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Why Cities Are Banning Facial Recognition Technology | WIRED

A handful of US cities have banned government use of facial recognition technology due to concerns over its accuracy and privacy. WIRED’s Tom Simonite talks with computer vision scientist and lawyer Gretchen Greene about the controversy surrounding the use of this technology. Still haven’t subscribed to WIRED on YouTube? ►► http://wrd.cm/15fP7B7 Also, check out the free WIRED channel on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. Here you can find your favorite WIRED shows and new episodes of our latest hit series Tradecraft. ABOUT WIRED WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. Through thought-provoking stories and videos, WIRED explores the future of business, innovation, and culture. Why Cities Are Banning Facial Recognition Technology | WIRED

The FBI’s Secret Facial Surveillance Program Now Faces Lawsuit

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Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.

Countries around the world, including the United States, are in the midst of a facial recognition technology race. The closer that our world gets to sustainable, impactful facial recognition, the more privacy the general public loses. We’ve already seen evidence of how nefarious facial recognition technology can become. Just take Hong Kong’s recent protests, as an example of how such “innovation” can cater to authoritarian regimes.

While you may feel this type of things “only happen in places like Hong Kong,” you’re naivety to the United States technology race may end up crippling you.

That’s because the FBI most certainly partakes in facial data collection. They also collect information on how you walk and your voice. The FBI, according to a new lawsuit filed by the ACLU, can match 640 million images of United States adults. And worse more, the FBI is helping Amazon further develop recognition surveillance technology.

The FBI working with Big Tech could yield dire consequences for citizens not only in the United States but around the world.

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Memorial Day Honoring Those who died for Freedom.

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Author, Chuck Frank

 

 

As a former Marine who served from 1960 to 1964 and also during the Cuban Missile Crises, I am here today to encourage all people in America to give honor to all of those where honor is do. Through, the centuries there have been millions of Americans who went to war and lost their lives for the cause of freedom while the very word freedom, in this case, is a term that most likely fits into the understanding of what is reflected in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights that traditionally refers to the first 10 amendments of the Constitution. When followed by law enforcement and the courts correctly, this document represents American’s core values which also points to the popular phrase that was written in the Declaration of Independence, which is “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

For the record, there is not one country in the world that has these basic constitutional protections for its people which was bestowed upon us by those great founders of our first government. One of the basic reasons why the Bill of Rights was so important is that it was meant to protect the people from any and all injustices and from their own government.  However, in spite of these protections, many corrupt agencies, courts and judges in the past and today have dishonored the people’s rights and those magnificent protections within the Bill of Rights and thereby dishonored those millions of persons who fought for freedom through the ages.

Today, nations such as China is a perfect example of a lost country which has no protections for its people to where minimal freedoms are delegated to only those who fulfill the mandates and requirements of the totalitarian Communist State, which is, by the way, being ruled by the present Emperor, Xi Jinping, appointed for life and was not voted in by the people through a democratic process.

While the sad plight of the Chinese people is obvious because of its government’s massive electronic web of surveillance, there are other countries to where freedom now lies in the balance, and yes, this includes America, the UK, Russia, Belgium, the entire European Union and more. The intrusion of the people’s privacy is well known, as is the massive web of surveillance and the data that is being collected and archived by various corporations and governments, which should stand as a dire warning to all people who seek basic unalienable rights and freedoms. The world has rapidly drifted into a high tech behemoth where monumental trials and tribulations are already here and will continue as great governmental injustices mount while citizens, regardless of legal statutes, will be tracked while being under suspicion with no probable cause. In terms of overall privacy protections and the surveillance factor, the US today has the worst ranking in the democratic world. This is truly heartbreaking.

This goes to say that America’s freedoms are now being lost at light speed as documented here by Privacy International with a map of the surveillance Societies around the world and showing the UK, US, Russia, China and others in black as designating “endemic surveillance.”

These facts should leave liberty loving advocates speechless when considering the blood and precious freedoms that our heroic American’s fought for while freedom is now vanishing into a black hole. It is urgent that “we the people” begin to make a move for the sake of righteousness and natural rights in order to set the captives free.  Let us work now while there is light, for the darkness comes when no one can work.

Social Networking: An Undeclared Mission

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Chuck Frank

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In order to truly be aware of the mission of a social networking site, one needs to understand that privacy and loyalty to the user needs to be first and foremost. Filtering and censorship that is done by a few sites for the purpose of promoting a specific and biased agenda characterized by a certain political stance such as Marxism, or any another rogue ideology, places far reaching limits upon freedoms, nor, is it consistent with the Bill of Rights and becomes a strike at the very heart of America’s constitutional fabric and republic. With that said, America’s core values such as love and liberty that was endowed upon its people was no accident and it came with a cost, and to this day, that mission still requires that its people continue to seek that higher ground and strive for even more justice for all. However. even so, there is another mission that has showed its hand and has already become a clear and present danger, not only to America but also to the rest of the world. Case in point. Facebook’s recent blocking of a post of the Declaration of Independence as “hate speech” is quite over the top by any sense of the word. Suppressing viewpoints and important historical events is clearly an infringement of the First Amendment with regard to freedom of speech and of the press.

