Government Intrusion V – This Intrusion is Global

by | Apr 24, 2012 | Archives

The fifth chapter in the Government Intrusion report shows how government intrusion is global and connected.

Before we look at how US technology in video and biometric surveillance are being tested globally,  even in China… let me express once more that the purpose of this report is not to lament these intrusions or worry,  but to understand them and adapt.

The change we see is natural… predictable in its randomness and part of our universal reality.

We can see nature’s motion..the way everything goes through phases of order and disorder in an experiment by Harvard students using pendulums. Here are some pictures from a video of the experiment. The video is linked below.

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Harvard students built a device with a series of 15 pendulums in a row, each one slightly longer than its neighbor.

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Then they set them in motion and…

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filmed the result.

The resulting patterns in this short video are fascinating to watch.   The pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and random motion.

When all 15 pendulums are started together, they quickly fall out of sync—their relative phases continuously change because of their different periods of oscillation. However, after 60 seconds they will all have executed an integral number of oscillations and be back in sync again at that instant, ready to repeat the dance.

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order… disorder… chaos… back to order.   Actually it is all order… just parts of it are so magnificent that the logic does not have the power to see.

The purpose of analyzing government intrusions is to understand better, get ahead and adapt.

Chapter two of this report expressed concerns about intrusion risks from drones and biometric scanning.

Here we can see how US technology with drones, cameras and bio metrics are being tested in Mexico and even in China.

Excerpts from an article at singularityhub.com entitled Iris scanning set to secure city in Mexico then the world says:   The million-plus citizens of Leon, Mexico are set to become the first example of a city secured through the power of biometric identification. Iris and face scanning technologies from Global Rainmakers, Inc. will allow people to use their eyes to prove their identify, withdraw money from an ATM, get help at a hospital, and even ride the bus. GRI’s eye scanning systems aren’t more secure than others on the market, but they are faster. Large archway detectors using infrared imaging can pick out 50 people per minute, even as they hustle by at speeds up to 1.5 meters per second (3.3 mph). The first phase of the Leon iris and face scanning project has already begun. It is estimated to cost around $5 million and focuses on law enforcement agencies’ security check points. Over the next three years commercial uses will be rolled out with banks leading the charge.

Whether you’re jealous or intimidated by Leon’s adoption of widespread eye identification you should pay attention to the project – similar biometric checkpoints are coming to locations near you. Some are already in place. 
   Many companies have developed the means to take an iris scan and use these reference points to match them quickly to a database of scans. The problem has typically been that getting the image of the iris itself is slow and requires people to come very close to the scanning device. GRI has focused on improving the iris acquisition side of the technology, increasing the speed and range of their devices. Not only that, but they are bringing the costs down.

This makes me believe GRI’s implementation in Leon is eventually going to exceed anything we’ve seen before. Every other means of access (license, credit card, keys, etc) has the potential of being augmented or replaced by iris and face scanning. Get on a bus, pass security on the way into work, pay for a meal, order packages online – all without using anything besides your eye. The Leon project could make this futuristic world appear in just 3 to 5 years. That’s incredible.

We have to put this in a larger context, too. India just launched its enormous effort to digitally identify more than a billion residents using fingerprints, face, and iris scans. Japan already uses finger scans during entry into the country. The EU is working on a variety of passive scanning technologies to help secure airports and other public spaces.

Government and commercial institutions will endeavor to create enormous shared databases of biometric data and scan huge numbers of private citizens everywhere they go. The first phase of the project in Leon is going to help track the movements of ‘watch-listed individuals’. Rapid scanning face and iris scanning technologies will redefine our sense of privacy in ways that make Big Brother seem like a little sissy.  Jeff Carter, chief business development officer of GRI, didn’t make any of this sound less threatening in his interview with Fast Company’s Austin Carr:  “…we’ve even worked with three-letter agencies on technology that can capture 30-plus feet away. In certain spaces, eventually, you’ll be able to have maybe one sensor the size of a dime, in the ceiling, and it would acquire all of our irises in motion, at a distance, hundreds–probably thousands as computer power continues to increase–at a time.”“…If you’ve been convicted of a crime, in essence, this will act as a digital scarlet letter. If you’re a known shoplifter, for example, you won’t be able to go into a store without being flagged. For others, boarding a plane will be impossible.”

For commercial applications it’s just as incredible:  “Right now, we can determine how many eyeballs are on a Web page. And what you look at and click. For the first time, we can do that in a physical world. If you look at this or that advertisement, and then go purchase the product advertised, we can tie those two things together.”

“When you get masses of people opting-in, opting out does not help. Opting out actually puts more of a flag on you than just being part of the system. We believe everyone will opt-in.”
Does that vision sound ominous to you? It does to me, and I’m pretty biometric friendly. Yet I’m also fairly cynical. People already have a pretty good handle on my information. Google reads all my emails, albeit in an anonymous way. My bank knows most everything I buy, ditto for credit card companies. As Carter points out, I already deal with these commercial trackers every day. And I’ve opted into these systems. I could pay for everything with cash, but I find the convenience of plastic too great to ignore. While I’m worried about being verbally assaulted by billboards that try to identify me, they’re going to arrive whether I want them to or not.
Rather than fight the advent of biometrics, I’d rather focus on controlling how such data is used.

