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JUNE 20 2004
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Wanted: Snoops in Every Neighborhood

Moscow is looking to set up a program that it likens to neighborhood watch in the United States, in which concerned residents keep a close eye on the goings-on in their apartment buildings and tip off the police to anything they deem suspicious.
Homeland Security Highway Watch: TIPS Via Piecemeal

The Highway Watch Program plans to train the Nation's commercial drivers to observe and report any suspicious activities or items that may threaten the critical elements of the Nation's highway transportation system.
Police give public radar guns to nab speeding drivers

The police are planning to train members of the public to use radar guns to catch speeding drivers.
US planning to recruit one in 24 Americans as citizen spies

The Terrorism Information and Prevention System, or TIPS, means the US will have a higher percentage of citizen informants than the former East Germany through the infamous Stasi secret police. The program would use a minimum of 4 per cent of Americans to report "suspicious activity".
Residents seek answers about homeland security issues

The signs along the Beltway and other major highways asking commuters to call if they see any suspicious activity was one of the major issues. Residents said they wanted to know what was considered suspicious activity.
Report: ‘Talon’ to Gather Suspicious Information for DoD

First there was Operation TIPS, Attorney General John Ashcroft’s plan to enlist civilian workers nationwide to report suspected terrorist activity. Taken offline last year, the controversial program is reportedly being replaced with “Talon,” a cutting edge Department of Defense database designed to snare and distribute “raw, non-validated” reports of “anomalous activities” within the United States, according to a report in Wired.
Operation TIPS alive and well in Virginia

Perhaps what's scariest about this is that the Washington Post presented the photo with no story, as if it were some self-explanatory picture like that of a snowy day, as if we should expect informant lines as a normal.
Atlanta OKs anti-terror cops, encourages public to report suspicious activity
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 12/09/03

While they might not investigate every tip, the police are encouraging the public to report suspicious activity, which coupled with information gathered by federal and state law enforcement agencies, could prevent a terrorist attack, Pennington said.
FBI urges police to watch for people carrying almanacs
WASHINGTON (AP) - 12/30/03

The FBI is warning police nationwide to be alert for people carrying almanacs, cautioning that the popular reference books covering everything from abbreviations to weather trends could be used for terrorist planning.
Civilian Stasi Comes To Britain: London Police Encourage Public To Report 'Suspicious Behaviour'
London Guardian | March 23 2004

Scotland Yard will today launch an unprecedented campaign urging the public to report individuals they suspect of being terrorists.
Stasi London: Fearmongering reaches new heights in England - SPECIAL REPORT
Steve Watson | 30th March 2004

It has now simply been accepted that a major attack will take place, and that there is little hope of avoiding it. Yet authorities take pain to assure everyone that London is "the safest city in the world" and that we should simply accept that it is soon to be attacked and just get on with things.
DHS wants system to help identify suspicious activity
Government Computer News | April 16 2004

The Homeland Security Department has invited proposals for new software that would take a Candid Camera-like approach to identifying criminal or terrorist activity.
Cops Count On Pizza Tattletales
CBS KYW News | May 27, 2004

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) The long arm of the law may be ringing your doorbell and holding a pizza.
Pentagon office creating surveillance system to close

TIA is shutting down but read the second paragraph. They'll just rename it and launch it against us after the next terror attack unless we keep our eyes open.
Defense Department funding brain-machine work

The $24 million enterprise called Brain Machine Interfaces is developing technology that promises to directly read thoughts from a living brain -- and even instill thoughts as well.
More DARPA Love: Introducing the Centibots

Introducing the latest in urban surveillance: DARPA's Centibots. According to the Centibot website, "The Centibots are a team of 100 autonomous robots (80 ActivMedia Amigobot and 20 ActivMedia Pioneer 2 AT). The goal of the project is to demonstrate by December 2004, 100 robots mapping, tracking, guarding in a coherent fashion during a period of 24 hours."
You are a suspect

Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend — all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as "a virtual, centralized grand database."
US eyes Big Brother plan

In the film Minority Report, Tom Cruise heads a futuristic police team who have the technology to spot people who intend to commit serious crimes before the crime itself takes place. The premise might seem far-fetched but it could be closer than we think.
Fighting terror by terrifying U.S. citizens

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which funded the development of the Internet, is now funding the Information Awareness Office (IAO) to develop a "large-scale counterterrorism database."
Big brother is watching

The plans the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has will go further than simply watching a suspicious citizen's actions. DARPA's new project will record and analyze everything a person sees, hears, reads, touches, says and the places they go through a digital diary system called LifeLog.
Pentagon to Track American Consumer Purchases

A massive database that the government will use to monitor every purchase made by every American citizen is a necessary tool in the war on terror, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
Pentagon System Hopes to Identify Walks

Watch your step! The Pentagon is developing a radar device that identifies people by the way they walk, for use in a new antiterrorist surveillance system.
Walk offers clues to identity

A new technique of personal identification is being developed that uses something as simple as the way you walk to work out who you are.
Pentagon Developing Tool To Monitor Your Life

Coming soon from the Pentagon: the diary to end all diaries - a multimedia, digital record of everywhere you go and everything you see, hear, read, and say
Your brain may soon be used against you

Scientists are finding ways to use the brain's activity to expose truths a person may try to hide. The techniques could revolutionize police work, improve national security, and threaten personal privacy.
U.S. Hate Crime Bill Could Criminalize Biblical Truth, Pro-Family Spokesman Fears
AgapePress | May 27, 2004

A controversial hate crimes bill has been resurrected on Capitol Hill -- this time under Republican leadership.
'Bible as hate speech'
signed into law
WorldNetDaily.com | April 30, 2004

Canada's governor general, the representative of Queen Elizabeth II, signed into law yesterday a controversial measure opposed by religious believers and free-speech advocates who say it will criminalize public expression against homosexual behavior.
New Bill in Congress Targets Teachers Who Dare to Question US Support for Israel
American Free Press | March 21 2004

Critics charge that the bill is dangerous—a direct affront to the First Amendment and the product of intrigue by a small clique of individuals and organizations which combines the forces of the powerful Israeli lobby in official Washington.
Thought Crime: Police to question bishop over gay 'cure' comment

A bishop who called on homosexuals to seek medical help to change their sexuality is to be interviewed by police.
Columnist arrested over 'race' speech

Several people complained to police about his speech, in which he allegedly said supporters of the traditional country way of life should be given the same rights as blacks, Muslims and gays.
Criticizing Israel will be a taboo in United States

The police-state-style "thought control" legislation is to be introduced by third-ranking Republican member of the U.S. Senate, conservative Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
Britons face extradition for 'thought crime' on net

British citizens will be extradited for what critics have called a "thought crime" under a new European arrest warrant, the Government has conceded.
EU law 'could ban' Biggles

People who distribute stories about fictional children's hero Biggles or the Old Testament could be criminalised under a European anti-racism law, a top Law Lord has suggested.
Euro thought police criminalize impure speech on line

The Council of Europe has amended its cybercrime treaty to devise criminal penalties for those who dare to express unpopular ideas for public consumption with any manner of computer equipment.
German faces jail for 'ironic' remark

A German man could be jailed for three years over a comment posted on the internet in which he is accused of approving of the events of 11 September.
Giant TVs to invade city centres
London Times - 04/12/03

THE BBC is planning to build giant outdoor television screens as permanent installations in city centres across Britain. Passers-by will be able to view 24-hour coverage of sports events as well as quiz shows, news and soap operas.
Smart shopping carts to roam grocery stores of future

You just want to get a piece of fish and the makings of a salad, but your shopping cart keeps talking to you. Nightmare or dream come true, the smart shopping cart is coming soon to a grocery near you, along with an array of other gizmos designed to make your trip to the supermarket more efficient and profitable — and to keep you coming back.
Will Your TV Become a Spy?

