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Street Lamps For Public Surveillance: An Article From RT (and a list of excellent headlines links)


‘Big brother’ lamp posts can hear, see and bark ‘Obey!’ at you

America welcomes a new brand of smart street lightning systems: energy-efficient, long-lasting, complete with LED screens to show ads. They can also spy on citizens in a way George Orwell would not have imagined in his worst nightmare.

­With a price tag of $3,000+ apiece, according to an ABC report, the street lights are now being rolled out in Detroit, Chicago and Pittsburgh, and may soon mushroom all across the country.

Part of the Intellistreets systems made by the company Illuminating Concepts, they have a number of “homeland security applications” attached.

Each has a microprocessor “essentially similar to an iPhone,” capable of wireless communication. Each can capture images and count people for the police through a digital camera, record conversations of passers-by and even give voice commands thanks to a built-in speaker.

Ron Harwood, president and founder of Illuminating Concepts, says he eyed the creation of such a system after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Hurricane Katrina disaster. He is “working with Homeland Security” to deliver his dream of making people “more informed and safer.”

“The system represents Big Brother on steroids,” commented the website InfoWars.com, which sees Intellistreets as a major threat to privacy.

 

Headlines:

Opportunities in Europe’s Wreckage
Afghan army’s defiance grows
Tajikistan looks to Russia for lease, security
France’s Hollande: Sarkozy underplayed budget woes
U.S. lawmakers want Haqqani named terrorist group | Reuters
Syria’s largest city rocked by blast hours after gov’t thwarts different attackA major blast is reported to have ripped through Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. The bomb allegedly targeted the headquarters of Syria’s ruling Ba’ath Party. 2
Bachmann didn’t like being Swiss – rejects citizenship two days later
Is America’s Food-Safety System at Risk for a Terrorist Attack?
Militant Video Claims Syria Bombings
US restarts Bahrain arms sales amid rights anxietyThe US is resuming arms supplies to Bahrain after freezing delivery last October. Despite Washington’s assurance the weapons will not include any crowd control devices, rights activists have raised concerns that the US is supporting a dictatorship. 1
‘Sonic weapon’ at London Olympics
Osborne’s secret meeting with Brooks
Personal data trade uncovered
Spain’s indignados return to streets
Big Brother wristbands: Festival organisers face anger over plans to introduce microchips that will show where gig-goers are at any time
Candidate in Egypt Makes an Insider’s Run for President
East Asian powers agree on trade pact talks
Thousands protest economic gloom in Europe
Montana’s fading cowboy culture
Former tabloid editor reveals close ties to power
Democracy Is Best Run by Amateurs
The Rise and Rise of America’s Super-Rich
Merkel’s party hit by shock election defeat
Deal with Saudis to shore up Bahrain’s repressive regime – Middle East – World – The Independent
So why did a controversial Russian oligarch give Queen’s cousin Prince Michael £320,000 through offshore companies?
Scotland Yard officer suspected by MI5 of being a ‘sleeper’ for Al Qaeda
Italy may use army against protests
http://rt.com/news/greece-eurozone-exit-revolution-117/
Syrian rebels, getting top treatment in Turkey, eye quick homecoming (PHOTOS)There are officially no Syrian refugees in Turkey – only “visitors from Syria.” Well-accommodated and enjoying Turkey’s hospitality, they return home, contradicting the “evil Assad regime scares its own people away” narrative sold by Western media. 3
CDU Debacle in German State Voters Punish Merkel’s Conservatives in Key Election
German state election rebukes Merkel, austerity
German Pirates’ Ship Comes In
London’s CCTV in place for Olympics
Poll shows little taste for third-party candidates
Conflict with Far-Right Party Young German Muslims Defend Right to Protest
A meeting of the maras
In U.K., Pay Spats Escalate
The Grand Experiment: German Pirate Party Attempts to Reinvent Politics
Bubbles Are the 1%’s Best Friend

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