Surveillance Society

Historically it starts with the Brownshirts and then moves into the general populace, so…

A major element of the Defense Department’s new program to better detect insider threats will be up and running by next month, at least on an initial operating capability basis, a top Pentagon security official said last week.

The DoD Insider Threat Management Analysis Center (DITMAC) will be in charge of collecting and coordinating potentially “adverse” information about Defense employees and other people with access to DoD facilities including automated criminal records checks, tracking cases of possible insider threats and helping to decide whether intervention of some kind is warranted.

“It really is intended to be the central hub for the department’s insider threat programs,” said Carrie Wibben, the director for security and policy oversight within the office of the undersecretary of Defense for intelligence. “They are focused on establishing a lot of the enterprise capabilities — the things that we don’t want all 43 of our components doing on their own or duplicating. That means behavioral analysis, predictive analytics, risk rating tools and insider threat systems for centralized reporting.”

After the DITMAC is up and running and serving as a central information clearinghouse, DoD plans to shift its focus to helping the military departments and combatant commands establish their own “hubs” that will feed information of potential concern into the DITMAC.

Between Obama’s Drones Over Amerika program, the FBI’s spy planes, NSA’s illegal internet/phone data collection programs, the nation’s seemingly ubiquitous red light camera programs combined with ANPR camera systems, plus all the crap DARPA is up to…not to mention the shit we don’t know about, Amerika has become a seriously scary place.

Did you know, for example, that every cabinet level Department (EPA, Education, Interior et al) must host representatives of the DHS?

Have you heard of, for example, the government-only whisper-stream surrounding global warming contraction? It has to do with how the catastrophic effects of global warming might best be mitigated. One of the more popular strategies has to do with population attrition. The seas are already rising, storms are already stronger and more fierce than ever before, the toll in human lives rising exponentially. Drought is just as bad in other parts of the world. Super tornadoes and hurricanes. Tsunamis. The common element between these increasing disasters is they disproportionately effect the poorest, least resourceful nations of the world, countries without the inherent infrastructure or administrative ability to recover. Truthfully, nations that can barely feed, cloth and provide basic necessities for their populace.

These quiet hallway discussions revolve around the idea that it’s far too late to prevent what’s coming 1, that ship sailed well over a decade ago, so the best that can be done is to contract our resources in order to maintain and guard our critical infrastructure and essential populace, while waiting for the (literal) storms to wean the global populace such that humans realign with the world’s available resources.

Put another way, it seems the plan is to deliberately let perhaps a couple billion people die without lifting a hand.

Some of WDC’s pointy heads think this will take a century to accomplish.

And you’ll notice we said essential populace, n’est-ce pas? Truthfully, do you think you fit that description? Or is it more likely that you’ll be left to fend for yourself while our leaders and essential business folks are safely ensconced somewhere else? 2

Meanwhile if you’re a Fed, or are neighbors with a Fed, or married someone who’s sibling or parent is a Fed, or are friends with a Fed, try to stay on their good side. Above all, don’t ever act in a  “suspicious” manner. Not if you don’t want your actions to be catalogued, reported on and submitted to yet another database.

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Show 2 footnotes

  1. Regardless of the public posturing of politicians –that, after all, is merely a sop to the morons to keep the pols in office; no one really wants to leave a do-nothing job with great perks and suddenly have to become competent enough to be hired out in the real world.
  2. Much as we really really really want DARPA’s 100 Year Starship initiative to be on the up and up, think about it for a moment: 100 years in space? NASA, nor none of the new private rocket ship enterprises, are within 50 years of launching such a craft. The closest project, if they are to be believed, is Mars One, and they don’t anticipate launching humans –assuming no major roadblocks– until 2026. No, it’s far more likely DARPA’s planning a special resort for essential personnel. Paranoid? Have you actually read the rest of this post?

The Bees of War

In a morbidly hilarious comment on our modern world, it may well be the honey bees aren’t simply “disappearing.” They instead might be undergoing (uncontrolled) genetic modification under the aegis of DARPA/DHS. You know, all in the service of the perpetual war on terror.

Pretty much just fuck Bush the Lessor for starting this nonsense and Obama for continuing it.

