Iraq War Surveillance Technology Being Used in Baltimore Without Public Debate

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Source: LibertyBlitzkrieg.com
Michael Krieger
August 25, 2016

The relationship between those who are constantly watched and tracked, and those who watch and track them, is the relationship between masters and slaves.

– Chris Hedges, from the post Video of the Day – Chris Hedges on Overthrowing the Corporate Fascist State

Yesterday, Bloomberg published a lengthy expose on a company called Persistent Surveillance Systems, which has been secretly surveilling the people of Baltimore on behalf of the police since January.

The article is titled, Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above, and here are some choice excerpts:

Pritchett had no idea that as he spoke, a small Cessna airplane equipped with a sophisticated array of cameras was circling Baltimore at roughly the same altitude as the massing clouds. The plane’s wide-angle cameras captured an area of roughly 30 square miles and continuously transmitted real-time images to analysts on the ground. The footage from the plane was instantly archived and stored on massive hard drives, allowing analysts to review it weeks later if necessary.

Since the beginning of the year, the Baltimore Police Department had been using the plane to investigate all sorts of crimes, from property thefts to shootings. The Cessna sometimes flew above the city for as many as 10 hours a day, and the public had no idea it was there.

Are we citizens, or are we subjects? I think the answer is obvious.

A company called Persistent Surveillance Systems, based in Dayton, Ohio, provided the service to the police, and the funding came from a private donor. No public disclosure of the program had ever been made.

Outside the courthouse, several of the protesters began marching around the building, chanting for justice. The plane continued to circle overhead, unseen

A half block from the city’s central police station, in a spare office suite above a parking garage, Ross McNutt, the founder of Persistent Surveillance Systems, monitored the city’s reaction to the Goodson verdict by staring at a bank of computer monitors. “It’s pretty quiet out there,” he said. The riots that convulsed the city after Gray was killed wouldn’t be repeated. “A few protesters on the corner, and not much else. The police want us to keep flying, but the clouds are getting in the way.”

McNutt is an Air Force Academy graduate, physicist, and MIT-trained astronautical engineer who in 2004 founded the Air Force’s Center for Rapid Product Development. The Pentagon asked him if he could develop something to figure out who was planting the roadside bombs that were killing and maiming American soldiers in Iraq. In 2006 he gave the military Angel Fire, a wide-area, live-feed surveillance system that could cast an unblinking eye on an entire city.

So war technology coming home to roost without any public debate whatsoever. Don’t say you weren’t warned. Recall:

War on Terror Turns Inward – NSA Surveillance Will Be Used Against American Citizens

More “War on Terror” Abuses – Spying Powers Are Used for Terrorism Only 0.5% of the Time

“War on Terror” Targets Underwear – Department of Homeland Security Raids Maker of Unlicensed World Series Panties

Retired Marine Colonel to New Hampshire City Council: “We’re Building a Domestic Army”

The system was built around an assembly of four to six commercially available industrial imaging cameras, synchronized and positioned at different angles, then attached to the bottom of a plane. As the plane flew, computers stabilized the images from the cameras, stitched them together and transmitted them to the ground at a rate of one per second. This produced a searchable, constantly updating photographic map that was stored on hard drives. His elevator pitch was irresistible: “Imagine Google Earth with TiVo capability.”

McNutt retired from the military in 2007 and modified the technology for commercial development, increasing the number of cameras in the assembly to 12 and making the apparatus lighter and cheaper. He began attending security trade shows to fish for clients. His first real customer approached him at a security expo in Miami. His name was José Reyes Ferriz, and he was the mayor of Ciudad Juárez, in northern Mexico. In 2009 a war between the Sinaloa and Juárez drug cartels had turned his border town into the most deadly city on earth.

For the next couple of years, Persistent Surveillance survived by providing services such as traffic-flow analysis for municipal planners, wildlife monitoring and border surveillance for federal agencies, and security monitoring for single events ranging from the Brickyard 400 Nascar race to Ohio State University football games. The company also did short-term projects in six countries, including in Central America and Africa, but the nature of that work is confidential, protected by nondisclosure agreements. The combination of those projects earned Persistent Surveillance about $3 million to $4 million a year in revenue, according to McNutt.

I’m sure the “nature of that work” was purely humanitarian.

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EpiPen Price Gouge Tied to Clinton Foundation #NewWorldNextWeek

Source: TheCorbettReport
August 26, 2016

Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. In this week’s episode:

Story #1: Pharma Firm Mylan Faces Scrutiny Over 548% Price Increase On ‘EpiPen’
http://on.wsj.com/2bOBkWC
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin Mum On EpiPen Price Hikes By Daughter’s Drug Corp Mylan
http://bit.ly/2bXcOpk
Company Gouging Price Of EpiPens Is A Clinton Foundation Donor, Partner Since 2009
http://bit.ly/2c8zNz8
Mylan CEO Is Clinton Donor, Daughter Of WV Senator Joe Manchin
http://bit.ly/2bQqRLj
Jay Rockefeller Op-Ed: “Hillary Looking Fearlessly At West Virginia’s Future”
http://bit.ly/1TOsnMT
Rockefeller Medicine: The Real History Of Modern Healthcare
http://bit.ly/2bxI1i1

Story #2: Secret Sky Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move
http://bit.ly/2boQ3b0
Baltimore Police Defend Aerial Surveillance Program
http://bit.ly/2bxJiFC
Radiolab: Eye In The Sky (Jun. 18, 2015)
http://bit.ly/1H5ZXVu
Crime-Sensing Mics Hear, Locate Gunshots
http://bit.ly/2bgUbhf
Baltimore Hires/Fires Neo-Nazi Lawyer To Defend Police
http://bit.ly/2c8zjcc

Story #3: The Federal Reserve’s Facebook PR Disaster
http://bit.ly/2bgUVmu

#GoodNewsNextWeek: Feeding The Needy With Olympics Excess + Jailbreaking Freedom & Divesting G4S
http://bit.ly/2bQqy3i

#NewWorldNextWeek Headlines: Most State Dept. Meet-And-Greets With Hillary Resulted In Clinton Foundation Donations
http://bit.ly/2bPjdiV
United Nations Admits to Releasing Cholera in Haiti, Killing 10,000 People
http://bit.ly/2bjnwqh
United Nations Source of Haiti’s Deadly Cholera Outbreak (Dec. 21, 2012)
http://bit.ly/2bQrepf

Previous Episode: Soros Got Hacked. Can You Guess What We Found?
http://bit.ly/2bB5L2p

Austerity in US brought on nation’s water crisis

Source: RT
March 17, 2016

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan and many other cities across the US go much deeper than budget cuts, but following the money is tough. To help, RT America’s Simone Del Rosario is joined by Carrie Sloan, a senior research analyst at the Refund America Project.