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14.10.2018 - 10:34 [ Wired.com ]

Public Buses Across Country Quietly Adding Microphones to Record Passenger Conversations

(10.12.2012) Transit authorities in cities across the country are quietly installing microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability to record and store private conversations, according to documents obtained by a news outlet.

The systems are being installed in San Francisco, Baltimore, and other cities with funding from the Department of Homeland Security in some cases, according to the Daily, which obtained copies of contracts, procurement requests, specs and other documents.

14.10.2018 - 10:18 [ New York Times ]

Shots Fired, Pinpointed and Argued Over

(28.5.2012) Milwaukee is one of an increasing number of cities around the country — just under 70 to date, including some in the New York area — that are using a gunshot detection system called ShotSpotter to pinpoint the location of gunfire seconds after it occurs.

14.10.2018 - 10:02 [ New York Times ]

You Are a Suspect

(14. November 2002) Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend — all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as “a virtual, centralized grand database.“

To this computerized dossier on your private life from commercial sources, add every piece of information that government has about you — passport application, driver’s license and bridge toll records, judicial and divorce records, complaints from nosy neighbors to the F.B.I., your lifetime paper trail plus the latest hidden camera surveillance — and you have the supersnoop’s dream: a “Total Information Awareness“ about every U.S. citizen.

14.10.2018 - 10:00 [ Wired.com ]

How the Tech Giants Created What Darpa Couldn’t

(29.5.2018) The William Safire column, „You Are a Suspect,” was published in the Times in 2002—two years before Facebook was created. And Safire isn’t talking about social networks or digital advertising—he’s discussing Total Information Awareness, a US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) program that proposed mining vast amounts of Americans’ data to identify potential national security threats. The virtual grand database was to belong to the Department of Defense, which would use it to identify behavior patterns that would help to predict emerging terrorist threats.

13.10.2018 - 11:58 [ Washington Post ]

Lara Alqasem’s detention in Israel exposes campaign to police free speech and suppress critics

As I write, Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old American student of Palestinian descent, is sitting in a “detention facility” at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. She has been there for a week. She arrived to begin a master’s degree in human rights at Hebrew University…

13.10.2018 - 11:52 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Court Rejects Appeal by Lara Alqasem, the U.S. Student Detained at Tel Aviv Airport

The court said it could not justify intervening in the case and that the government’s decision to detain her was reasonable, echoing a previous decision by an administrative appeals court. Lara Alqasem, 22, still has the option of requesting that the Supreme Court hear her appeal.

08.10.2018 - 20:32 [ Haaretz ]

Free Lara Alqasem, the U.S. Student Detained at Ben-Gurion Airport

Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old American student who arrived in Israel last week to start a master’s degree program at Hebrew University, is entering her sixth day of detention Monday at Ben-Gurion Airport. Her “crime,” according to the Strategic Affairs Ministry, is that while studying for her bachelor’s degree in Florida, she was president of the state’s chapter of a group that promotes boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel as a way to battle the occupation.

29.09.2018 - 09:54 [ Haaretz ]

Shin Bet Gets Backing From AG’s Office: Left-wing Activists Detained to ‚Prevent Illegal Activity‘

Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber backed Shin Bet detentions and interrogations of left-wing activists entering Israel. In a letter issued Friday to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Zilber wrote…

25.08.2018 - 12:03 [ Marian Houk ‏/ Twitter ]

;So you don’t give money to Gaza?; she asked; when he said he doesn’t, she told him that he was lying + she could see it in his body language.

‚Why are you nervous?‘ she asked. He replied, ‚B/c you’re applying pressure’…She said: “Maybe you’re nervous because you’re a criminal”

21.05.2018 - 14:22 [ James Petras / GlobalResearch.ca ]

An Empire Built on Fear at Home and Abroad. War Fever is Everywhere

Political leaders and the mass media deluge the public with a constant stream of frightening incidents caused by the enemy-of-the-week: nerve gas killing dozens of little babies in Syria, Russian-directed poison assassination attempts in England and terror incidents throughout Europe, requiring an increase in domestic police state surveillance and spying. Extensively monitored bank records, intrusive workplace controls, and all personal and, especially, political communications, are in the hands of state security officials or corporate security contractors.

Hundreds of prosecuting attorneys look forward to career-enhancing investigations in perpetuity, tracking the complex networks of extended personal and family links, including long forgotten acquaintances and the contents of casual conversations. Everyone may be subject to interrogations without warrant or explanation. And the ‘media’ cheers on the process.

Political trials and convictions in court and the media are rampant. Social, work-place and academic self censorship and blacklisting of dissident voices have become pervasive and accepted.

Elections and appointments are rigged by corporate and special interests to favor the most bellicose ideologues who manufacture the pretexts for war.

Political intimidation, trade wars and sanctions run amok .