Are we not sick of the lies? 9/11 was an inside job, aided by the Israelis and Saudis!
They started off by saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Ten minutes later, they were reading the text of a resolution claiming the existence of “overwhelming evidence” that “pre-planted explosives . . . caused the destruction of the three World Trade Center buildings.”
And so it was, on July 24, 2019 — nearly 18 years after the horrific attacks that traumatized a nation and changed the world forever — the Franklin Square and Munson Fire District, which oversees a volunteer fire department serving a hamlet of 30,000 residents just outside of Queens, New York, became the first legislative body in the country to officially support a new investigation into the events of 9/11.
The resolution, drafted and introduced by Commissioner Christopher Gioia, was unanimously approved by the five commissioners. Members of the audience — including the families of fallen firefighters Thomas J. Hetzel and Robert Evans, both Franklin Square natives — joined in solemn but celebratory applause after the fifth “ay” was spoken.
Conversing with guests after the meeting, Commissioner Dennis Lyons remarked on the enormous and lasting toll that 9/11 has taken on the Franklin Square community. “We have a memorial — a piece of steel from the World Trade Center with 28 holes where the nuts and bolts used to go,” Lyons explained. “Every year on the 11th, we put a rose in each hole for the 24 Nassau County firefighters and four Franklin Square residents who died on 9/11.”
The impact of 9/11 on the community extends well beyond the victims and their grieving families. On September 12, 2001, the Franklin Square Fire Department was called in to assist with the massive rescue and recovery effort that was just getting underway. Countless members of the department, including Gioia and Commissioner Philip Malloy (then rank-and-file firefighters), spent weeks on the pile searching in vain for civilians and fellow responders who might still be alive. Today, Malloy is one of thousands suffering chronic health effects.
The department also lost one of its own in Thomas J. Hetzel, affectionately referred to as “Tommy” by the commissioners. Hetzel was a full-time member of the New York Fire Department in addition to serving as a volunteer firefighter in Franklin Square. A touching memorial to Hetzel was on display during the meeting, and Hetzel’s widow, parents, and sister were all in attendance.
“The Hetzel and Evans families were very appreciative of the proceedings,” Gioia commented the day after the meeting. “They know it’s an uphill struggle. But at least they have hope, which is something they haven’t had in a long time.”
The FBI has released a 15-page document warning of the dangers of “anti-government, identity-based, and fringe conspiracy theories.” The law enforcement agency says that these are “very likely to motivate some domestic extremists to commit criminal, sometimes violent activity.” The document seems to recommend increased social media and web censorship.
The FBI assesses anti-government, identity-based, and fringe political conspiracy theories very likely motivate some domestic extremists, wholly or in part, to commit criminal and sometimes violent activity. The FBI further assesses in some cases these conspiracy theories very likely encourage the targeting of specific people, places, and organizations, thereby increasing the Iikelihood of violence against these targets. These assessments are made with high confidenced, based on information from other law enforcement agencies, open-source information, court documents, human sources with varying degrees of access and corroboration, and FBI investigations.
One key assumption driving these assessments is that certain conspiracy theory narratives tacitly support or legitimize violent action. The FBI also assumes some, but not all individuals or domestic extremists who hold such beliefs will act on them. The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modem information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts. Indicators that may lead to revised judgements or cause a change in the confidence level assoc iated with this assessment include a lack of conspiracy theory-driven criminal or violent activity in the near to long term or significant efforts by major social media companies and websites to remove, regulate, or counter potentially harmful conspiratorial content.
So what do they consider conspiracy theories? A few of the theories and topics mentioned in the document are QAnon, Pizzagate, the New World Order, various child-sex trafficking ring theories, and racial extremists. Interestingly, there is no specific mention in this document of Antifa and their theories, despite the fact that they’re decidedly anti-government and confirmably violent.
The internet brings people together in forums, on social media, in private online chatrooms, and via email. The document released by the FBI seems to consider that this is part of the problem.
Although conspiracy theory-driven crime and violence is not a new phenomenon, today’s information environment has changed the way conspiracy theories develop, spread, and evolve. The advent of the Internet and social media has enabled promoters of conspiracy theories to produce and share greater volumes of material via online platforms that larger audiences of consumers can quickly and easily access.
