A stun gun company called Taser has just introduced one of the scariest inventions of our time a body recognition camera that will allow police to search for people and objects in video footage captured in real time and recorded video.
The technology will use automation and algorithms to detect faces and objects in video footage captured by on-body camera systems Vocativ reported.
The development of such advanced technology suggests that body cameras, which are already being worn by police departments across the country, could soon become powerful surveillance tools capable of identifying different objects, events, and people encountered by officers on the street.
While the idea is to use machine learning algorithms to speed up the process of combing through and redacting hours of video footage by allowing police to use keywords to search through video footage. And it’s worth noting that the current version of the technology doesn’t include facial recognition the company has previously stated to Bloomberg that they are working on implementing such Orwellian technology.
“If we think about that situation in Minnesota, maybe that officer did have some preconceptions about Castile, and maybe they were unhelpful preconceptions,” Rick Smith Taser’s chief executive officer said. “If the officer had known that Castile didn’t have a violent police record, as has been reported, his death might have been averted. “The more we can help reduce that uncertainty, the better.”
Such an implementation will be a major privacy risk, especially since there are no known current federal laws preventing police from searching through large databases to track someone’s every movement.
Where it will be good to catch real criminals if laws are not put into place to limit such technologies use to catching kidnappers and terrorist we could quickly be living in a “Strange Days” type of dystopia where the police can scan your every move. And even if there are laws that doesn’t necessarily mean that the people in charge are going to follow them so while this technology may make us “safer” it’s literally building the framework for a police state.
What’s scarier is it’s already starting in New York, the government privately asked surveillance companies to pitch a vast camera system they could install on bridges and tunnels that would scan and identify people who drive in and out of New York City.
Facebook already uses this type of technology with deep face so if you think such a technology is impossible you aren’t paying attention.
A Vocativ reporter talked to a Taser representative, and the conversation was mind-blowing, to say the least highlighting how far they want to take this new technology that is incredibly frightening.
“To clarify, Dextro’s system offers computer vision techniques to identify faces and other objects for improving the efficiency of the redaction workflow. AI enables you to become more targeted when needed,” Steve Tuttle, Taser’s vice president of communications, he said.
That means, he explained, that “you can show where a face starts in a video” to speed up a search, but that the technology “doesn’t identify individual faces or people.”
The company claims that its use of AI will be focused on “efficient categorization, semantic understanding, and faster redaction” of video footage as a method of “reducing paper work and enabling officers to focus on what matters.”
“Police officers are spending most of their time entering information into computers” about their interactions in the field, Smith said during the webcast. “We want to automate all of that.”
To further your paranoia, a Department of Justice study published last year found that at least nine different body camera manufacturers either currently support face recognition in their products or plan to add the feature later. To make you even more scared of big brother watching over your shoulder, a recent Georgetown University Law report, found that nearly half of American adults have been entered into their local law enforcement’s face recognition database. Increasing the chance that any random person walking down the street can be identified by the system allowing an unknown cop to track someone in secret in the protection of the excuse “I’m just doing my job” a very scary thought indeed.
For now, if you want to avoid this type of surveillance there is all sorts of technology and clothing that you can buy but there is no telling when this clothing and technology will become obsolete.
Here are the top 5 things Barack Obama wants you to forget about his presidency:
1. Obama’s War on Libya – Even BBC and The Atlantic have had to admit that this is Obama’s “worst mistake” during his time in office. But it is more sinister than just a simple mistake—this was not a well-meaning intervention that ended in failure.
Hillary Clinton took to the national stage to convince Americans that the U.S. needed to get involved with Libya’s civil conflict for “humanitarian purposes.” Yet the emails that were released from Clinton proved that this sentiment was an absolute lie. Instead, the U.S. interfered in Libya in order to overthrow its president, Muammar Gaddafi, who was creating a gold-backed currency that could have threatened the U.S. dollar.
The result? Libya is now a failed state that has turned into a hotbed for sectarian violence and radical Islamic terrorists.
2. Obama’s War on Due Process – Obama not only made it legal, he carried out a program that bypassed due process and assassinated U.S. citizens using drone strikes. He had a “kill list,” which included the names of American citizens.
Unfortunately, because so much of the program is kept secret, we have no way of knowing how many American citizens the Obama administration has killed over the last eight years.
The result? Donald Trump will now have the power to assassinate any American citizens.
