Thursday, May 27, 2010



Waking Up Orwell is taking the Summer off so we can focus on developing a classic analog technology, tried and true, to create futuristic revenue streams.  We return in the fall.  You'll like it when we do.

WHEN YOU DELETE YOUR FACEBOOK...kiss your friends goodbye with some Miami basics c/o DJ Ryan Morales. 

ON FILM:  David Bond celebrates UK moments of Liberty and his attempt to erase himself in privacy thriller Erasing David [@32:07]

David Bond producer of the film, Erasing David, speaks with us about the UK's recent decision to move away from their national identity program and a new direction for their civil liberty.   Bond's film was 3 years in the making.  His discoveries about commercial possession of his personal identity articles and the use of biometrics in UK school programs clear the fog about the direction the West is headed on public surveillance.

OTHER REFERENCES: UC Berkley and DNA swabbing

Florida finally get's theirs [@ 1:23:20]

Paul Henry, advocate for Floridians Against Real ID discusses the development of a new lawsuit and his progress in advocacy for the Sunshine State.

a. HR 1268 - 2005 Real ID rider , PDF
b. SB 1992  Florida bill on concerning Real ID :  bill analysis, full text of bill 
c. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Land and Sea Final Rule 
d. Homeland Security PDF on Enhanced Drivers Licenses , Washington State EDLs

BP, Nazi Nexxuses & Edwin Black' slick analysis [@01:57:00]

Author of Nazi Nexus, Edwin Black will discuss the BP oil crisis and the balances of ethics and corporate hegemony to wrap up the season.

OTHER REFERENCES:  Austin Regional Intelligence Center,  "all hazards" in City Council and public opinion on aggregation of health records [YouTube@5:22]

DIY Government 

Tell Your Lawmakers: "Anti-Counterfeiting" Treaty Is a Sham

BACON ALERT: Tell Senate NO appropriations for junk border surveillance technologies 


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Austin faces North Lamar fusion center, privacy concerns abound

BTC -  Austin may witness the rueful day it's City comissoner's snubb citizen protest over a well publicized effort to bring about the North Lamar Fusion Center.   There was much concern expressed over the proposed centers data security and current police practices working against common privacy.   Intelligence Led Policing  and the "all crimes" reporting practice of siphoning seatbelt tickets into a Joint Terrorism Task Force database pipeline reveal a great deal of non-terrorist and even non-criminal activities being entered into Fusion Center intelligence hubs.

The likelihood is high that both political and racial profiling would have a police policy anchor in Austin, based on research released earlier this year by The Public Eye.  This could bring a chill to one of the most active and vibrant political communities in America.

For those advocating against it, there is still time to fight City Hall.  It is not "all decided ahead of time."

Internal fraud, data security breaches part of the problem

BTC - Internal fraud and vulnerability to hacks is an ongoing problem across the nation. This has not been a good week for secured identity solutions entrusted to government or public databases. Try as you may, the blame does not lie on the immigrant but the operators and users of less secure technologies.

DMV Worker, State Trooper Charged In Bribery, ID Fraud Case

Seven people -- including a state trooper and an employee of the Division of Motor Vehicles -- have been charged in connection with a bribery and identity fraud scheme that allowed illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses, the attorney general's office said Wednesday.

Denver's website hacked twice in one week

The city and county of Denver website was pulled down Monday night after it was hacked, the second such attack in a week.

Hackers, peer-to-peer networks, human error all threaten health data security

"I spend about $1 million a year just protecting the Beth Israel Deaconess [hospital] records against the nefarious Internet. We're attacked every seven seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Halamka says in an interview with Bio-IT World. "Half of the attacks come from Eastern Europe; half of the attacks come from Eastern Cambridge [Mass.]. Every September, 1,200 new hackers arrive--they're called freshmen!"

BACON ALERT: Tell Sen.Cornyn NO to stimulus money on "failed" border fence projects

Senator John Cornyn introduced an amendment which would spend up to $360 million of unspent US stimulus money to pay for more border fence surveillance technologies.  As recently as this week, SBINet and ISIS program border surveillance technologies were reported to have failed in providing security to the border.

