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Privacy Advocate: “Drones are the Ultimate Totalitarian Technology”

Last week, during a return trip from the Twin Cities, the Spingola Files stopped over in Hudson, Wisconsin, to interview privacy advocate Miles Kinard, the author of the e-magazine exposé, American Stasi: Fusion Centers and Domestic Spying.  Kinard has spent considerable time researching the intrusive capabilities of government operated drones and other government surveillance initiatives.

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SF:   By 2017, some privacy experts believe law enforcement will likely control over 30,000 drones that the government will use to monitor Americans from the skies. Why do you see drones as an issue that affects the public?

MK:   There are two reasons: total 24 x 7 surveillance that is cataloged and stored, and extensive electronic tracking and monitoring, all done without even a simple reasonable suspicion of any wrong doing. In other words, surveillance for surveillance sake.

SF:    How could drones keeps tabs on us 24 x7?

MK:   DARPA, one of the companies that makes-up the security-industrial complex, has developed a 1.8 billion pixel wide-ranging surveillance camera the company has dubbed ARGUS. The definition is so solid that, from just under 17,000 feet, ARGUS can record all things publicly visible within a 15-mile radius of the drone. I’m talking objects as small as six inches.

                [SF has asserted this link to allow readers to view the capabilities of ARGUS] https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QGxNyaXfJsA

SF:   What other things can drones do to track and monitor those of us who are simply going about our daily lives?

MK:   The Department of Homeland Security is requiring manufactures of the drones that the DHS intends to purchase to be equipped with IMSI-catchers. These devices act as a vertical base transceiver station that mimics the cellular telephone towers within a 15-miles radius. From just under 17,000 feet in the air, one individual DHS drone could obtain all the numbers of every cellular telephone user in contact with each tower within its reach.

SF:  So these cellular telephone “catchers,” as you described them, could record and keep tabs of cell phone users as these signals bounce-off individual towers without the users’ consent and/or without the consent of the cell tower owners?

MK:    Yes, IMSI devices mimic towers—then record and download the data intended for the towers without the consent of any of the parties involved. In past the government has argued that these towers are owned by private companies and simply leased by users. Hence, the government argued, the users do not have a Fourth Amendment expectation of privacy.

SF:   Well, then, what would prohibit drones, especially those deployed by DHS, from intercepting telephone calls?

MK:  IMSI software currently available can compel a cellular telephone to link up with what is referred to as “no call encryption”; whereby, the digital signal is then converted to recordable audio.  One of the key provisions of the USA Patriot Act revised the definition of electronic eavesdropping. No longer does intercepting and storing a telephone conversation require judicial oversight.  A court order is not mandated unless an agent of the government accesses the stored file to listen to or see the data [i.e. the telephone conversation].

SF:   So, from the air, the government would be able to see what we do on the ground and hear what they couldn’t see?

MK:   Drones are the ultimate totalitarian technology.  Judicial precedent handed down by the courts gives Americans virtually no privacy protections from surveillance conducted from the sky.  When a homeowner erects a stockade fence as a barrier for privacy, if a police officer on the ground were to stand on an object to peer over the fence that would likely be considered a curtilage violation. Yet when a drone records the same data from the air, the courts deem that perfectly lawful, even without a court order. Some of the drones local law enforcement is actively seeking are called nano-drones, which are disguised as hummingbirds or insects; therefore, most people would have no idea when they are being watched or what the government is collecting.

                [Video link to the Rutherford Institute] https://www.rutherford.org/multimedia/on_target/the_empire_strikes_back_attack_of_the_drones/

SF:  In regards to relatively large cities, what are the ramifications of drone deployment?

MK:   Well, for example, when coupled with the ARGUS surveillance camera, four DHS drones could record every public movement and document all cellular telephone activity in the city the size of Milwaukee. This data is recorded and stored. So, if a government agent wanted to know what had transpired at a particular location five days, four hours and ten minutes in the past, they could easily do so.

SF:   What can the public do to protect their privacy from this Orwellian technology?

MK:    Pick-up the telephone and call your state and federal representatives. Understand that you will likely run into some resistance.  Members of state legislatures and congress of both political parties have a lust for two things: campaign cash and political power. They need the former to obtain the latter. Drone makers and outfitters—Boeing, BAE, DARPA, General Dynamics, to name a few—understand that money talks. So, unless our political leaders hear a hue and cry from the public, they’ll carry water for those with deep enough pockets to contribute to their campaigns. Unfortunately, many of our state and federal lawmakers are all too willing to take the campaign cash and then pass laws that require taxpayers to fund the technology used to chronicle their movements.

