The Domain Awareness System - developed by Microsoft

New York City is poised to become the surveillance capital of America. On Wednesday, city officials unveiled a massive new surveillance system that they say will “revolutionize law enforcement.” The Domain Awareness System - as it’s called - gathers information from thousands of video cameras mounted around the city. And using maps, city records, arrest records, license plate readers, and 911 calls, it brings everything together in a centralized source to be reviewed by Police.

The city is already monitoring live feeds from more than 3,000 cameras – mostly in the financial district – but more cameras are expected to be added soon. This technology was developed for the city by Microsoft - and will be packaged and sold to other cities around our nation - with New York getting a cut of the profits.

So, not only has domestic surveillance become a tool for the wealthy elite to suppress an American population that is growing more and more restless – but it’s also a tool to make a lot of money. Welcome to America – The Corporate Police State.


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Palindromedary 10 years 41 weeks ago

Maybe we should all put up video cameras on our houses to monitor everything that goes on in front (and back and sides) of our house. That way, one day perhaps, we will be able to observe or record what the police are doing in our neighborhoods. It might make the police a little less secure that they can do bad things against us if these video cameras are everywhere. Problem is that it makes neighbors and passersby a little nervous as well. Oh, well, if it helps to prevent someone stealing gas out of my cars or vandalizing them (or worse) then I guess I will have to worry less about what others think when they walk by. Maybe I need one or two on my roof pointing upward to see the spy drones or helicopter gun ships. Maybe, I need to go back on to my meds! ;-}

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libendet 10 years 41 weeks ago

A few months ago I wrote this for a blog. Point is the cop I spoke to was warning me about whata was to come:

A gift from a flower to the garden of Finzi-Continis

Today on a most glorious spring day, I was running my daily laps around Washington Square Park, where I suddenly noticed big crowds of people and cops of every stripe. There were even cops on motorcycles on one side of the park.

I thought this must be an OWSers special, but alas I was wrong…It was a giant pillow fight to take place and the Cops and EMS were all about.

I finally had to ask someone what was going on and chose a NY State cop standing with an EMS cop and he went on to say that since 9/11 everything is on high alert. Whenever there's a crowd this is the kind of coverage that is warranted and there are even plain clothes cops amongst the pillow fighters.

He went on to say this is becoming a police state and this is just the beginning….(whoa)

I asked him whether he thought the SCOTUS meets Abu Garib decision to strip search people for small infractions if arrested would lead to, ah…Abu Garib. I mentioned privatization of police and their pensions and he agreed that there's going to be a lot of misplaced anger. ---oh boy.

He also said its all about greed and look who's running for Pres.
He said Obama had to win last time around because the world was furious at W. and Cheney. He said O did nothing for us and can't do anything because he is told not to.

--Out of the mouth of cops…

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Palindromedary 10 years 41 weeks ago

Minority Report movie (2002).

And now they have not only computerized facial recognition but the computer can detect facial and body expressions of people on the street...or in crowds like at the Super Bowl...that can detect if someone is likely to, or about to, commit a crime. And the US will soon be right up there with the British who have, in London, thousands of cameras that read license plates and monitor people on the streets and in the stores.

And, thanks to Microsoft, we can all be safe and secure in the knowledge that someone is watching out for us....or just...watching us! Anyone ever wonder just what all of those Microsoft 2nd Tuesday "security" updates are all about? Sure, there are security bugs that they find and fix...eventually...but do you ever wonder if the "security" updates are less to protect you from viruses, hackers, etc and more to spy on you for the government or some private sector money making organization? And that really goes for any software updates you do. All of those Itunes updates, so I've heard, have less to do with anything most people really want or need than it does with keeping you locked in and to get you to buy songs or other things on-line...maybe even they monitor you for the government as well..who knows?

Anyone ever wonder about this new concept of "the cloud"? So instead of downloading songs, books, movies, whatever...and saving them on your own hard drive...which you might have encrypted to keep out the bad guys (government and otherwise)...and that when you want to access those takes practically no time at all to do, if you, instead, use "the cloud" you save all your stuff "in the cloud" (ie: not on your computer)...and then when you want to access your have to download it from the place "in the cloud" you are saving your stuff.