The prospect of spending bailout funding on incompetent border security is a slap in the face to families and future generations expected to pick up the tab for these excesses.

Please tell Senator Cornyn not to spend stimulus funding on machines and programs which do not work to secure our borders.

Here is a sample of what you could write:

Dear Senator Cornyn,
I recognize the combined constituent pressures from the national security industries in Texas, abroad and on the border.
The people who opposed the bailout do not want you to spend any of their money on technology and infrastructure which failed to competently protect our border. Senator Joe Lieberman recently declared SBINet and ISIS a "failure".   Please do not use the stimulus funding to pay for incompetent border security surveillance technologies in the amount of (up to) $360 million US dollars.
The Amendment to Supplemental Appropriations Act (HR 4899) may have support for "boots on the ground" from President Obama, but our nation cannot sustain needless and expensive surveillance costs when it is clearly time to cut the waste pork projects from our national budget.
Please only ask for what America absolutely needs and do not put forward any more funding towards a failed fencing project which keeps no one safe from danger.


Groups protest implementation of secure communities program

c/o San Mateo Daily Journal 

More than a dozen social justice groups yesterday protested the implementation of a federal initiative in San Mateo County that will automatically send fingerprints of crime suspects to the Department of Homeland Security immigration database.

“We really need to take a look at the larger picture of what we’re doing to families and kids,” the Rev. Anna Lange-Soto said at a news conference on the steps of the San Mateo County courthouse.

The Secure Communities program, which began in San Mateo County, calls for the fingerprints of those arrested to be automatically sent to the Department of Homeland Security immigration database.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice has said the program is intended to catch potential criminals who are in the country illegally but could be let back out on the streets because they are not providing accurate information about their residency status when they are booked.

Secure Communities has already been implemented in more than 160 jurisdictions in 20 states, including in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Sonoma counties. ICE intends to deploy the system nationwide by 2013.  :::MORE HERE::: 

MICAS: A window into the black market for identity

BTC -  American identity is bought and sold every day and not just by online intel pirates, Facebook.

Identity is a turnkey to employment.  As long as you present a legal or legal looking identity, you should be able to get a job.  Long-term unresolved problems with immigration in America open up short-term underground markets.  The black market provides solutions for workers pooled around jobs requiring American identity.

The rub with Real ID laws, and other forms of proposed national ID, is there is no pathway to accommodate the specific problem of legitimizing migrant workforce identity.  National ID programs simultaneously create a surveillance dragnet for all American citizens possessing several forms of legitimate identity.

Those who want to solve the migrant identity problems often propose some form of guest worker card program.   Businesses who exploit migrant workforces, paying them below living wage, and fostering indentured servitude to coyotes for passage find ways to support and empower black markets.  Does a migrant identity solution require the fingerprinting of the citizen of another nation or of non-criminal American citizens?  Biometrics are destined for criminal justice databases.


This SF Gate report gives you a window into the market place for migrant workers seeking what they need to work in America.  One reporter immersed herself in the experience.
"Like the Mexican immigrant who got her documents fraudulently, I felt out of place negotiating the price of an ID in the street, in broad daylight. The seller, on the other hand, seemed relaxed and friendly. We walk to a nearby passport photo shop. I pay ten bucks and get my mug shot. After two hours, I have a new identity."

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Immigration and a nation asserting their narratives

BTC -  There is an air of assertiveness as the word "bully" is being tossed around when it comes to the story of political identity and asserting a narrative.  Citizens engaged in activism in their off duties are now suffering on-the-job bullying for their political pursuits.  Bill Maher sought to turn tables asking Republicans for their citizenship papers for a change juxtaposing the UK's turn against national ID cards.

As thinkers consider more immigration solutions,  the Obama administration is enacting a plan to secure the borders by deploying the National Guard.  Meanwhile Senator Joe Liberman calls the border fence "a failure".   And a failure it is; as CIR reports on SBI net and the ISIS program :
We found locations where no equipment had been delivered and no work was underway for as long as two years after issuance of the task orders. In other locations, equipment had been delivered but not installed, or had been installed but was not operational, with cameras and other equipment not functioning or having continuing reliability problems. We found parts laying on the desert floor and in storage adjacent to border patrol property. We also found that the contractor ordered and billed the government for equipment that sat in warehouses sometimes for years.

