Surveillance systems everywhere may soon come under attack from the Anonymous collective.
“Worldwide governments are about to demolish Privacy with Systems like Trapwire and Indect,”says a post on Anon News, going on:
“Those network surveillance technologies sniff the CCTV cameras, government databases and the Internet to identify people and make a profile of citizens, their families and their socializing.”
If you’re among those who’ve never heard of Trapwire, it’s, “ a formerly obscure counter-terrorist surveillance network, created by a company run by ex-CIA agents, that links together thousands of ordinary, privately owned security cameras, digitally analyzing the footage they generate and delivering it to various police departments and branches of the US federal government,” says Jesse Brown in Maclean’s magazine.
It’s been “making headlines in the U.S. since Wikileaks exposed its existence, he says, and, “online chatter has been obsessively focused on it ever since. There’s been endless analysis, opinion, misinformation and clarification (here’s a credible run-down of the story so far).
“Wikileaks has leaked emails from private security firm Stratfor, which markets Trapwire.
“Trapwire is in place at every HVT in NYC, DC, London, Ottawa and LA.”
“In US Military parlance, an HVT is a ‘high-value target,’ like a federal government building, a military structure or a travel hub.
“Ottawa has lots of those, and apparently they all house cameras that are spying on Canadians and feeding the footage to Trapwire.”
Indect? The “project has been initiated by the Polish Platform for Homeland Security,” says its homepage, boasting:
“There are more than 200,000 bays installed worldwide in over 400 sites, including the prestigious Dubai Mall (15,000 bays).
“In Australia, the system controls approximately 15,000 bays in four major shopping centres, of which 11,000 are monitored by single space sensors.”
That’s a lot of eyes
The company goes on to say,
“The Project proposal was submitted by the international, pan-European consortium of 17 partners, led by the AGH University of Science and Technology (Krakow, Poland), under the supervision of Professor Andrzej Dziech, the INDECT Project Coordinator. The consortium consists of 11 well-known universities, 4 companies and 2 end-users (Police Service of Northern Ireland and Polish General Headquarters of Police). It should be underlined that the INDECT project is a research project, allowing involved European scientists to develop new, advanced and innovative algorithms and methods aiming at combating terrorism and other criminal activities, such as human trafficking and organised crime which are affecting citizens’ safety.”
Meanwhile “Since 2009, the EU has been subsidizing the INDECT project with millions of Euros, Anonymous states, going on:
“Even though several media outlets have already reported about this networked surveillance technology, only few EU citizens know what it is supposed to be.
“The application of INDECT aims to analyze conspicuous behavior to prevent crimes, in virtual life as well as in real life, before they actually happen. Not only does this sound crazy, it is cutting deeply into our basic right to privacy, because those cameras will be able to replicate scanned personal biometrical features with existing digital files about persons in databases such as social networks. Hence, every person could be retraced and supervised, anybody who says or does anything “abnormal” or anything which the system considers to be “threatening” both on the internet and in real life, is potentially suspicious.
They pretend to design those systems to secure us against Terrorism, says the Anonymous call for action, but the collective continues, “ the truth is they have been working on Surveillance-Systems way before the first Terrorists attacks happened.
It’s time to act, it’s time to show the governments of the World, who we are, it’s time to show humanity stands as united, it is time to show what freedom means to us.
“We call all Activists over the world, from south and north America, from Asia, from Africa, from Australia and Oceania, from the Arab spring and from the European Union, to be a part of the Protest, against Surveillance Systems.
“Act now and spread the word in your mother tongue, enter your Countries and Cities, in the pad linked on the description of this video.
“Governments are supposed to defend the interest of their peoples. They are not here to cheat the citizens.
“It’s our Freedom and our privacy.