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Multiple States Get Pre-Crime Robot Cams to Detect Suspicious Behavior and Report to the Authorities

Kaye Beach

June 20, 2012

Throughout history there have been a couple of things that have limited tyrannical governments from implementing any truly pervasive system of surveillance and control upon the populace;  manpower and technology.

The Nazi’s took their  system of cataloging their population (which they used to efficiently slaughter millions of innocent people) to the limits of available manpower and technology.

Anyone who thinks this is a mere privacy issue needs to adjust their thinking cap.  When I contemplate the developing landscape of the public sphere I don’t lament my loss of privacy.  It is my loss of autonomy that I mourn.  Autonomy has been describes as “the desire to avoid being manipulated or dominated wholly by others”  Loss of autonomy means loss of control over one’s own life.

Now we have entered a time where the two greatest hurdles to effective control over the population has been all but eliminated.  As we have witnessed so far, the Bill of Rights, privacy laws or even simple ethics have provided little protection from the onward march of intrusive technology into our lives. We should expect that the forward march of technological tyranny will continue until it hits a wall.

Reported June 19, 2012 by GCN (Government Computer News)

Cities using AI for pre-crime monitoring of surveillance videos

In a real-life twist of the TV show “Person of Interest,” cities around the country are adopting technology to detect and prevent crime before it happens.

In the TV show, a mysterious billionaire and computer genius recruits a former CIA agent to prevent violent crimes in New York using a computer system he built to analyze video surveillance.

In reality, San Francisco; Houston; El Paso, Texas; Birmingham, Ala.; and reportedly the site of the World Trade Center in New York — among other entities — have purchased that kind of software to detect and report “suspicious or abnormal behavior.” The European Union and the Homeland Security Department are also developing their own pre-crime detection systems.

San Francisco’s Municipal Transit Authority (MUNI), the latest purchaser, is using AISight software to continuously monitor more than 150 “objects and activities” at 12 train stations via real-time video feeds.

The software uses artificial intelligence to learn which items and movements could indicate a potential threat. Video clips of suspicious activity and SMS text message alerts are automatically sent to MUNI employees upon detection.

The deal closed in early March, according to an unnamed source, reported Security Systems News. According a San Francisco Chronicle article earlier this month, the five-year deal is worth $3.6 million, although SSN reported it at just over $2 million. It includes support services as well as installation of the software. The system is intended to be forward-compatible with future surveillance technology.

Source: GCN (http://s.tt/1f6fg)

Source: GCN (http://s.tt/1f6fg)

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Secretary Napolitano Meets with State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement on Countering Violent Extremism

Kaye Beach

Jan 18, 2011

Get ready for more top down imposition and pressure on our police forces in order to “prevent violent extremism”

As near as I can tell, an “extremist,” in the eyes of this government,  is anyone that takes issue with its policies, actions or aims which means that there is a whole lot of those extremists and more of them are being minted daily.

The best way to prevent “violent extremism” is to ensure that the ordinary, common garden variety  “extremists” are thoroughly monitored and intimidated. In this way they can be completely disabused of their unacceptable ideas, thoughts or philosophies.   This, my friends,  means nothing good for our rights.  Freedom of speech and association, the right to petition our government for redress of grievances, the right to freely travel and more will keep taking the hits under the guise of keeping us safe.

Congress has a 9% approval rating. 

Only Fidel Castro is more unpopular (at least by this chart) than Congress.  Don’t you think it is odd that in the face of this dismal fact they keep on plowing ahead with travesties like the NDAA?  Isn’t it weird that they keep forcing upon us laws that the majority of us are appalled at?  It’s not so weird really.  They can’t possibly hope to win us over with what they are doing.  I think they are banking on controlling us instead.  Mark my words.  Before long it will be a rare American that will be able to avoid the ugly side of Big Momma Gov. hell bent on rooting out thought criminals.

Happy Hunting Homeland Security and good luck in Oklahoma!  Even our cops will look like extremists to you.