Hollywood wants every new digital set to include technology that would stop people from putting its shows on the Net. Bad idea.
Is Your Television Watching You?

Could the federal government find out what you're watching on TV? Even if you're not the subject of a criminal investigation? If you're a satellite TV or TiVo owner, the answer is yes, according to legal experts and industry officials.
Advertising you don't see until it's too late

Get set for the next big thing: invisible advertising. And unless you have no mobile phone, television, internet access, credit card or youngsters pestering for products, you will get the message, like it or not.
Audio's Next Big Thing?

Step into the beam and you hear the sound as if it were being generated inside your head. Reflect it off a surface and it sounds like it originated there. At 30,000 cycles, the sound can travel 150 yards without any distortion or loss of volume.
'Big Ad Brother' tunes in on drivers

In about a month, the billboard will have technology that picks up which radio stations are being played in cars driving by, and changes its freeway ads according to the buying proclivities of the drivers.
High-tech billboards tune in to drivers' tastes

In an advertising ploy right out of Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report," electronic billboards in the Bay Area and Sacramento are being equipped to profile commuters as they whiz by -- and then instantly personalize freeway ads based on the wealth and habits of those drivers.
Major credit cards shake-up

In a revolution to be introduced by major supermarkets and stores - including Marks and Spencer, Tesco and McDonald's - the 40-year-old method of customers signing on the dotted line to prove their identity will be replaced by them inputting a pin number.
Biometric comes to Topeka

The president of Falley's/Food 4 Less of Topeka envisions a day when consumers will shop for groceries, approach a cash register and, rather than reach for a wallet or purse, pay for the entire purchase with the touch of a finger.
Fingerprint Checkouts

What a pain it is to write a check these days -- all those forms of identification. But now, technology makes it possible to identify customers using their fingerprints. In a flash you can pay for groceries safely.
Hunno to deploy fingerprint ID technology in ATMs

Hunno Technologies Inc. and Hyosung Corp. today announced a deal under which Hunno's fingerprint identification technology will be incorporate into ATM teller machines manufactured by Hyosung.
Liberty raises concerns over thumbprint data

Civil rights groups have reacted cautiously to the news that Bracknell shoppers will be asked to provide thumbprints with credit and cheque transactions.
Now the Pin is mightier than the pen

Shoppers who pay for their goods by card rather than cash can forget about signing on the dotted line in future. Instead, we will be asked to tap out a Pin number to authenticate the card.
Reward card lets pupils earn and learn

At Langdon secondary school in east London, each of the 2,000 pupils aged 11-16 starts using their personal smart card to collect points as soon as they arrive. Every time pupils swipe their card - when they register, attend a lesson or have lunch in the school's canteen - they are awarded points.
Students will scan for meals

Akron students will be fingerprinted beginning this fall to identify them in school lunch lines. After a lengthy debate, school board members voted 5-2 Tuesday to spend $700,000 on a controversial, modernized cafeteria system.
Coca-Cola's Unexpected Summer Police State Propaganda
Coca-Cola | June 5 2004

GPS Satellite Tracking is cool and can win you great prizes! Next it's the implanted chip.
I'm Sorry, Dave, You're Speeding 
Wired News | March 4th 2004

MELBOURNE, Australia -- At the Melbourne Motor Show last week, Toyota unveiled a controversial concept car that would very closely monitor, and in some cases restrict, the actions of its driver -- including refusing to turn on.
Big Brother car spy puts privacy at risk

A SCOTTISH computer company which stands to profit from so-called Big Brother technology has warned that it could be used for spying, unless legislation is put in place to protect privacy.
Anger at £1.30-a-mile road toll plan

The Institute for Public Policy Research has recommended the "Big Brother"-style congestion charge be introduced to fight pollution and traffic gridlock.
Green light after road toll success

As I predicted, immediately after the London road toll initiative was introduced, a fawning British media scrambled to be the first to praise its virtues, thus conditioning the public to support nationwide introduction of GPS satellite tracking via the black boxes being installed in all new cars.
Call for national congestion charge

Congestion charging must be introduced across Britain to prevent the country's busiest routes coming to a standstill, experts have warned.
Traffic tracking plan spurs fear of 'Big Brother'

Little Brother, in this case the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, sent out a letter last week to 200,000 Bay Area residents advising that in September, it will use FasTrak transponders to monitor traffic.
In-Car Black Boxes: Safety Measure Or Spy Tactic?

