More Drone Public Surveillance Authorized

Picture of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

In America Government Drone (unmanned aircraft) use for surveillance has grown exponentially over the past decade under the guise of making the public safe. In the founding of the nation Benjamin Franklin was quoted in summary to say “those willing to give up liberty for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”.

This quote has served as the rallying cry for those opposed to increased government spying censorship & the weakening of 4th amendment rights which protect the citizenry from unreasonable searches and seizures by government. In a challenge to expanding government surveillance the 1989 Supreme Court case Florida v. Riley, saw the court hand over to law enforcement the right to spy on citizens from public airspaces without warrants or justification.

Across America the federal government has hundreds of drone programs taking pictures of citizens as they move around in their daily lives. But it’s not only the federal government, it’s also local, county, city, state and unincorporated government agencies creating and expanding local law enforcement and business drone programs further eroding 4th amendment rights.

As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference to espouse the benefits of his expanded drone program a reporter asked “where does the spying end and begin, why is it ok to spy on citizens lounging in their back yard or sitting on the couch in the privacy of their homes, no one expects drones to be viewing them from the skies, why is this ok?” asked the reporter.

Cuomo, stared at the reporter without speaking, perplexed the reporter said what’s wrong are you going to respond to my question? Just then Cuomo said you look familiar, is your name Michael, the reporter smiled with confidence replying “yes” it is. Cuomo furthered your nick name is Tiny Tim, the reporter turned red, put his head down replying that’s what my wife calls me. Cuomo, laughed saying I saw a video of you & your wife on your couch several days ago, now our drones can listen in & read lips, she calls you Tiny Tim because she can’t find it sometimes.

More can be found at https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-deployment-first-state-police-aerial-drone-systems

Government & Industry Perfect Spying on Citizens

Picture of FAA Administrator Michael Huerta

October 2017 the administration launched an initiative to increase public surveillance with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. This initiative opts to partner the federal government with private industry, state, local & tribal governments to improve techniques for unconstitutional public spying. Strategically by allocating federal dollars to local jurisdictions the administration is hoping to get (greedy) onboard states & local governments to write laws that further the administrations citizen surveillance goals.

The program intends to improve line of site surveillance & remote sensing techniques. This new total surveillance world will be implemented under the auspices of protecting the public. On the legal side of this increased spying, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not regulate how UAS gathers data on people or property, leaving citizens with few rights to oppose the data warehousing of personal facial, behavioral or social information.

By partnering with companies such as SZ DJI Technology a China based company and one of the largest manufacturers of UAS, a citizen could find their entire personal portfolio in any government’s data warehouse without any rights or knowledge of such records. In an alleged board meeting Michael Huerta the FAA Administrator communicated the government & private industry can package & use gathered consumer data as new profitable products, changing consumers into products to be exploited.

Huerta, continued “citizens not wanting personal data exploited will pay a sum to have their records omitted & every year they’ll have to repay again to maintain that privacy. This is a win win for us, we’ll profit off of packaging their data, and we’ll leak some information prompting citizens of leaked data to pay for the removal of such data”. Continuing, “this is what the dumb public deserves, they should be exploited, as they don’t even vote in their own best interest, their dummies and deserve this treatment”.

More can be found at https://www.faa.gov/uas/ and at https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/uas_integration_pilot_program/ and at https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/uas_integration_pilot_program/apply/#la

Profitable Government Health Surveillance

Picture Fogarty Dir. Roger Glass

Non-Government health surveillance of public data is and has been conducted by many organizations including but not limited to faith based organizations, trade associations, industry groups, academia, non-profit organizations, funding agencies, research institutions, private for profit companies, professional agencies, rogue non-government entities, international world organizations, international & domestic government co-ops and more.

Typical government agencies collecting, surveilling & mining public health data are agencies such as The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), World Health Organization (WHO, aka U.S. Government?), USAID, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Departments of State or Local Health Services Organizations (DSHS), US Military, Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) & other more obvious governmental groups not listed.

More & more personal data must be freely given to corporations by consumers when interacting; the same applies when the public interacts with the government. As this data is aggregated, disseminated, traded & made profitable many ethical questions have been raised regarding public safety, acceptable risk, stigmatizations, trust & public support for government surveillance. As a matter of recourse the public has little knowledge of the big data & profits generated from their personal data, but that’s half the story. When data is incorrect the public has little knowledge to this fact & if known has little chance getting the data corrected in the various databases warehousing the misinformation.

Additional resources & new ethics standards or laws have been the cry of many institutions, researchers and citizens as the mantra for big data & analysis continues to grow. There’s no doubt big data has made predicting outbreaks & minimizing their harm easier, the question is at what cost to personal liberties. Warning some of the following comments are graphic in nature & not appropriate for minors. Director of The Fogarty international Center Dr. Roger Glass allegedly said in a press conference as we move into areas hit by devastation we must have people’s personal data in order to help.

As an example, in the last disaster for each piece of personal data freely given the citizen would be given a grain of rice. So, for a family of four if they pooled their resources they could make an adequate meal of the rice, supporting them for a day. And, if the ailing family or families didn’t have enough sellable data making them profitable they wouldn’t be given shit, said the director. Emphasizing goodness & help only goes but so far, explaining the organization must be maintained & that’s done by obtaining & selling personal data.

More can be found at http://www.who.int/ethics/publications/public-health-surveillance/en/ and at https://www.fic.nih.gov/News/GlobalHealthMatters/july-august-2017/Pages/global-health-briefs.aspx and at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2017-164/default.html