3. Obama’s War on Syria – After destroying Libya, Obama set his sights on Syria where President Bashar al-Assad threatened the U.S. Petro dollar and did not agree on pipelines from Saudi Arabia bypassing Russia.
In 2013, the Obama administration again tried to convince Americans that the U.S. needed to solve a “humanitarian crisis” inside of Syria, and he went on to bomb the country relentlessly. The attempt to overthrow Assad met a major obstacle when Russia stepped in and threatened the U.S. Obama responded by creating a secret program supporting Syrian rebel groups with Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel.
The result? ISIS.
4. Obama’s war on journalists, whistleblowers and privacy – During his time in office, Obama spread a culture of fear and paranoia, not only expanding the surveillance state, but also declaring a war on journalists and whistleblowers.
As president of the United States, Obama has used the Espionage Act to persecute journalists and whistleblowers more than all previous presidents combined.
The result? Obama created a safe space for Trump to continue this war.
5. Obama’s War on Truth – Under the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, Obama repealed a law banning U.S. propaganda from being used on American citizens. Because of this, it is now legal for the U.S. government to lie to its own people.
Under the 2017 NDAA, Obama approved a provision that allegedly seeks to to “counter propaganda and disinformation directed at the United States” by creating a government center to monitor content.
The result? Obama created a legal way to suppress free speech.
Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize. He came into power under the banner of Hope and Change. Meanwhile, he has bombed seven countries, dropping over 26,000 bombs in 2016 alone. His speech will not mention this. The mainstream media will work to suppress these important facts.
It is up to you to share this information, and to share the true legacy of President Obama.
While no one was paying attention on Christmas, U.S President Barack Obama used this situation to pass a very controversial law in the 2017 NDAA. The Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act was signed into law by Barack Obama which many people say is the inception of the U.S military and governments own Ministry of Truth. To help fight for independent media and free speech support us on https://wearechange.org/donate/ and vote with your dollar as we are going through massive financial hits.
Green party candidate Jill Stein has decided to launch a #Recount2016 campaign using the people and Twitter as her platform to fund an investigation into the polls in three swing states: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Although a spokeswoman for Jill Stein said the “campaign has not yet filed the official paperwork for the recounts and that the campaign requires $2 million to pay for the filing fees and the actual recount process.” Deadlines are looming with only days remaining. The deadlines are Friday in Wisconsin, Monday in Pennsylvania and Wednesday in Michigan.
Jill Stein launched the campaign citing hacks during the run for the White House, including voter and party database hacking and email accounts.
Although there was no evidence of voting fraud presented, Stein claims that some of the election machines used in Wisconsin “were banned in California because they were highly vulnerable to hacking and malicious reprogramming.”
“Reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts are causing many Americans to wonder if our election results are reliable,” said Stein in a statement on her website.
Last week election “security experts” were urging Hillary Clinton’s campaign to contest the results and investigate the swing states that Stein is now pushing for an audit of the election results.
Jill Stein wouldn’t benefit from an audit of the vote according to the New York Times, Stein received a measly 1.1% of the vote in Michigan and Wisconsin and 0.8% in Pennsylvania. So there is no chance in hell a recount could benefit her in any way shape or form, but it could potentially benefit Hillary Clinton. Jill Stein has previously attacked Clinton, saying Trump is a better choice than Hillary and that “Hillary would cause nuclear war.”
It seems the 2016 election insanity isn’t over yet. What will the results of the audit of the vote uncover on both sides? Because, it’s happening..
Federal judge John Primomo had some strong words in San Antonio for the immigrants he was swearing in to become U.S. citizens.
Judge Primomo was filmed at a citizenship ceremony saying that people “need” to leave the United States if they don’t like the fact the next president will be Donald Trump.
Primomo made the remark when he presided over the naturalization ceremony at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday.
The room at the Institute was a melting pot, a collection of hopeful faces now bound together under one flag. During the ceremony, the federal judge presiding over the ceremony talked about Donald Trump’s election.
“I can assure you that whether you voted for [Trump] or you did not vote for him, if you are a citizen of the United States, he is your president and he will be your president,” the judge said. “And if you do not like that, you need to go to another country.”
The federal judge also told that he did not vote for the Republican and former reality show star.
The judge reportedly also went on to criticize professional football players who refuse to stand for the national anthem, saying, “I detest that, because you can protest things that happen in this country; you have every right to…You don’t do that by offending national symbols like the national anthem and the flag of the United States.”
