From über cheap internet sniffing spyware to surveillance drones capable of capturing 80 years worth of video in a day, this week's been another doozy in the technologies of control department. Oh, and if you are reading this, the FBI probably thinks you are suspicious.
- A Philly Post columnist is calling for "black ops," torture and mercenaries to deal with the city's crime problem. Someone has lost their mind. Of the criminals he hopes are targeted, the columnist says: "They are not citizens who deserve full protection under the law." (h/t @jeremyscahill)
- The US military has unveiled a new helicopter drone system capable of capturing 80 years of video in a day. Watch:
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- If you haven't read it already, do not miss this Public Intelligence story on the extensive surveillance and monitoring preparations in advance of the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Among the findings: the event will feature "dozens of newly-installed night-vision cameras, mobile gamma-ray scanners and a $18 million fusion center staffed with officials from various federal agencies and the military." Meanwhile, Occupy and labor activists will use the event as an opportunity to spread their messages. They should take care to note the surveillance state that awaits them.
- A Washington Post report reveals that instead of ensuring that medical devices are safe, the FDA has been spying on scientists at the agency who blew the whistle on unsafe cancer screening devices. Instead of fixing the problem, the FDA fired the scientists. They later found out the the FDA had been spying on their personal email accounts looking for evidence of their 'betrayal.' The scientists are now suing the agency.
- Teenagers are seeking out Twitter privacy. Apparently the recent proliferation of parental types on Facebook is bringing them down.
- Facebook's new data center in Oregon uses as much energy as the entire county in which it sits.
- DARPA is paying for the continued research and development of a cheap, portable, even disposable surveillance gadget that can be installed in what looks like a smoke detector. The gadget allows spies to create backdoors into internet systems, sucking up all the data from computers and networks nearby.
- The US and Europe do not have a monopoly on surveillance technology. Check Russia out, for example.
- Reports coming out of Oakland after the mass arrests of last weekend are bleak. Salon writes that arrestees were denied medication, including one HIV-positive woman who was denied medication for over 24 hours.