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Archive for August 3rd, 2007

Brave New World

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Ring Of Steel? Geez, what the fuck.. Who was the fucktard that came up with that one? How about we just call Snake Plissken huh?

Really though, this is a scary prospect in that a society with so many cameras to begin with, will be only augmented and connected to a central nexus huh? Sound somewhat like a certain dystopian scenario you know of?

(CNN) — In 2005, about two weeks after 52 people in London were killed in bombings targeting the English city’s mass transit system, terrorists decided to strike again.
art.london.camera.afp.gi.jpg

Similar to the July 7 attacks, they chose the city’s transit system — three subway trains and a double-decker bus — as the targets. But this time, four homemade bombs stuffed into backpacks did not fully explode. One person was injured.

About a day later, photographs of four suspects were broadcast on television. Their images had been captured on surveillance cameras near the sites of the attempted attacks.

The remarkable speed of that investigation was repeated in June this year when terrorists attempted to detonate two car bombs in London.

Aided by surveillance cameras, British investigators began unraveling the plot later that day and tracked the suspects to Glasgow, Scotland. Several suspects were soon arrested.

Police officials credited the “Ring of Steel” — a network of thousands of surveillance cameras that line London’s intersections and neighborhoods — for providing license plate numbers, suspects’ image and other important clues in investigations.

New York City, specifically lower Manhattan, the site of two terror attacks, will have a similar system in place by the decade’s end if it gets the needed funding.

Police officials say the surveillance cameras can help combat crime and terrorism, perhaps even deter it. Civil liberties advocates say such systems are a threat to privacy rights and another step for a society creeping toward a constant state of surveillance.
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The implementation of the plan, called the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, will require about $90 million, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. It will cost about $8 million a year to maintain.

The city so far has raised about $25 million. Part of it has come from the Homeland Security Department and the rest from city coffers.

Kelly said the money being spent on the system is well worth it. “The 1.7 square miles of lower Manhattan are arguably one of the most valuable and sensitive pieces of real estate in the world,” he said during a telephone interview.

The area includes the New York Stock Exchange, the Mercantile Stock Exchange, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the site where the World Trade Center once stood and where the Freedom Tower is being built.

The system has four components: license plate readers, surveillance cameras, a coordination center and roadblocks that can swing into action when needed. The primary purpose of the system is deterrence, and then an investigative tool, Kelly said.

The license plate readers will be in place by the end of the year. The rest of the plan is scheduled to be completed during the next two years.

New York City already has many cameras located in its airports, banks, department stores and corporate buildings. The city’s law enforcement uses them when needed as part of a public-private partnership, Kelly said.

Such partnerships can be found in many cities across the United States, including Washington D.C.; Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; and Chicago, Illinois.

Baltimore police officials told CNN the city had 500 cameras and crime was reduced by 17 percent in neighborhoods where they are located.

“The feedback from the community has been fantastic, and in fact, most people want cameras in their neighborhoods,” said Maj. Dave Engel of the Baltimore Police Department.

Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Peter Andresen said the city had applied for federal funding to implement a surveillance camera system of its own. Atlanta has a public-private partnership in several of its neighborhoods that gives police access to cameras, he said.

He recalled a drug deal being busted because someone monitoring a camera grew suspicious of two cars idling in a parking lot with their hoods up for a long time.

“We feel that [the cameras] go a long way toward preventing crime,” he said.

But Steve Swain, who served for years with the London Metropolitan Police and its counter-terror operations, doubts the power of cameras to deter crime.

“I don’t know of a single incident where CCTV has actually been used to spot, apprehend or detain offenders in the act,” he said, referring to the London system. Swain now works for Control Risk, an international security firm.

Asked about their role in possibly stopping acts of terror, he said pointedly: “The presence of CCTV is irrelevant for those who want to sacrifice their lives to carry out a terrorist act.”

Kelly disagreed, pointing out that it is practically impossible to know what has been deterred. “We don’t know acts that may have been planned that — because of the surveillance and deterrence systems that are in place — did not go forward.”

Swain does believe the cameras have great value in investigation work. He also said they are necessary to reassure the public that law enforcement is being aggressive.

“You need to do this piece of theater so that if the terrorists are looking at you, they can see that you’ve got some measures in place,” he said.

Privacy advocates said they are concerned about the possible abuse of surveillance power.

Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said she was alarmed by the prospect of government and law enforcement officials having records of a person’s daily activities.

“It wasn’t that long ago that J. Edgar Hoover was up to his dirty tricks using government spying to interfere with lawful dissent, undermine critics and pursue an unlawful agenda,” she said.

