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Posted: 7/3/2003 8:34:51 PM EDT
TRAFFIC POLICE The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing an urban surveillance system that would track every vehicle in a city. The system, dubbed "Combat Zones That See," would use a combination of computers and cameras to track, record and analyze the movement of every vehicle. The system's key feature is computer software that can identify vehicles by their size, shape, color, tag number and even the occupants' faces. Not everyone is pleased with the idea. Privacy advocates note that the technology could leak out or be sold to oppressive governments and may still be abused by the U.S. government. For example, China currently uses U.S.-made anti-crime computers and software to track, identify and capture dissidents. The communist Chinese legally purchase the computers and software here in the U.S. under law enforcement contracts. SMART TAG The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has already passed DARPA. Four years ago, VDOT unveiled a Smart Tag system of electronic tolls. Virginia drivers who purchased the Smart Tag system could roll through toll booths without stopping, allowing the electronic remote tag to pay from a pre-arranged account. VDOT estimates that the 400,000 Smart Tag users in the state generate over 9 million electronic transactions a month. Privacy advocates were told by VDOT that the Smart Tag system would not be used to track motorists - just pay tolls. However, the government lied. The Virginia transportation agency now says that it regularly divulges the Smart Tag information to law enforcement for a variety of reasons, such as criminal investigations, to comply with subpoenas and to meet court orders. Privacy and driver advocates are now upset that law enforcement may soon propose to use the Smart Tag data to time the travel between two toll booths, automatically ticketing those who exceed the speed limit. VDOT denies that any such plan is in the works.
Link Posted: 7/3/2003 11:05:26 PM EDT
According to some guys around here they already watch everybody all the time anyway so why change anything???
Link Posted: 7/3/2003 11:30:44 PM EDT
I regularly set up my kitchen table as a bench rest and aim out my window into the night. I have the blinds open and i am on the second floor, on the other side of the room from my window. We used to see the guy in the apt across the way PEEPING at us. He stopped. You should have seen his face. He looked right, no action there, he looked left, no action there, he looked in our window in the center, and I think he fell over backwards or something cause he MOVED fast. NO BS ABOUT AGG ASSUALT, how is he gonna prove it? I use my SKS with the Pistol Grip and the Forward Tactical (formerly a tape gun handle) Grip, and BSA POS Red Dot on my Gastube. I like to see how long I can keep it steady unsupported. Sometimes I lay Prone long ways on the table. How do I know no one is watching me? I'm still here.
Link Posted: 7/4/2003 4:51:08 AM EDT
Originally Posted By azcopwannabee: I regularly set up my kitchen table as a bench rest and aim out my window into the night. I have the blinds open and i am on the second floor, on the other side of the room from my window. We used to see the guy in the apt across the way PEEPING at us. He stopped. You should have seen his face. He looked right, no action there, he looked left, no action there, he looked in our window in the center, and I think he fell over backwards or something cause he MOVED fast. NO BS ABOUT AGG ASSUALT, how is he gonna prove it? I use my SKS with the Pistol Grip and the Forward Tactical (formerly a tape gun handle) Grip, and BSA POS Red Dot on my Gastube. I like to see how long I can keep it steady unsupported. Sometimes I lay Prone long ways on the table. How do I know no one is watching me? I'm still here.
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But for how long?
Link Posted: 7/4/2003 5:17:09 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/4/2003 5:46:04 AM EDT
There is a scifi book: Stephen Baxter, Manifold Time that deals with people being watched all the time. Interesting series, Manifold Space, Manifold Time, Manifold Origin.
Link Posted: 7/4/2003 7:20:35 AM EDT
If my every move were being watched, the folks watching me would bored out of their ever-loving minds. I lead a pretty damn dull life...
Link Posted: 7/4/2003 9:54:55 AM EDT
Is this something new? I thought that they were already doing that!!!
Link Posted: 7/4/2003 9:58:07 AM EDT
I'd say something but the telescreen is watching me.
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