"Target 32 consumer alert focuses on something inside newer cars that most people do not know they have."
Black Boxes: Is Big Brother Watching You Drive?

When it comes to keeping you safe on the road, many carmakers rely on information from actual collisions. In fact, when airbags deploy, there's a device that can help carmakers find out what may have happened, which helps them design safer vehicles. But more and more, police agencies are interested in so-called black boxes, raising questions about just who's watching you when you're on the road.
Black Box In Your Car: Safety Device Or Snitch?

There's a good chance there is a black box in your car if it was made within the past several years, Target 5's Lisa Parker reported. "And it landed there with very little discussion about privacy," Parker said.
Big Brother will be watching you

Motorists living in Central London will be spied on by a network of cameras and may have to explain their movements under Ken Livingstone’s congestion charge scheme for the capital.
Could Your Car Be Spying On You?

Adrianne Newman loves her SUV. But she never knew it was spying on her! "Shocked. Completely surprised," she says. Like many cars, Adrianne's has a black box - similar to those in airplanes-- that keeps track of her driving.
Black box in car to trap speed drivers

Drivers face automatic speeding fines without being caught by the police or roadside cameras under a proposal being studied by the Government to fit all cars with satellite tracking devices for road tolls.
'Spy' plans for new cars

The government is reportedly planning to fit all cars in Britain with a personalised microchip so rule-breaking motorists can be prosecuted by computer. The chip will report a wide range of offences including speeding, road tax evasion and illegal parking, according to The Sunday Times newspaper.
Board: Use prints to track kids
St. Petersburg Times | March 10 2004

LARGO - Assured that student privacy would be protected, the Pinellas School Board Tuesday approved a $2.26-million system to use childrens' fingerprints to track their movements on and off school buses.
More finger scans coming to market
Naples Daily News | March 7 2004

Will that be cash, check or finger?
Biometric devices — which confirm identification by measuring biological or behavioral features — have been a staple of police work and science-fiction movies for decades. Now they're moving into the everyday world of airports, workplaces and corner markets. In the future, expect to see them at cash registers, allowing customers to pay for goods as well — no ATM card or wallet needed.
Phoenix school first to install face scanners
The Arizona Republic - 12/12/03

A north-central Phoenix school is the first in the nation to install cameras designed to detect the faces of sex offenders or missing children and instantly alert police.
EU plans biometric visa divide

The European Union plans to include facial and fingerprint biometric data on travel documents for non-EU foreign nationals by 2005.
Eye scanner introduced to test for drugs in the workplace

An eye scanner to discover if employees have taken drugs or drunk heavily has been launched in Britain amid concerns over testing in the workplace.
Drivers' eye movements measured to test tiredness

Police in Austria have started measuring eye movements to determine whether motorists are fit to drive. A newly developed device, called a pupillograph, measures the contractions of the centre of the eye.
Eye scanners for school children

Plans have been unveiled to introduce retinal eye scan technology to identify schoolchildren.
Faces and eyes rival passwords

Biometric technology which identifies people by the shape of the face, pattern of the iris or fingerprint is going to play a greater part in our lives.
Barcodes 'stop baby mix-ups'

Barcodes containing newborn babies' fingerprints are being used to prevent mix-ups over identification.
The Future of Shopping
Newsweek | June 7-14 issue

