George Orwell's 1984 Becoming a Reality in New York
Political Conspiracies 8/14/12
By: David Martinez
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is bragging about the latest police state technology.
The â€œDomain Awareness System,â€ aside from its blatantly Orwellian title, is a super surveillance database possible through a partnership between Microsoft and the city of New York. The system allows NYPD 24/7 access to closed-circuit TV feeds from around the city while simultaneously cross-checking criminal and terrorist databases.
Speaking of the importance of security over freedoms, Bloomberg stated at the unveiling Wednesday, â€œThe bad guys have everything that we do. And if you really want to worry about security and freedoms, thatâ€™s the first thing. We are not your mom and pop police department anymore. We are in the next century. We are leading the pack.â€
According to CBS New York, the system gives police the power to:
- Identify whether a radiation alarm was set off by actual radiation, a weapon, or a harmless medical isotope
- Track where a suspectâ€™s car is located, and where it has been in the past few days, weeks or months
- Instantly see a suspectâ€™s arrest record, and 911 calls related to the crime
The system will also use CCTV from about 3,000 cameras around the city to allow police to â€œtravel back in timeâ€ and see how certain crimes were committed.
Although the threat of a terrorist attack is miniscule, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly cites â€œterrorismâ€ as one of the reasons such a system is needed. â€œWe realized that we had the opportunity to create a powerful system to help combat both terrorism and conventional crime, city-wide.â€
Despite Microsoft providing the majority of technology, equipment, and experience needed to build powerful high-tech computing machines, the Commissioner would have us believe his officers actually helped create the system, saying, â€œThis system was developed by police officers for police officers.â€
Kelly further attempts to sell the technology as â€œfor the good of the people,â€ saying, â€œItâ€™s a tool that meets the needs of the Department, one that will help protect New Yorkers and keep us safe from crime and terrorism for years to come.â€
Bloomberg is eager to see the project succeed and be implemented across the country, especially since New York City will be getting a kickback on revenue from future sales: â€œI hope Microsoft sells a lot of copies of this systemâ€¦because 30 percent of the profits will go to usâ€¦I think we can recoup all of our expenses, and maybe even make a few bucks.â€
The new technology is reminiscent of the Minority Report-style "Intellistreets" talking surveillance camera system being implemented in cities like Chicago, Detroit, and Pittsburgh; a system that records your conversations and barks orders at you.
Rest assured the rush to deploy the technology is more profit-driven than â€œfor the good of the people,â€ as defended.
Under the guise of public safety, the creation of this technology represents the frantic determination of the upper-crust megalomaniacs to micro-manage and control every aspect of our livesâ€¦the public is the enemy.
Source: CBS Local