Daily Archives: February 23, 2007

Brits cry ‘Bin Brother’ over spy-chips in trash cans

Kansas City Star | Feb 22, 2007 

Jeez, you cry about the chips in dust-bins, but you don’t rail against the 4.5 million smart cameras scanning your faces into the Big Brother database, “predicting” your next move everywhere you go? You don’t complain about the murder of your countrymen in the 7/7 false-flag terror psyops perpetrated on you by British Intelligence? You don’t raise hell over the existence of a German Saxe-Coburg-Gotha neofeudalist monarchy which ultimately rules over you? You don’t give out so much as a murmur over the fact that you are not allowed to defend yourselves from crime or tyranny? You go along with the lies and disinformation about the perpetual war on terror? And you meekly accept the destruction of your national sovereignty dissolved into the EU Soviet?

You Brits are such a bunch of fools! And yes, the next move will be to insert cameras into your homes to watch you 24/7 in an Orwellian nightmare twilight zone. So, when are you going to get fighting mad and dismantle this tyranny? Better get cracking soon before the wicked witches put chips in your brains! Then you can just forget it.

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Microchip contained in the lid of recycling bin

“The Stasi or the KGB could never have dreamed of getting a spying device in every household.”

Civil libertarians worry about a day when every object has an embedded RFID tag. As the furor grows over microchips in rubbish barrels, cameras are proliferating.

The British tolerate millions of surveillance cameras watching their every public move. They agreed to let roadside cameras record their vehicular movements and store the information for two years. But when they discovered that their garbage is being bugged, they howled that Big Brother had gone too far.

Local governments have attached microchips to some 500,000 “wheelie bins,” the trashcans that residents wheel to the curb for collection. The aim, they say, is to help monitor collections and boost the national recycling rate, now among the lowest in Europe.

The public has reacted with suspicion and fury.

“Germans Plant Bugs in Our Wheelie Bins,” a Daily Mail headline announced in August. Two of the bin manufacturers are German. Newspaper letter writers have taken to calling it “Bin Brother.”

A Member of Parliament from London’s Croydon neighborhood denounced the chip as “the spy in your bin.”

“The Stasi or the KGB could never have dreamed of getting a spying device in every household,” said Andrew Pelling, a Conservative, referring to the former East German and Soviet spy agencies.

Small-scale revolts have erupted across the United Kingdom for months, as different localities adopt the technology. Some towns failed to mention the new feature, which is concealed under coin-sized plugs under the rims of their garbage cans.

In the coastal city of Bournemouth, 72-year-old Cyril Baker ripped the chip off his new bin the day he discovered it, then went on national television to show how he did it. Thousands of his neighbors followed his example. “It was a very emotional issue. The whole town was in an uproar,” he said.

It’s a wonder that the tiny dustbin attachment has provoked such a response in Britain, home of the most monitored people in the Western world. An estimated 4.2 million closed-circuit TV cameras – one for every 14 residents – are trained on British streets and schools, parks and churches. Cameras are planted in phone booths, on vending machines, at gas stations and inside every double-decker bus in London. An Englishman may be captured on cameras 300 times in a typical day, surveillance experts say.

Yet the microchips in the wheelie bins struck a nerve.

“I think people really see this as an intrusion into their personal space,” said Bournemouth councilman Nick King, a champion of the anti-chip cause.

Residents also fear that the little bug will nip them in the wallet. The microchips – radio frequency identification transmitters known as RFID tags – can’t actually spy on the contents of a bin. They’re more like tiny digital nametags, but they hold lots of information and can be scanned from yards away.

In parts of Germany and Belgium, garbage trucks equipped with scales and scanners lift the tagged bins. The bins are weighed as they’re emptied, and residents are charged for each pound they send to the landfill.

Bournemouth administrators swear that they intend only to monitor trash trends and return lost bins to their assigned homes. Other cities said they wanted to identify heavy heapers to advise them on better rubbish management.

But residents suspect a plan to levy charges for garbage hauling, and some local officials have acknowledged that’s their long-term aim.

Civil libertarians worry about a day when every object has an embedded RFID tag, and people don’t know who’s tracking their trash.

Put this technology in the hands of sanitation workers and it won’t stop at just weighing the garbage, predicts Chris McDermott, an anti-RFID activist.