Bush-era TSA watchlist targets passengers based on behavior

BTC -  A little known federal criminal justice database instated at TSA checkpoints in 2007 may target flyers who exhibit dissent, witness or participate in an act of aggression or simply possess irregular looking luggage.  The purpose of the database was to zero in passengers who were physically resistant to TSA checkpoint procedures and to create pre-emptive data on people whom they anticipate retaliation from later.

Privacy advocates aware of the program say the criterion necessitating an add to the watchlist may be too broad, possessing no legitimate criminal threat to result in being entered into a criminal justice database.

I deleted my Facebook account.

BTC - Tell Zuckerberg we will survive. 

Monday, May 24, 2010

Anti-Surveillance fashion graces Maker's Faire

BTC - We spontaneously witnessed the most amazing anti-surveillance fashion show at art-nerd playground, the San Mateo Maker's Faire, this weekend.  Women and men transformed the space between two Tesla coils into a catwalk modeling surveillance/anti-serveillance clothing and make-up retailed and sponsored by Noisebridge.  [We expect pictures, video later.]

The surveillance part of the show featured male hackers as on the prowl equipped with special computer belts logging and reading radio frequency outputs from phones, ID cards and unecrypted badges. They were prepared to dodge authorities with digital compasses and a pair of "get smart" shoes doubling as phones.

The anti-surveillance portion of the show focused more on women trying to conceal their identity from anyone from the paparazzi to nosey taggers on Facebook.  Amid wigs, leggins and lab coats were impressively innovative clothing that effectively concealed someone's look.   While hoodies are popular, you have to have the right one to conceal you from multiple camera angles. Granted, the oversized hoods may get you pegged as Obe Wan Kenobi entering a cantina rather than a hot nightclub.   Try adding a few more accessories and you are on the way to privacy fashion bliss.

For instance, the Grace Kelley rear window shades allow you to see what's going on behind you while you wear them.  Speaking of behind you, the Crotch Dazzlers, melon colored panties with a mirrored panty liner on the exterior crotch, are designed to blind paparazzi stalking celebrity holy-of-holies.   If you intend to mess up a biometric image capture or are simply expressing creative dissent about surveillance on your face, wear a series of black and white outlined geometric formations across the bridge of your nose and cheekbones.   These accessories and make-up, combined with the hoodie, are a streetwise way of foiling Facebook frenemies who have no idea how much trouble they are getting you into by adding your images to their tag galleries.

An outstanding piece of the show for ingenuity was the very wearable camel colored silk Eurion Constellation dress, depicting an anti-counterfeiting pattern found on currencies in a large embroidered sequins.

Any surveillance concessions? Yes, bring The Montinored Purse with you to TSA screenings and you should sail at slightly quicker pace. While everyone will know you are not a terrorist; they will also know everything inside of your bag.  There are matching shoes displaying videos of your choice to go with them.  Finally, the North Skirt acts as a visual GPS cue to everyone who can see you by displaying the direction you are headed.  There, there.. feel safer, America.

Michigan considers AZ SB 1070, Oppsomer, Tenthers get candid

BTC - "Tenther" Michael Boldin and anti-Real ID State representative Paul Oppsommer analyze Arizona's controversial new law.
"It is important for me to say that at this date I have only skimmed various versions of Arizona SB-1070, the person who is going to be introducing it here in Michigan has not finished getting it drafted yet. But it’s my impression that early versions of the AZ bill wanted to prohibit state agencies or local governments from taking up internal bureaucratic policies that might circumvent the transferring of information on illegal immigrants to ICE. But there was then some concern that based on wording the feds could flip it the other way, and use the law to say that the State DMVs would then be handcuffed into going along with whatever REAL ID might ultimately call for regarding the sharing of information on legal citizens, or having to adopt RFID chips or other international standards. But I don’t think they want to share the data of their legal citizens in some haphazard way, and I believe they have addressed that to some degree. " 
-Rep. Oppsommer (R-DeWitt, MI)

c/o Tenth Amendment Center

Border fence cost $2.6 billion vs. $1.6 billion for SBInet

c/o FCW

The Homeland Security Department has spent $2.6 billion on physical fencing and barriers at the border of the United States and Mexico during the past five years, but it has not studied the effectiveness of that spending, according to a new report today from the Government Accountability Office.

