Our Privacy is Toast – Photo I.D. matching computer technology runs amok

19 01 2020

NY Times The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says.

Alt. Link here

“You take a picture of a person, upload it and get to see public photos of that person, along with links to where those photos appeared. The system — whose backbone is a database of more than three billion images that Clearview claims to have scraped from Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites — goes far beyond anything ever constructed by the United States government or Silicon Valley giants.”

Sibel Edmonds on NSA & Gov’t Blackmail etc.

24 06 2013

Sibel Edmonds on Hoover’s FBI & Thick Files on Government Officials, Rubber-Stamp FISA, Edward Snowden, Recent Revelations
(article has a link to a podcast interview with government security expert and whistle-blower,Sibel Edmonds)

She is the president of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition and should know all about the situation with Snowden.

She takes issue with those signing petitions in favor of a pardon etc. for him as it means asking a huge criminal to forgive a valiant supporter of law and civility, Snowden. Pandering to the criminal, NSA and their pliable White House servants distracts from prosecuting the illegal spy operation ringleaders.

Her blog, Boiling Frogs,  is on the sidebar.

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21 07 2012

Fab! Just fab!

Rupert Murdoch on the Lamb! Defies Summons . . . UPDATED

14 07 2011

Hides behind his US ‘citizenship’ —

Murdochs defy parliament in phone hack inquiry 

LONDON (AP) — Media titan Rupert Murdoch and his son James refused Thursday to appear in public next week before a parliamentary committee investigating phone hacking and bribery by employees of their British media empire, whose chief executive said that she would address the committee.

The chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport committee said it had issued summonses to the Murdochs but it was unclear if Rupert Murdoch could be compelled to testify because he is a U.S. citizen. . .  (more)



He’s going to show up Tuesday to get grilled.

Phone hacking: Murdochs agree to appear before MPs

News Corporation’s Rupert and James Murdoch have agreed to appear before MPs to answer questions on the phone-hacking scandal on Tuesday. . . .


List of Murdoch’s News Corporation’s Major Holdings

News International’s contribution to the Murdoch empire (chart)

The media ‘lie factory’ exposed

the Murdoch Empire and its Nest of Vipers has this – 

Sports he’s part of  –
New York Knicks (20% stake through partnership with Cablevision)
New York Rangers (20% stake through partnership with Cablevision)
Los Angeles Kings (NHL, 40% option)
Los Angeles Lakes (NBA, 9.8% option)
Staples Center (40% owned by Fox/Liberty)
National Rugby League Championship (50%) – Australian football

… not to mention his FOX network has a piece of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a bid on the Olympics a chunk of Formula 1 racing etc. etc.

WikiLeaks’ Users Under Attack

8 01 2011

US Government seeks personal info on twitter ‘friends’ of WikiLeaks, contributors etc.

BREAKING NEWS: Updates on WikiLeaks Twitter account

They want all the stuff on EVERYBODY!

From SALON Last night, Birgitta Jónsdóttir — a former WikiLeaks volunteer and current member of the Icelandic Parliament — announced (on Twitter) that she had been notified by Twitter that the DOJ had served a Subpoena demanding information “about all my tweets and more since November 1st 2009.” Several news outlets, including The Guardian, wrote about Jónsdóttir’s announcement.


Son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg: “My Parents Were Executed Under the Unconstitutional Espionage Act—Here’s Why We Must Fight to Protect Julian Assange”


UPDATE [Jan. 10]  –

Iceland summons US envoy over WikiLeaks probe

LONDON (AP) — The American ambassador to Reykjavik has been summoned to explain why U.S. investigators are trying to access the private details of an Icelandic lawmaker’s online activity as they try to build a criminal case against WikiLeaks.

Revelations that the U.S. Justice Department obtained a court order to examine data held by Twitter Inc. on Birgitta Jonsdottir, an Icelandic parliamentarian who sits on the country’s Foreign Affairs Committee, immediately caused consternation in the tiny North Atlantic nation… (more)

US space-based spy system in use

15 03 2010

Jamacia Observer – 

Tivoli under satellite surveillance

Americans said to have audio, video recordings of Gov’t officials in community

[Jamacia]  TIVOLI Gardens, the tough West Kingston base of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, is under satellite surveillance by United States authorities who are determined to have Coke extradited to answer drug- and gun-running charges in New York, the Sunday Observer has learnt.

According to a security expert with knowledge of the operation, the US has powerful audio and video evidence of activities involving Coke, as well as several Government officials, including members of the legislature, inside the Tivoli Gardens community centre.

With the use of Satellite Internet Telemetry System (SIMS) similar to that used to record wildlife activities, the US has captured the make, colour and licence plates of vehicles entering and exiting Tivoli Gardens at specific periods, as well as conversations, the expert said.

The SIMS, the expert said, is very simple to operate.

Satellite service is available anywhere in the world for the system to operate. The data is transmitted from the Satellite Telemetry System based on programmed time intervals and/or alarms. It is transferred through satellite and Internet to a dedicated web page, and you can monitor and collect that data as long as you have web access,” the expert said.

“It is very simple. Set your co-ordinates, hook up your sensors, point the antenna to the sky, and turn on your equipment,” added the expert, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“Wire-tapping communication is an insignificant part of the evidence against Coke,” said the expert in reference to Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s claim that the evidence supporting the extradition request violated the Interception of Communications Act which makes strict provisions for the manner in which intercepted communications may be obtained and disclosed.

Also captured, the expert said, was a gathering of some Government officials, along with individuals from the Tivoli Gardens community making and smoking what appeared to be marijuana spliffs at the centre, on different occasions…(more)


Photography close enough to record car plates and warrantless wiretaps that can be initiated worldwide by the US ought to scare everybody.  – F.C.