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Updates 12/21/2016 SURVEILLANCE  TECHNOLOGY Including Weapons Usable With Hostile Surveillance Biometrics     Body Cameras     Directed energy weapons     Frequency Weapons     Stingrays     Tasers     Note: This section is purposely brief and is meant to only highlight some of the technology available to watch, stalk, harass and kill people. Notice that surveillance  on a target and weapons against that person can go hand in hand.    Summary of Links on this page: Biometrics Stingrays milwaukee-police-department.shtml Directed Energy Weapons Frequency Weapons Tasers  Body Cameras - Police --- BIOMETRICS, FACIAL RECOGNITION SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY, ETC. ACLU: Biometrics Excerpt:  A biometric is a way to identify someone based on physical characteristics: fingerprints, DNA, retinas, voice, face, or even gait, among others. These simple measurements add up to an extraordinary threat to privacy when they are collected, analyzed, and stored in readily researchable databases. Every day, federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities add new data to the vast and growing databases of Americans’ biometrics. The FBI, for its part, calls its biometrics database the Next Generation Identification System, and the goal is clear: to allow every police officer in the country to be able to instantaneously identify any individual in their crosshairs.  From ACLU, link below: Demand Progress:  Copy from email received July 2016 from Demand Progress  on data gathering, NGI Letter: Stope the FBI’s New Biometric Database The  FBI is stockpiling the fingerprints, faces, tattoos, and more from millions of people – including those not suspected of any criminal activity.  And they’re doing so with essentially NO oversight from Congress or our courts.  The FBI has repeatedly failed to tell the public even the basics about this massive database1 – called the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system.  Now it’s pushing to make the system secret and exempt from standard privacy laws.  We have the chance to stop this outrageous power grab by the FBI. The DOJ is accepting public comments until July 6th to decide whether or not to block the FBI’s request. Tell the FBI: We have a right to know what information the government collects about us!  The FBI and other law enforcement use this massive database to search for “suspects” of any crime without warrants.  But a government watchdog just found high levels of inaccuracy with the system’s facial recognition software.2 These inaccuracies have led to misidentifying innocent people as criminals, and have kept thousands from getting jobs due to faulty background checks.3And if the FBI gets its way and gets to exempt this database from standard privacy laws, it will have NO legal obligation to correct this inaccurate data.  Tell the FBI: We won’t let you make your secret database exempt from our privacy rights! An FBI expert has publicly acknowledged that the system tends to be least accurate on the groups it affects the most4 – people of color, women, and young people.  Even worse, the FBI and other law enforcement has even started using the database to track peaceful political activists instead of just criminals. The FBI has used NGI documents to track activists at Obama and Clinton political rallies,5 and the Department of Homeland Security has been tracking Black Lives Matter activists since Ferguson.6  And now the FBI wants an exemption from the exact law ­– the Privacy Act – that allows us to hold them accountable for illegally targeting us based on our First Amendment activities?  Hell no.  Tell the FBI: We won’t let you exempt your surveillance tools from our privacy protections!Thanks for standing with us. EFF:  Biometrics - Description and Implications of Usage Excerpt:  Biometrics systems are designed to identify or verify the identity of people by using their intrinsic physical or behavioral characteristics. Biometric identifiers include fingerprints; iris, face and palm prints; gait; voice; and DNA, among others. The government insists that biometrics databases can be used effectively for border security, to verify employment, to identify criminals, and to combat terrorism. Private companies argue biometrics can enhance our lives by helping us to identify our friends more easily and by allowing us access to places, products, and services more quickly and accurately.  But the privacy risks that accompany biometrics databases are extreme.  Biometrics’ biggest risk to privacy comes from the government’s ability to use it for surveillance. As face recognition technologies become more effective and cameras are capable of recording greater and greater detail, surreptitious identification and tracking could become the norm. EFF: FBI Plans to Populate its Massive Face Recognition Database with Photographs Taken in the Field.  By Jennifer Lynch. 09/18/2015 Excerpt:  In the last few years, the FBI has been dramatically expanding its biometrics programs, whether by adding face recognition to its vast Next Generation Identification (NGI) database or pushing out mobile biometrics capabilities for  “time-critical situations” through its Repository for Individuals of Special Concern (RISC). But two new developments—both introduced with next to no media attention—will impact far more ordinary Americans than anything the FBI has done on biometrics in the past. Read about the second development below and the first here. Biometrics section updated 12/21/2016 Body Cameras - Police The Verge:  Police body camera state secret. By Matt Stroud (06/12/2017) North Carolina, Louisiana, Kansas, and other states are writing laws to keep police videos out of public hands Excerpt:  This opaque state of affairs was not how body cameras were originally pitched. Body cameras have been available to police