Based on the increased volume and reach of conspiratorial content due to modern communication methods, it is logical to assume that more extremist-minded individuals will be exposed to potentially harmful conspiracy theories, accept ones that are favorable to their views, and possibly carry out criminal or violent actions as a result. The Internet has also enabled a ‘crowd-sourcing’ effect wherein conspiracy theory followers themselves shape a given theory by presenting information that supplements, expands, or localizes its narrative.
The examples above demonstrate how crowd-sourced conspiracy theories can influence which entities extremists choose to target. These examples also substantiate concerns expressed by some researchers who believe a rise of conspiracism, fostered in part by the Internet, may be accompanied by a search for scapegoats-those believed to be the conspirators’ allies, henchmen, or collaborators.
This is worrisome, as censorship of any alternative view is already at an all-time high, with a coordinated purge of alternative media websites from social media outlets and a major search engine. It seems as though this could potentially lead to even more censorship. Maybe that’s what it’s actually for – to give social media outlets even more justification for cracking down on free yet unpopular speech.
The document notes the FBI’s definition of “conspiracy theories.”
Although many conspiracy theories appear benign or inconsequential, others create serious risks. Throughout history, such conspiracy theories have fueled prejudice, witch-hunts, genocide, and acts of terrorism.’ In the context of domestic terrorism, extremists often view the activities of alleged conspirators as an existential threat that can only be stopped through drastic, or even violent means…
…A conspiracy theory is an attempt to explain events or circumstances as the result of a group of actors working in secret to benefit themselves at the expense of othersr. Conspiracy theories typically allege wrongdoing by powerful others (for example, public officials, business executives, scientists) or societally marginalized groups (for example, Muslims, Jews), and are most prevalent among individuals with extreme political viewsg. Some conspiracy theories point to weak circumstantial evidence, but ignore stronger evidence that would refute their claims.
Consequently, they are usually at odds with official or prevailing explanations of events) While a conspiracy theory refers to an allegation that may or may not be true, a conspiracy is a true causal chain of events. Real conspiracies involving illegal, antidemocratic, or harmful activities by high level government officials and political elites have been exposed in the past and it has been argued that such plots have encouraged conspiracism in society.
Relying on the premises that nothing happens by accident, nothing is as it seems, and everything is connected, conspiracy theorists tend to view every bad outcome as the result of an intentional decision by an evil actor, dismiss disconfirming evidence as “fabricated” by the conspirators, and connect a wide range of seemingly unrelated occurences to suggest a larger plot. Despite sharing key characteristics and at times featuring similar themes and intersecting plots, conspiracy theories vary greatly in their scope. Some are narrowly focused on a particular event or set of events whereas others suggest broad, expansive narratives that link multiple conspiracies in complex ways to portray a group of evil actors working to manipulate society on a global scale.
So, does this definition mean that anyone who disagrees with the official story about anything is a dangerous conspiracy theorist?
The FBI document mentions numerous arrests, some of which were not widely publicized. The document also provided a list of conspiracy theories that they find particularly worrisome in Appendix B.
The conspiracy theories referenced in this intelligence bulletin have been categorized as anti government, identity-based, or fringe political because they assert secretive, malevolent acts either by an allegedly hostile and tyrannical federal government, by racial, religious, or social minority groups, or by political opponents.
(U) NWO: A group of international elites controls governments, industry, and media organizations, instigates major wars, carries out secret staged events, and manipulates economies with the goal of establishing global rule.
(U) UN: The UN is being used by an evil global cabal to erode American sovereignty, strip away individual liberties, and bring foreign troops to American soil in order to replace democracy with global tyranny.”
(U) False Flags: The official story surrounding a given terrorist attack or mass shooting is a lie; the event was staged or conducted by the government to justify encroachments on civil liberties.
(U) Zionist Occupied Government: Jewish agents secretly control the governments of Western states and are conspiring to achieve world domination.
(U) Islamberg: The small Muslim community near Hancock, New York known as Islamberg is a terrorist training camp; its residents, who pose as peaceful Muslims, are in fact Islamic radicals operating as a terrorist sleeper cell.
(U) Pizzagate: High ranking democratic officials are or were involved in a child sex trafficking ring centered at the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in Washington, DC.’
(U) QAnon: An anonymous government official known as “Q” posts classified information online to reveal a covert effort, led by President Trump, to dismantle a conspiracy involving “deep state” actors and global elites allegedly engaged in an international child sex trafficking ring.’
The thing one might find particularly ironic is that the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein has brought out a massive amount of information about…well…child sex trafficking and global elite pedophiles. (See this article, this article, this one, and this one.)