“Rather than being used simply as weapons of war, bees have become involved in the search for what is beyond the reach of human senses. The behavior and physiology of bees have become instrumental in extending the capacity of the human senses. Bees have become zoosensors. The deployment of bees, or what military scientists call ‘six-legged soldiers,’ has resulted in new and intimate relationships. Experts have inscribed economic and military designs into the honeybee’s nervous system, migration patterns, and community relations. There is a new bee managerialism. The capacities of bees for detection and intelligence gathering have been harnessed. As Homeland Security states, they are ‘deploying bees as efficient and effective homeland security detective devices.'”

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Johnny Mnemonic

[…]Dr. Prabhakar clearly set up the DARPA’s latest incarnation as a return to the big vision, swing for the fences approach. She discussed DARPA’s approach to managing risks while creating high impact technologies. In this vision, DARPA’s role is to help scientists and innovators to “remove early risk” which might prevent them from obtaining investment and bringing novel ideas to market. DARPA was described by one presenter as a “always friendly, but somewhat crazy rich uncle” and they made it clear that they were going to put a fair bit of money behind these ideas.

This meeting was focused around the launch of the new program office, the Biotechnology Program Office, although other program managers were present. The BTO is headed Dr. Geoff Ling who is a practicing Army medical doctor. Dr. Ling is an energetic spokesman for the DARPA vision and the BTO. And it is notable that it is an M.D. that is in charge of this effort because many of the developments being undertaken by the BTO are simply going to revolutionize the practice of medicine as we know it today. With the energetic Dr. Ling in charge, you can imagine it getting done. […]

The first Program Manager to present, Phillip Alvelda, opened the event with his mind blowing project to develop a working “cortical modem”. What is a cortical modem you ask? Quite simply it is a direct neural interface that will allow for the visual display of information without the use of glasses or goggles. I was largely at this event to learn about this project and I wasn’t disappointed.

Leveraging the work of Karl Deisseroth in the area of optogenetics, the cortical modem project aims to build a low cost neural interface based display device. The short term goal of the project is the development of a device about the size of two stacked nickels with a cost of goods on the order of $10 which would enable a simple visual display via a direct interface to the visual cortex with the visual fidelity of something like an early LED digital clock.

The implications of this project are astounding.

Consider a more advanced version of the device capable of high fidelity visual display. First, this technology could be used to restore sensory function to individuals who simply can’t be treated with current approaches. Second, the device could replace all virtual reality and augmented reality displays. Bypassing the visual sensory system entirely, a cortical modem can directly display into the visual cortex enabling a sort of virtual overlay on the real world. Moreover, the optogenetics approach allows both reading and writing of information. So we can imagine at least a device in which virtual objects appear well integrated into our perceived world. Beyond this, a working cortical modem would enable electronic telepathy and telekinesis. The cortical modem is a real world version of the science fiction neural interfaces envisioned by writers such as William Gibson and more recently Ramez Naam.

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Cyberdyne Systems Unveils Its Latest Robot

The PETMAN robot was developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from the DoD CBD program. It is used to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. The video shows initial testing in a chemical protection suit and gas mask. PETMAN has sensors embedded in its skin that detect any chemicals leaking through the suit. The skin also maintains a micro-climate inside the clothing by sweating and regulating temperature. Partners in developing PETMAN were MRIGlobal, Measurement Technology Northwest, Smith Carter, CUH2A, and HHI.

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Your Own Personal Drone

Pretty soon you won’t be anyone unless you have your own drone. Just ask DHS.

DHS customized its Predator drones (originally military-tasked devices since refurbished) to attend to at-home surveillance tasks. You know, like keeping an eye on those pesky OWS people.

But that’s not the extent of it: DHS has rigged their drones to be able to identify whether civilians are carrying guns, as well as tracking their cell phones. 1

As tweaked by Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the drones are supposed to be “…capable of identifying a standing human being at night as likely armed or not“. 2 As well as identifying “signals interception” and “direction finding” technology. This would allow the drones to intercept the communications and pinpoint locations of both mobile phones and two-way radios.

The drones are also supposed to be unarmed. Their main use? Patroling the northern and southern borders of the U.S. But that doesn’t mean the craft haven’t been loaned out to the FBI, the Secret Service, the Texas Rangers, local police and other agencies. They have.

Hell, approximately 2/3 of the US population is subject to surveillance by these drones. Pretty soon, everyone will be on video… 3

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Show 3 footnotes

  1. Which has worked out so well in war zones that we’ve got to have it here in America!
  2. That would be a long gun, one supposes, not a concealed handgun.
  3. Except the police, who don’t want to be on-camera. But don’t mine videoing everything everybody else does.