Sunday, June 9, 2013

PRISIM, Room 641a, Licence plate readers, facial recognition, CCTV and more..

One of the first posts that I created way back when this website / blog was merely in its infancy stages, and just a small blog on my now defunct Yahoo profile, and finally moved over to this blog on its inauguration had to do with government surveillance of your communications. It provided the names for many past and present government surveillance programs and links (mostly Wikipedia) for further reading and research about each of the listed surveillance programs. The original post can be viewed [HERE]

One of the biggest ones that sticks out at the present time with all of the talk about this "new" program that was just leaked to the public PRISIM, was the mention of Room 641a. The information about room 641a was migrated over to this site in 2009 when This website went live, but was published a year or two prior when Yahoo still had blogs available as part of their profiles.

Room 641a was first publicly exposed in 2006 by a former AT&T technician who worked in the building. It is one of the only confirmed locations where fiber optic splitters are installed in one of the backbones of the internet where the NSA sucks up ALL of the internet traffic passing thru this point. Other locations are believed to exist throught the country at most, if not all of the major internet hubs.

Fastforward to this week, and information is slowly starting to trickle out about this program called PRISIM. It sounds like it is very closely related to the survallance taking place in Room 641a, and many other similar rooms all across the country/world. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to remain private and/or anonymous in the world that we live in. ALL of our communications are monitored, wether they mearly collect data on who we call, when we call them, what our web histories are - or if all of the content is actullay being recorded and stored (think ECHELON)

If you do not believe that they are able to obtain much information to you - check this out... https://latitude.google.com/latitude/b/0?hl=en  Especially if you have an android phone, Google is capable of tracking and mapping your every move. Google is allegedly a private company (and not a government front company) so if they are capable of maintaing these kinds of records about you and your movements, immagine what kind of data the government has aggitated about your communications and daily movements.

Cameras are a daily part of life, especially in larger cities where you will be caught on CCTV cameras pretty much from the time you leave your home until the time you return to your home. They are everywhere, private businesses, transportation systems, toll booths, police cars, and light posts to name a few. Licence plate reader software is fairly common, and relitively inexpensive. NYS actually changed their licence plates to make it easier for their licence plate software to identify your licence plate much easier. So even without a physical tracking device on your person, or on your car (just incase you leave your cell phone home for the day, or your battery dies) and if you have an older car that does not have a built in tracking system (like onStar, or LoJack) they are still able to track your movements with traffic cameras, and cameras mounted to police vehicles.

Thinking taking the bus or train will be able to reduce or eliminate their ability to track you? Think again! Many public busses, and transit systems have vast CCTV systems in place and facial recognition software has come leaps and bounds over the past few years. Just check out any of the more advanced photo editing software available. For example Picasa, which will automatically identify and tag people that you have taken photographs of. It is extremely accurate, and will often even tag people regardless of the age they were when the photo was taken - aging does not greatly effect the results of these systems, and this is just what the public has access to. In the past the government has usually been about 10 years ahead of the public with the technology that is available to them, so just imagine how accurate the facial recognition software that the government has access to is.

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