February 13, 2012
By Ethan A. Huff
“Here is just one more example that the FBI is out of control.” –KTRN
Purchasing a cup of coffee using cash instead of a credit or debit card, using Google Maps to view photos of sporting event stadiums and large cities, and installing software to protect your internet privacy on your mobile phone — these and many other mundane activities are now considered to be potential terrorist activities by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). And the agency is now distributing a new series of flyers as part of its new “Communities Against Terrorism” (CAT) program that urges shop owners and others to report such “suspicious” activity to authorities.
“The Communities Against Terrorism program is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance through the SLATT Program to provide law enforcement agencies with a tool to engage members of the local community in the fight against terrorism,” writes SLATT.org, the program of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance that is promoting the program, on its website. “To assist law enforcement in the outreach effort, templates of flyers containing potential indicators have been created for distribution to specific industries” (https://www.slatt.org/CAT).
The SLATT program offers both on-site and online training (indoctrination) for coffee shop owners, financial institution employees, tattoo shop artists, and many others into how to spot potential terrorist activities. Included among the many propaganda flyers the FBI is distributing as part of the campaign are ones for how to spot terrorists at local hobby shops and beauty supply stores, for instance, as well as flyers for owners of farm supply and home improvement stores (http://publicintelligence.net).
This little gem warns internet cafe owners to watch out for and report customers that always pay for their coffee with cash, as they could be terrorists (http://info.publicintelligence.net). Another ridiculous flyer intended for owners of boat shops warns them to be on the lookout for people interested in becoming certified scuba divers, as they could be terrorists (http://info.publicintelligence.net).
September 17, 2010
The Sovereign Independant
By The Avalon Round Table
A Georgia resident who has been an organic farmer for years is now facing $5000 dollars in fines for growing too many vegetables on his OWN land. That’s right.
Steve Miller, who has sold some of his produce at local farmers markets, as well as growing food for himself, is likely the victim of an Online Aerial Invasion of Private Property. This invasion of property is probably due to the fact that unless visited or inspected by an official, there would be no way for there to be an accurate or factual accounting of what was going on at Mr. Millers property. The question is, “Does Steve Miller legally posses a reasonable expectation of Privacy on his own Private Property?
Recent reports of Local & State Officials and Bureaucrats using online mapping software have now become mainstream tools for assessing fines and generating money for cash strapped local & state budgets. Does it seem right that anywhere that Google Maps & Bing Maps can go is legal to use as a source of information. If a person was bathing in their pool, with every expectation of privacy, and someone peeked over a fence, wouldn’t that constitute a criminal offense?
Is the expectation of privacy something the government wants to destroy altogether?
Is government today at a point where the end justifies the means? In January and February, when he received his first citations, Steve was able to get the property re-zoned allowing him to grow his garden – a right MOST AMERICANS believe he already had. The Declaration of Independence states one’s inalienable right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Isn’t growing your own personal food supply an exercise of that right to Life and Liberty? No Constitutional Government can assess any fee for exercising theseinalienable rights.
In the recent past, Victory Gardens were encouraged. They were the pride of one’s back yard, and of a Nation that was self-sufficient. The television seriesThe Victory Garden on PBS, documents gardening and provides gardening tips and features vegetable gardens as a great personal achievement.
Are people going to let this FASCIST TAKEOVER to continue – even growing a garden in the privacy of our own personal property be taken away? If the answer is NO – then what are you prepared to do about it?
You can watch the video aired on WSBTV in Georgia – County Sues Farmer for Excessive Crops
June 7, 2010
Australian police have been asked to investigate internet giant Google over possible breaches of telecommunications privacy laws, the attorney general said on Sunday.
The investigation follows complaints from members of the public about activities of Google employees while taking photographs for Google Maps, the search engine’s maps page.
The “Street View” service has recently come under fire in several countries. The company has said it inadvertently picked up personal data from some unencrypted wi-fi services over several years.
Google said on Sunday it would cooperate with the Australia police investigation.
The probe comes amid a wave of criticism worldwide over collection of personal information by internet giants, including Google and Facebook.
The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police on Friday after complaints from members of the public, Robert McClelland told journalists in Melbourne at the start of a forum on internet security.
“On Friday the attorney-general’s department did refer those allegations and those reports to the Australian Federal Police,” McClelland said.
“They relate in substantial part to possible breaches of the Telecommunications Interceptions Act, which prevents people accessing electronic communications other than for authorized purposes.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed a referral had been received.
Senior company executive Alan Eustace said last month the company had mistakenly collected personal data from wi-fi networks, and ordered a halt to the practice. However, he said this only involved unencrypted wi-fi networks, and none of the data was used in Google products.
A Google spokeswoman said on Sunday the company had made an error.
“This was a mistake. We are talking to the appropriate authorities to answer any questions they have,” she said in a brief written reply to Reuters.
June 2, 2010
By Duncan Gardham
Every WiFi wireless router – the device that links most computer owners to the internet – in every home has been entered into a Google database.
The information was collected by radio aerials on their Street View cars, which have now photographed almost every home in the country.
The data is then used on Google’s Maps for Mobile application to locate mobile phones such as iPhones in order for users to access information relevant to the area such as restaurants, cinemas, theatres, shops and hotels.
The project had remained secret until an inquiry in Germany earlier this month in which Google was forced to admit that it “mistakenly” downloaded data packets, which may have included fragments of emails and other data, from unsecured wireless networks where they were not protected by a password.
Google points out that other companies have already mapped wireless networks, notably a company called Skyhook Wireless which has a contract with Apple, manufacturers of the iPhone.
Google say the information, which lists the networks’ MAC (Media Access Control) address and SSID (Service Set-ID) number, but not their house number, is publicly available because the wireless network signals extend beyond the property in which they are located.
Google has now suspended the use of Street View cars across the world – but their work in Britain is already complete.
They said last week that they had not notified data protection authorities because “we did not think it was necessary” but they added: “It’s clear with hindsight that greater transparency would have been better.”
A number of authorities, including those in Britain and the US, have asked Google to retain the downloaded emails pending a full inquiry but it is unclear what their obligations are concerning the WiFi data.
Privacy campaigners claim that there has been a breakdown in regulation.
A spokesman for Privacy International said: “The ghost of Street View continues to haunt Google.
“We think it will historically be viewed as a horrendous breach of law and something which a better regulator with a better understanding of the issues and the technology would never have allowed to happen.
“There should be a parliamentary inquiry which should question Google and finally get it to explain what it is up to both technically and commercially.
“The idea that it can log everyone’s wi-fi details because it is all ‘public’ is a bogus argument. It is bogus because of the question of scale and the question of integration with other information which would amount to a huge breach of our privacy.”
A spokesman for the Information Commissioner’s Office said: “We are aware that the collection of information by Google Street View cars has raised a number of issues which we are considering.
“All organisations that process personal information must comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
“Organisations are only permitted to collect data for a specific purpose. Similarly, organisations must only retain data for as long as necessary.
“If we find evidence of significant wrongdoing, we will of course investigate and consider what action should be taken.”