Archive for the ‘surveillance’ Category

24/7 CCTV surveillance in family homes

3 August 2009

The Express reports a sinister programme instituted by none other than raving commie lunatic Ed Balls.

THOUSANDS of the worst families in England are to be put in “sin bins” in a bid to change their bad behaviour, Ed Balls announced yesterday.

The Children’s Secretary set out £400million plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV super-vision in their own homes.

They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.

The nightmare of 1984 has arrived, courtesy of glassy-eyed Fabian, Ed Balls. No doubt, these families will face censure for “impure” thoughts when they express themselves to their families and friends.

Private security guards will also be sent round to carry out home checks, while parents will be given help to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

Can we assume that these “security guards” will be CRB checked? Has Balls been CRB checked?

Around 2,000 families have gone through these Family Intervention Projects so far.

But ministers want to target 20,000 more in the next two years, with each costing between £5,000 and £20,000 – a potential total bill of £400million.

Ministers hope the move will reduce the number of youngsters who get drawn into crime because of their chaotic family lives, as portrayed in Channel 4 comedy drama Shameless.

Put more police on the streets, get rid of the tick-box targets culture, health and safety bolleaux, risk assessments and send more people to prison. That’s all you need to do to stop crime, you power-crazed freak.

Sin bin projects operate in half of council areas already but Mr Balls wants every local authority to fund them.

He said: “This is pretty tough and non-negotiable support for families to get to the root of the problem. There should be Family Intervention Projects in every local authority area because every area has families that need support.”

That’s not “support”, that’s control. Black is white, freedom is slavery.

But Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling said: “This is all much too little, much too late.

The Tories, will be expanding this evil programme?

Cross-posted

Update:

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the communists
and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me –
and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.

Pastor Martin Niemöller

ID cards are global: Mexico is next

1 August 2009

The Sacramento Bee reports:

MEXICO CITY — President Felipe Calderon says Mexico will start issuing nationwide identity cards for its citizens starting this year, and by 2012 everyone will have one.

The cards will carry the bearer’s photograph. It will also include information on fingerprints and biometric data, including facial and iris scans, on a magnetic strip.

Most Mexicans currently use their voter ID cards for identification. They contain a photo, signature and one fingerprint. They will continue to be issued.

Interior Secretary Fernando Gomez Mont said Tuesday the new cards will help in the fight against organized crime, and ensure transparency in government aid programs.

Drug traffickers frequently use false identification documents to evade law enforcement.

ID’s are evidently a global agenda item. The type of card being pushed on the populace is the same for each country – only the spin, the selling catch-phrases used by politicians differs.

Labour tried to pass ID cards off as the solution to terrorism. That failed, so now we’re asked to believe it is for our convenience that we must have them. If we had a drug-trafficking problem, ID cards would be billed as being the solution to that.

If ID cards are a global initiative, which body is driving it?  Which organisations / bodies have the most to gain from its implementation?

State-originated data collection on such a massive scale almost always results in tyrrany tyranny – the state has too much power and power corrupts.

The “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” brigade might like to inform themselves about RFID, the technology embedded in the cards. RFID allows the state and anyone with an RFID reader to track your every movement.

An escapee from one surveillance state, Cory Doctorow tells his story in the Guardian.

Swedes to demonstrate over Big Brother EU surveillance body

14 July 2009

Dagens Nyheter reports that Stockholm expects to see some major demonstrations in Sweden this week when EU ministers meet under the Swedish Presidency; the Chinese and Iranian embassies fear unrest.

The police put their number [demonstrations] at about 30.

The EU Justice, Home Affairs and Migration Ministers (JHA Council, a centralised EU body) will discuss the “Stockholm Programme” involving the surveillance of migrants – including asylum seekers. Various civil liberties groups are greatly concerned about invasion of privacy which this would entail and suspect that certain groups would be explicitly targeted for profiling, under the guise of a terrorist threat.

I expect a major part of the surveillance involves the means of collection and storage of personal relational and behavioural data in the EU’s mega surveillance database, which I blogged on earlier.

The Expressen newspaper argues that the Stockholm Programme risks becoming a “milestone on the road towards a more repressive Big Brother-EU“. It complains that it only discovered the plans via a leak and that, as usual, the public is not told about controversial EU plans until it is too late to stop them.

