Archive for the ‘cameras’ Category

KOMU.com JEFFERSON CITY – Yesterday the Missouri Senate added a statewide ban on red light traffic cameras to a broad bill on transportation.


That bill now is under review and still awaits the final votes from the Senate. While this bill will be enforced statewide, the Missouri Supreme Court has already banned the use of red light cameras in Springfield, Mo.


Senate leaders have voiced skepticism about the chances of the portion banning red light cameras staying in final version of the bill.

IN OTHER NEWS : South San Francisco to pay for errant tickets

South San Francisco officials will refund $237,000 in revenue from voided red-light camera tickets and to pay up to $250,000 to the San Mateo County Superior Court to cover costs of issuing refunds to nearly 7,000 drivers.

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PHILADELPHIA – A suburban school district secretly captured at least 56,000 webcam photographs and screen shots from laptops issued to high school students, its lawyer acknowledged Monday.
“It’s clear there were students who were likely captured in their homes,” said lawyer Henry Hockeimer, who represents the Lower Merion School District.
None of the images, captured by a tracking program to find missing computers, appeared to be salacious or inappropriate, he said. The district said it remotely activated the tracking software to find 80 missing laptops in the past two years.  ::: MORE HERE:::

Two months ago, REAL-ID went into effect in Florida and many residents are having problems proving their identities to obtain the new driver’s licenses. Florida is one of the few states complying with the law as many states have said that REAL-ID is too expensive to implement and the federal government has extended the deadline several times.

GOOD BILL v. BAD BILL

This gets confusing. They all have the same numbers!

GOOD BILLS
HR 3471: REAL ID repeal and Identity Security Enhancement Act of 2009
HR 3741: Help for children debilitated due to government sponsored vaccine campaigns

BAD BILL
H.R. 3174: Photo Identification Security Act
Why it’s bad: Requires photo identity to be imported onto Social Security Cards and a Real ID Act compliant ID to be able to open a bank account.

The hidden risks of biometric credentials Commentary c/o Future Identity
How the hell am I going to explain that to a US immigration official, whose database (totally beyond the control of the National Intelligence Registry) clearly shows that my biometrics belong to “Oscar Wilde”, not “William Gladstone”?

The road to dictatorship Commentary c/o Justin Raimondo

E-Very-fail Continued: A newly released report claims the federal E-Verify program fails to catch more than half of the unauthorized workers that it checks, according to The Associated Press. MEANWHILE: Oklahoma State finds the E-verfiy program has some problems with constitutionality.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY FROM BEAT THE CHIP

(Big love to Surveillance Camera Theater, all Camera Fraud supporters, Rep. Carl Isett and South San Francisco Mayor Mark Addiego)

How to Stage Your Own “Surveillance Camera Theater”

In 10 Easy-to-Follow Steps!
c/o Surveillance Camera Players

1. Find out exactly where the surveillance cameras are. If you haven’t seen any as you’ve walked around your town or city, check the archives of the local newspaper for announcements of installations of closed-circuit TV systems. Surveillance cameras can be: A) operated in public places by the police or other “public” authorities; B) operated in public places by private authorities; C) operated in private by private authorities; or D) operated in private by public authorities. (To date, the SCP have performed in front of A and B, but not in front of C and D.)

2. Unless you live in the United Kingdom, it is unlikely that you’ll ever be able to get a copy of the surveillance footage in which you appear, so forget about it, and concentrate on using your own cameras to document your performances. Be advised that this means having “an extra person,” that is, someone other than the performers to shoot the film or video. (In the UK, citizens may request copies of CCTV footage under the Data Protection Act, which went into effect in October 2000. If you obtain such footage, use it to publicize your performance(s). See Step #9.)

3. Map the exact location of the cameras you’ve located in Step #1 and incorporate this information into your flyers (see Step #7).

4. Plan out as best you can the “play” you are going to perform. The action or message of this play should be clear, intelligible and relevant. Short is good; shorter is better. (Most SCP plays are around two minutes long.)

Your play can be original material or it can be an adaptation of someone else’s work. (If it’s the latter, choose a work that is as widely known and easily recognized as possible.) Your play doesn’t have to concern surveillance cameras. But if it does, you’ll have less to explain to people. If your play doesn’t explicitly concern surveillance cameras, you’ll have more to explain. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, for it gives you an opportunity to say that you’re using the cameras as if they were part of your own TV station and that your play is your idea of “must see TV,” or you can say that you’re giving the police officers and security guards who watch the cameras something really interesting to watch.

Don’t know exactly what you want to perform? Come up with the location of your performance first, and then think what play would go over best in that particular place. Know what you want to perform? Then perform it in a place that best fits the subject matter.