“Before you know it, they’ll be scanning the actual products, wrappers and other detritus that you throw away inside the bin, as these are also scheduled to be RFID-enabled in the near future,” he warns on his Web site, www.notags.co.uk.

Not likely, said Andy Shaw, the business manager of Cambridge Auto-ID Lab, a university research center that’s developing new uses for radio frequency tags.

The lab, according to its Web site, is creating a system that will enable computers to identify “any object anywhere in the world instantly.” But Shaw thinks, “nobody is going to pay to put readers onto garbage trucks that can read everything. It’s just too expensive.”

Anyway, Big Brother doesn’t have to resort to scanning your garbage to know what you own, not with store loyalty cards and credit cards so abundant, Shaw joked.

As the furor grows over microchips in rubbish barrels, cameras are proliferating.

In Bournemouth, Liberal Democrats battle Conservatives over who’s done more to expand camera surveillance. The city, with a population of 164,000, operates more than 75 cameras in the town center. Jim Klegg, Bournemouth’s street enforcement manager, announced this month that film footage will be used to help prosecute for littering, “which includes dropping cigarette butts and chewing gum,” he said.

How to explain the enthusiasm for a vast and expanding network of cameras? King, the Bournemouth representative, said the experience of being monitored is rather British.

“Inherently, we’re quite happy to be watched when we’re out and about, because we feel if someone is watching us they can help us,” he said. “But there’s a line we draw around the home.”

Kate Fox, a London anthropologist who studies the English, sees it that way, too.

Surveillance may seem futuristic, but she maintains that it re-creates, in the English mind, the modern equivalent of the pre-industrial hamlet, where neighbors knew one another’s business.

“We rather like that sense that we’re being looked after,” she said. “It makes us feel secure.”

Yet when it concerns the home, the English are obsessed with privacy, she said, and microchipping the wheelie bins must seem like a breach of the moat.

“The Englishman’s home really is his castle, and I guess our rubbish bin is part of it,” she said.

Electric shock, military discipline and drugging for Chinese internet addicts

All Headline News | Feb 22, 2007 

The Communist Youth League calls it a “a grave social problem”

The “addicts” are treated by counseling, military discipline, drugs, hypnosis and mild electric shocks. The clinic also has metal grates and padlocks on every door and bars on every window.

In a treatment that equates Internet addicts to mentally ill people, China is giving electric shocks to people who spend more time on the Internet than required. The Chinese government has launched a nationwide campaign to treat “Internet addiction” and many Internet-addiction clinics have been opened in this regard.

A recent survey found that nearly 14 percent of teens in China are vulnerable to becoming addicted to the Internet. The Communist Youth League calls it a “a grave social problem” that threatens the youth of this Asian country.

According to the Washington Post, one such clinic in Daxing, a suburb of Beijing, the capital, is the oldest and largest and is located on an army training base. It has 60 patients on a normal day and as many as 280 during peak periods.

The age group of the patients range from 12 to 24, who have been forced to come by their parents and are paying upward of $1,300 a month. It is almost 10 times the average salary in China for the treatment.

China in recent months has joined South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam in taking measures to try to limit the time teens spend online and also passed regulations banning youths from Internet cafes.

The country has also gone to the extent of implementing control programs that logs teens off networked games after five hours. The Communist government has limited programs for Web access and also censors sites to seek online control.

The “addicts” are treated by counseling, military discipline, drugs, hypnosis and mild electric shocks. The clinic also has metal grates and padlocks on every door and bars on every window.

Government overstated number of terror-related cases

Kansas City Star | Feb 21, 2007 

Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at the Rand Corp. think tank, said there’s a significant deterrent value to sweeps and other types of crackdowns

Federal prosecutors and the FBI have significantly overstated the number of terrorism-related investigations and prosecutions they pursue, according to a highly critical report released Tuesday by a Justice Department watchdog.

The study by Inspector General Glenn Fine concluded that the overstatements occurred in large part because authorities count offenses such as document and marriage fraud and immigration violations as terrorism-related even when there was no discernible tie to terror.

Although the Justice Department and FBI have reorganized since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to make preventing future attacks a priority, Fine found that the agencies have done a poor job of providing the statistical back-up for the work they’re doing.

His report reviewed 26 categories of statistics and found inaccuracies, because of either inflated numbers or undercounting, in 24 of them.

