Saturday, April 21, 2018

When Can Law Enforcement Look at Your Devices? A Definitive List



It may be a good time to note there is some legal precedent for when police can and cannot search and seize your mobile device – whether a cell phone, tablet, or personal computer. Given that it’s become increasingly common, here’s what you should know. (And just a quick reminder: Futurism is not a legal organization and this piece was neither written nor edited by legal experts.)

https://futurism.com/law-enforcement-mobile-devices-search/

Friday, April 20, 2018

Bill Gates Backs Plan to Surveil the Entire Planet From Space



EarthNow is a new company looking to provide satellite imagery and live video in virtually real-time. Its unsettling pitch describes a network of satellites that can see any corner of the globe and provide live video with a latency of about a second. And a look at the startup’s top investors gives a lot of confidence that this thing is happening.

On Wednesday, EarthNow announced that it will emerge from the Intellectual Ventures ISF Incubator to become a full-scale commercial business. Its first round of investors is comprised of a small group of complimentary powerhouses: AirBus, the SoftBank Group, Bill Gates, and satellite-industry vet Greg Wyler.

The amount of the initial investment hasn’t been disclosed, but the announcement says the funding “focuses primarily on maturing the overall system design to deliver innovative and unique real-time Earth observation services.” That makes it sound like the company is in its very early stages, but don’t be so sure. Wyler’s OneWeb has already deployed highly advanced satellites with a blazing fast 130ms latency and its goal is to have a constellation of hundreds of satellites beaming broadband around the globe by 2020.

https://gizmodo.com/bill-gates-backs-plan-to-surveil-the-entire-planet-from-1825391325?utm_medium=sharefromsite&utm_source=Gizmodo_facebook

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Drones Will Soon Use Artificial Intelligence to Decide Who to Kill



The US Army recently announced that it is developing the first drones that can spot and target vehicles and people using artificial intelligence (AI). This is a big step forward. Whereas current military drones are still controlled by people, this new technology will decide who to kill with almost no human involvement.

Once complete, these drones will represent the ultimate militarisation of AI and trigger vast legal and ethical implications for wider society. There is a chance that warfare will move from fighting to extermination, losing any semblance of humanity in the process. At the same time, it could widen the sphere of warfare so that the companies, engineers and scientists building AI become valid military targets.

https://www.mintpressnews.com/drones-will-soon-use-artificial-intelligence-to-decide-who-to-kill/240718/

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

These Ex-Spies Are Harvesting Facebook Photos For A Massive Facial Recognition Database



When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, he tried to describe the difference between "surveillance and what we do." "The difference is extremely clear," a nervous-looking Zuckerberg said. "On Facebook, you have control over your information... the information we collect you can choose to have us not collect."

But not a single member of the committee pushed the billionaire CEO about surveillance companies who exploit the data on Facebook for profit. Forbes has uncovered one case that might shock them: over the last five years a secretive surveillance company founded by a former Israeli intelligence officer has been quietly building a massive facial recognition database consisting of faces acquired from the giant social network, YouTube and countless other websites. Privacy activists are suitably alarmed.

That database forms the core of a facial recognition service called Face-Int, now owned by Israeli vendor Verint after it snapped up the product's creator, little-known surveillance company Terrogence, in 2017. Both Verint and Terrogence have long been vendors for the U.S. government, providing bleeding-edge spy tech to the NSA, the U.S. Navy and countless other intelligence and security agencies.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2018/04/16/huge-facebook-facial-recognition-database-built-by-ex-israeli-spies/#1c5f64b57f18

Monday, April 16, 2018

Blowing in the wind: Plutonium at former nuclear weapons site



As crews demolished a shuttered nuclear weapons plant during 2017 in central Washington, specks of plutonium were swept up in high gusts and blown miles across a desert plateau above the Columbia River.

The releases at the Department of Energy cleanup site spewed unknown amounts of plutonium dust into the environment, coated private automobiles with the toxic heavy metal and dispensed lifetime internal radioactive doses to 42 workers.

The contamination events went on for nearly 12 months, getting progressively worse before the project was halted in mid-December. Now, state health and environmental regulators, Energy Department officials and federal safety investigators are trying to figure out what went wrong and who is responsible.

The events at the Hanford Site, near the Tri-Cities area of Richland, Pasco and Kennewick, vividly demonstrate the consequences when a radioactive cleanup project spirals out of control. The mess has dealt the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons environmental management program yet another setback, following more than a decade of engineering miscalculations across the nation.


http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-na-hanford-plutonium-exposure-20180330-htmlstory.html

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Court Permits New York Police to Use ‘Neither Confirm nor Deny’ Tactic



For decades, it has been the federal government’s famous non-answer.

“We can neither confirm nor deny …”

It emerged in 1975 with the C.I.A.’s response to questions about the agency’s efforts to recover a sunken Soviet submarine in the Pacific. And in the decades since then, it has been used countless times by the C.I.A., F.B.I. and other federal agencies.

On Thursday, New York State’s highest court told the New York Police Department that it was free to use the phrase in response to inquiries from citizens who want access to their police files to learn if they have been the subject of surveillance.

The ruling, by the state Court of Appeals, carves out a new exemption in the state’s Freedom of Information Law, which has been understood to require local agencies to at least acknowledge the existence of records, even if they were not required to release them.

But the ruling for the first time allows the New York Police Department to avoid even answering whether such files exist, said Christopher T. Dunn, a New York Civil Liberties Union lawyer who filed a brief in the case. “That’s the ultimate act of secrecy,” Mr. Dunn said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/nyregion/nypd-neither-confirm-nor-deny.html

Thursday, March 29, 2018

No Agenda: Thursday (3-29-18) Episode 1020 - Undercount of Color

Lawsuit accusing Saudi Arabia of financing 9/11 attacks can proceed, judge rules



A federal judge on Wednesday rejected the Saudi Arabian government’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit accusing them of financing Al Qaeda and sponsoring the 9/11 attacks.
The lawsuit demands Saudi Arabia pays billions of dollars in damages to the families of people who died in the attack that killed more than 3,000 people. The Saudis filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that U.S. courts lack jurisdiction over their alleged actions overseas.

But U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan ruled that the lawsuit may proceed, citing the 2016 Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which Congress passed by overruling a veto by President Barack Obama, who opposed the law because of the possibility U.S. troops and other government entities could be exposed to lawsuits in other nations.

http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2018/03/29/lawsuit-accusing-saudi-arabia-financing-9-11-attacks-can-proceed-judge-rules/

http://911blogger.com/news/2018-03-29/lawsuit-against-saudi-arabia-can-go-forward

Mary Jo Kopechne’s Family on Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick: 'The Truth Has Never Really Come Out'



Now, 49 years after Mary Jo’s death, a new movie Chappaquiddick, opening April 6, starring Jason Clarke as the senator, explores what happened that night and in the week that followed, when Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident.

Potoski and her son William Nelson, 46, hope the film may prompt someone to come forward with new information— and give them the answers they never got from Senator Kennedy. “The truth has never really come out,” says Nelson. “The story has never been put to rest.”

http://people.com/politics/mary-jo-kopechne-family-chappaquiddick-film-truth-ted-kennedy/

FISAgate: Deep State Surveillance



Guest: Jerome Corsi

President Trump's Executive Order of December 21st 2017, "Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption"; Eric Schmidt's resignation from Alphabet; the Nunes Memo; the FISA Court Surveillance Warrant on Carter Page; Fusion GPS; Ex-British spy, Christopher Steele's dossier; Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion; Corsi's analysis of Q Anonymous.

http://gunsandbutter.org/blog/2018/03/28/fisagate-deep-state-surveillance