Tiny silicon identity chips being put in everyday objects and even implanted under the skin are changing the way we consume. Will they also invade our privacy?
Carlyle Group Subsidiary Named "MATRICS" is Brimming with NSA and CIA Operatives and pushing a Swastika-Shaped Tracker Chip
Infowars.com | April 7 2004

The Carlyle Group, run by Frank Carlucci, was strategically placed before Sept 11th to maximize profits by controlling almost every sector of the police state's architecture in America.
Debunkers Attempt To Discredit Prison Planet/Infowars Over Exploding $20 Bills Story
Steve Watson | 18th March 2004

The RFID industry have no interest in dis-proving our claims, and are solely concerned with attacking us in order to make us seem unreliable or untrustworthy. This is a common tactic that we encounter over and over whenever we expose something of a great magnitude.
RFID industry tries to debunk "exploding $20 bill" myth
Declan McCullagh | 18th March 2004

Let's back up a little here. We never claimed RFIDs were in EVERY $20 bill. Nor did we claim that $20 bills would explode in EVERY microwave. All we did was carry a story from a couple who said their bills did explode. What we can say for sure is that the EU want RFID in all Euros by 2005 and the same system is being developed for US money.
High-tech care for elderly on display:Promoters say devices could aid self-sufficiency
Houston Chronicle | 17th March 2004

Someday soon, Grandma's toothbrush may be equipped with a sensor to see if she's brushing. Grandpa's favorite chair may be wired to transmit his blood pressure reading to his doctor.
RFID chips watch Grandma brush teeth
NewScientist.com | 17 March 04

Tiny computer chips that emit unique radio-frequency IDs could be slapped on to toothbrushes, chairs and even toilet seats to monitor elderly people in their own homes.
RFID Tags in New US Notes Explode When You Try to Microwave Them
Adapted from a letter sent to Henry Makow - 02/29/04

Do you know what exploded on American money?? The right eye of Andrew Jackson on the new twenty, every bill was uniform in it's burning...
RFID Tags Already in Euro Notes (SECOND ITEM)
Steve Watson / Prisonplanet - 03/01/04

They told us they were going to do it by 2005 and now they have. Euro bank notes have RFID radio tags in them.
Printable Radio Tags Could Be Used to Track What You Read

It could provide a series of snapshots of customer behavior over time and across space. Where and when do people working in a given location buy papers? Do they bring them home, or do others read them later in other locations? Do home subscribers carry copies to work? Do workplace subscribers take copies home? All sections, or some? Only on some days?
Tesco to snap every shopper

Tesco supermarket is testing a "Big Brother" anti-theft system which takes pictures of everyone buying high-value products in a bid to stop shoplifting.
RFID Privacy Dustup

A pro-consumer privacy group opposed to tagging products with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips says it has made its point after discovering a security hole in the website of the Auto-ID Center, the MIT-based organization working with companies on industry standards for RFID and electronic product codes (EPCs).
RFID for Credit Card Users

American Express has begun to use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in a pilot program centered in the greater Phoenix area.
Several consumer products to get 'tagged'

By the end of the year, a host of consumer products will, for the first time, be sold with tiny computer chips known as RFID tags in them. The chips contain small bits of data, such as a product's serial number, which can be read by a scanner. The scanner sends the data to a database so stores and manufacturers can quickly track what is sold.
Benetton to track clothing with ID chips

Retail clothing chain Benetton will soon add technology to its garments that allows for real-time tracking of its inventory.
Michelin Embeds RFID Tags in Tires

Michelin this week revealed that it has begun fleet testing of an RFID transponder embedded in its tires to enable them to be tracked electronically.
Radio ID tags get Microsoft backing

Microsoft is enlisting in a venture designed to help develop standards for radio frequency tags intended for use by retailers and manufacturers to track goods.
Supermarket tries out smart tagging

Smart razor blades have been introduced to the shelves of UK supermarket Tesco. In a trial at Tesco's Newmarket Road branch in Cambridge, the packaging of Gillette Mach3 razor blades has been fitted with tiny chips.
RFID Solution Secures Passports