Fine did not allege a deliberate attempt to mislead. But he said that information was “inaccurately reported for a variety of reasons, including that (Justice) Department components could not provide support for the numbers reported, could not provide support for a terrorism link used to classify statistics as terrorism-related, and could not document that the activity reported occurred in the period reported.”

He also found collection and reporting of terrorism-related statistics “decentralized and haphazard.”

In 2004, U.S. attorneys reported 379 terrorism-related convictions, but Fine’s investigators found documentation for only 240.

That same year, the FBI reported tracking 4,499 terrorism-related threats, but Fine said only 4,049 were connected to terror, according to information supplied by the bureau.

Fine also found that unlike the FBI and the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys, which coordinates the activities of 93 federal prosecutors in the U.S. and overseas territories, the Justice Department’s criminal division consistently reported lower numbers of terrorism cases than it actually handled.

For instance, the criminal division recorded 195 guilty pleas or convictions in terror cases from Sept. 11, 2001, through Feb. 3, 2005, but Fine said there actually were 216.

Fine said that his office “looked for, and accepted, any terrorism linkage whether in writing or expressed orally by department officials” but found many cases “where department officials provided no evidence to link the subject of the case to terrorist activity.”

Among such cases were those of simple immigration violators caught up in sweeps like the November 2001 Operation Tarmac in which authorities combed airports looking for people linked to terrorism.

Boyd defended labeling these kinds of immigration cases as anti-terror matters because they were part of an effort to discourage terrorist infiltration of vulnerable facilities. But he said the Justice Department had agreed to clarify how it defines them.

Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at the Rand Corp. think tank, said there’s a significant deterrent value to sweeps and other types of crackdowns, but authorities need to be careful not to exaggerate what they’re doing, and to be as forthcoming as possible.

“Without explaining their methods more clearly, the public could look at it as `crying wolf,'” Hoffman said.

New OKC Revelations Spotlight FBI Involvement In Bombing

Prison Planet | Feb 22, 2007  

Nichols’ claim that McVeigh had government handlers supported by huge weight of known evidence

New claims by Oklahoma City Bombing conspirator Terry Nichols that Timothy McVeigh was being steered by a high-level FBI official are supported by a plethora of evidence that proves McVeigh did not act alone and that authorities had prior warnings and were complicit in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported yesterday:

Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols says a high-ranking FBI official “apparently” was directing Timothy McVeigh in the plot to blow up a government building and might have changed the original target of the attack, according to a new affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Utah.

The affidavit was filed in a lawsuit brought by attorney Jesse Trentadue, whose brother Kenneth was tortured and beaten to death in an Oklahoma City federal prison in 1995. Authorities claimed Trentadue had committed suicide but he was being held in a suicide proof cell at the time and autopsy photos of his body showed he had been shocked with a stun gun, bruised, burned, sliced and then hung.

Jesse Trentadue has amassed evidence that his brother was mistaken for one of Timothy McVeigh’s alleged bombing accomplices and in attempting to get him to talk Federal agents went too far and then tried to instigate a cover-up of the murder.

Just like 9/11, the official story of the Oklahoma City Bombing, that McVeigh alone carried out the attack using a fertilizer truck bomb, is contradicted by a plethora of eyewitness account as well as physical and circumstantial evidence.

Nichols Fingers FBI Agent Directing McVeigh in OKC Bombing By Name

Prison Planet | Feb 22, 2007  

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Larry Potts, assistant director of the FBI’s criminal division

Newspaper reported name of Potts before court sealed documents

A newspaper reported the name of the FBI agent fingered by Terry Nichols as having led Timothy McVeigh in carrying out the Oklahoma City bombing before a Utah court order sealed documents pertaining to the testimony.

Though subsequent reports do not mention the accused agent by name, the Deseret Morning News identified the individual as Larry Potts, who was the lead FBI agent during the Ruby Ridge confrontation in 1992 and was also involved in the 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in 1993.

Potts (pictured ) was forced to retire after it emerged that he tried to cover-up an order to shoot anyone seen leaving the Weaver cabin at Ruby Ridge.

“McVeigh said he believed Potts was manipulating him and forcing him to ‘go off script,’ which I understood meant to change the target of the bombing,” Nichols stated.