Showing posts with label surveillance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label surveillance. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Watching the skies ... then and now

 Used to be, one of the nicest things you could see in the sky was a hawk circling over a grassy field, looking for his meal.
That sky watching became searching for dangerous aircraft during war and in 1943, the English Homeguard needed to identify planes over the English countryside, so the Observer issued pamphlets like this. The Spitfire was a thrill in its beauty and purpose but most will never see one again, (unless you are watching Foyle's War on British TV.) And there was no point in identifying a V2 and calling someone because it would already be there before the call went through. Of course there's really nothing romantic about war and that was then, this is now .....

Dutch designer Ruben Pater came up with this modern chart of attack and surveillance drones.

Our ancestors could spot natural predators like hawks from afar by their silhouettes. We may need to be also aware of the present day predators. Spies looking for more than a meal. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicts that within 20 years there could be 30,000 drones flying over U.S. soil alone. As robotic birds will become commonplace in the near future, we should be prepared to identify them.
Aside from the practicality of using drones in distant wars where the pilot sits in a comfortable facility in his home country, oblivious to any danger,  while his Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) hunts down and kills those who are perceived to have a threat to our society, there are now hundreds more uses for UAVs. 

From peaceful uses like mapping terrain. Checking out building sites too dangerous for a man. A local police force observing a robbery in progress, to privacy infringing uses where a tiny silent drone looking like a dragon-fly hovers near your bedroom window to peek at you, to the use of a Reaper Drone or a Global Hawk to attack the Pentagon, observed by 214 surveillance cameras but only 10 frames released to the public.

Grim Reaper?

Is there a subliminal threat to society looms in the skies with those drones? Recently a Colorado company, who makes drones approved by the US Government, was assisting in surveying flood damage, a useful operation. They were ordered by FEMA, to ground their UAVs and anyone flying one would be arrested! No one has explained why.
Well anyone in the know is already aware that something sinister is going on in Colorado that someone doesn't want you to see. And that's just the beginning.

The future is now, keep watching your skies, just don't shoot down a real hawk, they're just looking for a meal.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Conspiracy? No no NSA!

Here's the way some people think. 

The US uses Seal Team VI to go into Pakistan to get Osama bin Laden. They fly in with stealth helicopters, storm the compound and find Osama watching TV and kill him. That's their story and they're sticking to it.
There are pictures of some guy with his back to you placidly watching TV, probably American Idol. The guy in the pic seems to be the same photo double they used a couple of years ago to impersonate bin Laden. Not many people believe the picture was of him then and don't now.
And many believe that if they did get bin Laden in a sneaky raid there would be hundreds of pictures to document the operation. Pictures of the dead terrorist, the house, other rooms with communications tech from what is said to be a Command Center. Maybe even a pic of some of the medical equipment he needed to enable his regular dialysis. 

bin Laden or been wrong again?
Then the stealth team buries the body at sea in another secret operation, to prevent martyrism of the burial site of course. Again no pictures. 

Seal Team VI is celebrated, along with President Obama, for getting the world's most wanted terrorist. Mission accomplished, to use a familiar Presidential line.
Except, that a lot of folks believe President Clinton had already killed Osama bin Laden in Tora Bora several years ago when he sent cruise missiles into the caves the Saudi Prince was supposedly hiding in! 
No one heard or saw a reliable sign of bin Laden since that targeted raid. In spite of the picture of that fat-head guy posing as Osama a few years later when the need to keep the bogey man alive became evident and they tried to make a credible video.  

So now come the revelations about NSA snooping. And we have one family who had a son on Seal Team VI. This family says they criticized the military for the loss of 38 lives and Seal Team VI soldiers (including their son) in a very suspicious helicopter crash in Afghanistan. That criticism resulted in them being targeted and surveilled by NSA. So they are suing the US Government.

The alleged surveillance violated the plaintiffs' right of freedom of association by making them and others weary and fearful of contacting other persons and entities via cell phone out of fear of the misuse of government power and retaliation against these persons and entities who challenge the misuse of government power. To paraphrase the reasons for their lawsuit.

Remember that only your telephone communications need a court order, the Patriot Act already covers your email and other internet activities, without a court order, and in its wisdom, forbids your ISP to even TELL you you have been scrutinized by the NSA, under penalty of law. So Verizon, for instance, HAS to give out information about you while keeping the very inquiry secret from you. 

So haven't we seen this scenario in TV gangster movies hundreds of times? The bad guys get other bad guys to kill someone, then we learn they never trusted the perpetrator bad guys not to eventually talk and so they engineer their deaths too. 
Neat and tidy, dead men don't talk. Or point fingers. Or write books. Or whistleblow. Or testify.

The trouble is they're all supposed to be the good guys!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Suspicions confirmed?

Soon to be conspiracy theory confirmed? Do certain agencies need to destroy RIM to get its patents?
A new article from Reuters feeds a little more information to us about the threat RIM presents to spy agencies, including Homeland Security et al.

The idea, is that RIM being a Canadian company with products using its own operating system, accessed from its own world-wide network, using unbreakable encryption, is a threat to spy agencies that want to do their usual spying, that is of course, as they are doing now; to hear everything you say while making a cell call, and read every email and see every photo you send from that smart-phone.

from Reuters -
One of the options for RIM is to abandon its own operating system and adopt Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had approached RIM in recent months, looking to strike a partnership similar to the one the software giant has with Nokia Oyj. Under that partnership, Nokia will use Microsoft's latest Windows operating system on its smartphones.
 The suspicion of course, is that Microsoft, having sold out years ago to the US Government, (read #2 below) wants to help their controllers get rid of RIM's encrypted operating system and replace it with one more friendly to surveillance by governments. Like Windows 8.

Reuters again -
RIM could also look for Microsoft to buy a stake in the company and fund marketing and other expenses, the sources said. However, this option is not attractive to RIM because it would mean the end of the Waterloo, Ontario-based company's technology independence, they said.

Yes, an end to unspyable software. And here is the real clue -

the meat -
Microsoft could also be interested in RIM's wireless patents, the sources said.

In our opinion,  there has been a world wide effort to sink RIM or at the least, get it under the control of Microsoft. Where all its hardware and software can be manipulated by certain factions of the FBI, NSA and CIA. As all of Microsoft's Operating systems now are. Remember after the Bill Gates Microsoft meeting with US Officials how that unique number was added to all computers running Windows? And there was an outcry? And it was then made turn-off-able. But they left the unique number of your hard drive there anyway. As if any spy agency needs it anymore with Facebook funneling your information straight into a cross referencing database.
And Microsoft Windows and Android are not alone. Apple owners using SIRI send every call through a central conversion house to make it text. Readable by whomever.

Canadian icon RIM is desperately trying to hold on and recover from its problems, however, when you have this much trouble, fomented by organizations secretly working against you, it will be very hard to do. And shareholders clamoring to feed their greed doesn't help either.

Jim Flaherty, Canada's Finance Minister has refused to be drawn into whether the United States has expressed any reservations about possible bids from outside North America, given the importance of RIM to communications security. The Pentagon is RIM's biggest customer.

That oughta tell you all you need to know about RIM's true value.

1 - Check our previous suspicions from this blog post about RIM  - - -

2 - And check out our how Microsoft fits into our conspiracy ideas - - -