However, police officials repeatedly note there is no expectation of privacy in a public area and it is not a constitutional right.

A majority of Americans said they approved of the use of surveillance cameras by nearly a 3 to 1 margin in a recently published ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Jeffery Rosen, a professor at George Washington University and the author of two books on privacy issues, said the poll reflected the fact that “the arguments against the cameras tend to be abstract, whereas people’s desire for security is understandable and immediate.”

“But I think many people can understand life would be different in a world where, literally, government authorities could click on pictures of you at any point in the day and retrace your movements 24/7,” he said.

Lieberman said privacy is not a quaint notion despite a rapidly changing world.

“Technology is an unstoppable train,” she said. “The question is whether we can maximize the benefits and minimize the harms.”

Panopticon Definition

Written by Krypt3ia

2007/08/03 at 19:29

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Brave New World

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Ring Of Steel? Geez, what the fuck.. Who was the fucktard that came up with that one? How about we just call Snake Plissken huh?

Really though, this is a scary prospect in that a society with so many cameras to begin with, will be only augmented and connected to a central nexus huh? Sound somewhat like a certain dystopian scenario you know of?

(CNN) — In 2005, about two weeks after 52 people in London were killed in bombings targeting the English city’s mass transit system, terrorists decided to strike again.
art.london.camera.afp.gi.jpg

Similar to the July 7 attacks, they chose the city’s transit system — three subway trains and a double-decker bus — as the targets. But this time, four homemade bombs stuffed into backpacks did not fully explode. One person was injured.

About a day later, photographs of four suspects were broadcast on television. Their images had been captured on surveillance cameras near the sites of the attempted attacks.

The remarkable speed of that investigation was repeated in June this year when terrorists attempted to detonate two car bombs in London.

Aided by surveillance cameras, British investigators began unraveling the plot later that day and tracked the suspects to Glasgow, Scotland. Several suspects were soon arrested.

Police officials credited the “Ring of Steel” — a network of thousands of surveillance cameras that line London’s intersections and neighborhoods — for providing license plate numbers, suspects’ image and other important clues in investigations.

New York City, specifically lower Manhattan, the site of two terror attacks, will have a similar system in place by the decade’s end if it gets the needed funding.

Police officials say the surveillance cameras can help combat crime and terrorism, perhaps even deter it. Civil liberties advocates say such systems are a threat to privacy rights and another step for a society creeping toward a constant state of surveillance.
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The implementation of the plan, called the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, will require about $90 million, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. It will cost about $8 million a year to maintain.

The city so far has raised about $25 million. Part of it has come from the Homeland Security Department and the rest from city coffers.

Kelly said the money being spent on the system is well worth it. “The 1.7 square miles of lower Manhattan are arguably one of the most valuable and sensitive pieces of real estate in the world,” he said during a telephone interview.

The area includes the New York Stock Exchange, the Mercantile Stock Exchange, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the site where the World Trade Center once stood and where the Freedom Tower is being built.

The system has four components: license plate readers, surveillance cameras, a coordination center and roadblocks that can swing into action when needed. The primary purpose of the system is deterrence, and then an investigative tool, Kelly said.

The license plate readers will be in place by the end of the year. The rest of the plan is scheduled to be completed during the next two years.

New York City already has many cameras located in its airports, banks, department stores and corporate buildings. The city’s law enforcement uses them when needed as part of a public-private partnership, Kelly said.

Such partnerships can be found in many cities across the United States, including Washington D.C.; Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; and Chicago, Illinois.

Baltimore police officials told CNN the city had 500 cameras and crime was reduced by 17 percent in neighborhoods where they are located.

“The feedback from the community has been fantastic, and in fact, most people want cameras in their neighborhoods,” said Maj. Dave Engel of the Baltimore Police Department.

Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Peter Andresen said the city had applied for federal funding to implement a surveillance camera system of its own. Atlanta has a public-private partnership in several of its neighborhoods that gives police access to cameras, he said.

He recalled a drug deal being busted because someone monitoring a camera grew suspicious of two cars idling in a parking lot with their hoods up for a long time.

“We feel that [the cameras] go a long way toward preventing crime,” he said.

But Steve Swain, who served for years with the London Metropolitan Police and its counter-terror operations, doubts the power of cameras to deter crime.

“I don’t know of a single incident where CCTV has actually been used to spot, apprehend or detain offenders in the act,” he said, referring to the London system. Swain now works for Control Risk, an international security firm.

Asked about their role in possibly stopping acts of terror, he said pointedly: “The presence of CCTV is irrelevant for those who want to sacrifice their lives to carry out a terrorist act.”