Duh! I suppose if you had an optical fiber network where on-line bandwidth was very huge then you wouldn't have to worry much. But most people, especially in the US (we're so far behind other progressive countries) have much slower connections.

Bandwidth matters. And Bandwidth is often reduced by bottle-necking, throttling, and other issues. The other concept of using "the cloud" is that you can have a program running in the cloud (ie: not on your computer)...and all you have to do is feed it data and parameters...input...all the number crunching goes on in the cloud. Sounds like a good idea. But with both of these thing stands don't really have much control over the security of your data. Sure, you say your data in "the cloud" is encrypted but is that so safe...really? Ever heard of "back doors"? It makes it so much easier for the bad guys to access your data when it is "in the cloud" than it would be if you stored it locally. Same thing for these on-line storage backup companies that tout that you are never really "safe" unless you have 3 on-line. When your stuff is stored is so much easier to access it by the bad guys. And when you have to rely on "the cloud", unless you have fantastic bandwidth that experiences no bottle-necking or throttling then it just doesn't make sense to use "the cloud".

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bev-lib 10 years 41 weeks ago

I seldom go into NY City....But I can go on the computer and find anyones house on the net and see what kind of cars are sitting in their drive way, and what new construction is going on outside etc. So what is new.....Cameras are being carried by everyone now so if you don't want Big Brother watching you. You better not be doing anything that is wrong. Don't cheat on your wife. Don't steal cars, don't, don't, don't. If you are a political candidate, becareful what you say and's on camera somewhere.

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dowdotica 10 years 41 weeks ago

i don't get it. whats the big deal? if you don't have anything to hide more power to the camera! makes me feel safer. matter of fact? i use to drive for a living and i really liked the idea of the traffic cams in that A. it helps deter reckless driving and B. if people actually paid the fines it would generate sizable revenue. now mind you there are some underlying logistical issues with them but when you cover as many miles in year as i have you have to thank God that no one slams into you blowing through a red light as my son and i were once witness to when a car infront of us pulled into the green and some idiot throttled up and blew the red only to smash the lady and her kid up as he rolled his car. He wound up dying. back then that intersection did not have a camera and was always active with people blowing the red. since the installation of the cam? i don't see so many people running the reds and then when the cam flashes? i laugh, idiot. so where is a cop when you need one? p[eople keep treating them like crap sooner or later we won't have any. on another note? i actually thought about going to my city council and try to intiate a program by where folks in the hood all install home security cams and get some sort of prop tax kick back. you can get kits now for like $400 with like 6 cams. how much safer would you feel if you knew as a collective we were all watching our streets? I know i was pretty pissed to wake up one morning and find my kids car had been stolen as well as my neighbors across the street, all in the same night! had i a camera system maybe it would have detered the perps or better yet maybe the cops might have caught them. you don't bitch about the camera at 7-11 do you? as long as big bro ain't watching me run around naked in my back yard? more power to the camera!!!

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Palindromedary 10 years 41 weeks ago

re: libendet: Thanks for that information. Very revealing, eh?
Yes, I believe that there are many police, government workers, military, and even many working within some three-letter agencies who know what's going on and are not very happy about it. (Sibel Edmonds knew about it and she still cannot say some things that would surely get her killed...or at least jailed for life.) They may feel that it is "do what one is told and just shut up about it" or lose one's only means of supporting oneself and their family...or worse go to jail for life. How can you justify voting for Obama when he has been so vindictive and punishing of the whistle-blowers who expose criminal and government wrongdoing?

There have been many cases in various parts of the world where the military was ordered to shoot, run over, or otherwise..kill their own citizens who are demonstrating against tyranny. In some cases, many of these soldiers or police are terribly upset at what they have done. Some will eventually, perhaps, break and turn on the criminals giving orders. Let us hope that this happens more frequently...and especially here in the US.