As of April, DHS’ Customs and Border Protection agency has completed 646 of the 652 planned miles of physical fencing and tactical infrastructure at the southwest border, with the remaining miles to be finished by year’s end.

The agency asserted that the physical fencing and barriers, along with additional agents, has increased the area of border under tactical control, GAO said in the report. ::: MORE HERE:::

3 NY DMV employees arrested for internal ticketing fraud

c/o North County Gazette

NEW YORK—Three employees of the state Department of Motor Vehicles engaged in schemes to alter moving violation summonses in exchange for cash payments according to an investigation of the Inspector General’s office.

All three DMV employees were arrested and have pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Three intermediaries, Abdoulaye Diaw, Robert Vera and Hector Viveros, who brought tickets to be altered to DMV employees Norma Lamboy and Debra Perez at the DMV, were also arrested and have pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

All of the cases were prosecuted by the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

Two of the employees, Norma Lamboy and Debra Perez, worked cooperatively to alter the tickets while the third employee, Jose Concepcion, the son of Norma Lamboy, operated alone employing a different scheme. DMV TICKET SCAM REPORT  :::MORE HERE:::

Major Social Networks Giving User Private Data To Advertisers

c/o K.Dawson for Slashdot >> WSJ

"superapecommando sends along a Wall Street Journal report that indicates that Facebook's privacy troubles may be just beginning.
"Facebook, MySpace, and several other social networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers' names and other personal details, despite promises they don't share such information without consent. The practice, which most of the companies defended, sends user names or ID numbers tied to personal profiles being viewed when users click on ads."  

House votes to expand national DNA arrest database

c/o CNET 

Millions of Americans arrested for but not convicted of crimes will likely have their DNA forcibly extracted and added to a national database, according to a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

By a 357 to 32 vote, the House approved legislation that will pay state governments to require DNA samples, which could mean drawing blood with a needle, from adults "arrested for" certain serious crimes. Not one Democrat voted against the database measure, which would hand out about $75 million to states that agree to make such testing mandatory.

"We should allow law enforcement to use all the technology available to reduce expensive and unjust false convictions, bring closure to victims by solving cold cases, better identify criminals, and keep those who commit violent crime from walking the streets," said Rep. Harry Teague, the New Mexico
Democrat who sponsored the bill.

But civil libertarians say DNA samples should be required only from people who have been convicted of crimes, and argue that if there is probable cause to believe that someone is involved in a crime, a judge can sign a warrant allowing a blood sample or cheek swab to be forcibly extracted. :::MORE HERE:::

US Apologizes to Billionaire Added to Terror No-fly List

c/o ABC >> CLG 

The United States has issued a written apology to a jet-setting billionaire businessman with close ties to former President Bill Clinton whose name was added to the no-fly list in the wake of the attempted Christmas day bombing of an American passenger plane.

The Department of Homeland Security has apologized to Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, seen here with former President Bill Clinton, for placing him on a no-fly list.

Gilbert Chagoury, 64, a Nigerian citizen of Lebanese descent, was pulled off a private jet Jan. 15 at Teterboro airport in New Jersey and detained for more than four hours after federal agents discovered his name was on the then-recently updated no-fly list.

The private jet crew of two and four other passengers were detained for four-and-a-half hours while agents questioned Chagoury. He and the others were ultimately allowed to continue their trip to Paris.

"I think a huge mistake is an understatement," Chagoury said in a phone interview with and the Center for Public Integrity. ::: MORE HERE:::

LifeLock CEO’s Identity Stolen 13 Times

c/o WIRED 

Apparently, when you publish your Social Security number prominently on your website and billboards, people take it as an invitation to steal your identity.

LifeLock CEO Todd Davis, whose number is displayed in the company’s ubiquitous advertisements, has by now learned that lesson. He’s been a victim of identity theft at least 13 times, according to the Phoenix New Times.

That’s 12 more times than has previously been known.  :::MORE HERE:::