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Three news articles broke today that should strike fear in the heart of every freedom loving U.S. resident. Surveillance technologies are being employed to monitor movements in the name of crime prevention and fighting terrorism. The government is preying on your fears. You are being incrementally ushered into a police state under the guise of providing protection and security. When you wake up to the loss of privacy, liberty, and individual rights, it may be too late to beat back the oppressive overlords known as your government.

This article details the use of flying pilotless spy-drones capable of “hovering” and “staring” at the citizens. Big Brother’s drones will be using electro-optic or infrared sensors that will be soon be employed in Miami to “fight against crime.”

“Our intentions are to use it only in tactical situations as an extra set of eyes,” said police department spokesman Juan Villalba.

“The FBI is experimenting with a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles”, said Marcus Thomas, an assistant director of the bureau’s Operational Technology Division.

Sweet. I cannot wait to have my high-resolution image scanned and placed in the Department of Homeland Security’s politically-subversive database.

Here you can learn about the increased use of fingerprint technology to track air-travelers in the U.S. The changes require the imprinting of all 10 fingertips, instead of the 2 that were previously captured. The announced intent of the $280 million security upgrade is to “give officers a more accurate idea of who is in front of them.” The real purpose is to coordinate biometric databases with international agencies in the European Union and Canada.

Our third installment of government privacy intrusion comes from Orlando, Florida.

Orlando police used high-tech surveillance cameras with the ability to zoom in on individual faces from great distances. Orlando police said they recorded every image captured by the cameras. They said the footage will be held for a week in case they must investigate crimes that have not been reported yet.

Your rights and liberties are being destroyed in the name of protection from the manufactured looming menace that the government desperately needs you to fear. Random street violence and the nefarious “terrorist” threat are the means employed to assault your rights. Many are more than willing to submit to state-directed privacy invasion, but they have no idea what these measures will entail.

Will you feel safe when only the government commits crime? Will you be able to sleep at night knowing your life is not your own? Will you whisper in the corner to avoid telescreen prejudgment? In case you are interested, Comcast is working on your living room surveillance device right now.

It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself—anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face … was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime ~ George Orwell (1984)

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Pentagon Cites Tapes Showing Interrogations

Published: March 13, 2008

Source: NYT

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is conducting an extensive review of the videotaping of interrogations at military facilities from Iraq to Guantánamo Bay, and so far it has identified nearly 50 tapes, including one that showed what a military spokesman described as the forcible gagging of a terrorism suspect.

The Pentagon review was begun in late January after the Central Intelligence Agency acknowledged that it had destroyed its own videotapes of harsh interrogations conducted by C.I.A. officers, an action that is now the subject of criminal and Congressional investigations.

The review was intended in part to establish clearer rules for any videotaping of interrogations, Defense officials said. But they acknowledged that it had been complicated by inconsistent taping practices in the past, as well as uncertain policies for when tapes could be destroyed or must be preserved.

The officials said it appeared that only a small fraction of the tens of thousands of interrogations worldwide since 2001 had been recorded.

The officials said the nearly 50 tapes they identified documented interrogations of two terrorism suspects, Jose Padilla and Ali al-Marri, and were made at a Navy detention site in Charleston, S.C., where the two men have been held.

The initial findings of the Pentagon review represent the first official acknowledgment that military interrogators had videotaped some sessions with detainees and could widen the controversy over the treatment of prisoners in American custody. A Pentagon spokesman, Geoff Morrell, cautioned that the review was incomplete, and a spokesman for the Defense Intelligence Agency, Don Black, said that interrogation videotapes had been routinely destroyed if they were judged to have no continuing value.

The only tape described by officials is of Mr. Marri, a citizen of Qatar who was arrested in December 2001 while in college in Illinois and moved five years ago to the jail after being designated an “enemy combatant.” Government officials say they believe he was an operative for Al Qaeda who was plotting attacks.

Two government officials said that the tape showed Mr. Marri being manhandled by his interrogators, but did not show waterboarding or any other treatment approaching what they believed could be classified as torture. According to one Defense Department official, the interrogators dispensing the rough treatment on the tape were F.B.I. agents.

An F.B.I. spokesman declined to comment, citing a continuing review of detention practices that is being carried out by the Department of Justice’s inspector general.

Mr. Black, the spokesman for the Defense Intelligence Agency, said its director, Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, had reviewed the tape and was satisfied that Mr. Marri’s treatment was acceptable.

He said that Mr. Marri was chanting loudly, disrupting his interrogation, and that interrogators used force to put duct tape on his mouth, while Mr. Marri resisted. Mr. Black said most of the videos showing Mr. Marri’s interrogations had been destroyed. The government has never charged Mr. Marri, but because of his designation as an enemy combatant, the Pentagon is allowed to hold him indefinitely.

