San Francisco streetlights will spy on you
- Liberal, Conservative, Democrat, Republican. So-called political labels have no meaning. Both political parties eagerly fund a powerful Big Brother system to spy on your every move and record your conversations.
- The DHS is funding street light spy systems in cities all over the U.S.
Liberal Democrat San Francisco, California is the second-most densely populated urban area in the US, but those nearly one million residents of the City by the Bay are about to lose what little amount of privacy they have.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has started work on a program that will update a number of the city’s 18,000 streetlights during the next few years. Those new installations might do a whole lot more than just illuminate sidewalks and keep streets lit for cars, though. Through part of a pilot program, city officials can send data wirelessly between more than a dozen of those streetlights.
What kind of data can a lamppost collect, though? In San Francisco, the answer is a lot.
According to a report in the SF Bay Guardian, Paradox Engineering of Switzerland has already started testing streetlamps in the city that have the ability to wirelessly transmit data from traffic signals and surveillance cameras from one device to another. Soon, though, there will be more than just 14 cameras with that kind of capability. Additionally, the city is currently searching five vendors to test even more advanced lampposts across the city reports RT News USA.
During last year’s Living Labs Global Award in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the LLGA gave Paradox the go-ahead to start testing lights in San Francisco. In a just-issued Request for Proposals, the city calls on others to pitch similar products.
In the request, the City writes that as they begin replacing the 18,000 streetlights, the SFPUC “also plans to install an integrated wireless communication monitoring and control system” in order to manage the devices.”
“Ideally, the wireless system will accommodate other wireless devices, unrelated to street lighting, in a common wireless system mesh network,” the request reads.
When the City goes more into detail, the kind of devices that will need to connect to the lamps are brought to light. “Future needs for the secure wireless transmission of data throughout the City,” reads the report, may include gunshot monitoring, electric meter reading, street surveillance, public information broadcasts and other types of monitoring.
"San Francisco thought they were upgrading their 18,000 lamps with LEDs and a wireless control system, when they realized that they were in fact laying the groundwork for the future intelligent public space," LLGA cofounder Sascha Haselmeyer tells Open Source Cities.
CIA to spy on your through your TV and appliances
More and more personal and household devices are connecting to the internet, from your television to your car navigation systems to your light switches.
San Francisco isn’t the first city to bring this new form of surveillance to light — literally — but it might be the biggest. In 2011, Farmington Hills, Michigan became the first city in the US to rely on something called the Intellistreets project to watch over pedestrians. For $3,000 a piece, those high-tech luminaries don’t just provide light, but also record audio and video, all data that can be sent from device to device.
“This is not a system with spook technology,” Intellistreets founder Ron Harwood told WXYZ News when his small Michigan town first started trying out the devices. With 18,000 traffic lights in a city of 800,000 possibly embracing that same technology, though, it says a lot about the growing trend of secretive surveillance in the US.
“We've become somewhat accustomed to being visually monitored by the surveillance cameras that dot our urban landscapes, but audio monitoring and widespread, covert monitoring are not so common,” the PrivacySOS.org blog reports.
|Every step you take we will be watching you.|
San Francisco first began installing public surveillance cameras in 2005, and four years later a report from the University of California Berkeley found that the devices failed to detersviolent crimes, including homicide, as well as rapes and drug dealing.
“Precious public safety dollars need to be spent on solutions that actually work to reduce violent crime, like community policing, intervention programs and improved lighting, not on more ineffective and intrusive cameras,” Nicole Ozer of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Northern California office said in 2009. Four years later, however, it seems as if the city is deadest on installing even more devices.
“In a few years, there may be no place to hide from San Francisco police surveillance – unless you drive to get around,” PrivacySOS adds. “The increasingly aggressive San Francisco surveillance regime appears to disproportionately affect low income people. In the privacy of your own car, you are probably free from city monitoring. But if you walk to work or take the bus, you better mind what you say.”
1984 is Here
"Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire." - - - Robert A. Heinlein
The ruling Elites and political parties around the world are frightened to death of freedom.
The growth of the Internet and modern technology could free the people of the world from the lies of the political Elites. But those very same technologies can also be the chains of our slavery in a centralized, all-powerful Big Brother State.
Everyday we see the Elites pulling the Big Brother noose just a little bit tighter around our necks.
Below are a few of our most recent stories on the march to a 1984 State:
THE FEDERALIST - "DHS to install microphones on city streets"
THE FEDERALIST - "Your Doctor to act as a spy for Big Government"
THE FEDERALIST - "Feds illegally "archive" every Tweet ever sent"
THE FEDERALIST - "Verizon DVR will spy on you inside your home"
THE FEDERALIST - "Rand Paul - Is 1984 Now?"
THE FEDERALIST - "Feds gear up illegal facial recognition tacking system"
THE FEDERALIST - "Oliver Stone: "Obama a wolf in sheep's clothing"
THE FEDERALIST - "Your TV is Watching You"
THE FEDERALIST - "The "Gorgon Stare" Spy Drone is Watching You"
THE FEDERALIST - "Feds mandate a Black Box spy device on every car"
THE FEDERALIST - "Everyone in US is under Government Surveillance"
THE FEDERALIST - "Big Brother Scans Parents and Children"
THE FEDERALIST - "Student Expelled for Refusing Location Tracking RFID Chip"
THE FEDERALIST - Feds block searches for "WikiLeaks"
THE FEDERALIST - "Scanning school children like cattle"
THE FEDERALIST - "Feds organize children to report "energy crimes"
THE FEDERALIST - "Senate attacks the very 1984 spying they voted for."
THE FEDERALIST - "Government microchips school children - 1984 is Here."
THE FEDERALIST - "Phone spy app reports you to the Big Brother Police."
THE FEDERALIST - "Censorship - This story never happened."
THE FEDERALIST - "FBI to log your photo in a data base."
THE FEDERALIST - "Obama's Death Warrants and the NDAA."
THE FEDERALIST - "Thought Police put US Marine in a Mental Hospital."
THE FEDERALIST - "POLICE STATE - NYPD spies on Americans."
THE FEDERALIST - "Big Brother Spy Cameras are Everywhere."
THE FEDERALIST - "Bill of Rights is trashed by the Federal Government."
THE FEDERALIST - "Conservatives urge children to spy on parents."
THE FEDERALIST - "Big Brother comes to New Mexico."