Tuesday Dec 11, 201211:18 PM GMT
Street lights recording conversations in US
Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:16PM
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News that the government is set to expand the nationwide installation of surveillance bugs on buses that record conversations serves as a reminder that similar systems are also being readied for street lights, along with a host of other devices.


“Government officials are quietly installing sophisticated audio surveillance systems on public buses across the country to eavesdrop on passengers, according to documents obtained by The Daily. Plans to implement the technology are under way in cities from San Francisco to Hartford, Conn., and Eugene, Ore., to Columbus, Ohio.”


Michael Brick warns that the device will be able to, “transcribe the individual conversations of every passenger riding on a public bus,” at the behest of authorities adding that the DHS-funded project represents a horrendous affront to privacy laws.


However, as we have previously documented, buses are by no means the only place where big brother will not only be watching, but listening too.


High tech street lights with “homeland security applications” are now being installed in major U.S. cities.


A press release put out by Amerlux earlier this year announced the company’s partnership with Illuminating Concepts to further advance the rollout of ‘Intellistreets’. The announcement confirms that the street lights will have a number of “homeland security features” including a loudspeaker system that will be used to “engage captive audiences”.


Not only can the street lights, now being rolled out in Detroit, Chicago and Pittsburgh with Department of Energy backing, act as surveillance cameras, Minority Report-style advertising hubs, and Homeland Security alert systems, they are “also capable of recording conversations,” according to a report by ABC 7. Prison Planet




Basic light starts at $3,000 dollars. By spring of next year there is a good chance you could see them pop up in your city. The first of these light poles sit on 10 mile Road just East of Orchard Lake Road. Inventor Ron Harwood already has orders from cities across Metro Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh and he's working with Homeland Security. WXYZ


According to the companies behind the system, Intellistreets spying hubs that double as street lights are expected to “become commonplace” not only on regular streets but also for “retail malls, sports venues, on college campuses, and in new construction.”


In San Francisco, the Department of Homeland Security is funding the entire cost with a grant. Elsewhere, the federal government is also providing some financial support. Officials in Concord, N.C., for example, used part of a $1.2 million economic stimulus grant to install a combined audio and video surveillance system on public transit vehicles, records show. The Daily


The ACLU said that, “It is not generally legal for law enforcement (or anyone else) to make audio recordings of conversations in which they are not a participant without a warrant.” ACLU.org


In March, former CIA director David Petraeus said that the rise of new “smart” gadgets means that Americans are effectively bugging their own homes, saving U.S. spy agencies a job when it identifies any “persons of interest.” Infowar.com


Speaking at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s technology investment operation, Petraeus made the comments when discussing new technologies which aim to add processors and web connections to previously ‘dumb’ home appliances such as fridges, ovens and lighting systems. Infowar.com



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