at The University of Tulsa. The purpose of the project is to document the lives of women in prison in Oklahoma, the state with the highest per capita number of incarcerated women. http://okprisonproject.blogspot.com/

Statistics for the State of Oklahoma 2009

http://nicic.gov/features/statestats/?state=ok

Oklahoma’s Criminal Justice System:

2008 report  The Oklahoma Academy

http://www.okacademy.org/Final_Findings.pdf

The overload on the Oklahoma Corrections systems is the direct result of conscious decisions made by Oklahoma elected officials. Without corrective action, Oklahoma is surely on a collision course with a federal court intervention and/or a major ‘crowd out” of tax dollars for other state functions. There is a third way. That is to forthrightly recognize the root causes of this situation – and correct them.

Economic Downturn but Less Crime? Thank You Bitter Clingers!

Correlation should not be confused with cause but this is certainly a point worth pondering and I can bet there won’t be a government study done on this statistical aberration any time soon.

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PAGE NINE — No. 87
by Alan Korwin, Author
Gun Laws of America

The lamestream media told you:

“Crime in the U.S. dropped dramatically in 2009, bucking a historical trend that links rising crime rates to economic woes,” according to unidentified wire service reports. Extensive numerical measures of the drops for property and violent crime are provided by the FBI, with drops in the single digit range for all categories.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The connection between private gun ownership and reductions in rates of crime were unexamined by unidentified wire service reports, expressing surprise that crime has dropped despite a bad economy which, according to the wires, seems backwards and is inexplicable.

“Gun sales rose dramatically in 2009, as fears of a democrat crackdown on Second Amendment rights drove millions more to gun stores than in previous years,” notes the Uninvited Ombudsman. “Whether this had an effect on the crime numbers dropping seems likely, and has been well documented in the past, but cannot be proven from anecdotal FBI reports,” he said. Wire services failed to note the likely trend, preferring instead to express surprise that crime dropped.

Past crime reports have more accurately indicated that arrests have dropped, since that is largely how crime rates are measured. However, crime rates and arrest rates are only indirectly linked. Get-tough enforcement programs, or budget cutting to police forces, have a far greater effect on arrest rates than anything else. Despite the media’s confidence in its report, the actual rates of committed and attempted crime are essentially unknown with any precision.

Although the wires said crimes are down, the actual FBI announcement more accurately said “the number of violent crimes brought to their attention” are down. Detailed stats here: http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/prelimsem2009/index.html

New Toys, Same Old Thugs-Chicago

Kaye Beach

Feb.21, 2010

The Windy City has eyes.

You might think that all of these cameras would help curb police abuse at least somewhat. Apparently not. The citizens of the Windy City are disarmed, tracked by a networked system of CCTV and ALPR (Automatic License Plate Recorders), Facial recognition technology has been added and yet Chicago citizens are some of the most frequently abused in the nation.

Chicago’s Camera Network Is Everywhere

Extensive Surveillance System Integrates Non police Video, Raises Concerns About Possible Privacy Abuses

The city links the 1,500 cameras that police have placed in trouble spots with thousands more—police won’t say how many—that have been installed by other government agencies and the private sector in city buses, businesses, public schools, subway stations, housing projects and elsewhere. Even home owners can contribute camera feeds.

Rajiv Shah, an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago who has studied the issue, estimates that 15,000 cameras have been connected in what the city calls Operation Virtual Shield, its fiber-optic video-network loop. Read More

 

IBM’s New Software to Autonomously Monitor Security Cameras

Starting this summer several thousands of surveillance cameras in Chicago’s Operation Virtual Shield system will begin to be watched by IBM’s new monitoring software called Smart Surveillance Solution. This new software is designed to analyze video sequences in real time from security cameras and monitor events through multiple sensors such as video cameras or audio inputs. This software provides several advantages over traditional video monitoring solutions, which only record and save the data locally or need to be monitored manually by hired employees.

The Smart Surveillance Solution provides real-time alerts by identifying predetermined suspicious behaviors and can help anticipate incidents such as robberies, vandalism, and theft. This video monitoring software also incorporates license plate recognition in parking lots and face capture in lobbies to ensure everyone has been identified Read More

 

Chicago Police Abuse Cases Exceed Average

CHICAGO, Nov. 14 — Chicago police officers are the subject of more brutality complaints per officer than the national average, and the Police Department is far less likely to pursue abuse cases seriously than the national norm, a legal team at the University of Chicago reported Wednesday (2007) http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/15/us/15chicago.html

 

The Nation

February 11, 2008|P.J. Huffstutter , Times Staff Writer

In the last six months, an officer used a Taser on an 82-year-old woman in her home, a federal jury awarded $4 million to a man who said he was sodomized by an officer with a screwdriver during a search, and the Police Board overrode recommendations to fire an officer who was seen on a security tape beating a suspect handcuffed in a wheelchair — and who later lied about his actions.