I saw a program today on TV about PTSD -Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome that many soldiers experience. This soldier, who served two tours in Iraq, suffers from PTSD and he explained that he was so, so ashamed and felt guilty about what he had to do over there against innocent civilians and also what he saw being done to innocent civilians by others. I think that the US, when people saw what their government had been doing in Vietnam televised, they suffered a sort of PTSD. And those who wage war realized that they couldn't let this happen again so once they managed to control the media, and in combination with the fact that we suffered a nationwide PTSD from Vietnam...the propaganda that our media feeds us, since Vietnam, has been to make most people bury their heads in the sands of ignorance and disbelief that our own government would be culpable and capable of doing such bad things to other people ever again.

This cognitive disconnect or cognitive dissonance was further enhanced when they carried out the 911 attacks that shocked people into a mindset of fear that made the Muslims (patsies) to take the blame for what was engineered and carried out by the same traitors that sold out our country in the Vietnam War...the same traitors that shot JFK, RFK, and MLK. They made money off of killing then and they are still making lots of money from killing people today.

I suspect that, as you said that cop said, it will get much worse! It is really saddening when you spend your whole life being propagandized by dishonest history about your country...the myths of "heros", and the "good guys". Of course most people who have been propagandized since birth will have a very hard time accepting the reality of what is going down right now...and what will soon happen in our future.

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Palindromedary 10 years 41 weeks ago

But have you noticed that almost always the license plate numbers are intentionally blurred out and sometimes they try to blur out the addresses posted on the houses? I have also noticed that oftentimes when you type in an address...the location you get is not the actual location...the real house may be a couple of houses down. But, sometimes the addresses do show and you can "walk" down the street, turn, zoom in on the houses or mail boxes to reveal the actual address. And if we have this capability, through Google Earth, I'm sure the government can do it real time from their satellites with the ability to read license plates from space...but they still couldn't get the right street angle, of course. But that is what all of those ground-based cameras posted on our streets are for. And when you couple this with RFID chips that are embedded in our debit cards or even woven into the fibers of some clothes (think I'm kidding?) then they can track anyone, anywhere.

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historywriter 10 years 41 weeks ago

Just this morning in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Police in Minnesota and across the country are increasingly using small car-mounted cameras to scan thousands of license plates and pinpoint -- in real time -- stolen vehicles, suspended drivers and criminals. But what is done with the data? "

Here's more:

Without a state law, departments in Minnesota are free to set their own policies on how long they keep the information. The State Patrol deletes location data after 48 hours, St. Paul police erase it in 14 days and Minneapolis retains it for a year.

Minneapolis cops captured data on 805,000 license plates in June alone, and 4.9 million so far this year. When a Star Tribune reporter requested data on his own license plate under Minnesota's open records law, the Minneapolis Police Department responded with a list of dates, times and coordinates of his car that illustrated his daily routine.

Over the course of a year, cameras in squad cars logged him heading to work on W. Franklin Avenue at 8:07 a.m. one day, returning home on Portland Avenue S. at 6:17 p.m. on another, and parking three times late at night outside a friend's house in Uptown. Police had captured the car's license plate seven times.

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historywriter 10 years 41 weeks ago

What makes you think you WON'T be photographed by big bro as you run around naked in your back yard?

You really want to give up your right to privacy--anywhere apparently--in exchange for catching the guy running a red light or stealing your car. Or how about you hold a party in your backyard that the police figure must be a group of terrorists plotting? Maybe they could send in a drone. You have no idea how information, including innocent information and guilt by association might be used.

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dowdotica 10 years 41 weeks ago

i won't disagree with you at all. but all said and done? i think what we are witnessing is a by roduct of, tragically, 9/11. rather then be who we are or who we once were? we have some how all become paranoid, why? brainwashing? we're all affraid of the boogeyman and even more affraid of big brother? I highly doubt that we are remotely near the likes of the plot of "V". but hey who really knows? just rock and roll and enjoy life and if anything? look out for one another...