since at least 2007 when Steve Ward, a salesman for Taser International, broke off from the company, now known as Axon Enterprise. He then formed his own body camera company, Vievu. But body cameras weren’t considered a necessary police tool until the aftermath of Michael Brown’s killing by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. --- Stingrays Experienced Criminal Lawyers: Stingrays Excerpt:  These devices are used by law enforcement to track individuals. But they are far different from using someone’s phone to track them via GPS. What makes them different is that they are extremely accurate, able to pinpoint someone’s location within a few meters, meaning you could be tracked as you move from one room in your home to another. Also, these devices act as their own cellular network. So, if the police use it against their suspect, or target, they will also be able to track everyone in that person’s vicinity. Finally, the stingray doesn’t only provide benign location information; the technology exists for it to capture content—including text messages and web traffic on a device. -- See Experienced Criminal Lawyers below Tech Dirt:  EFF-ACLU Public Records Laws Team Up to Expose Hidden Stingray Use Milwaukee Police. By Tim Cushing 04/26/2016) stingray-use-milwaukee-police-department.shtml Excerpt of quote inside this article:  As we’ve seen in other cases involving Stingrays, the government did everything it could in this case to hide the fact that it used a Stingray—from the court that issued the pen register/trap and trace order, the court that heard Patrick’s motion to suppress the evidence, and even from Patrick, himself. In police reports, the officers said only that they “‘obtained information’ of Patrick’s location; . . . had ‘prior knowledge’ that Patrick was occupying the vehicle; . . . [and] ‘obtained information from an unknown source’ that Patrick was inside the vehicle at that location.” stingray-use-milwaukee-police-department.shtml Wnd: San Diego Police Sued Over StingRay Surveillance (2014) Excerpt:  Last week, the First Amendment Coalition filed a lawsuit (pdf) against the department and the city asking them to disclose any information they have about the possession and use of International Mobile Subscriber Identity Catchers (IMSI), better know in the trade as Stingrays…. The New American: Police Use “StingRay” Device to Monitor Cellphones (2014) Excerpt:  Using a device called StingRay, police across America are able to intercept calls and texts from cell phones — often without a warrant. The StingRay simulates a cell tower, prompting cellphones within its range to identify themselves and transmit their signals to the police instead of the nearest mobile network operator’s tower. EFF:  When a Secretive Stingray Cell Phone Tracking “Warrant” Isn’t a Warrant (2013) Excerpt: An Arizona federal court this afternoon will be the battleground over the government's use of a "Stingray" surveillance device in a closely watched criminal case, United States v. Rigmaiden. Experienced Lawyers: Stingray Government Tracking and Suveillance Tool stingrays sections updated 12/20/2016 --- TASERS Tasers stunning attackers from greater distance: Like all Tasers, the new models fire metal hooks into a suspect's clothing or skin, delivering a 600 volt pulse. The charge causes the muscles to contract, temporarily paralyzing them. This new model, the X3 handgun-style Taser, has three cartridges. The company says it's capable of subduing three suspects at once. But it would also allow an officer, in theory, to deliver a triple hit to one suspect. The new models are making the debate over their safety and potential misuse even more urgent. --Lawyers and Settlements (see below) The main advantage of this design is that you can stun attackers from a greater distance (typically 15 to 20 feet / 4 to 6 meters. The disadvantage is that you only get one shot -- you have to wind up and re-pack the electrode wires, as well as load a new gas cartridge, each time you fire. Most Taser models also have ordinary stun-gun electrodes, in case the Taser electrodes miss the target. --From How Stuff Works Best Stun Gun:  An Advertisement showing taser capabilities Excerpt:  The TASER M26C Gun Pistol is a legal open carry / concealable self defense weapon. It has the power to incapacitate even the strongest and most aggressive attackers.  Built on the same technology that the military and law enforcement officers use, the M26C is an extremely powerful self defense weapon that puts the power in your hands. It shoots a 15 foot electrical shock cord to freeze your attacker in the spot. This cord can pierce skin, clothing, and thick materials. Once activated the bad guy won’t be able to move and most likely will fall down in place – giving you plenty of time to get to safety and call the police.  The M26C is a serious self defense tool that can save your life and your families. If you are ready to take control of your protection – the M26 is a great start!  15 foot range keeps attacker at bay EMD Technology makes attacker go limp  Recognizable shape can deter assailants Electronics/How Stuff Works:  Stun Gun, Tasers Excerpt: The companies that make stun guns specify that the weapons should be used conservatively, only for self-defense or incapacitating an unruly person. Unfortunately, stun guns are commonly used as torture devices in many parts of the world.  