One Nation Under Surveillance

Published: 2005-10-27T12:23:14-05:00


Fingerprints for Traffic Violations


Motorists cited for criminal traffic violations will have to give their thumbprint to Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies or go to jail. "This will be mandatory. No exceptions," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Wednesday. "If they don't want to give the print, they're going directly to jail. Period." Officials at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office said they had not been consulted about the new policy and could not comment whether it was legal. "Of course we can take prints," Arpaio said, referring to criminal traffic violators. "We can arrest everybody if we want to." The prints are entered into the Automated Fingerprint...

Illegal Surveillance by FBI


The FBI has conducted clandestine surveillance on some U.S. residents for as long as 18 months at a time without proper paperwork or oversight, according to previously classified documents to be released today (Oct. 24th). Records turned over as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit also indicate that the FBI has investigated hundreds of potential violations related to its use of secret surveillance operations, which have been stepped up dramatically since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks but are largely hidden from public view. In one case, FBI agents kept an unidentified target under surveillance for at least five...

Leave My Child Alone


I stumbled across this site called, Leave My Child Alone. The reason I clicked on the link that led me there was, I though it was going to be another bleeding-heart, let's-think-of-the-children-and-only-the-children site. It's not though. According to this site and the No Child Left Behind Act: Did you know... that the No Child Left Behind Act includes a little-known section requiring high schools to turn over student information to military recruiters? I don't have any kids and I'm far from a kid (in some circles anyway), so I probably would have otherwise never paid attention to this. It's interesting...

Domestic Rapid-Response Forces


The U.S. military is planning a more rapid, robust role for active-duty forces in responding to catastrophic disasters or terrorist attacks, a senior Pentagon official said yesterday, describing the demand for large-scale military resources in such cases as "inevitable." Paul McHale, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense, stressed, however, that the expanded active-duty military response would be limited to rare, mass calamities or attacks in which thousands of lives were at risk -- such as a category 4 hurricane, or a terrorist strike involving chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. Federal troops might also play a role in enforcing a...

New Book Exposing RFID


A new book by privacy advocates makes the case that corporations and government agencies are in collusion to put tiny radio transmitters on nearly everything we buy. Companies say it's about providing thought leadership, not the Mark of the Beast. Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre hope to become the twin Erin Brockoviches of RFID, by revealing the threat posed by the radio tag replacements for barcode labels. They may get their wish, if readers believe the conclusions of the privacy advocates' new book, Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID. Albrecht and McIntyre...