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klentz 10 years 41 weeks ago

One consolation - the software was done by MicroSoft. It will be full of bugs, wide open to hacking, and will have to be upgraded every year.

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Palindromedary 10 years 41 weeks ago

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking

By Mat Honan
Email Author
August 6, 2012 |
8:01 pm

"In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook."

"...what happened to me exposes vital security flaws in several customer service systems, most notably Apple’s and Amazon’s. Apple tech support gave the hackers access to my iCloud account. Amazon tech support gave them the ability to see a piece of information — a partial credit card number — that Apple used to release information. In short, the very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough to display in the clear on the web are precisely the same ones that Apple considers secure enough to perform identity verification. The disconnect exposes flaws in data management policies endemic to the entire technology industry, and points to a looming nightmare as we enter the era of cloud computing and connected devices."

"This isn’t just my problem. Since Friday, Aug. 3, when hackers broke into my accounts, I’ve heard from other users who were compromised in the same way, at least one of whom was targeted by the same group.
‬The very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough to display in the clear on the Web are precisely the same ones that Apple considers secure enough to perform identity verification.‪"

"[I lost]... more than a year’s worth of photos, covering the entire lifespan of my daughter, or documents and e-mails that I had stored in no other location."

‬"Moreover, if your computers aren’t already cloud-connected devices, they will be soon. Apple is working hard to get all of its customers to use iCloud. Google’s entire operating system is cloud-based. And Windows 8, the most cloud-centric operating system yet, will hit desktops by the tens of millions in the coming year. My experience leads me to believe that cloud-based systems need fundamentally different security measures. Password-based security mechanisms — which can be cracked, reset, and socially engineered — no longer suffice in the era of cloud computing."

Read this fascinating, fairly detailed, article on how the hack went down as detailed by the hacker. You may want to close some favorite accounts till they get this mess cleaned up.

video news report here:

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Palindromedary 10 years 41 weeks ago

Paranoia is a mental disease characterized by irrational unwarranted, delusional beliefs that someone is watching and/or controlling through radio waves...or that you can actually talk to, and hear, some imaginary being...I think they call it "prayer". But, there is nothing unwarranted, irrational, or delusional about the belief that someone IS watching and monitoring us because they ARE. But, of course, the watchers, upon seeing that we are on to them, will call us paranoid anyway. Today, if you are not believed to be paranoid (by THEM anyway) you are just bleating sheeple that are easily led to the slaughter when THEY whisper sweet propaganda into your ears.

Microsoft has planned obsolescence very well perfected. What better way to not only sell a consistent reliance on their software but to create their constant ability to inject code that might be used for purposes that they really don't want you to know about...and neither does the 3-letter government organizations. Where are you Mel me out here...would you?

Matter of fact just about everything has a microprocessor it in now-a-days. And what better way of causing the planned failure of our devices...say refrigerators, or TVs, or cars, or occur just before warranty runs out (as a reminder to buy the extended insurance) and then once again after the warranty runs out if you didn't buy the extended insurance. Another matter of fact...that these microprocessors will be communicating to some federal agent nearly everything we say in our kitchens and bedrooms one day. Our appliances will be spying on about'll drive us all nuts for sure.

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ken ware 10 years 41 weeks ago

Welcome to 1984....

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ken ware 10 years 41 weeks ago

We can all cry about what is going on, ranting and screaming feels good, but in reality what will be, will be. We have allowed our government to get away with lying to us about why we were warring on a nation (Vietnam for one and then on to the more recent wars we are still fighting), using us as guinea pigs for nuke tests in the 1950's in the Nevada desert, and now spying on us in the name of national security. Guess what, perhaps there is nothing we can do or say to change what is happening. We have allowed the right side of the political isle and the left to pay off the Wall St. loses while pushing full forward onto austerity for the rest of us, and have we marched or come out in packs to stop them, NO. We get up in arms and get pissed and say they are turning our freedom into a joke and spying on us from every source imaginable, yet only a 45-50% turns out on Election Day! Until we unite as a force, we have no chance of changing any thing. They, speaking of every entity that will make a profit off our laziness and inability to form a united front, will continue to produce and purchase, with our tax revenues, whatever they wish too, to keep us in line with their wishes. Why, because they know the American span of attention is limited to micro bytes of info they feed us in our news and whatever else we spend our time watching. Is there even a small chance we can turn this form of 1984 around, maybe. but until we stop them from dividing us into our separate little fragmented political and ethnic groups, we haven't a chance of getting back our civil rights and privacy, that is being stripped away almost daily. So either get serious and get united or get use to the eye in the sky and everywhere else they are watching us from.......

