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Baltimore is definitely not the first American city to be enveloped in a “cocoon” of real-time surveillance, but it is the first to have such an intensive and EXPENSIVE system go online and not be announced publicly due to “private donor” funding. If Federal tax dollars were being spent outright, Govt. Waste Spending watch dog groups would have had a huge spotlight investigation on this program a while back, and with that small detail, as the bard would say, lies the rub.
Using the “Private Donor funding loophole” as our search criteria, I think we may begin to DISCOVER more and more of these types of surveillance programs that are currently already online or planning to go online in large metropolitan cities across the country to include possible “Trouble Spots” in rural areas also (think Redoubt AO’s). Besides Baltimore, Los Angeles and Dayton, Ohio were the only other cities listed in the article but logic would dictate there have to be dozens more cities participating in the program around the country.
OK, since the article devotes all of one sentence to the Elephant in the Room, I will ask: So who are these “Private Donors?” First instincts are since this is a program used by Law Enforcement and Baltimore has been on the cusp of complete martial law, maybe it is your average benign wealthy concerned citizen footing the bill. On the flip side of the coin, you could also consider a virtual “laundry list” of Possible nefarious folks who would be interested in Domestic Mass Surveillance, including the Evil Wizard himself, George Soros, who is already in the habit of funding domestic terror groups like the BLM.
But at the end of the day, my gut is telling me it is good ole’ Uncle Sam hiding behind shell companies set up by Federal alphabet agencies. Sound far-fetched? Not really. The CIA, DIA, NSA and FBI Counter-Terrorism all operate this way all over the world to help cover their tracks and keep things on the DL and away from the prying eyes of investigative journalism.
Moving on to the surveillance technology itself, Angel Fire is basically a militarized “Google Earth with TiVo Capability”. Yet again we see Military Applications that were built for War and Counter-Terrorism being moved into the Private Sector for domestic spying (or as the title suggest, “It’s Not spying if they’re always watching”).
In closing, the article is lengthy, but in-depth and well worth the read. I also highly suggest you read all the links in the article and ultimately decide for yourself how much closer the United States is to reaching Complete “Big Brother Status.”
I think these words from George Orwell’s novel 1984 are appropriate as you ponder that:
“To the past, or to the future. To an age when thought is free. From the Age of Big Brother, from the Age of the Thought Police, from a dead man… greetings.”
Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!