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest print edition only book, Best of the Spingola Files, Volumes I & II, is now available at Amazon.com.

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© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2013


Privacy Advocate: Surveillance Initiatives a Response to Coming Debt Crisis

This week, the Spingola Files (SF) had an opportunity to interview privacy advocate Miles Kinard, whose e-magazine exposé, American Stasi: Fusion Centers and Domestic Spying, shines a light on many of the technologies federal, state and local law enforcement use to monitor and track the movements of Americans.  

http://www.amazon.com/American-Stasi-Centers-Domesitc-ebook/dp/B006YZQFL8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354972345&sr=1-1&keywords=american+stasi

Polls in recent weeks have given President Obama his highest approval ratings in three years. Kinard, however, believes the government is in a rush to construct an Orwellian surveillance infrastructure prior to the coming U.S. sovereign debt crisis.

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SF: Now that the election is over, do you see cutbacks in the federal budget affecting the enormous federal grant outlays given to state and local law enforcement for the continued expansion of surveillance?  

MK: I don’t see the Obama administration cutting back on funds for government surveillance. I actually believe these grants will increase.  Do the math. If interest rates climb to eight percent, which they will when once investors realize the risk in U.S. Treasuries, and the national debt hits $20 trillion, the debt service—tax dollars used to pay the interest on the total owed—will consume 75 percent of all tax dollars collected by the federal government. The Obama administration will address the problem by asking the Federal Reserve to print more money—a QE4 or QE5 scenario.  Hyper-inflation will ensue, wiping-out the savings of elderly Americans.  The cost of simple commodities, like as food, will shoot-up 50 to 100 percent in a relatively short period of time.  This will cause government instability and large scale civil disturbances.

SF: What types of policies do you see being put in place in regards to surveillance to monitor and control the population?

MK: Drive down your local inter-state highway and look at what is mounted on those poles on the side of the road, on bridges, or on the roofs of squad cars. Those little white boxes, those are cameras operated, at least in Wisconsin, by the Department of Justice/State Patrol.  Some can be easily retro fitted for RFID readers, which can ascertain the VIN from a passing vehicle from a chip implanted in new tires (See the below link, inserted by SF).

http://www.rfid-ready.com/201202153398/goodyear-integrates-rfid-tags-in-truck-tires.html

Coupled with Automated License Plate Reader technology—generally cameras mounted on squad cars, although some are permanently placed at strategic locations—that capture, time stamp, and geo-tag the location of passing vehicles, and government agents will soon be able to place a license plate into a data base and easily determine the whereabouts of a vehicle.

So you see where this is going. Total surveillance, where everyone is a suspect and their individual data is stored, in some instances, up to ten years on government servers, for retrieval whenever they become a target for whatever reason—criminal or political.

SF: So you believe these enhanced technologies might be used to control constitutionally protected speech and assembly?

MK:  It is not difficult to imagine. Remember Joe the Plumber? He was the man who dared ask candidate Obama a question during the 2008 campaign in Ohio, where Obama admitted that his goal was wealth redistribution.  Within hours a Democratic Party operative in the Ohio state government unlawfully accessed a government data base in an effort to locate dirt on this man.  There they found Joe the Plumber had some type of relatively minor tax lien. This info was then leaked to other Democratic operatives and then the media in an effort to discredit a citizen who did little more than ask a simple question of a candidate for public office.

Now, let’s say a particular individual chooses to take to the streets in order to lawfully assemble, maybe to protest against the sovereign debt crisis or out-of-control government spending, i.e. the Tea Party.  No doubt this person’s image will be captured on some type of surveillance camera. These cameras might be private or public, but the 74 intelligence fusion centers throughout the country, including the two in Wisconsin, have access to the surveillance cameras of their ‘private sector partners,’ or they might be captured by drones. Real ID laws now require individuals in Wisconsin to submit to biometric photographing at the DOT.  Biometrics is a mathematical equation that is given to a facial or bodily image. A computer can then identify this image, using facial recognition software.  

Within minutes, a government agent can determine the protesting party’s identity.  

Then, an NCIC and DOT record check is run.  This will determine if the person is wanted, the status of their driver’s license and the contents of their criminal record.  Now a government an agent can do a work-up with Choice Point, a private company that collects data on all adult Americans and sells this information to the others, including the government.  Next, the agent can conduct an ‘Alpha check’ with the State Patrol do determine what vehicles the individual owns.  With the license plates in hand, data bases are then accessed to determine the travel of the vehicle’s owner.  With data procured from smart phones and computers, agents can determine what Web sites one has visited, what type of purchases were made with credit cards, financial transactions, as well as the particular movies and books a person enjoys.  The next stop is Facebook and Twitter where most Americans—like sheep being led to the slaughter—give their private information, political beliefs, and other details about them away for free. 