Three French companies have joined forces to develop Intelligent Film for Identification (IFI), an RFID-based authentication product for official documents, including passports, visas and identity cards.
Tiny IDs can track almost anything

Computer chips the size of grains of sand have become the latest trend among manufacturers seeking to track everything from automobiles to underwear to razor blades.
Wal-Mart to Require 'Smart Tags'

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, is requiring all of its top 100 suppliers to have "smart tags" for better inventory tracking on their pallet shipments by early 2005.
Buffalo children tracked by plastic cards with embedded RFID microchips

The charter school's 422 students wear small plastic cards around their necks that have their photograph, name and grade printed on them, and include an embedded RFID chip.
Retailers eye tiny tracking chips

Tiny new radio-emitting chips for tracking retail products from factory to checkout represent a dream for retailers, but a nightmare for privacy activists.
Big Brother Set to Guard a TV Near You

Big Brother technology that already allows people to be tracked through their mobile phones could soon be installed in household objects, tipping off police if they are stolen.
Clubbers choose chip implants to jump queues
NewScientist.com | May 21 2004

Clubbers in Spain are choosing to receive a microchip implant instead of carrying a membership card. It is the latest and perhaps the most unlikely of uses for implantable radio frequency ID chips.
Barcelona nightclub chips customers
The Register | 19th May 2004

"The nightclub has now turned Tuesday nights into Implant Night where guests can be chipped in between drinking and dancing," Annanova reports.
Nightclub 'VIPs' Get Chips Implanted
Newsmax | May 14, 2004

Expect trendoids in Manhattan, South Beach and La-La Land to ape the gimmick. Anything to be one of the popular kids.
Microchip 'could do away with pills'

Scientists in the United States have developed a new way of taking medicines which could improve the effectiveness of some treatments including HIV therapy. Writing in the journal Nature Materials they describe a drug-containing microchip which can be implanted in the body.
Tracking Junior With a Microchip

A Mexican company has launched a service to implant microchips in children as an anti-kidnapping device.
Malaysia tests ID chips for embedding in bodies

The Malaysian government has acquired rights to chips that can embed identity tags into cash, passports or even human bodies.
Barcoding humans: The era of implanting people with identity chips is up on us

The painless procedure barely lasted 15 minutes. In his South Florida office, Dr. Harvey Kleiner applied a local anesthetic above the tricep of my right arm, then he inserted a thick needle deep under the skin.
Digital Angel Gets Federal OK for Implantable Microchip

Digital Angel Corp. received approval to market its temperature-sensing implantable microchip for use in pets, livestock, and other animals.
Miami journalist gets 'chipped'

Applied Digital Solutions, maker of implantable identification chips for humans, is ramping up a new media blitz with the "chipping" of a reporter and unveiling yesterday in London of a new temperature-sensing microchip.
8-year-olds face electronic tagging

In an effort to crack down on an epidemic of youth crime, Scotland is considering a proposal to electronically tag repeat offenders, possibly as young as eight years old, the daily Scotsman reported.
Baja Beach Club in Barcelona, Spain Launches Microchip Implantation for VIP Members
Violet Jones/Infowars.com | April 7 2004

Baja Beach Club owner Conrad Chase wanted something unique to identify his VIP patrons. Other clubs had special jewelry or key chains, but he was looking for something special.
Netherlands to catalogue its population under 'citizen service number' scheme
dmeurope.com | May 24 2004

Dutch citizens and residents could be issued a national personal identification number by 2006.
NYPD Planning To Install Its Own Surveillance Cameras
NY 1 News | May 3 2004

The NYPD is reportedly planning to install hundreds of cameras around the city that can automatically recognize the faces of suspected criminals or terrorists.
Police will be able to order eye scans under ID card plan
London Independent | April 26 2004