The Swedes are wising up to the EU’s modus operandi. The French weren’t told that their constitution had to be amended to allow their government to ratify the Lisbon Treaty – the information only became apparent to most on the day the wretched thing was ratified. Weren’t they miffed about that?

EU data centre to have €100 million budget

14 July 2009

Ever wonder why G20 nations are all compiling databases on their citizens, at the same time? In the US, they call it “profiling” and currently being targeted are libertarians and conservatives – or anyone who doesn’t like Obama’s policies.

Brown has evidently been following orders.

El Mundo covers a report in Der Spiegel saying that the EU is preparing to establish a data centre which holds sensitive personal information. The article notes that the centre has a budget of €100 million and will unite data centres which currently function independently.

It will be called the “Agency for the management of large IT systems in the field of liberty, security and justice“.

Given the EU’s propensity to doublespeak, hiding it’s true intentions, it might better be named “Agency for the mismanagement of large spy database for entrapment and injustice“.

German liberal MEP Alexander Alvaro said “centralising such a gigantic quantity of different data only makes sense if they want to create profiles of people“.

Quite. Why might they want to do that?

RFID, Smart cards, Google – privacy and liberty issues

14 July 2009

Katherine Albrecht, co-Author of Spychips, discusses plans to incorporate RFID into every item we own, giving corporations and governments the ability to track everything we buy, when we buy it, when we use it and our locations at all times. In so doing, they can build up a database profile on you – a history which they can (and do) share with governments.

Scared?

What about the privacy issues that Google represents? Google claims to know more about us than our doctors do and if the government lets Google hold our medical records, it will know all of our most intimate details – even more so if we have Google email accounts.

Even if we don’t have Google accounts, or don’t use Google to search the internet, any sites we visit which have Google ads, can extract our IP addresses and browsing habits from those sites and build up a highly marketable personal history. Insurance companies, doctors – and the government would take a keen interest in it, as would hackers.

Find yourselves another email provider and search engine. The Startpage search engine is customisable, hides your IP address from destination sites and has stringent privacy controls.

Watch Katherine at the 2009 Libertarian Party of Connecticut Convention:

Find out more about RFID services and which products and public areas which house RFID readers at RFID Journal.

Bill bans forced identity chip implants

7 July 2009

At last, some sanity in our nightmarish Big Brother world – forced microchip implants are to be banned in the US.

Invasion of privacy is an issue that really gets under State Rep. Babette Josephs’ skin. That’s why the Philadelphia Democrat introduced a bill, passed unanimously [emphasis mine] last week by the House, that would ban the forced implantation of computer chips in humans.

Conjuring Orwellian images, Josephs worries the identification devices – the size of a grain of rice – could lead to a real-life Big Brother nightmare. “I’m doing, I think, what the legislature does too little of,” she said. “This is a problem on the horizon, and I want to address it before it becomes a societal disgrace.”

We need a similar ban here. Please support No2ID.

For those unfamiliar with the potential horror of forced chip implantation, watch these videos.

Read the full article.

Uber surveillance – freedom under attack

2 May 2009

If you think that we are heavily surveilled now, watch these videos to see what’s coming.

Wake up, people. You are about to lose all semblance of freedom, thanks to the over-powerful State in collusion with power-hungry and greedy multi-national corporations.

Make sure all your friends and associates see these videos. We need to stop this.

Privacy and the ever-intrusive, burgeoning State

28 April 2009

The Telegraph reports that Jackboots Smith is still intent of invading our privacy, for ‘security’ reasons:

“Ms Smith is pushing ahead with proposed new powers to track every phone, email text message and website visit made by the public in order to combat terrorists and serious criminals who take advantage of the ever complex forms of communication to plot their atrocities and crime.”

(Image from Flikr)

In a discussion on Iain Dale’s blog, the poster Political Dissuasion argues:

“It so that Labour can find out what the Tories campaign plans are and if they dig up some smeargate type material, then bonus for them.”

I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised. Smeargate has taught us that this government is willing to plumb new depths for political gain.

The Tories, if they haven’t done so already, would be wise to ensure that they employ PGP to encrypt all emails.