Amnesty International reports that a number of governments routinely use stun weapons to extract confessions from political prisoners. These officials know that electrical torture leaves less evidence than many other methods. The shock from a stun weapon is extremely painful, but it doesn't leave an obvious wound. So, while stun guns might be relatively safe weapons when used correctly, they can be quite dangerous in the wrong hands Lawyers and Settlements:  Taser abuse Excerpt:  Since 2004, Amnesty International has stated that taser electro-shock weapons are contributing to widespread human rights abuses and that tasers are being used as tools of routine force instead of their original purpose—an alternative to firearms. Progressive:  versions of tasers  Excerpt:  In 2003, Taser International started selling an additional version of the twenty-six-watt taser, called the X26, which is light enough for police officers to carry at all times….In Portland, Oregon, police used a taser to shock a seventy-one-year-old blind woman four times on her back and once on the right breast. They also pepper-sprayed her and beat her.  Tasers section updated 12/21/2016 --- Frequency Weapons Note: sources in this frequency weapons section might seem to be (and might actually be) kooky, suspicious, or unreliable, making it feel it is hard to sort out disinformation and misinformation from anything real.  I suspect there is some truth to the concerns. Earthpulse:  Biohazards of Extremely Low Frequencies (ELF). By Dr. Nick Begich Reprinted fr. Earthpulse Flashpoints Series 1 Volume 1. Excerpt:  In reporting on the HAARP project the issue of extremely low frequency (ELF) impacts on human health has been raised. The debate on the impact of ELF is still ongoing in international medical circles. However, recent research points to the fact that these frequencies when shaped and transferred to humans cause significant reactions. In our book, Angels Don't Play this HAARP: Advances in Tesla Technology, we explore some of these reactions. HAARP is not the only system available for taking advantage of these new technologies. The military has developed smaller weapon systems for use in battlefield applications. These new weapons were disclosed in documents authored and compiled by the United States Air Force. The Air Force documents indicate that these weapons can be used for mind control, inducing heart attacks, causing electronic failures and creating computer malfunctions. More recently these new weapons have been revealed in International Red Cross documents and in other press reports. In a CBS - 60 Minutes broadcast on February 11, 1996 a report on some of these new systems was shown. The program discussed some of the effects of these new weapons which included disorientation and "flu-like symptoms". This new classification of weapons has created some level of concern on the part of military planners in trying to find a way to introduce these systems. The United States Army has developed a concept called the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) which begins to unfold the weapons introduction plan. What this document points out is that many of these weapons will operate in a way which is in conflict with American values. The Army realizes that the conflict with our values exists and openly discusses the problem it presents. The Army then goes on to describe a number of ways to reshape those values so that these new weapons can be used. The basic problem, from this writers perspective, is that the U. S. Army's role in the American scene is not intended to "shape and form public values", rather it is supposed to "reflect" American values. The idea that any branch of government should see their role as one of setting the national ethic is wrong. Taboodada Excerpt: For well over 50 years, Neuro-Electro-magnetic Frequency Weapons have been perfected by their covert use in warfare. These ‘classified’, ‘non-lethal’ or ‘silent’ weapons have also been perfected by experimenting on unsuspecting individuals since their early development. Directing a beam of frequencies to a human brain can cause a series of serious side-effects. ELF waves cause nausea, headaches, accelerated heart rate without cause, to name but a few. In 1974, the first unclassified successful transmission of the human voice directly into the skull of a living person was performed by Dr. Joseph C. Sharp, of the Walter Reed army institute of research by transforming a hypnotist’s voice using ELF’s. This technique was later developed into the Smirnov scramble method, and used in the Gulf War. It is possible to hypnotize a target without the target being aware and leaving zero trace of evidence Jacobsm: Protection - Frequency Weapons Neural Electromagnetic Mind Control Weapons George Farquhar (possible questionable and/or biased resource) Project Freedom Truth-Love-Courage --- Directed Energy Weapons Wikipedia:  Directed Energy Weapon DEW Related topics in DEW section listed on wikipedia: 2 Types 2.1  Microwave weapons  2.2  Electrolaser  2.3  Pulsed energy projectile  2.4 Dazzler  2.5 Laser Weapon Examples 3  Problems with laser weapons  3.1  Blooming  3.2  Countermeasures  4  Particle-beam weapons  4.1  Plasma weapons 5  Sonic weapons  5.1  Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD)  6  History  6.1  Mirrors of Archimedes  6.2  Robert Watson-Watt 6.3  Engine-stopping rays  6.4  Tesla  6.5  German World War II experimental weapons  6.6 Strategic Defense Initiative 6.7  Iraq War  6.8  Alleged tracking of Space Shuttle Challenger Excerpt hi-lite added in yellow to reflect smaller applications which might be found in surveillance/stalking of citizens:   A directed-energy weapon (DEW) emits highly focused energy, transferring that energy to a target to damage it. Potential applications of this technology include anti-personnel weapon systems, potential missile defense system, and the disabling of lightly armored vehicles such as cars, drones, watercraft, and electronic devices such as mobile phones.[1][2] The Pentagon is researching technologies like directed-energy weapon and railguns to counter maturing threats posed by missile and hypersonic glide vehicles. These systems of missile defense are expected to come online in the mid to late- 2020s.[3] DEW section updated 12/21/2016
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