Beginning on page 2 of the document, the FBI cites numerous cases of violence based on conspiracy theories.
The FBI assesses anti-government, identity-based, and fringe political conspiracy theories very likely motivate some domestic extremists, wholly or in part, to engage in criminal or violent activity. This assessment is based on events in which individuals committed crimes, plotted attacks, or successfully carried out deadly violence and who – either before or after their arrests -attributed their actions to their conspiratorial beliefs. These events include instances in which the perpetrators intended to kill groups identified by such theories as hostile and malevolent, or to simply carry out dangerous, unlawful acts in an effort to draw attention to or expose a perceived conspiracy.
Most people who question the status quo would not be surprised if this document is just the beginning of a crackdown on anyone who refuses to accept the mainstream explanations because they might “engage in criminal or violent activity.”
While some of the theories mentioned are pretty far-fetched, the First Amendment protects free speech – and that includes conspiracy theories. Most people who believe that there are pedophiles in our government or who question the official reports of heinous events will never become violent. But now, it appears they may become targets of suspicion based on their thought crimes.
And when this FBI report is combined with the recently introduced Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety Act of 2019, which focuses on developing “a national strategy to prevent targeted violence through behavioral threat assessment and management, and for other purposes,” it certainly could make critical thinkers a little bit nervous.
Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com.Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
By JOHN KAMINSKI
Aug 3, 2019
Absence of social conscience
dooms humanity to slavery
Deceived populace fails to see
World War 3 already under way
as Jew psychos demolish nations
I remember back in the early days following 9/11 when skeptics tried to convince the general public that the government and media were lying to them about what had really happened, we were constantly trying to estimate what percentage of the population it would take to (1) overthrow the criminals who planned the whole thing, and (2) restore what people generally hoped was an honest government (but wasn’t).
9/11 sure as hell wasn’t done by Al-Qaeda, which we now know was a creation of the American and Israeli intelligences services. And it’s ominous to realize that the Saudis who are really secret Jews and the Jews themselves from their American-funded fortress in Israel planned, executed and covered up the destruction of American landmarks to create a condition of permanent war against people everywhere.
Realize this, American fools! Our current president’s major foreign allies (some say foreign bosses) are precisely Israel and Saudi Arabia, the very entities who conspired with our own CIA and military to create the false flag terror disaster of September 11, 2001.
Back then, say 2002-06, informal estimates ranged from 10-20 percent of the population were needed to effectively challenge the lies from Washington about the demolition of the Twin Towers. Of course, that never happened as the government controlled media fabricated a report that was forced down the throats of Americans, allowing the Jewish henchmen who engineered the deadly deception to escape unscathed with billions of dollars in their pockets.
This preposterously false report — which never mentioned Building 7 — really couldn’t have fooled middle schoolers, yet thanks to the Jewish hammerlock on mainstream media, it fooled a majority of Americans, who years before had already been zombified by the Jews’ abject control of money and media.
Of course, the people who engineered the greatest self-inflicted injury in American history are still in power, and the vast majority of the American people have never even contemplated challenging the colossal lies they hide behind.
And President Trump’s appointment of the most depraved minions (Bolton, Pompeo and Giuliani) from the criminal second Bush administration responsible for the crimes of 9/11 illustrate there will be no authentic candor on this matter from the U.S. government in the near future.
The enforced indifference to this crime against not only all Americans but all humanity has persisted to this day, and is still in force as Trump prepares to start World War 3 to please his casino-owning, drug-peddling, arms-smuggling, child-molesting Jewish masters.
But the key question as to why unintelligent Americans failed to challenge the lies they were being told didn’t so much focus on this specific event but instead was the same question that has remained unanswered throughout the 20th century and in fact most of American history.
The real question is why don’t people have a social conscience? Has it been bred out of them by lying politicians, TV, drugs and fake news!? Or are they simply too busy staying alive to worry about their freedom?
Why don’t Americans care about remedying the situation with their obviously criminal leadership which conspired with their Israeli masters to obliterate an American landmark and cover up the fact that this faux terrorist attack was used obscure the judgment of expert observers that the buildings needed to be demolished because of a process that was physically deteriorating the Twin Towers themselves.
It has become apparent that there are zero genuine Americans remaining in the elective positions of the U.S. government. There are only those getting paid by the Jews who with their endless amounts of money determine who will govern everyone, and at every level: national, state and local.