mklprc 10 years 41 weeks ago

What makes me feel safer is that this latest outrage is managed by Microsoft. That means they will have crashing cameras, failure to link saved data to the central drives, and an inability to even search properly. Their incompetence ensures our freedom.

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Palindromedary 10 years 41 weeks ago

I wonder what part Microsoft will play in the new NSA complex they are building in Utah..right next door to the mylife bunkers. "Find out who is searching for you!".

Man, talk about a "cloud"...that's likely where all data will be stored, decrypted if need be, and analyzed...or a good part of it anyway.... It will save them from having to sneak into peoples houses, or businesses, imaging people's drives for analysis when they get back to their lairs....although I'm sure they will continue to do that, as well, when they are dealing with someone who knows better than to warehouse their data "in the cloud".

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fjkapustka2 10 years 41 weeks ago

Every big box store has cameras in every aisle. This is nothing new. Moreover, the UK has tested out the system. This system will hopefully result in a far more responsive law enforcement as it has in the UK.

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2950-10K 10 years 41 weeks ago

I agree, domestic surveillance has become a tool for the Oligarchs to use in thwarting attempts like the Occupy Movements initiative to move towards representative govt., also commonly known as Democratic Socialism....a direction most of the rest of the world is already well on it's way towards. This scares the crap out of piggish subversives like the Kochs....who by the way will be entombed in solid gold mausoleums by the time we catch up with the rest of the world.

Another "TOOL", is a guy most citizens have never heard of....which is all about to change......PAUL RYAN....the media will no longer be able to suppress the facts behind his BUDGET PLAN. The very least, Biden could expose the cold facts in front of a global audience during the VP debates with the little monkey. In my opinion this plan is truly the Republians achilles heel.....hey, MIITT HAPPENS!

I've been in the mountains this last week but caught some of Mike Papantonio's coverage...... what a freaking great job he does!...... Good choice Thom!

Ryan needs to be asked how his Koch/Teabag mandate of shrinking government by cuts to senior citizens and working people and thus reducing does this action which turns into more tax cuts for Romney to stash in off-shore bank accounts..... create one more damn job for the millions currently suffering from all of this bald faced greed?

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Palindromedary 10 years 41 weeks ago

So I start munching on this chocolate ice cream on a stick that I bought at the Dollar Store (I have eaten a lot of these off and on...they are 6 for a dollar in a box)...and I noticed that the consistency was much rougher than before. It had the consistency of coarse saw dust that just clung to my tongue and inner mouth. Had to wash my mouth out. So, I started checking around on the internet and was quite surprised to learn that what I just ate was more than likely saw dust. I found out that this is not new...the food industry has been putting saw dust in our food for some time now. Unlike termites, we people cannot actually digest cellulose (saw dust). You Atkins dieters (low carbs) might perk up your ears on this one...the food industry uses saw dust to reduce the carb content of food they advertise as "low carbs". They use saw dust in ice cream, in many processed foods, in the foods you get at fast food restaurants. They put it in just about everything we eat. Even Mac and Cheese....I don't know about Pabst Blue Ribbon. Man, no wonder my stomach is starting to feel like the roots of a tree is growing in there...just joking...but I hope the termites don't attack me when I am sleeping.

Here's a thought....the ET aliens that look like giant termites (the greys) may actually be time travelers...they are US in the future after we have evolved into giant wonder they love strawberry ice cream....the earthling food manufacturers put saw dust in it! These aliens are trying to tell us....DON'T EAT THE FOOD!

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