 

Secretary Napolitano Meets with State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement on Countering Violent Extremism

Release Date: January 18, 2012

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today joined Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan at the White House to meet with senior state, local and tribal law enforcement officials to discuss the Obama administration’s Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States—released in December—and engage them on the critical task of preventing violent extremism in their communities. Attendees included sheriffs and chiefs of police from across the country, including representatives from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major Cities Chiefs Association, National Sheriffs’ Association, National Native American Law Enforcement Association, Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council, and Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council.

“Engaging local communities is critical to our nation’s effort to counter violent extremism and violent crime, and this meeting brings together many of our partners,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The Department of Homeland Security will continue to collaborate with our state and local law enforcement partners and engage the public in our efforts to combat violent extremism, while protecting civil rights and civil liberties.”

During the meeting, Secretary Napolitano underscored DHS’ efforts to support local communities by enhancing existing partnerships to focus on information-driven community-based solutions, building government and law enforcement expertise, supporting community oriented policing practices and expanding grant prioritization to counter violent extremism and violent crime regardless of ideology. In addition, DHS is continuing to implement recommendations from the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council Countering Violent Extremism Working Group, such as developing a curriculum for state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement focused on a community-oriented policing approach to countering violent extremism and violent crime. DHS’ Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties also works to educate communities and state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement on cultural awareness across the nation.

Secretary Napolitano also reiterated President Obama’s call for Congress to take action to prevent layoffs of law enforcement and first responders, and keep our communities safe by passing legislation such as the American Jobs Act. The legislation would provide $5 billion in assistance to states and local communities to create or save thousands of law enforcement and first responder jobs across the country.

Over the past year, DHS has worked with the Department of Justice on the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI)—an administration effort to train state and local law enforcement to recognize behaviors and indicators related to terrorism, crime and other threats; standardize how those observations are documented and analyzed; and ensure the sharing of those reports with the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces for further investigation.

DHS has also collaborated with federal, state, local, and private sector partners, and the general public, to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign. Originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and now licensed to DHS for a nationwide campaign, the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign is a simple and effective program to engage the public to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.

DHS will continue to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign nationally to ensure America’s businesses, communities, and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the country safe.

For more information, visit www.dhs.gov/cve.

They’re Not Working!

 

Kaye Beach

March 31, 2011

I just want to go home.

America,  Where are you?

“If You See Something, Say Something” Re-Branding the Brown Shirts



Kaye Beach

Feb 17, 2010

Think the comparison is extreme? It’s your call.

DHS expands ‘see something, say something’ campaign to fusion centers

Sept 15, 2010

Read More Here

DHS Expands If You See Something Say Something Campaign

Nov. 15, 2010

Read More Here

Secretary Napolitano Announces Expansion of “If You See Something, Say Something” Campaign to Walmart Stores Across the Nation

Release Date: December 6, 2010

Read More Here

If You See Something Say Something Expands To Federal Buildings

Dec 8, 2010

Read More Here

Secretary Napolitano Announces “If You See Something, Say Something™” Campaign Partnership with NBA

Release Date: February 15, 2011

Read more Here

When the snitching starts getting in your face at
Wal-Mart, you kind of have to start paying attention.  I’m so glad I quit that great American institution back when they started chipping under drawers. Before the next Homeland Security outrage turns our attention away from Ms. Napolitano’s wally-world endeavor, I’d like to take a little peek behind the curtain.

Where did “If You See Something, Say Something” come from?


See Something, Say Something is just a slogan for a much broader project– Suspicious Activity Reporting or SAR.

What is a SAR?

Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) is the process of documenting the observation of behavior that may be indicative of intelligence gathering or pre-operational planning related to terrorism, criminal, or other illicit intentions.

Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI)

Integrates state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies’ SAR processes into a nationwide standardized and institutionalized effort

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The program is tied into the Fusion Centers’ Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI)


The Fusion Center Guidelines states that, “nontraditional collectors of intelligence, such as public safety entities and private sector organizations” will ‘fused’ with law enforcement data” (formerly known as “criminal justice information” which indicated correctly that “law enforcement data” should be concerned with  legitimate criminal investigations)

“The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) builds on what law enforcement and other agencies have been doing for years—gathering information regarding behaviors and incidents associated with criminal activity. . .” (Emphasis mine)

This is NOT what law enforcement has been doing for years! Remember “reasonable suspicion“? How about “probable cause”?