I may add that the Washington Times on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 brought to the reader’s attention that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that Silicon Valley is an “extremely left-leaning place” but said he tries to make sure his firm doesn’t “have bias in the work that we do.” So there was no bias in blocking the recent post of the Declaration of Independence, right? This is called “doublespeak” to the max. I find it very hard to even imagine that a social network site would go to these extremes, but then again when I was in my last year of college I was astounded that our Sociology Professor assigned the book Karl Marx. But that wasn’t my first encounter with far left professors during my 4 year college stint in the great late state of California.social networks

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5 Privacies you didn’t know you lost

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 Published on Mar 22, 2018
We all know that privacy is a thing of the past, right? Pfff.
The government spying on everyone? That’s yesterday’s news.
But if you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to the obtrusive police state panopticon,
you’ve got another thing coming.
Here are five privacies you didn’t even realize you lost.

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THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE BLACKOUT: MAINSTREAM MEDIA SPINS THE REAL ISSUES INTO THE OUTER ABYSS

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Chuck Frank

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clubThe facilitators who led the St. Louis Presidential debate along with others who were people that had questions for the candidates, actually missed their mark by a million miles.There was no talk of what the candidates had in mind with regard to an ongoing agenda,that is:

 

  • the shredding of the U.S. Constitution and personal freedom,
  • the attack on liberty,
  • gun rights and
  • privacy issues, as well as,
  • massive intrusion through surveillance,
  • mainstream media control of the news,
  • nationalized education, (i.e. Common Core and the failings of it),
  • the internet giveaway,
  • the police state,
  • the U.N. Presence already in America,
  • FEMA camps,
  • the continuing loss of national sovereignty, and finally,
  • the danger of open borders that would combine Mexico, the U.S. and Canada into one large, but not so glorious North American Union.

    That scene would be a further expression of an already lost populace totally drenched in:

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‘We the Prisoners’: The Demise of the Fourth Amendment

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By John W. Whitehead

June 28, 2016

“Our carceral state banishes American citizens to a gray wasteland far beyond the promises and protections the government grants its other citizens… When the doors finally close and one finds oneself facing banishment to the carceral state—the years, the walls, the rules, the guards, the inmates—reactions vary. Some experience an intense sickening feeling. Others, a strong desire to sleep. Visions of suicide. A deep shame. A rage directed toward guards and other inmates. Utter disbelief. The incarcerated attempt to hold on to family and old social ties through phone calls and visitations. At first, friends and family do their best to keep up. But phone calls to prison are expensive, and many prisons are located far from one’s hometown… As the visits and phone calls diminish, the incarcerated begins to adjust to the fact that he or she is, indeed, a prisoner. New social ties are cultivated. New rules must be understood.”—Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

In a carceral state—a.k.a. a prison state or a police state—there is no Fourth Amendment to protect you from the overreaches, abuses, searches and probing eyes of government overlords.

In a carceral state, there is no difference between the treatment meted out to a law-abiding citizen and a convicted felon: both are equally suspect and treated as criminals, without any of the special rights and privileges reserved for the governing elite.

In a carceral state, there are only two kinds of people: the prisoners and the prison guards.

With every new law enacted by federal and state legislatures, every new ruling handed down by government courts, and every new military weapon, invasive tactic and egregious protocol employed by government agents, “we the people”—the prisoners of the American police state—are being pushed that much further into a corner, our backs against the prison wall.

This concept of a carceral state in which we possess no rights except for that which the government grants on an as-needed basis is the only way I can begin to comprehend, let alone articulate, the irrational, surreal, topsy-turvy, through-the-looking-glass state of affairs that is being imposed upon us in America today.

As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we who pretend we are free are no different from those who spend their lives behind bars.

Indeed, we are experiencing much the same phenomenon that journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates ascribes to those who are banished to a “gray wasteland far beyond the promises and protections the government grants its other citizens” : a sickening feeling, a desire to sleep, hopelessness, shame, rage, disbelief, clinginess to the past and that which is familiar, and then eventually resignation and acceptance of our new “normal.”

All that we are experiencing—the sense of dread at what is coming down the pike, the desperation, the apathy about government corruption, the deeply divided partisanship, the carnivalesque political spectacles, the public displays of violence, the nostalgia for the past—are part of the dying refrain of an America that is fading fast.

No longer must the government obey the law.

Likewise, “we the people” are no longer shielded by the rule of law.

While the First Amendment—which gives us a voice—is being muzzled, the Fourth Amendment—which protects us from being bullied, badgered, beaten, broken and spied on by government agents—is being disemboweled. More

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