“This isn’t just about a few cases of police misconduct,” said Grant Newburger, 50, one of the outraged community leaders at a recent board meeting. “This is about changing a culture that for years has been abusive.”

Chicago Police Misconduct Allegations Increase by Nearly 19%

2009 The Independent Police Review Authority is reporting a nearly 19% increase in the number of complaints alleging Chicago police misconduct. The rise began in March when the number of complaints went up from about 2,300 complaints every three months to 2,600 complaints and then approximately 2,800 complaints.

http://www.chicagoinjuryattorneyblog.com/2009/11/chicago_police_misconduct_alle.html

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Chicago Police Department Issues New ‘Deadly Force’ Policy Allowing Cops to Shoot at Fleeing Vehicles

Chicago Police Department (C.P.D.) Superintendent Jody Weis issued a new “deadly force” policy allowing cops to arbitrarily shoot drivers and passengers in vehicles to go into effect after this weekend.

“Effective next Monday, police officers will be able to fire their guns under circumstances where they previously could not,”

“It gives department members the option of taking off a dangerous member, someone who has either created or committed a serious offense or could commit a serious offense if he or she is allowed to flee the scene.” (emphasis mine)

Mr. Drew said that whether or not someone “could commit a serious offense” is “up to the discretion” of the C.P.D. “member” As for the “discretion of the member”, a ‘C.P.D. member’ shocked Lillian Fletcher — an 82-year-old, 5″1′ grandmother — with his Taser, sending 50,000 volts at her in 2007. Less than a year ago, a man fled from a ‘CPD member’ and was killed when the ‘member’ tased him. The man was being apprehended for drinking from an open bottle.

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Chicago Police Brutality: Traffic Management Authority Supervisor Awarded Over $1.5 Million

A jury has awarded a Chicago Traffic Management Authority supervisor over $1.5 million for police brutality. Jacqueline Fegan had accused four Chicago cops of causing her permanent injury on May 18, 2006 when she was handcuffed and thrown into a police motor vehicle because she wouldn’t toss out a parking ticket.

[. . . ]As she returned to her car, Reid allegedly said “You people better never meet us… even jaywalk.” Fegan says she was then handcuffed and arrested for jaywalking. She claims Reid allegedly pulled her arms back before cuffing her.

Fegan, who underwent wrist surgery, is on unpaid medical leave

http://www.chicagoinjuryattorneyblog.com/2009/10/chicago_police_brutality_traff.html

 

While a policy of transparency is in effect in Chicago, it is a one sided view. Accountability for police misconduct is the worst in the nation and citizens and journalists are railing against the city for its lack of responsiveness to requests for information.

 

Chicago Freedom of Information?

The current status of public access to criminal justice related data could only be characterized as ridiculous and strewn with bureaucratic roadblocks and an extreme level of agency level secrecy.  The Chicago Police Department regards their obligations under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act as a choice rather than legally required.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office does not publish an annual report leaving voters and policy makers alike little choice but to guess at how the office actually operates.   The Cook County Circuit Clerk’s Office’s computer system that allows the public to search cases in person at their office is less user friendly and efficient than my old 1980s Commodore 64.  There is no ability for a community member, researcher, or policy maker to track a case across the width and breath of the system, maybe not even within an agency. The current level of information access within the criminal justice system in Chicago and Cook County has not just happened through chance.  It is a choice.  Not one of the three agencies have put any significant resources towards digitizing their operations in a manner that would increase public access.   The criminal justice agencies in Chicago and Cook County have chosen to shield their data from public access and prefer to use friendly media outlets to put information on display for the public in a manner that is least empowering as possible.

http://www.chicagojustice.org/articles/digitizing-the-justice-system-to-increase-public

 

Chicago. Utterly Transparent (but only from the inside)

CHICAGO, IL – 27 Sep 2007: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a new project with the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to implement one of the most advanced city-wide intelligent security system ever conceived. The engagement is a part of Chicago’s Operation Virtual Shield, a project that encompasses one of the world’s largest video security deployments.