The most telling example occurred in the 2016 presidential election, in which many Americans voted for Donald Trump (including me) because they believed if Hillary Clinton were elected, she would have started World War 3 on behalf of the Jews who control American finances and the Israelis who foment revolution and oppression around the world.
Now we all see clearly that it made no actual difference whether we voted for Trump or Hillary, since they were both owned by the Jews. This reality has existed since President Jimmy Carter insisted that Palestinians should be treated as actual human beings.
Patriotism is now a crime against the evil Deep State. As Florida’s new governor recently showed, Israel and the Jews now take precedence over the U.S. Constitution.
The USA is being destroyed by Jews. If we let money rule the world, we’re doomed.
Jews control the media IN ALL COUNTRIES today. If you don’t believe the lies they tell you, you’re a hater. This is how Jews silence legitimate opposition to their criminal behavior.
The way we treat indigenous people shows our true worthlessness as a people.
Jews are a social cancer that is deliberately killing the human species.
What they are creating is an abomination they are destined to rule in hell.
Responsible officials in every country need to realize Jews are the enemy of every country on Earth, but it might be too late to realize this, because the Jews already own almost every world leader on the planet. And they are constantly trying to kill the ones they don’t own.
One of the greatest deceptions ever perpetrated against the American people continues to be Donald Trump’s apparent obsession with building a wall on the Mexican border with the U.S., which at most recent look shows that no part of said wall has been constructed in the past three months. The bad part is that illegal immigration is even higher than it was during the criminal Obama administration.
“I will build a great wall, and nobody builds better walls than me . . . and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” — Donald Trump
(See full quote)
The percentage of people with an actual social conscience is ridiculously low, around 2 percent, which is far too low for our species to survive. The other 98 percent are, willingly or not, engulfed by their own addictions, compulsions and distractions.
The invasions of North America and Europe by Third World refugees has been made possible by rich Jews (the same people who choose our presidential candidates), as evidenced by the Star of David seen on buses transporting illegal immigrants from Honduras across Mexico to the U.S. border. Also evidence are hundreds of African men seen wandering around San Antonio recently brandishing roles of hundred dollar bills, presumably given to them by rich Jews seeking to destabilize the USA and also infect Americans with deadly diseases many of these Africans are carrying.
The invasion of Africans currently overrunning many European countries has been facilitated by Jewish NGOs eager to swamp educated white countries with illiterate black refugees, all with the treasonous support of the leaders of white Western countries.
Social conscience is also not present in media, which relies on titillating propaganda for success in publishing and broadcasting. Of course, most of the blame for this falls on Jews who own most of the media and have no conception of social conscience except as regards the continuing psychotic preeminence of their own twisted clan.
All big media are owned by Jews, and they have elevated blacks into the hero roles, telling the evil white people how to behave. This is a great formula for turning everyone into brainless slaves.
As I have said many times before, you can’t be a Jew and a human at the same time. You must renounce one or the other. This should tell you all you need to know about the deafening darkness now descending upon your immediate future.
World War 3 is a match that pits the Jews against the rest of humanity. If the world finds out what the Jews have done to them, as the elder President George Bush once told journalist Sarah McClendon, he and his criminal cronies would all be hung from the nearest lamp post by an outraged public. This needs to happen now.
(This essay is dedicated to all my blood relatives.)
We previously wrote about planned obsolescence, but now things have gone even further. Products aren’t just being designed to be obsoleted, but they are being intentionally engineered by manufacturers to self-destruct and take other parts with them.
America has been at a juncture in its evolution of Capitalism for some time. We’ve agreed to take a greedy detour that deviates from our roots of greatness and pride. Where this path will take us, we’re not sure, but we’re about to explore it.
Understandably, it’s a dynamic and challenging environment in which businesses now exist. Being a business owner today there are endless amounts of regulatory bodies with which to comply, filings to make and taxes to pay. That’s not even including creating a competitive product or service, bringing your products and services to market in a meaningful way and trying to create – and keep – an exceptional customer experience. Let’s face it, business ain’t easy.
Every business has a polarity to its financials: expenses and revenue. Every business also has a polarity to its revenue: new customers and existing customers.
If you want to grow a business’s profits, there are a limited number of ways to do it. Many are reputable and add customer value, but some are disreputable and have the potential of causing customers negative experiences and possibly injury or even death.
Most businesses want -really, need – to create exceptional growth. That’s why they’re in business and for publicly traded businesses, that’s the expectation of their shareholders.