Many, many laws and policies have been changed. It used to be that only legitimate criminals and suspects were permitted to be entered into a system of criminal records. The reason for this is obvious.

The Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP) in 1993 explained the reason very well.

“Because criminal intelligence information is both conjectural and subjective in nature, may be widely disseminated through the interagency exchange of information and cannot be accessed by criminal suspects to verify that the information is accurate and complete, the protections and limitations set forth in the regulation are necessary to protect the privacy interests of the subjects and potential suspects of a criminal intelligence system.” (Emphasis mine)

Things have changed.

The goal is information sharing across all jurisdictions, inter agency, interstate, international, public-private.  This goal is not limited to Fusion Centers or policing, it is ALL information.

Welcome to the ISE!


ISE stands for “Information Sharing Environment”

“The mission of the ISE is to improve the management, discovery, fusing, sharing, delivery of, and collaboration around terrorism-related information to enhance national security. . .”

Partners in the ISE

“The ISE is a partnership of five primary communities—Defense, Intelligence, Homeland Security, Foreign Affairs, and Law Enforcement”. . .These communities, moreover, cut across all levels of government in our federal system, involving state, local, and tribal partners as well as the private sector and international partners. . .”

The Program Manager of the ISE says;

“The scope of the ISE is best described in terms of end-to-end counterterrorism and homeland security mission processes—such as watchlisting, screening, and suspicious activity reporting—along with supporting core capabilities and enablers.”

Of course a partnership like this is too good to limit to simply terrorism.

“Key to progress in building the ISE, has been a relentless focus on identifying, integrating, and sharing best practices. Broad adoption of best practices raises confidence, lowers risk, and accelerates adoption, use, and reuse resulting in a strong return on investment by mission partners. In particular, the adoption of best practices has utility beyond the terrorism information sharing mission, extending both across complementary missions and into new mission areas unrelated to terrorism.” (Emphasis mine) LINK

America, we are now operating under a New Paradigm.


Here is another peep into the “New Paradigm”


Vision 2015

The Vision is “A Globally Networked and Integrated Intelligence Enterprise”

Enterprise is a buzzword being used throughout government these days. I don’t know about you, but the word “enterprise” brings to mind business and profit for me, not government.

Now the UK got the jump on plastering creepy Orwellian eyes posters all over their public transit centers.  In 2002 UK travelers got treated to these uber-spooky ads


Our government has many new policies that few are aware of but campaigns like “If You See Something, Say Something” have many wondering just what the heck is going on.

SAR (Suspicious Activity Reporting) is a pervasive, nationwide snitching program modeled on LAPD’s Special Order #11.

LAPD Special Order #11 was a Los Angeles Police Department order that compels LAPD officers to begin reporting “suspicious behaviors” to create a stream of “intelligence” about a host of everyday activities that will be fed to the local fusion center.

LAPD Special Order #11, dated March 5, 2008, states that it is the policy of the LAPD to “gather, record, and analyze information of a criminal or non-criminal nature, that could indicate activity or intentions related to either foreign or domestic terrorism,” and includes a list of 65 behaviors LAPD officers “shall” report.

The list includes such innocuous, legal activities as:

– taking measurements

– using binoculars

–  taking pictures or video footage “with no apparent esthetic value”

– abandoning vehicle

– drawing diagrams

– taking notes

– espousing extremist views

Read More about the SARs initiative

But what is responsible for this upending of the presumption of innocence in our country?

There is a connection between the creepy “UK Secure Beneath the Watchful Eyes” and the US’s new snitch mandates.

Intelligence Led Policing or ILP

The ILP strategy was first developed in the United Kingdom and then flourished in Australia. . .  (What do those two countries have in common?)

What or Who has been the driver behind COPS and Intelligence Led Policing?