Asked later about his comments in San Antonio, U.S. District Judge John Primomo said he meant the words to be unifying and respectful of the office of president, not political.
Protests have flared nationwide repudiating Trump’s victory in the presidential election. At one rally at American University in Washington, D.C., students burned U.S. flags and shouted “[Expletive] white America!”
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that the desecration of the American flag is “symbolic speech” protected under the First Amendment. The decision originated from a case in Dallas, where a man burned a U.S. flag outside the 1984 Republican National Convention to protest then-President Ronald Reagan.
Still, his words set off a controversy in pro-Hillary mainstream media, with people calling for him to be removed from office. Critics started a petition to censure the judge, who was appointed in 1988.
Primomo himself is the son of immigrants from Italy and Germany, according to a profile of the judge published two years ago in the San Antonio Express-News.
The U.S. magistrate judge has administered the citizenship oath to more than 93,000 immigrants since 1989. Many of those new Americans wait in line to get their photo taken with Primomo after they take the oath. He told the Express-News in 2014 that there’s no extra pay involved in presiding over the ceremonies.
“I know it never gets old,” Primomo told the newspaper. “I mean, every time I pronounce that ‘You’re a citizen of the United States’ — which, that’s not really a requirement, it’s just kind of a little emphasis I like to add to it — I get a chill every single time.”
Primomo’s remarks make more sense in context. Last week, President Obama actuallysupported anti-Trump riots and urged protesters not to be silent.
Alice Donovan is an independent writer, blogger, meme maker and activist who has been published in different alternative media outlets including Veterans Today and CounterPunch. She now works as a freelance journalist for WeAreChange.org.
Last week we told you about the hunger strike of Martin Gottesfeld, activist and alleged Anonymous hacker who has been accused of orchestrating an attack on the Boston Children’s Hospital’s website after he uploaded a YouTube Anonymous press video in support of Justina Pelletier. An update on Martin Gottesfeld’s situation – Marty is now refusing fluids and is being prevented from seeking medical attention at a hospital for the pain in his kidneys by Carmen Ortiz’s office.
In a video uploaded to Youtube, Marty pleads to the public that if something happens to him the people preventing him from receiving care, “Ortiz, the Department of Justice, The U.S. marshals and the Donald W. I detention facility,” will be responsible.
Although people are preventing him from seeking medical attention, it can’t be ignored that Marty brought this upon himself by refusing to eat and is now refusing fluids. A nurse told We Are Change if Marty continues with his hunger and fluid strike, he will more than likely have a cardiac event based on the fact that he has continued his strike for over a month. Marty released the following statement:
“I’m caving to pressure from Ortiz’s office and the Marshals Wyatt is still not taking me to the hospital despite the fact that my kidneys hurt. They appear to be waiting for a cardiac event despite the fact that detainees have died on route from here to the hospital before. If something should happen to me, the responsible parties will be – Carmen Ortiz’s office, U.S. marshals and the Donald WI. detention facility. I’m now being punished my communication has been unduly restricted I’m unable to call my attorneys and my wife on the same day. As I’m only allowed a single phone call. I’m locked in a small room 24 hours a day without no phone. They are penalizing for my hunger strike in an obvious attempt to break it.
The CO’s discussed food piteously within my hearing and [inaudible] the past 24 hours. And I’m currently talking from a telephone where I used to [inaudible] despite the excuse that this is too far away from [inaudible] to make more then one phone call or to sit and watch TV reasonable accommodations are not being made I belong in the hospital. This is going to eventually leave me no choice but to exercise vigorously in an attempt to force the move of injustices exercised by Carmen Ortiz office are truly breath-takin.
I am thankful that Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post and others are publishing the truth regarding what happen to Justina at the Boston children’s hospital. However, I now have a better understanding of why Aaron Swartz who Ortiz’s office publicly compared to a rapist took his own life. If anything does happen to me it will be the responsibility of Ortiz, the Department of Justice, The U.S. marshals and the Donald W. I detention facility” said, Martin Gottesfeld.
Marty has since been moved to another facility in NY and is in solitary confinement following his refusal for fluids and is on his 44th day of his hunger strike.
It’s not a criminal offense to upload and support a YouTube video if the claims that Marty participated in a DDoS attack are solely based upon speculation of a YouTube video announcing an Anonymous operation against the Boston Children’s Hospital for its abuse of Justina Pelletier. That is not culpability for reason of guilt.