Philip Reitinger, DHS bigwig, seemed to imply that the military would lead on cybersecurity even in the domestic sphere.
“We’re getting to a gap between what the public thinks the law says and what the American government secretly thinks the law says. When you’ve got that kind of a gap, you’re going to have a problem on your hands.”
Called SEEK (Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit), this is a portable electronic toolkit that collects biometrics from people. This includes fingerprints, eye (iris) scan and photos of suspects, which are stored electronically. All this is stored...
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a follow-on task order worth up to $141 million for continued work of the U.S. Department of Defense Automated Biometric Identification System, which provides military personnel with reliable and timely ID...
Known as "JSOC" -- Joint Special Operations Command. They report directly to the president and, as National Journal reporter Marc Ambinder put it "operate worldwide based on the legal (or extra-legal) premises of classified presidential direction.
Will facial recognition devices be used to keep track of everyone that goes to a baseball game, the supermarket, or a political rally? The DSC website doesn’t offer any information about what their cameras can do.
DHS is looking for suppliers of more than 5.2 million 9 mm and .38 Special rounds a year for Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands and locations throughout the continental United States, according to a solicitation notice.
There is $197 million set aside for developing the bomber in the 2012 fiscal budget, and $3.7 billion is allocated for the program over the next five years, said Maj. Chad Steffey, an Air Force spokesman. The program's prospects in Congress also l
Mohammad Bashir, describes the event as it unfolded. Of the three helicopters, "there was only one that landed the men and came back to pick them up, but as he [the helicopter] was picking them up, it blew away and caught fire."
If an Air Force plan works out as planned, all you’ll need to track your prey is a single camera, snapping a few seconds of footage from far, far away.
Congressional leadership from both houses and both parties today reached a deal on a long-term extension of the PATRIOT Act, exactly as worded and without any of the inconvenient civil rights provisions that the Obama Administration...
Robert Gates reiterated the accusation that elements within the Pakistani government knew about the location of Osama bin Laden and were keeping that information from the United States. Bin Laden was killed in a US raid earlier this month.
Formally established in late 2009 to collect the fingerprints, iris scans, and facial images of Afghan national security forces, the program’s initial goal... But information sharing—with partners like the FBI—is also a key component of the program.
People this is not just another political fantasy by a mindless-moron acting out some fantasy of his real-owners: This would declare the entire world to be enemies of the US, and thus liable to be attacked whenever one of our paranoid psycho's...
On the ground, it's the same story. American soldiers and Marines will leave. Those replacing them, right down to carrying assault weapons, will come from places with names like Aegis Defence Services and Global Strategies Group — eight companies in
Bottom line, watch what is going on here, the debate over the deficit is slowly being moved from a debate about reducing spending to a debate over increasing government revenues.
I hope you realize these are only two examples of embedding military personnel into American newsrooms.
9/11 radically distorted our foreign policy, and handed it over to a cabal of neoconservative ideologues whose policies, however much they damaged America, are being faithfully carried out today under a Democratic administration.
For any of you familiar with Roman history we are now firmly in Caligula territory, 'taking out' whomever we please, age, sex, location or 'guilt', immaterial. Faithfully played to us citizens of Empire to the sounds of cheers and flags...
The whole story smells: Where he was supposedly located; how he was shot twice in the head, rather than captured; how he was buried at sea; how there’s (so far) no picture of his corpse.
And empire finally, as Thucydides understood, is a disease. As Thucydides wrote, the tyranny that the Athenian empire imposed on others it finally imposed on itself. The disease of empire, according to Thucydides, would finally kill...
And now, it is time for "happy nation" to be reintroduced to "police nation."
In other words, "constructive chaos" would be used to redraw the region according to US-Israeli "geo-strategic needs and objectives." The strategy is currently playing out violently in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Syria, and may erupt...
For the moment, there is no hope for a rational and rapid contraction of the metastasizing U.S. empire. There is no hope for a serious reduction in debt accumulation, pointless and costly military spending, or any kind of fiscal sanity...
What happens when a “rogue” country threatens to bring the banking system that benefits the corporatocracy to its knees? What happens to an “empire” when it can no longer effectively be overtly imperialistic?
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