Don’t forget that the cameras don’t pick up sound. This means that your performance will be silent. All characters, settings and action must be able to be conveyed by pantomime, costuming, scenery, words and/or pictures on poster boards, etc. etc. Get the poster boards in the discard bin of an art supplies store, and use big black magic markers to form the words and draw the images. Sketch out everything in pencil twice: first on a sketch pad and then on the board itself. When you’re satisfied that you’ve gotten it right on the board, go over the pencil lines with magic marker.

5. How many people do you need to perform? You’ll need at least two, not including your photographer/video person: one to hand out flyers, one to perform. Three people is good: two performers and one flyer-person. If you can get four or more people involved, more power to you. You’re rollin’ full on when you’ve got four or five performers, two flyer handlers and two photo or videographers!

6. Schedule your performance for a memorable day: the anniversary of an important historical event, an annual ritual (paying taxes, voting, worshipping Santa), or the day something important is happening elsewhere. If possible, match the time, place and subject matter of your play as best you can.

7. Prepare an informational flyer that will be handed-out while the performance is going on. The flyer should explain who you are and why you’re performing in that particular location and, if you’re rollin’ full on, why you’re performing on that particular day. Include the map you made in Step #3. Attribute your action and flyer to a group with a catchy name, even if one doesn’t exist. Use the name “Surveillance Camera Players” if you can’t come up with anything better.

8. When you finally perform your play, perform it over and over again for a total of 30 to 60 minutes. Marvel at how much fun this kind of protest is!

Before, during and after your performance, don’t be afraid of the police or security guards. If someone threatens to call the police, let them, and continue with the performance. If and when the police come, approach them or let them come to you confident in the knowledge that you’re doing nothing illegal. If and when the cops ask/order you to stop and leave the vicinity, do so, especially if you’ve been at it for a while and have made contact with and given flyers to a good number of people. Hit it and quit it! Your quarrel isn’t with the police, but with the people who employ the police. Only get arrested (disobey an order to disperse) when you want to get arrested.

9. Write up the performance and publish it in a zine, on a Web site, or as a photocopied pamphlet that includes your original flyer, the map and whatever photographs you have from the performance.

10. Go back to Steps #1 or #4, and start again.

TIBURON, Calif. (KCBS) — The town council unanimously approved a police program that will photograph the license plate of every vehicle entering and leaving town.

Police Chief Michael Cronin proposed what he called “the most inexpensive, cost efficient method” of tackling crime even before the slaying of Joan Rosenthal, the town’s first murder in four decades.

“We have an obligation to spend as few tax dollars as we can,” he said.

Listen KCBS’ Margie Shafer reports

The council vote on Wednesday came after a debate about the balance between privacy and public safety that stayed cordial despite the strong feelings of some residents.

“I am disgusted by this plan,” said Terry Graham. She and other residents who spoke at the meeting said the cameras would change the ambience of the tony town.

Cameras on Tiburon Boulevard and Paradise Drive—the only roads in and out of town—will be positioned to capture only an image of the rear license plate. Cronin said records would be purged after 30 days.

“The safe guards are far stronger in smaller communities than they are in much larger ones or in entities like the state or federal government. If you have a problem with a Tiburon police officer and you call a council member, I’m going to have to provide an explanation within an hour,” he said.

The camera idea is not entirely new. Former Mayor Andrew Thompson proposed the cameras in the mid-90s.

Cronin expects to see the cameras installed within four to six months. The total cost could run as high as $197,000.


They’re watching you… but who’s watching them?

[BTC- Ahem, WE are.]

Companies on the forefront of invasive and liberty-threatening surveillance systems are on the attack, paying big bucks for studies to “prove” that everyone loves being watched.

American Traffic Solutions, a red light camera and photo radar profiteer, claims a whopping 77 percent of NY voters supposedly support their revenue generating scheme. The “poll” was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, known for using trick questions and “push polling” to get the results desired by the client:

“As our roots are in political campaign management, our research is focused on producing information that compels decisions – and then results and across both political and public affairs research, as our tag line suggests, we work with our clients “Turning Questions into Answers.

BRS Labs, a developer of technology which “reports unusual or suspicious behaviors based on memories it has acquired through [surveillance camera] observations,” paid Harris Interactive to conclude 96 percent of Americans “feel the federal government… should be able to use video surveillance in an effort to counteract terrorism” and “protect” people in public places.

The survey continues:

“Four out of five adults feel that in extreme cases, such as a terrorist attack, the government should be able to use any available means to protect citizens…”

BRS’ product, “AiSight,” is an advanced snooping tool which compiles and records human activities into patterns. Patterns deemed unusual or unacceptable can be flagged. Independent camera systems can be integrated together, easily allowing a person to be tracked from place to place.

“AiSight takes visual input from a camera, learns what activities and behaviors are typical, and generates real-time alerts when it identifies activities that are not normal… It takes in external visual input (computer vision), while its machine learning engine observes the scene, learns and recognizes behavioral patterns and responds accordingly. Surveillance is 24/7…”

Feeling safer yet?