2012 is most definitely not the year of the cop
NYPD, Microsoft Launch All-Seeing “Domain Awareness System” With Real-Time CCTV, License Plate Monitoring - The New York Police Department has a new terrorism detection system that will also generate profit for the city.
So, yknow, it’s bad enough that the NYPD now has this surveillance system the sort of which even an asshole like Chris Nolan portrayed as an abusive idea in his films, but it’s also a system pushed by profit (because that has worked out so well for society in regards to our prisons, huh?), AND it’s not just the NYPD spying you, it’s the shittiest corporations/finance institutions in the world keeping tabs on us. Ready to cry until your laughing?
Although NYPD documents indicate that the system is specifically designed for anti-terrorism operations, any incidental data it collects “for a legitimate law enforcement or public safety purpose” by DAS can be utilized by the police department. The NYPD will also share data and video with third parties not limited to law enforcement if either a subpoena or memorandum of understanding exists.
Pair your reading of this with Giovanni Tiso’s “Under Our Skin” over at New Inquiry.
This article is 2 years old, but it hasn’t gotten any better in Bloomberg’s New York especially when King Mike is so delusional he’s invoking Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to defend the program. 52,000 stops over 4 years averages out to over 140 stops per day… and that’s just in about 8 blocks of Brownsville. So when someone tells you “America isn’t a Police State” remind them that that’s only true in select neighborhoods for select races…
Interesting little para there… too bad the rest of the article is this dumb ass horseshit that seems to assume that the “defense industry” is the problem as if that weren’t inextricable from NATO and the Pentagon itself, both of which need to die. You’re telling me you can make the connection between the police brutality and NATO, but not the defense industry and NATO?
ACAB, my friends.
America’s got this funny style of Fascism going on where so many of the actors (NYPD, FBI) are positively pathetic (in what they choose to focus on, in how they’re unable to see how obviously ridiculous and fucked up they are being), while the underlying ideas and principles (and the slow but certainly steady volume increase on these ideas) are really fucking frightening.