In collaboration with its business partners Firetide and Genetec, IBM has successfully deployed the infrastructure build-out for Operation Virtual Shield with plans to expand the network throughout the city. In the first phase, IBM helped the City experts and network engineers to design and implement a surveillance strategy infrastructure to capture, monitor and fully index video for real-time and forensic-related safety applications. This entailed building a unified fiber network throughout the downtown Chicago area, deploying a critical wireless infrastructure to offer flexibility as required, installing hundreds of new surveillance cameras, linking thousands of preexisting cameras to the network, and creating a fully redundant backend system to monitor the video, store the images and allow for business continuity and disaster recovery applications.

The Chicago OEMC and IBM are now teaming to expand the surveillance system and to add analytics that provide license plate recognition, trending projections and intelligent search capabilities to the existing infrastructure. Chicago’s security solution is designed to provide several benefits to both city officials and citizens including: real-time video surveillance intelligence for proactive homeland security monitoring; faster response time to emergencies; more effective deployment of emergency responders; and increased travel efficiency through traffic congestion tracking.

“Mayor Richard M. Daley has had, for many years, a grand plan to incorporate cameras from public entities and private sector businesses into a single unified system allowing first responders access to real time visual data,” said Tony Ruiz, Executive Director of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. “IBM is helping enable the City of Chicago’s vision for intelligent security.”

Operation Virtual Shield was designed to allow advanced detection and notification systems such as IBM’s Smart Surveillance Solution to be plugged-in and tuned as necessary to address new threats. The Smart Surveillance Solution deployment with Chicago is a first-of-a-kind implementation to help bring intelligence to city security. This concept was sparked by the power and capabilities of the City’s existing high-tech multi-million dollar command and control center. The surveillance network is designed to allow city officials to monitor such mundane activities as traffic patterns on a day-to-day basis, while also being able to detect suspicious activity and potential public safety concerns from a centrally monitored system.

“Cities today are faced with ever-increasing threats and advanced security surveillance systems can be a critical component in ensuring safety,” said Mike Daniels, senior vice president, IBM Global Technology Services. “IBM is proud to be a part of Operation Virtual Shield and the City of Chicago’s visionary approach to homeland security.”

One key factor to the success of the project is Firetide, an IBM business partner whose wireless network infrastructure supports a wide range of fixed and mobile wireless public safety applications including covert and overt video surveillance, traffic control, VoIP communications, and rapid database access.

IBM chose Genetec’s Omnicast as the main video management platform for building the Operation Virtual Shield system. Omnicast is the most advanced IP-based video surveillance recording software in the industry. Genetec’s Omnicast incorporates virtually any type of camera be it IP-based, or analog via encoders, on to a common platform. In addition, Omnicast allows products such as IBM’s Smart Surveillance Solution to be easily integrated into the system. This capability along with Omnicast’s ability to integrate other Genetec fixed or mobile systems throughout the City will allow the Smart Surveillance Solution to analyze video streams multiple cameras, anywhere no matter if it is a sister agency camera or one from a private enterprise.

Coming Soon to YOUR Town!

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/22385.wss

Accountability for abusive officers is remarkably poor.

We have been told that giving up some of our liberty is necessary for security. Chicago has become a fishbowl and I am not seeing any bargain in it at all for the people.

Is it too much to ask to just be left the heck alone?

From the Tenth Amendment Center;

A Great Moment in Our History

The long history of the world, very few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its maximum hour of danger. This is that moment and you are that generation!  Now is the time to defend our freedoms.

Jefferson was no saint but he was the greatest of our American presidents.  He believed that the individual was greater than the state.  He believed that the states were greater than the federal government.  And when he wrote that our rights come from our creator, and that our rights are inalienable, he forever wed the notion of natural rights to the American experience and the American experiment.  We must be vigilant about every right that the government wants to take away from us.

You’ve heard the president say, present president and his predecessor, “my first job is to keep you safe.”  He’s wrong!  His first job is to keep us free.  It is his only job to keep us free.

Shortly before he died, Jefferson lamented, that in his view of the world that is was in the natural order of things for government to grow and freedom to be diminished; how ardently he wish that that wouldn’t happen. And in order to prevent it from happening he had a very simple remedy, “When the people fear the government, that is tyranny.  When the government fears the people, that is liberty!”

http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2009/08/02/a-great-moment-in-our-history/

Great overview of what (still) ails Chicago;

Chicago’s Thick Blue Wall


The Windy City’s notoriously aggressive police department fights for less accountability.

http://reason.com/archives/2009/12/14/chicagos-thick-blue-wall