Kelly disagreed, pointing out that it is practically impossible to know what has been deterred. “We don’t know acts that may have been planned that — because of the surveillance and deterrence systems that are in place — did not go forward.”

Swain does believe the cameras have great value in investigation work. He also said they are necessary to reassure the public that law enforcement is being aggressive.

“You need to do this piece of theater so that if the terrorists are looking at you, they can see that you’ve got some measures in place,” he said.

Privacy advocates said they are concerned about the possible abuse of surveillance power.

Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said she was alarmed by the prospect of government and law enforcement officials having records of a person’s daily activities.

“It wasn’t that long ago that J. Edgar Hoover was up to his dirty tricks using government spying to interfere with lawful dissent, undermine critics and pursue an unlawful agenda,” she said.

However, police officials repeatedly note there is no expectation of privacy in a public area and it is not a constitutional right.

A majority of Americans said they approved of the use of surveillance cameras by nearly a 3 to 1 margin in a recently published ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Jeffery Rosen, a professor at George Washington University and the author of two books on privacy issues, said the poll reflected the fact that “the arguments against the cameras tend to be abstract, whereas people’s desire for security is understandable and immediate.”

“But I think many people can understand life would be different in a world where, literally, government authorities could click on pictures of you at any point in the day and retrace your movements 24/7,” he said.

Lieberman said privacy is not a quaint notion despite a rapidly changing world.

“Technology is an unstoppable train,” she said. “The question is whether we can maximize the benefits and minimize the harms.”

Panopticon Definition

Written by Krypt3ia

2007/08/03 at 19:29

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High Terror On The High Seas…On The East River…

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Such Irony…. Everyone goes to high alert and they threaten these guys with charges for trying out their homebuild…

Irony? September 1776, this very same craft was used in an attempt at mining a British vessel. An attempt that failed mind you…

New York ‘submarine’ near luxury ship yields 3 arrests

From Richard Davis
CNN

NEW YORK (CNN) — Authorities arrested three people Friday after detectives saw a replica of a Revolutionary War submarine floating near the dock of the Queen Mary II.

An Intelligence Division detective spotted two men in an inflatable boat and a third in a partially submerged vessel in a channel off the East River near Brooklyn, according to a New York Police Department statement. The NYPD Harbor Unit was called to the scene.

The vessel is an 8-foot replica of the 1776 submersible known as the Turtle, said Petty Officer Seth Johnson of the U.S. Coast Guard. It was unclear what the people were doing, but there was no indication of any connection to terrorism, he said.

The vessel “is the creative craft of three adventuresome individuals,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement, according to WABC-TV. “We can best summarize today’s incident as marine mischief.”

Initially the men were going to be charged on a number of violations, but as of Friday afternoon, it was unclear if any charges would be brought forward.

The odd-looking submarine appears to be a hobby of one of those arrested — Philip Riley, 35, of Brooklyn, Johnson said.

Police said one of the men claimed to be a descendant of David Bushnell, the inventor of the original Turtle, WABC reported.

The Connecticut River Museum claims to own the only working, full-scale model of the submarine. The one-man, hand-propelled vessel was used in September 1776 in a failed attempt to attach a bomb to the hull of a British warship.

Because of weather problems and other difficulties, it was never used in action again, the museum says

Written by Krypt3ia

2007/08/03 at 19:17

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High Terror On The High Seas…On The East River…

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Such Irony…. Everyone goes to high alert and they threaten these guys with charges for trying out their homebuild…

Irony? September 1776, this very same craft was used in an attempt at mining a British vessel. An attempt that failed mind you…

New York ‘submarine’ near luxury ship yields 3 arrests

From Richard Davis
CNN

NEW YORK (CNN) — Authorities arrested three people Friday after detectives saw a replica of a Revolutionary War submarine floating near the dock of the Queen Mary II.

An Intelligence Division detective spotted two men in an inflatable boat and a third in a partially submerged vessel in a channel off the East River near Brooklyn, according to a New York Police Department statement. The NYPD Harbor Unit was called to the scene.

The vessel is an 8-foot replica of the 1776 submersible known as the Turtle, said Petty Officer Seth Johnson of the U.S. Coast Guard. It was unclear what the people were doing, but there was no indication of any connection to terrorism, he said.

The vessel “is the creative craft of three adventuresome individuals,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement, according to WABC-TV. “We can best summarize today’s incident as marine mischief.”

Initially the men were going to be charged on a number of violations, but as of Friday afternoon, it was unclear if any charges would be brought forward.

