Recently there has been a lot of talk about the big brother idea which is a ‘smart street-light’ infrastructure that controls, monitors & maintains the sensory world according to Intellistreets.. It’s a company that is being supported by Homeland Security grants. It’s a sophisticated surveillance device that records conversations, records videos, and much more.. Look at this photo to see the features of this street light:
It’s interesting that this company pulled their YouTube, only after a few days.. (And Their Comments Were Disabled!) The reason they pulled the video was because of negative publicity that was generated about this high-tech street light being used for “Homeland Security” purposes! They have already installed one of these devices in Farmington Hills, Michigan with the aid of Federal Funding. The funny part is that they claim that this new intel-light has wonderful benefits, then why pull the video from YouTube and try to cover-up the DHS connection?! Wouldn’t it draw more suspicious attention to the idea and company if they didn’t take the video offline so quickly??
Not only does this system have video surveillance capabilities, it also includes audio sensors and speaker systems that will be used by authorities to “promote civic awareness,” presumably in the same vein as Homeland Security’s telescreens in Wal-Mart stores that feature a message from Janet Napolitano encouraging Americans to spy on each other and report suspicious activity. Not to mention this system also doubles as a propaganda advertising machine! Could this also be connected to the upcoming FEMA control over all communications for the ‘Emergency Alert System?’ (This alert system will have to me mandatory on all cell-phones next year.) Watch the duplicate video below also on their website:
Recap: The above YouTube video of the concept explains the primary capabilities of the devices include “energy conservation, homeland security, public safety, traffic control, advertising, video surveillance.” I’m pretty sure that sounds worse than the movie 1984 by George Orwell. In terms of Homeland Security applications, each of the light poles contains a speaker system that can be used to broadcast emergency alerts, as well as a display that transmits “security levels” (presumably a similar system to the DHS’ much maligned color-coded terror alert designation), in addition to showing instructions by way of its LED video screen.
The lights also include proximity sensors that can record both pedestrian and road traffic. The video display and speaker system will also be used to transmit Minority Report-style advertising, as well as Amber Alerts and other “civic announcements”. Using street lights and other forms of surveillance has already been used in several European countries for a couple years now.. Back in 2007; leaked documents from the UK Home Office revealed that they were working on fitting lamp posts with CCTV cameras that would ‘X-ray’ citizens. Not to mention Dutch Police have also announced they are developing a mobile body scanner that will see through ‘almost anything’ to catch terrorist suspects and disobedient citizens.
This Intellistreets business model is similar to the one that is being used in Middlesborough UK that give orders and fines people for dropping litter and other minor offenses. One of the most common phrases that are used to trick people into obeying the laws is; “We are watching you.” This also connects to the recent announcement that TSA agents will be screening cars and passengers on major U.S highways! The government is getting out of hand with all this big brother technology.. What happened to our rights; the 4th Amendment?! Below is a few updates from ABC News and Infowars:
They are now being deployed in Detroit, Chicago and Pittsburgh with Department of Energy and Homeland Security backing. Even though the company denies the funding from the DHS.. Harwood told the Detroit Free Press that the street lights will “make us feel not only safer, but happier,” representing how “business and government can work together for economic, environmental and social benefits.” Harwood also claims that the technology doesn’t represent a privacy threat simply because its rollout it “transparent” carries no weight whatsoever. Just because the installation of these street lights is being done publicly and not in secret has no bearing whatsoever on the frightening implications for privacy this development poses. The Intellistrets company has also released a press statement to Drudge report; pretty much calling them liars! (Read The Statement Here)
The problem with this new system of surveillance is that, when will the government stop after this is rolled-out nationwide? Everything that has been passed or brought out by our government since 9/11 has been a complete violation of our constitutional rights! Soon we will find out the true capabilities of this new Intellistreets system. If people believe this will give them a sense of safety and security, then you deserve to be a slave of this corrupt system which is slowly killing you! I don’t want the government recording me without my consent even when ‘regular’ people can’t even record a on-duty officer! This is now a high-tech society which is only using terrorism as an excuse to monitor your everyday activities for no reason! Will you stand up to this tyrannical government or will you give in? If you have seen one of these street lights or have any other information, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org