Police will have powers to stop and check people against a national biometric database under plans for a compulsory identity card scheme to be unveiled today.
Chicago Surveillance Cameras to be Fitted With Listening Devices
Chicago Tribune | April 7 2004

Chicago will augment its camera surveillance of high-crime areas with a new listening device that can detect the sound of gunfire and lead to quick dispatch of police to the location, officials said Tuesday.
UK government wants cameras in every residential neighborhood
London Evening Standard | April 15 2004

London already has 400 speed cameras, with more than 6,000 across Britain. Mr Livingstone called this year for more cameras "in every residential neighbourhood" to enforce speed limits.
Big Brother spies on Britain
AFP - 12/17/03

In Britain, Big Brother really is watching you almost everywhere, according to civil liberties campaigners alarmed by the proliferation of spying machines in trains, buses, high streets, sports stadiums and perhaps soon even in clothes.
Millions to get ID cards within 3 years

MILLIONS of people will be issued with identity cards within three years under David Blunkett’s plans for a national scheme announced yesterday. The first compelled to have a card — from 2006 — will be the country’s 4.6 million foreign citizens.
Unmanned Aerial Drones Raise Specter of Big Brother

For some privacy advocates, the talk about civilian use of unmanned aircraft has raised a specter of Big Brother in the skies, and a new privacy debate is brewing.
Shouting Telescreens Coming to Britain

Tests in Nottingham have persuaded nine local schools to start the school year by installing the "talking eye" system, officially called public address voice activation. Security cameras are linked to loudspeakers and staff in a central control room who issue messages such as: "The police are coming."
Cellphone 'radar' tracks traffic flow

Signals from cellphone masts can be used to track aircraft, monitor traffic congestion and spot speeding motorists without tipping them off that they are being watched.
Big Brother's next weapon: Tracking your letters with microchip stamps

Sending an anonymous love letter or an angry note to your congressman? The U.S. Postal Service will soon know who you are.
Who's watching you? Today, it's hard to escape those eyes in the sky

Improving technology and security concerns are nudging society into a state of varied and constant surveillance, meaning people are being watched more than they may realize. Cameras under black plastic domes survey Publix frozen foods aisles, Wuesthoff hospital lobbies, the marked-down jeans at Dillard's, the PlayStation 2 games at Blockbuster, highways, airports, casinos and offices. It's a black-dome world we're living in. Depending on whom you ask, the domes and the vigiliance they represent are a boon to safety, invisible background props or a source of the willies.
Terror checks for all air passengers

Pacific Rim countries will share a database of all passengers flying between their airports. The details of every passenger will be forwarded to the destination country and a "red flag" will flash whenever a person has a criminal history or any suspected link to terrorism.
Officials in Hot Springs Are Issuing ID Cards For Kids

Officials in Hot Springs kicked off a new statewide service, issuing I.D cards to children as young as five years old. The state legislature passed a law in the spring that allows parents to get their child a card that looks just like a driver's license.  The child's vital information will be stored in a statewide database.
Web Cameras Monitor Class Activity

A school district in Biloxi, Miss. is the first to install Web cameras in the classroom. Video is fed live to the Internet where the principal can monitor the activities of the students and teachers with the click of a mouse.
Secret go-ahead for ID card database

The cabinet has secretly given the go-ahead to the chancellor, Gordon Brown, to set up Britain's first national population computer database that is the foundation stone for a compulsory identity card scheme.
Organizers say 'Matrix' Big Brother database would be tied in with CIA

The project is billed as a tool for state and local police, but organizers are considering giving access to the Central Intelligence Agency, said Phil Ramer, special agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's intelligence office.
Scots teenagers to be issued with ID cards

EVERY secondary school pupil in Scotland is to be issued with an ID card bearing his or her name, age and address, under a controversial government scheme branded last night as an assault on privacy.
U.S. schools resort to security cameras

