Browsing Posts tagged Security Theater

Customs and border patrol will be using a new facial recognition system to try and find immigration violators. The new technology is being used to help identify foreigners who stay in the United States too long. “We do see people trying to use the legitimate document, but it belonging to someone else, to conceal their identity,” Customs and Border Protection Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Wagner said, “and we are vulnerable to that.” The technology compares photos in passports with the faces of the people presenting them and rates how likely they are to be a […]

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A bipartisan group of US Senators have introduced a bill that would overhaul the US Patriot Act and change the way that the National Security Administration (NSA) would collect and view metadata. Anya Parampil speaks with lawyer Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project about the proposed bill and what security advocates are looking to accomplish. Source. Tweet

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Shahid Buttar, Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) joins Thom. All across America – law enforcement agencies are using a special technology to collect information from your cell phones. What is Stingray technology – how is it used – and why is everyone trying to keep it a secret? Source. Tweet

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The Intercept reports that the TSA, who is supposed to be looking after our transportation systems, has moved into theme parks looking for terrorists. Yes, the Transportation Security Administration’s embattled $900 million behavior detection program, called Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT, is not just used at airports. It’s also used at theme parks. TSA has trained security teams from SeaWorld, Disney World and Busch Gardens to use the same checklist of behavior indicators, which includes “wearing a disguise,” “whistling,” “exaggerated yawning” and “excessive laughter,” according to interviews and documents obtained by The […]

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Who will watch the spies?

Momentum is building to #RejectFear and stop theHarper Conservative’s reckless, vague and unnecessary ‘Secret Police’ bill before they can rush it into law. We’ve got a plan to stop this bill from passing without major changes and proper oversight – and it starts with making sure that people from all across Canada see a new video that shows just how high the stakes are. Source. Tweet

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