Hence, the government—one desperately seeking to quell discontent—can develop a dossier to smear virtually anyone who dares question the President or any other representative of the government.

SF: Why is the mainstream media turning a blind-eye to the creation of the surveillance state?

MK:  Well, let me preference the following comments by saying I am a Libertarian.  I did not support either of the big government candidates—Romney or Obama.  This is no longer just a ‘surveillance state.’  We are on the fast track to a police state.  Our judiciary is a joke. Most judges, so-called liberals or conservatives, are simply politicians more concerned about getting reelected to the bench and/or supporting their political party through their decisions than the intent of the Constitution.

Then there is the media, 90 percent of whom voted for Obama.  Never in my lifetime have I witnessed the mainstream press literally cover for a political candidate like they did Obama.  When Ronald Reagan was President, the press went crazy when the budget deficit hit $100 billion.  The press has never seriously questioned Obama on these huge annual deficits. Think about it, when Obama leaves office the national debt will likely be $20 trillion. That means Obama—the 44th U.S. President—will have racked-up more debt in eight years than all 43 prior presidents did in 232 years.

Yet even with all this debt and proof that a turn-key police state is being quickly constructed, the mainstream media simply refuses to ask Obama or any representatives of his administration any tough questions.  After all, Obama ran as the constitutional law professor who valued civil liberties.  Instead, Gitmo is still open, he has given the order to kill at least one American citizen absent due process, and has used drones in Pakistan—a sovereign nation we are not at war with—to kill terrorists and thousands of other civilians who just happened to be around the terrorists when they were killed. Remember the press grilling the Bush administration about water boarding terrorists?  Yet when the Obama administration simply kills them and the other civilians considered ‘collateral damage,’ well, there apparently is nothing for the mainstream press to skeptically see.

SF: What can Americans who value free enterprise, hard work, the true meaning of the Constitution, and limited government do to preserve the rights and freedoms of the republic?

MK: Cut federal, state, and local spending to the minimum needed to provide simple core services. A government willing to print money and borrow money at a record pace to buy votes and create an apparatus to spy on its own people is not a government that can be trusted. Whatever happened to the concept of ‘We the People’?  Support groups like EPIC (www.epic.org), the Rutherford Institute (www.rutherford.org), and listen to straight-talkers like Peter Schiff (www.schiffradio.com).  And, of course, let me make a plug here, purchase American Stasi: Fusion Centers and Domestic Spying.

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His lastest book, Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. II: Here’s Looking at You, available at Amazon.com.

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© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012


Lapdogs: the Media and the Surveillance State

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His new book, Best of the Spingola Files, is now available at Amazon.com.

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012 



The New ‘Mark of the Beast’ has Investigators Lovin’ It

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His new book, Best of the Spingola Files, is now available at Amazon.com.

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012


Liberty Activists Doing the Job the Media Used to Do

To view this article, please checkout Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. II: Here’s Looking at You, available exclusively at Amazon.com in December of 2012.

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His new book, Best of the Spingola Files, is now available at Amazon.com.

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012 


 


[1] Beach, K.  “Friday, March 16, 6 to 8 p.m. CST, AxXiom for Liberty Live.  Guest, Former Homicide Detective, Author Steve Spingola.” http://axiomamuse.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/friday-march-16-6-8-pm-cst-axxiom-for-liberty-live-guest-former-homicide-detective-author-steven-spingola/

[2] Knickerbocker, B.  “Guantanamo for U.S. Citizens? Senate Bill Raises Questions.” www.csmonitor.com. December 3, 2011.  16 March 2012.  http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2011/1203/Guantanamo-for-US-citizens-Senate-bill-raises-questions

[3] Kinard, M. American Stasi: Fusion Centers and Domestic Spying.  Badger Wordsmith, LLC.  Wales, WI. 2012.

[4] Walker, J. “What Cases have the Patriot Act’s Sneak-and-Peek Warrants been used for?”  www.reason.com.  September 7, 2011.  16 March 2012.  http://reason.com/blog/2011/09/07/what-cases-have-the-patriot-ac


One Woman’s Willingness to Stand-Up to Orwellian ID Act

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective.

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012


SF Reviews “American Stasi: Fusion Centers and Domestic Spying.”

To view this article, please checkout Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. II: Here’s Looking at You, available exclusively at Amazon.com in December of 2012.

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective.

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012