WHEREAS, the IACP recognizes that in the aftermath of the September 11th atrocities, there is a need to address the deficiencies that exist in this country in the collection, analysis and dissemination of Criminal Intelligence; and

WHEREAS, the Executive Committee of the IACP recognized the need to address these deficiencies and to ensure that state and local law enforcement is involved in the Intelligence process; and

WHEREAS, at the direction of the IACP Executive Board, the Police Investigative Operations Committee convened the IACP Criminal Intelligence Sharing Summit in March of 2002; and

WHEREAS, the findings of that Summit, issued in a report in August of 2002, led to the creation of the Global Intelligence Working Group, which is a Federal Advisory Committee as defined under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA); and

WHEREAS, the Global Intelligence Working Group has created the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan, a plan which is consistent with the IACP Summit Report; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the IACP will strongly support the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan as a valuable tool to remedy the deficiencies in the existing methods of collecting, analyzing and disseminating criminal intelligence, that the IACP encourages all law enforcement to utilize this tool in creating and/or bettering its efforts in the area of Criminal Intelligence, and that the Federal Government also support these efforts.
LINK

IACP Resolutions 2002 – 2010

Others have noted the conspicuous placing of new policy that is contrary to our American form of government that was charged with protecting our legal and natural rights first and foremost.

From 2003;

Big Brother Gets Bigger: Domestic Spying & the Global Intelligence Working Group

by Michelle J. Kinnucan

With virtually no media coverage or public scrutiny, a major reorganization of the US domestic law enforcement intelligence apparatus is well underway and, in fact, is partially completed.

. . . A month after September 11, 2001, the Investigative Operations Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police recommended that its leadership convene an Intelligence Sharing Summit in March 2002, described above. Summit participants examined closely the 2002 United Kingdom’s National Intelligence Model. (Intelligence Led Policing)
(Emphasis mine)

The primary outcome of the Summit was creation of the Global Intelligence Working Group, which comprised approximately 30 intelligence professionals. This group developed the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan.

. . .The Summit proceedings were compiled by the IACP in a report entitled, Criminal Intelligence Sharing: A National Plan for Intelligence-Led Policing at the Local, State and Federal Levels Recommendations from the IACP Intelligence Summit (IACP Report). The Summit and IACP Report were both partially funded by the DOJ.

. . .The GIWGs intelligence reorganization effort is linked to the Homeland Security Act, but extends far beyond concerns about terrorism. (Emphasis mine)

A main selling point for the greater use of local police in domestic intelligence is the omnivorous spying potential of the widely adopted Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS model. The IACP Report asserts, It is time to maximize the potential for community policing efforts to serve as a gateway of locally based information to prevent terrorism, and all other crimes, through the timely transfer of critical information from citizens to their local police agency and then across the intelligence continuum.

Read the entire article

The 2001 IACP Report states that;

“that the real need is to share all – not just terrorism-related – criminal intelligence”

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) was established in 1994. You may remember the COPS program was supposed to hire 100,000 new police officers around the country. The COPS program has received incredible support and funding from the Obama administration.

Niki Raapana gives us this interesting bit of COPS history;

In the spring of 1999, the City of Seattle began working with COPS to write sustainable development visions for all 37 neighborhoods.

Planning groups followed the guidelines laid out in the WA State Growth Management Act of 1990 combined with suggestions recommended at the 1992 Earth Summit and advisors from COPS.

COMPASS was a COPS creation that expanded the GIS (Geographic Information System) database.

Niki Raapana writes;

One of the core elements of the COMPASS initiative is the creation of a data infrastructure which contains information from a variety of sources. These data will include extant social indicator data (e.g., employment statistics; housing information; land use data; school data; hospital records; asset mapping) and a host of safety information (e.g., incident-based crime data; arrest statistics; calls for service; court and corrections data; victimization surveys; and fear of crime data).”