Expense reduction is a limited short term limited gain, so businesses rightfully focus on revenue generation. If you’re a small business you have one sole mission – gain new customers. But, for large businesses with existing product lines and established market share, what are their options?
They either need to get very good at marketing and create innovative ways of differentiating themselves from their competitors with their existing product line or they need to bring entirely new products or product lines to market in an effort to gain more new customers. This often takes a long time (R&D) and comes at a great expense.
The most obvious and accessible option is to create more revenue with their existing, established, customer base.
Designing your products to have planned obsolescence can be challenging given the fact that businesses have to remain competitive in their customer’s eyes to maintain market share. So, businesses have innovated new ways of obsoleting.
I’ll use my recent experience with brakes on a Hyundai Elantra as a prime example of business’ new and improved obsolescence strategy. Replacing the brakes on your car is one of the easiest, most economical and cost-saving updates you can do on your vehicle. So, I have a great deal of experience with brakes.
First, a little brake anatomy and physiology.
Image credit: How to Replace Disc Brake Pads
As you can see in the diagram, the pressurized brake fluid in the blue line coming into the piston expands the piston and causes the brake pads to apply friction to the brake rotor.
Image credit: How to Replace Disc Brake Pads
Most people know that if they drive on their brakes very long after they start hearing a squealing sound that they’ll be ruining their brake rotors. So you can’t drive very long after you hear that early warning or you’ll be looking at a much larger, more expensive project of not just replacing your pads, but the rotors as well.
But, what if Hyundai could design the brakes such that they could ensure that your rotors had to be replaced, not just your pads? If this were true, rather than offering their customers more value, they’re “offering” customers negative value, having them pay for replacing something unnecessarily.
What if Hyundai could make a very simple design change that would ensure that customers not only had to replace their pads but their rotors as well? If the vehicle is newer, then they’re almost ensured that the customer will bring it to the dealership to have the brakes done. Brakes aren’t something covered in a warranty and if the customer was deemed at fault, then neither would the rotors. This could be a windfall for Hyundai!
So, what is the early warning system people use to ensure that they don’t have to replace the majority of their brake system?
Here’s a recent picture from a 2013 Hyundai Elantra.
|Factory Brake Pads||After-Market Brake Pads|
That little shim of metal that extends beyond the hard metal backing of the brake pad is what makes the audible sound as the pad wears down to the last remaining protection from putting metal on metal.
The brake pad falling off of the backing plate wouldn’t have crossed my mind as odd, but when I was told that the front brake rotors had to be replaced under 60k miles, that’s what made me think twice.
I realized that the warning shim that makes noise had been reduced by ½ in size. It was made so small that the brake pad had failed on one side before the shim was even making any noise.
Rather than the normal squeal from the shim that you get, from a shim that’s the correct length such as the right photo, you just go immediately to metal on metal grinding sound and instantly start to destroy your rotors.
Right about now, if you’re a Hyundai Executive, you should be seeing dollars signs in your eyes!
We’ve just created an innovative new way to Capitalize on all of our existing customer base in a whole new way. Existing, unsuspecting, trusting, customers who have been served well by Hyundai products in the past will buy a brand new car and be forced to replace their rotors on their very first brake pad replacement.
Not only does this offer the business revenue for the labor and materials for replacing pads, but a job that is 2-3 larger.
Here’s a breakdown from autoservicecosts.com for brake jobs:
|Brake Pads||$50 – $150||$100||$150 – $250|
|Rotors||$200 – $400||$150||$350 – $550|
|Calipers||$50 – $100||$100||$150 – $200|
Hyundai has successfully increased its brake pad replacement revenue from $250 to $800…an increase in revenue of 220%.
This is a clear financial win for Hyundai in the short term, but won’t this have side effects? Similar to the first law of thermodynamics, to the extent their shenanigans are known by their customers, their business is likely to receive equal and opposite backlash from their customers.
The phrase “The customer is always right” is the hallmark of American business and became representative of Capitalism ideals around the world. This simple phrase had the ability to make or break businesses of a bygone era.
Done right, a business would thrive off of their customer relationships. Done wrong, it could devastate a business overnight. Arguably, this phrase Made America Great.
Businesses took a strong stance that they were there to serve customers. The more the business provided value for the customer, the more businesses yielded the benefit of customer loyalty and goodwill for the business.
Like me, can you list a half dozen times in the last 12 months were you’ve been told you’re “wrong” as a customer?
