Drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have no human pilot onboard, and instead are either controlled by a person on the ground or autonomously via a computer program. These stealth craft are becoming increasingly popular, not just for war and military purposes, but also for everything from wildlife and atmospheric research to disaster relief and sports photography. Drones are becoming the eyes and ears of scientists by surveying the ground for archaeological sites, signs of illegal hunting and crop damage, and even zipping inside hurricanes to study the wild storms. You can even rent a personal drone to soar above the horizon and snap a photo or video.
“You have effectively a way of instantly seizing a digital account from a traffic stop. That’s a capability I have never seen before.”- Brady Henderson, legal director for ACLU Oklahoma
“Car owners and drivers become prey for police predators. When a police car is in view, the driver feels fear rather than the comfort of protection. There is fear that, like a spider bearing down on a trapped fly, one will become a victim, not only having to pay the citation tax, but having to waste time in traffic school or having the bear the cost of higher insurance payments.” – Eric Schmitt
“Excessive traffic fines create distrust between the police and the people. What’s needed is tax reform that eliminates the financial incentive for taxation by citation.” – Fred Foldvary
“Several cities have been caught shortening yellow light times to increase ticket camera profits and we think there are more yet to be discovered.
Red-light cameras can only remain profitable at poorly engineered interesections. Once an intersection is fixed, the money dries up quickly. And once the money is gone, the cameras disappear.
We’ve already seen it happen in North Carolina. After the Courts forced cities to give their profits to local schools, the majority of the ticket camera programs in the state shut down.”
“Nothing in the Constitution can force an exchange of liberty for security” – Andrew P. Napolitano
by Ron Paul
The FBI tells us that its demand for a back door into the AppleiPhone 8 is all about fighting terrorism, and that it is essential to break in just this one time to find out more about the San Bernardino attack last December. But the truth is they had long sought a way to break Apple’s iPhone encryption and, like 9/11 and the PATRIOT Act, a mass murder provided just the pretext needed. After all, they say, if we are going to be protected from terrorism we have to give up a little of our privacy and liberty. Never mind that government spying on us has not prevented one terrorist attack.
Apple has so far stood up to a federal government’s demand that it force its employees to write a computer program to break into its own product. No doubt Apple CEO Tim Cook understands the damage it would do to his company for the world to know that the US government has a key to supposedly secure iPhones. But the principles at stake are even higher. We have a fundamental right to privacy. We have a fundamental right to go about our daily life without the threat of government surveillance of our activities. We are not East Germany.
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The PD-100 Black Hornet is a nano UAV developed by Prox Dynamics. The Black Hornet offers intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to armed forces in mission critical operations. The UAV gives access to remote locations and provides situational awareness on the battle field.The Black Hornet has been deployed in Afghanistan to meet the surveillance requirements of the UK Armed Forces. The UAV is also in service with the security forces of several other countries.
“Some men say the earth is flat.
Some men say the earth is round.
But if it is flat, could Parliament make it round?
And if it round, could the kings command flatten it?” – quote from Sir Thomas More’s treason case under Henry VIII
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano:
“Natural Rights can be summarized in four words: the presumption of liberty. This means we are self-directed. We make our own choices.”
“I do have something to preserve — my dignity and my right to be left alone, the quintessential American right.”
“The right to defend yourself, the right to keep and bear arms does not protect your right to shoot deer. It protects your right to shoot at the government when it is taken over by tyrants”
June 5, 2014
8th June is 1984 Action Day – Everywhere!
Get out there and do something on or around 8th June. This day is for YOU to do something, anything, to challenge the surveillance society and have some fun. Action ideas at the websites below. Do get in touch and tell us what you have planned. And feel free to send us at No CCTV photos or videos of what you do – as anonymously as you like!
Via: CBS News
The Data Brokers: Selling Your Personal Information correspondent Steve Kroft
Over the past six months or so, a huge amount of attention has been paid to government snooping, and the bulk collection and storage of vast amounts of raw data in the name of national security. What most of you don’t know, or are just beginning to realize, is that a much greater and more immediate threat to your privacy is coming from thousands of companies you’ve probably never heard of, in the name of commerce.
They’re called data brokers, and they are collecting, analyzing and packaging some of our most sensitive personal information and selling it as a commodity…
A vast hidden surveillance network runs across America powered by the repo industry
Dragnet Nation: What Do Data Brokers Know About Me?
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NSA Whistleblower William Binney has been publicly critical of the NSA for spying on U.S. citizens, saying of its expanded surveillance after the September 11, 2001 attacks that “it’s better than anything that the KGB, the Stasi, or the Gestapo and SS ever had.” (source)
by Kevin Gosztola
Interview with Whistleblower William Binney: Afraid We’re Spreading Secret Government Around The World
The FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, and law enforcement, along with the NSA, are collecting information on Americans and then using that information to arrest people. “Parallel construction” is then used to “fabricate evidence” that is substituted with evidence that is subsequently collected legally and through mechanisms that have traditionally been an accepted part of criminal investigations.
In former senior NSA employee and whistleblower William Binney’s view, this is the “real problem.” It is occurring without a warrant and they can bring this information into court. He calls it the “planned program perjury policy right out of the Department of Justice.”
“They’re lying to the courts,” Binney explains.
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“We were once outraged and dismayed and spurred to resist when British soldiers came knocking at our door with illegitimate warrants seeking taxes on our papers.”
“Today, your government responds that there is no expectation of privacy once you consign your records to a third party.”
“Your government argues that the Fourth Amendment applies not at all to your bank records, your Visa bill, your internet searches or purchases or emails. If not resistance, shouldn’t there at least be outrage?”
” Will we allow defenders of the surveillance state to airbrush history and define away the notion of spying? Will we sit idly by as our expectation of freedom is defined downward?”
“Will we be sunshine patriots, or will we stand up like free men and women and say, ‘Enough is enough, we want our freedoms back’?”