The scale of detention and interrogation by the military, with tens of thousands of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, dwarfs that of the C.I.A., which has held fewer than 100 high-level Qaeda suspects. The C.I.A. has acknowledged videotaping only two terrorism suspects, in 2002, and military officials said that the review, ordered in late January by James R. Clapper, the Pentagon’s senior intelligence official, had similarly found that only a small number of detainee interrogations had been videotaped.

“This is not a widespread practice,” said Mr. Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary. He said that it was up to individual military commanders whether to tape interrogations and that the videotapes were often used as the basis of written intelligence reports. In addition to the existing interrogation videotapes, there are existing recordings that show interactions between military guards and terrorism suspects, including detainees’ forcible removal from cells at Guantánamo, military officials said.

Images of rough treatment of detainees is a delicate subject for the Pentagon. Soldiers’ snapshots of the abusive treatment of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq set off a firestorm and led to prison terms for a number of military personnel.

Congress imposed a ban in 2005 on all harsh interrogation methods by the military but left a loophole for the C.I.A. Last month, Congress voted to extend the ban to the C.I.A., but President Bush vetoed the bill.

The C.I.A. acknowledged in December that in 2005 it had destroyed the only interrogation videotapes that its officers had made; the tapes showed two detainees, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al- Rahim al-Nashiri.

Lawyers for Mr. Marri, who have challenged his imprisonment in court, sought access to any tapes or other records of his interrogations, but in 2006 a federal judge in South Carolina said the government did not have to produce any tapes. That decision is being appealed.

Jonathan Hafetz, one of the lawyers, said Mr. Marri had heard guards describe “a cabinet full of tapes” showing his interrogations, but had never had independent confirmation that such tapes existed. Mr. Marri has alleged that earlier in his imprisonment he was deprived of sleep, isolated and exposed to prolonged cold.

Mr. Hafetz said he planned to file papers in court on Thursday describing the psychological harm done to Mr. Marri. “Locking someone up for five years without charges is a disgrace and a betrayal of American and constitutional values,” he said.

The difficulties in the Pentagon’s review can be glimpsed in a seven-page court filing last month by Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, the military commander at Guantánamo Bay.

Admiral Buzby’s report describes an array of digital video recorders used to capture “activities” — it does not specify whether interrogations are included — in at least four subcamps at Guantánamo. But the systems automatically recorded over older material when they reached capacity, he wrote.

In some cases, Admiral Buzby wrote, “We suspect that the recording devices contain recorded data but we are unable technologically to confirm whether data remains.”

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“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face, it’s just a goddamned piece of paper!” ~ George W. Bush (source)

Since the false flag 9-11 attack on America, the U.S. government has been busy listening to citizens’ phone calls, compiling volumes of personal data, and eavesdropping on electronic communications – all without a constitutionally required warrant (source). This information has been handed over to the government by your telecom provider (in violation of their contractual duty to not disclose this information to 3rd parties), under the threat of FCC license revocation.

The FBI acknowledged Wednesday it improperly accessed Americans’ telephone records, credit reports and Internet traffic in 2006, the fourth straight year of privacy abuses resulting from investigations aimed at tracking terrorists and spies.

In a disturbing throwback to tactics employed by the East German Stasi (secret police), the FBI is recruiting “thousands of covert informants in the United States as part of a sprawling effort to boost its intelligence capabilities.” This article discusses the plan revealed in a report to Congress. This alarming use of Americans recruited to spy on one another was employed in response to George Bush’s push for more “aggressive” uses of human intelligence gathering following 9-11.

Other recent proposals include expanding its collection and analysis of data on U.S. persons, retaining years worth of American’s phone records and even increasing so-called “black bag” secret entry operations.

The 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the freedom of speech. The 4th Amendment guarantees the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures without probable cause (including telephonic and electronic communications). The Supreme Court has determined that a fundamental right to privacy exists under U.S. law.

So, why is the government allowed to brazenly abuse these individual rights guaranteed under the Constitution? The simple answer is because they can. They use propaganda and fear to intimidate the people. Their goal is to make the citizens desperate for more security and protection, at any cost. When you do not know your rights, they can easily be diminished and subverted in the interest of “homeland security.” The Soviets also had an Orwellian themed homeland security agency called the “Ministry for State Security.”

Not to worry, Robert Mueller, the current FBI Director, stated his intention to allay the concerns of the American people.

We are committed to ensuring that we not only get this right, but maintain the vital trust of the American people.

Given that Muller is is directly responsible for the violations of the rights of the American people, I cannot take solace in his assurance. I fear the government more than I fear the threat they are supposedly protecting us from.

The United States has been declared under martial law. All constitutional rights have been suspended. The number one enemy of progress is questions. National security is more important than individual rights. Sports broadcasts will proceed as scheduled. Shut up, be happy, obey all orders without question. At last everything is done for you ~ Jello Biafra

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