Read More-“Join the Quiet Revolution” by Niki Raapana

In a 2008 interview then COPS director, Carl Peed talks about the expansion of Community Oriented Policing after 9-11;

“A few months after September 11, the COPS Office funded the International Association of Chiefs of Police to hold a Criminal Intelligence Sharing Summit which led to the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan. Five years later, we held another summit to discuss the progress made and to set the course for the future.”

The International Association of Chiefs of Police with their distinctly utilitarian bent as detestable as it is should not be the focus of outrage though. (Utilitarianism embodies the “the ends justify the means” school of thought) There are an untold number of organizations operating all across our country and meeting with great success in their goals of subverting our Constitution. That they would try is no surprise to anyone. What is astounding is that we have permitted and even embraced their aims.

If we want to restore our country it will be up to us to demand that our representatives stop delegating the authority granted by us over to unaccountable, unelected bureaucrats.

We will have to teach ourselves what is not being taught in our schools and universities-The US Constitution and our Bill of Rights.

We have to know both our legal
and natural rights so that we can demand the appropriate restraint.

State DHS encourages Okies to be ‘Red Dirt Ready’

The Oklahoma Watchdog, Andrew Griffin Reports;

OKLAHOMA CITY – You may have seen the public service announcements on television in recent weeks, the ones that ask viewers if they are “red dirt ready.” Not sure what it’s all about? Well, Oklahoma Watchdog went looking for answers this week.

The first portion of the article goes over emergency preparedness for natural disasters, catastrophic or terrorist events with similar advice as can be found at the  www.ready.gov website.  Unsurprisingly  Oklahoma’s statewide efforts are funded by the national Dept. of  Homeland Security.

Then Oklahoma’s Watchdog, Andrew Griffin asks about the suspicious behavior reporting aspect of Red Dirt Ready;

 

Back at RedDirtReady.com, under the subhead “How to identify suspicious activity,” it goes into how citizens can identify terrorists. Noting that “a local activity” like people “celebrating in an apartment complex on the anniversary of 9/11” is definitely suspicious activity and should be reported.

Further examples of “suspicious activity” that Red Dirt Ready citizens should be aware of also includes “surveillance, note-taking, drawing of diagrams, using binoculars or night-vision devices.”

Inquiring further about the terrorism concerns, Arbeitman said while everyone should go about their day-to-day routine, it is wise to always been aware that the sinister specter of terrorism is always lurking.

 

. . .“What we’re encouraging people to do is to be aware of their surroundings,” she said. “If you see something unusual, be prepared to tell someone about that.”

“I think we’d say it’s better to be safe than sorry,” Arbeitman said.

Noting this reporter’s coverage of Tea Party events, political protests and so forth and recalling Red Dirt Ready’s “Examples of suspicious activity” list on their website, Oklahoma Watchdog asked Arbeitman about OHS’s monitoring of constitutionally-protected speech such as protests.

“Certainly people have the right to free speech,” she said. “We don’t do investigations out of this office.”

 

. . .Arbeitman noted that volunteer organizations like the Oklahoma Citizen Corps and Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) are places where folks can offer to help their state. She said that folks with an interest in “CSI” and “policing” might find those opportunities worthwhile.

“These are non-operational roles,” she said. “Administrative work, getting involved in neighborhood watches, especially in smaller, rural departments.”

 

Read the entire article here

 

Bizarre neighbor up to something? Report it to Seattle’s fusion center

By G.W. Schulz June 23, 2010

The state of Washington’s intelligence fusion center in Seattle has posted a special form online citizens can use to report suspicious activity they observe. It’s part of a growing campaign by authorities to collect information about possible terrorist planning. “With your help, we can stop a crime or a terrorist plot,” says a website where the tip submission form is located. Although violent extremism is a priority for them, fusion centers have increasingly focused their attention on everyday law enforcement responsibilities. Dozens of the centers were established after Sept. 11 with the help of federal homeland security grants.

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What is iWATCH?

**Not responsible for any trauma that may be induced by watching this public service announcement

iWATCH, iREPORT, i KEEP US SAFE (iWATCH) is a community awareness program created to educate the public about behaviors and activities that may have a connection to terrorism.

http://lapdonline.org/iwatchla