The odd-looking submarine appears to be a hobby of one of those arrested — Philip Riley, 35, of Brooklyn, Johnson said.

Police said one of the men claimed to be a descendant of David Bushnell, the inventor of the original Turtle, WABC reported.

The Connecticut River Museum claims to own the only working, full-scale model of the submarine. The one-man, hand-propelled vessel was used in September 1776 in a failed attempt to attach a bomb to the hull of a British warship.

Because of weather problems and other difficulties, it was never used in action again, the museum says

Written by Krypt3ia

2007/08/03 at 19:17

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Empty Threats…

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As predicted, the stalker had to reach out today. See, the stalker suspect had a hearing today where they may have denied her unemployment from the job she got fired from at the client’s business. The client was indeed in NH, so as you can see she was watching their place of business and must have seen him leave.

Of course, creature of habit he is, he did NOT follow my instructions on varying his habits and did exactly what he does when he heads north.. Thus she saw him and knew he was headed out. I wish people would listen better…

The noose is tightening around her neck and now I think she has some idea that the landscape has changed… Now we shall see what hand this forces from her. The client has been warned and measures in place in case of a direct visitation… I doubt she will though. The clients biz is very close to her home, so I can see her just hanging about. Plausible deny ability there… not so much with their home address.

(04:10:43 PM) STALKER: having fun in nh?
(04:10:43 PM) CLIENT ACCT : I’m not here right now
(04:11:15 PM) STALKER: sure your not
(04:12:21 PM) STALKER: what is ur little gf going 2 do without u?
(04:13:31 PM) STALKER: maybe i should keep a close eye on her 4 u or maybe cum up there to nh
(04:14:08 PM) STALKER: im sure u could use some company
(04:15:22 PM) STALKER: that means shes taking care of the gs all by herself – can b a dangerous job u know
(04:22:59 PM) CLIENT ACCT: new hampshier?
(04:23:26 PM) CLIENT ACCT: seems you are misinformed
(04:24:12 PM) STALKER: we all know where ur going when u have the boat at gs
(04:24:27 PM) STALKER: saw u yesterday
(04:24:42 PM) CLIENT ACCT: from a satelite or in person Mona
(04:25:05 PM) STALKER: her truck is parked diff at house
(04:25:06 PM) CLIENT ACCT: and which alias did you use today at the hearing at DOL?
(04:25:13 PM) CLIENT ACCT: knapp? wheeler?
(04:25:24 PM) CLIENT ACCT: so many names
(04:25:35 PM) STALKER: so u think this is mona?
(04:25:57 PM) CLIENT ACCT: try as you might you cannot deflect
(04:26:33 PM) CLIENT ACCT: especially to claim to be in the area and see me
(04:26:43 PM) CLIENT ACCT: you never know who might be shadowing you
(04:26:55 PM) CLIENT ACCT: the hunter becomes the hunted mona
(04:27:19 PM) CLIENT ACCT: so why did you and michael lose every time in court to gain custody of the kids?
(04:27:23 PM) CLIENT ACCT: since 1996 was it?
(04:27:30 PM) CLIENT ACCT: very interesting reading really
(04:27:48 PM) STALKER: no idea what ur talking bout
(04:28:00 PM) CLIENT ACCT: play what role you want
(04:28:20 PM) CLIENT ACCT: just remember..any surveillance you may carry out..others may be in fact watching you instead
(04:28:24 PM) CLIENT ACCT: biding time
(04:28:33 PM) STALKER: u think u know so much
(04:28:40 PM) CLIENT ACCT: being on a cell phone for this conversation is smart..but not smart enough
(04:28:53 PM) CLIENT ACCT: this is being recorded as is any IP addresses with it
(04:30:08 PM) CLIENT ACCT: Know the battlefield and know yourself Mona and then you shall be victorious
(04:30:18 PM) STALKER : Your IM has been sent to my mobile device. When I receive it, I will be able to reply. Thanks for your IM! Want your IMs forwarded to your phone? Click

It suddenly got real quiet like….hahah

Written by Krypt3ia

2007/08/03 at 17:53

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Empty Threats…

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As predicted, the stalker had to reach out today. See, the stalker suspect had a hearing today where they may have denied her unemployment from the job she got fired from at the client’s business. The client was indeed in NH, so as you can see she was watching their place of business and must have seen him leave.

Of course, creature of habit he is, he did NOT follow my instructions on varying his habits and did exactly what he does when he heads north.. Thus she saw him and knew he was headed out. I wish people would listen better…

The noose is tightening around her neck and now I think she has some idea that the landscape has changed… Now we shall see what hand this forces from her. The client has been warned and measures in place in case of a direct visitation… I doubt she will though. The clients biz is very close to her home, so I can see her just hanging about. Plausible deny ability there… not so much with their home address.

