Why are new highly advanced facial recognition cameras beginning to be installed here in America? This cutting edge facial recognition technology is indeed quite frightening when it’s implications are considered. When combined with other technologies available and databases being compiled, a random person in a crowd of people can be immediately singled out and identified down to every detail about them.
The system is already installed in places like Panama and parts of California. The new software has been developed by FaceFirst which is a division of California’s Airborne Biometrics Group. There are plans in place for this system to be rolled out all accross America.
This is all being accomplished in the name of “The War on Terrorism” since 9/11. The definition of who is a terrorist is now being expanded in official government documents and mainstream news. Check it out for yourself! Those that revere individual liberty are now being labeled as potential terrorists. Those who are identified as “constitutionalists” are already in national databases. Even “doomsday preppers” and “white gun owners” are being labeled as terrorists.
How It Works
There is at least one law enforcement agency in California already implementing software devised by FaceFirst. They are in fact considering integrating a software program with tactical robots as well as video surveillance drones. Cameras, cellular phones and surveillance devices from as much as a hundred feet away are fed into multifaceted algorithms designed to single out terrorists and persons of interest.
It makes use of facial recognition algorithms that can search computer data collections in a fraction of a second and deliver officials all of the known intelligence relating to anyone who moves into a camera’s field of vision. If you have watched the new television program called “Person of Interest”, then you can get an idea of what this operates like.
The company reports on their website that live HD video enables FaceFirst to track and isolate the face of every person on every camera simultaneously. Facial characteristics develop into biometric templates which can be compared against numerous watch lists created from photographs which are discovered in such places as DMV data files or criminal databases. Unlimited amounts of cameras can capture the activities of a group of people at 30 frames/second.
They are already actually evaluating a handheld version of FaceFirst in California at this time. Whenever an officer finds someone that doesn’t currently have any identification, they can take their picture with a cell phone that is connected to the software program and instantaneously receive specifics about that individual. They, as yet, have not discovered how to make sure that innocent citizens who may want to stay unidentified are left alone.
Other Surveillance Technologies
An exceptionally sophisticated video surveillance grid called “Trapwire” is being set up in larger cities across the United States. Video surveillance devices linked to the grid can be monitored from distant fusion centers with the means to access a huge array of cameras and databases. The distant surveillance fusion centers are not needed with the latest more advanced FaceFirst software technology, though.
Your mobile phone collects details about where you are located in the world constantly. Smart Meters are now being installed on homes that can monitor and control appliances and devices within your home remotely. These meters can be quite harmful to our health because of the amount of radiation they emit.
All over America, schools are starting to require students to possess IDs with RFID microchips in them anywhere they go.
American law enforcement institutions will soon be deploying American Science & Engineering’s Z Backscatter Vans which happen to be mobile backscatter radiation x-ray vehicles. These are capable of seeing every little thing inside a vehicle or on a person. This equivalent technology is used right now by the TSA at our airports.
Laser-based scanners that are able to scan your whole body, your clothes as well as your luggage right down to a molecular level from over 150 feet away are now available.
Police agencies throughout The USA are starting to utilize unmanned video surveillance drones in the skies over their municipalities. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told congressional lawmakers in recent times that she endorses the prospect of delivering drones to help with law enforcement activities. By 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration projects that as many as 30,000 drones will be up and running in America.
A complex network of automated license plate viewers that carefully keep track of the movements of enormous amounts of cars or trucks today are on our streets. These operate in a similar way to how FaceFirst can pick out dozens of suspects from a single image and send data to customized servers. Each of these license plate readers can determine the specific position of people never even suspected of a crime.
What Can Be Done Now?
We are going to be monitored and watched everywhere we are. Private corporations are gathering every shred of information about you that they possibly can. Our Congress is considering bills to allow agencies to read our emails and even control the internet now.
As you can now clearly see, we are becoming entangled in an expanding web of surveillance. The only reason for this trend has to be that the government wants more awareness and control of the people in America. When our government wants more control over us, then something is going wrong and we are in trouble.
We have been allowing our government to roll out these surveillance programs due to our fear of terrorism. Fear is a very effective motivator. Whatever happened to our right to liberty and freedom? Liberty and freedom are based upon safeguards and trust. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights were enacted to ensure that we have legal safeguards in place. One of the main safeguards in these documents is against the government’s power.
Too many people in this nation have been led to believe that our government can be trusted and that it would never do anything to hurt them. When someone is spying on you, they either have bad intentions toward you or they are afraid of you or both. We need to utilize our constitutional rights now to limit the growth and control of this fear motivating government of ours before it is too late.
Since they are watching us more closely, then why can’t we watch them more closely?
UPDATE: (6/16/2013) – The faces of more than 120 million people are in searchable photo databases that state officials assembled to prevent driver’s-license fraud but that increasingly are used by police to identify suspects, accomplices and even innocent bystanders in a wide range of criminal investigations.
UPDATE: (6/24/2013) Shocking News – Talk about surveillance – now they have ways to even monitor what we put into our mouths! Now your doctor will really be able to make sure that your children (or you yourself) are receiving and ingesting their medications!
UPDATE: (11/7/2013) For years, technology that was developed on the battlefield has been migrating into domestic police agencies. Since 9/11, America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have sped up that transfer. Facial recognition technology, which has been widely used by the military, is the next frontier.
I wish you the best of “believing” in all of your future endeavors,
ROB – (admin)
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