Waited on the phone for 45 minutes on the phone only to be transferred 3 times? Tried to buy a countertop from Ikea only to wait for 1.5 hours to retrieve it from warehouse pickup? Have you been to the hospital and misguided about the real price of the service only to find out it costs 2-3x more than originally stated or labeled?
If you’ve experienced a scenario similar to this, then you’ve experienced Oppositional Capitalism. Businesses are now taking a clear stance that the customer is wrong. Businesses seem to only be willing to value the customer to the extent necessary. The bigger a business gets and the more cost-competitive a business is, in the case of Ikea, the less they seem to care about an individual experience.
Tell us your Oppositional Capitalism story in the comments.
In order to find our path out of the issues we’ve created, we must able to discern one type of Capitalism from another. For us to make those distinctions, we need adequate words we can use that will allow us to begin to articulate and reason about the problem. And so enters Abundance Capitalism.
Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People talks about win-win mentality vs. win-lose mentality:
When one side benefits more than the other, that’s a win-lose situation. To the winner, it might look like success for a while, but in the long run, it breeds resentment and distrust.
Stephen believes that when one side disproportionately benefits more than the other, that this results in win-lose. In the end, once customers become aware of a pattern of this win-lose behavior, they often are willing to purchase from another, more trustworthy and mutually beneficial company to purchase from. In this way, win-lose quickly becomes lose-lose because the customer loses just prior to the company losing the customer.
Businesses that want to build and maintain a customer base need to create win-win product and service offerings. These are the concepts buried in the roots of what Capitalism and historically thereby, America, great. In fact, it makes businesses, Capitalism, and even individuals great.
Do you think businesses care about their customers as much as they used to? Do you find yourself spending more on repairing and replacing items now than you did years ago? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
Jeff Fischer is a Software Engineer and Architect and Innovator who has a passion for philosophy, economics, healthy eating for the prevention and reversal of disease, and lifting weights. If you’d like to read more of Jeff’s writing, it can be found at his blog:Software Business Boot Camp
(CD) — Millions of Americans across the Midwest this summer are being subjected to surveillance from above as the Pentagon experiments with the use of surveillance radars attached to high-altitude balloons.
As The Guardian reported Friday, the defense and aerospace contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation was authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to send up to 25 balloons across six states to track vehicles.
U.S. Southern Command commissioned the project for the stated purpose of creating a “persistence surveillance system” to deter drug traffickers and perceived “homeland security threats.”
Civil liberties advocates were distressed at the newly-reported project on Friday, which the Sierra Nevada Corporation obtained a license to begin on July 12 and end on September 1.
“The deployment of this kind of surveillance capability in the United States is incredibly alarming,” Mana Azarmi, policy counsel for the Center for Democracy and Technology, told Common Dreams. “Persistent government surveillance, such as that facilitated by this technology, raises many civil liberties concerns and should not be permitted in the absence of a warrant.”
“Mass surveillance doesn’t make us safer,” the digital rights group Fight for the Future tweeted.
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Mass surveillance doesn’t make us saferhttps://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/02/pentagon-balloons-surveillance-midwest …
Exclusive: the Pentagon is testing mass surveillance balloons across the midwest
The high altitude balloons promise a cheap surveillance platform that could follow multiple cars and boats for extended periods
Programs like the Pentagon’s balloon experiment “pose a grave threat to basic human rights, freedom of expression, and civil liberties,” Fight for the Future Deputy Director Evan Greer told Common Dreams. “These programs are not about stopping violence, they’re about social control.”
The data the balloons’ sensors will record is similar to information the military has previously gathered using planes and is sometimes referred to as “combat Tivo,” according to Arthur Holland Michel of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.
“When an event happens somewhere in the surveilled area, you can potentially rewind the tape to see exactly what occurred and rewind even further to see who was involved and where they came from,” Michel told The Guardian.
“Even in tests, they’re still collecting a lot of data on Americans: who’s driving to the union house, the church, the mosque, the Alzheimer’s clinic,” Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst for the organization, told The Guardian. “We should not go down the road of allowing this to be used in the United States and it’s disturbing to hear that these tests are being carried out, by the military no less.”
The military’s project is just the latest example of a massive surveillance infrastructure that the government is creating, sometimes with the help of powerful private companies, Greer told Common Dreams.
“From police partnerships with Amazon’s Ring doorbells to these privately contracted spying balloons,” she said, “a dystopian surveillance state is being built in plain sight, by government agencies with authoritarian dreams and corporations willing to trample our rights to turn a profit.”