A digital camera hangs over every classroom here, silently recording students' and teachers' every move. The surveillance system is at the leading edge of a trend to equip U.S. public schools with the same cameras that Wal-Mart stores use to catch thieves.
U.S. Develops Urban Surveillance System

The Pentagon is developing an urban surveillance system that would use computers and thousands of cameras to track, record and analyze the movement of every vehicle in a foreign city. Police, scientists and privacy experts say the unclassified technology could easily be adapted to spy on Americans. The project's centerpiece is groundbreaking computer software that is capable of identifying vehicles by size, color, shape and license tag, or drivers and passengers by face.
10,000 to test eye scan and fingerprint scheme

The electronic "biometric" eye scans and fingerprints that lie at the heart of the new national identity card scheme are to be tested by 10,000 volunteers in a six month Home Office trial starting in the next few weeks.
The Pentagon's Plan for Tracking Everything That Moves

The cameras are already in place. The computer code is being developed at a dozen or more major companies and universities. And the trial runs have already been planned.
The Matrix: U.S. Backs Fla. Counterterrorism Database

The system, which is called Matrix or Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange, reportedly allows investigators to find patterns and links among people and events faster than ever before. It combines, police records with commercially available collections of personal information about most American adults, according to the Post.
Police Database Network Targets People Who Apply For Gun Permits

Some see it as the sort of tool that just might give police a break the next time someone abducts a child. Others see it as an assault on personal privacy, a Big Brother network operating outside the bounds of state regulation.
US may adopt Fla. antiterror database

Police in Florida are creating a new counterterrorism database designed to give law enforcement agencies around the country a powerful new tool to analyze billions of records about both criminals and ordinary Americans.
U.S. Navy May Use Blimps as Anti-Terror Tool

The blimps wouldn't be like those that hover over football stadiums and concerts. These would be equipped with cutting-edge sensors and high-resolution cameras that could scour the landscape or oceans.
Homeland Security Studies Drone Patrols

The Homeland Security Department is considering the use of unmanned aircraft to track drug smugglers, illegal immigrants and terrorists along the porous U.S. border with Mexico, a top official told a Senate panel.
Drone research looks at traffic applications

Pilotless planes, which the U.S. military has used to snoop out Iraqi tanks and assassinate an al-Qaida terrorist, will be tested in Ohio to see whether they can battle a more down-to-earth hazard: traffic jams.
FBI spy planes patrol U.S.

The FBI has a fleet of aircraft, some equipped with night surveillance and eavesdropping equipment, flying America's skies to track and collect intelligence from suspected terrorists.
FBI Uses Plane To Watch For Signs Of Terrorist Connections

An airplane seen flying above this college town every day for more than a week is being used by the FBI as part of anti-terrorism surveillance, agency officials said.
Federal regulators ease restrictions on technology that can see through walls

Technology that can see through walls to help police track criminals and aid firefighters searching for victims received a boost from federal regulators.
London's Privacy Falling Down

Attention Londoners: Big Bobby is watching. That's the message of posters plastered along London's bus routes earlier this week to assuage riders' crime fears. But the posters are having the opposite effect on privacy advocates, who say the artwork is creepily reminiscent of the all-seeing authority described in George Orwell's 1984.

The posters show a red double-decker bus crossing a bridge as four floating eyes stare down from the sky. The eyes' pupils are the symbol of Transport For London, the city's mass-transit provider.
How mobile phones let spies see our every move

Secret radar technology research that will allow the biggest-ever extension of 'Big Brother'-style surveillance in the UK is being funded by the Government.
White House to Propose System for Wide Monitoring of Internet

The Bush administration is planning to propose requiring Internet service providers to help build a centralized system to enable broad monitoring of the Internet and, potentially, surveillance of its users.
Public oppose ID card scheme

Most people are opposed to the idea of a national ID card for the UK - according to the government's own consultation exercise.
Cameras peer into school hallways

The shootings four years ago at Columbine High School in Colorado sparked a nationwide push for schools to implement security cameras. Salisbury’s South Rowan High School was no different.