(04:10:43 PM) STALKER: having fun in nh?
(04:10:43 PM) CLIENT ACCT : I’m not here right now
(04:11:15 PM) STALKER: sure your not
(04:12:21 PM) STALKER: what is ur little gf going 2 do without u?
(04:13:31 PM) STALKER: maybe i should keep a close eye on her 4 u or maybe cum up there to nh
(04:14:08 PM) STALKER: im sure u could use some company
(04:15:22 PM) STALKER: that means shes taking care of the gs all by herself – can b a dangerous job u know
(04:22:59 PM) CLIENT ACCT: new hampshier?
(04:23:26 PM) CLIENT ACCT: seems you are misinformed
(04:24:12 PM) STALKER: we all know where ur going when u have the boat at gs
(04:24:27 PM) STALKER: saw u yesterday
(04:24:42 PM) CLIENT ACCT: from a satelite or in person Mona
(04:25:05 PM) STALKER: her truck is parked diff at house
(04:25:06 PM) CLIENT ACCT: and which alias did you use today at the hearing at DOL?
(04:25:13 PM) CLIENT ACCT: knapp? wheeler?
(04:25:24 PM) CLIENT ACCT: so many names
(04:25:35 PM) STALKER: so u think this is mona?
(04:25:57 PM) CLIENT ACCT: try as you might you cannot deflect
(04:26:33 PM) CLIENT ACCT: especially to claim to be in the area and see me
(04:26:43 PM) CLIENT ACCT: you never know who might be shadowing you
(04:26:55 PM) CLIENT ACCT: the hunter becomes the hunted mona
(04:27:19 PM) CLIENT ACCT: so why did you and michael lose every time in court to gain custody of the kids?
(04:27:23 PM) CLIENT ACCT: since 1996 was it?
(04:27:30 PM) CLIENT ACCT: very interesting reading really
(04:27:48 PM) STALKER: no idea what ur talking bout
(04:28:00 PM) CLIENT ACCT: play what role you want
(04:28:20 PM) CLIENT ACCT: just remember..any surveillance you may carry out..others may be in fact watching you instead
(04:28:24 PM) CLIENT ACCT: biding time
(04:28:33 PM) STALKER: u think u know so much
(04:28:40 PM) CLIENT ACCT: being on a cell phone for this conversation is smart..but not smart enough
(04:28:53 PM) CLIENT ACCT: this is being recorded as is any IP addresses with it
(04:30:08 PM) CLIENT ACCT: Know the battlefield and know yourself Mona and then you shall be victorious
(04:30:18 PM) STALKER : Your IM has been sent to my mobile device. When I receive it, I will be able to reply. Thanks for your IM! Want your IMs forwarded to your phone? Click

It suddenly got real quiet like….hahah

Written by Krypt3ia

2007/08/03 at 17:53

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The Bourne Ultimatum

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You’re a reporter on the biggest story of your life as a reporter on “spooks” and you have just met your “source” You arrive back in your country, turn on your phone, and your editor calls. What should you NOT do when you speak to your editor?

How about NOT utter the CODENAME of the project that your source is blowing cover over? Why? because your British Telecom CELL PHONE is monitored by ECHELON and Menwith Hill, thats why!

Suddenly you are the target of some heavy surveillance and your life means less than it did before as a private citizen who was just minding their business. This is how the movie begins and let me tell you it keeps up the pace and traps your attention! If you loved the novels you will love the movie. Sure its different, but a GOOD different! I think that Ludlum would approve.

The whole film also has the requisite background done on todays INTEL terms as well as feel. They also have taken the dark path down to how things are run today really. Watch and think “ghost detainees” who can be even you or I should we piss off the wrong people. All in all a good ride.

The only real complaint I have? Well, ok, the first person shaky cam really… REALLY can be annoying as well as detrimental to anyone with motion sickness. Remember Blair Witch? Yeah, that kind of shaky cam work… Bring the dramamine kids.
CoB

Written by Krypt3ia

2007/08/03 at 13:40

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Pownce

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I now have an account on pownce. Anyone care for an invite? Let me know and I will dole them out.
CoB

Written by Krypt3ia

2007/08/03 at 07:07

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Pownce

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I now have an account on pownce. Anyone care for an invite? Let me know and I will dole them out.
CoB

Written by Krypt3ia

2007/08/03 at 07:07

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