There has been a lot of press coverage in the past couple of weeks about the Department of Homeland Security posting a solicitation for contract proposals regarding access to a national license plate reader database—and DHS’s decision, once mainstream news outlets began covering the story, to withdraw the solicitation. That has led to a lot of triumphant talk about how the agency shelved the plans in the face of widespread public outcry and bad press.
There’s just one problem with this narrative: it’s completely wrong, beginning to end.
First of all, contrary to widespread understanding, DHS’ solicitation for bids had nothing to do with asking a contractor to build a nationwide license plate tracking database. Such a database already exists. The solicitation was more than likely merely a procedural necessity towards the goal of obtaining large numbers of agency subscriptions to said database, so that ICE agents across the country could dip into it at will, as many have been doing for years already. There was never a plan to “build” a plate database. A database almost exactly like the one DHS describes is a current fact. It is operated by a private corporation called Vigilant Solutions, contains nearly two billion records of our movements, and grows by nearly 100 million records per month. As I explain in greater detail here, DHS likely just wanted broader access to tap it.
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Now you can know all about Vigilant Solutions global license plate surveillance system. This is the same marketing materials, manuals and documentation they give to the police before they sell them on it. Only thing we’re missing is the live demo they get.
Do whatever you want with it. You should at least become familiar with them, after all, they already know everything about you.
[edit: here is a QR code]
A California-based surveillance vendor that sells access to license plate databases and the devices that indiscriminately collect that information has been reportedly cashing checks from the Internal Revenue Service and other federal offices.
According to procurement records seen by journalists at Bloomberg News, the IRS is among a group of United States government agencies that has awarded contracts to Vigilant Solutions, a seller of controversial license plate tracking technology that has attracted the ire of the American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy proponents in recent years.
I have a bunch of Vigilant promotional documents and manuals available for your perusal should anyone be so inclined.
Calif. TV station films dog calmly playing with kids after cop shoots himself trying to kill it | The Raw Story
A California deputy accidentally shot himself while trying to kill a dog that he said was threatening his life on Wednesday, but video captured by a local television station later showed the animal much smaller than reported and peacefully playing with children.
You know sometimes things just work out.
The cop survived.. :(
I expect to see these increase in the near future as more individuals poke and prod OpenSSL
At least we have people looking over it.
Maybe now some of the huge corporations will contribute monetarily or with code instead of taking and giving nothing back. That pisses me off more than anything.
This is an advance notice that regular security support for Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (code name “squeeze”) will be terminated on the 31st of May.
However, we’re happy to announce that security support for squeeze is going to be extended until February 2016, i.e. five years after the initial release. This effort is driven by various interested parties companies which require longer security support. See the “LTS” section of https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/03/msg00004.html for the initial announcement.
The details are currently being sorted out and a more detailed announcement will be made soon.
Isn’t this illegal insider trading?
either way, sanctions are an act of war.
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The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce our fifth long-term support release, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core, as well as Ubuntu 14.04 for Phone and Tablet products.
Ah, April 15th. Tax Day.
When you pay taxes, you assume they’ll be used to support education, health care, public transportation, and other programs that make your community stronger. That’s true, but so is this: some of your hard-earned dollars might be bundled into a massive payout to a private prison company that cares more about profits than public safety.
That’s right, taxpayers: for-profit prison companies are skimming off the top of taxes you pay ostensibly to create safer communities. And no company benefits more than the largest private prison company out there: the Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA.
And they buy bombs that kill innocent brown children too! Yay, Murica!
Hustler Magazine is well aware that copies of the 535 issues it sends free of charge to Capitol Hill every month are likely ending up in the trash, but the pornography publication isn’t about to cancel those complimentary congressional subscriptions.
Every lawmaker in the United States Senate and House of Representatives has been sent a copy of Larry Flynt’s adult magazine since 1983, and the following year the publisher even went to court with the US Postal Service after 260 congressmen complained.
I am sure Barbara Boxer’s office examines them thoroughly as she is notoriously… promiscuous.
However, what a shame it is that the Log Cabin Republicans do not receive such “debate” stimulating publications that cater toward their “intellectual” endeavors and interest. This is surely an oversight and I implore Mr. Flynt’s organization to remedy this situation immediately by producing such a periodical; perhaps a quarterly.
On an aside note: I wonder if a Representative is able to request an alternate publication be sent to them; such as Hustler Taboo Magazine, for which, subscriptions are no longer available. I also wonder if the shipments include both the Magazine, as well as the DVD that traditionally accompanies it.