This shows how global government intrusion has  come to  Mexico, India, Japan and the European Union.  China has not been ignored.

A New York Times article by Andrew Jacobs and Penn Bullock  entitled “A U.S. Tie to Surveillance Push in Chinese Cities”  by Keith Bedford says:  As the Chinese government forges ahead on a multibillion-dollar effort to blanket the country with surveillance cameras, one American company stand to profit:

Chinese cities are installing surveillance systems with hundreds of thousands of cameras.

The article tells how how recently, a US led fund purchased a division of a firm that may be the biggest maker of  videos for a Chinese government  program called “Safe Cities”. This program uses a sophisticated and modern program that monitors places where the public gather such as cinemas, campuses, hospitals, and places of worship.   The program allows the government to monitor from centralized command centers..
The company is called Uniview Technologies. They manufacture cameras and software they brand as “infrared antiriot” systems. The police or military can share data in real time via the internet through this system.

The article says:   Previous projects have included an emergency command center in Tibet that “provides a solid foundation for the maintenance of social stability and the protection of people’s peaceful life,” according to Uniview’s Web site.  Such surveillance systems are often used to combat crime and the manufacturer has no control over whether they are used for other purposes. But human rights advocates say in China they are also used to intimidate and monitor political and religious dissidents. “There are video cameras all over our monastery, and their only purpose is to make us feel fear,” said Loksag, a Tibetan Buddhist monk in Gansu Province. He said the cameras helped the authorities identify and detain nearly 200 monks who participated in a protest at his monastery in 2008.

For those who have read “1984” or “Brave New World”, this can be scary stuff… but every generation has had scary stuff evolving in their lives.  Ours just seems to be evolving faster.

The biggest problem is one of convenience.  Though using a credit card opens up all types of intrusion in the private and government sector we use them anyway because they are so darned convenient.

One can choose to opt out.  A recent BBC article entitled “The American who quit money to live in a cave” says:  Daniel Suelo lives in caves in the canyonlands of Utah. He survives by harvesting wild foods and eating roadkill.  He has no job, no bank account and does not accept government welfare. In fact, Suelo has no money at all.  Suelo may have shunned all the trappings of modern American life, but he is not an isolationist.

Since abandoning money in 2000, the former cook from Moab, Utah has remained an active member of his community and avid blogger.

Mark Sundeen, author of The Man Who Quit Money, admits many people would regard Suelo’s alternative lifestyle as bizarre. But the 2008 financial crash has led many to question the value of money. He explains some of the lessons found in Suelo’s philosophy.   

Merri and I in our isolated farms in both North Carolina and Ecuador have gravity fed spring water… abundant food growing on the land and could live there without electricity or external contact with the world.

The key though is the word “could”.  Dropping out requires changes in lifestyle that most of us are not willing to commit.

Since we want the convenience, there is little we can do to stop this intrusion.   Our modern electronic world brings huge benefits… but also invites intrusion.

Upcoming chapters will look at what we can do. There are rays of hope… plus we can see everyday ways to profit from the change and intrusion.

For example Chapter Four of this report looked at the dreaded IRS Form 8938.  The conclusion is to adapt and be better at keeping records.

The very next day two articles in USA Today outlined benefits we can gain from this.

The first entitled “http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx

Budget-battered IRS sinks under workload by Sandra Block says:  At the walk-in center in East Harlem, N.Y., Belquis Castillo, 40, left in exasperation Monday afternoon after waiting more than an hour. Castillo needed copies of her 2010 tax return so her son can enroll in online college courses, but was told the computers were down.

The long waits are the result of the IRS’ expanded workload and diminished workforce, says IRS Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, whose 2011 annual report identified inadequate resources as the most serious problem facing taxpayers. In 1995, the IRS had a staff of 114,018 to process 205 million tax returns. In 2012, it has 90,907 people to process nearly 236 million tax returns. For this tax filing season, the IRS has 5,000 fewer employees than it did a year ago.

“This is the lowest staffing level I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been with the IRS 26 years,” says David Carrone, president of the Louisiana chapter of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). The

This is a really significant article in my mind published by the largest circulation newspaper on April 17, 2012.    The mainline press are the first (after the IRS perhaps) to sense weakness and go for the jugglar… to draw blood.  Normally on the last day taxes are due the IRS PR system has managed to get an article in the press about the dangers of not filing tax returns in a timely way.  This year the roles are reversed… the press is after the IRS not the taxpayer.

Here is a really vital idea that shows a way that some are already profiting (through service) from the power of being organized.

Another USA Today article entitled by Craig Wilson entitled “Got Clutter? There’s an expert for that.  Craig’s article tells how a CPOs, certified professional organizers are  professionals just like doctors and lawyers. Here is an excerpt from his article which I linked below:   The 4,000-member National Association of Professional Organizers met here recently, just in time for the annual spring cleaning at your house. You have clutter. Admit it. That’s the first step.

“Organizing” is big business and growing, the industry having doubled in size in just the last 10 years. Although there are no firm figures, the industry — including professional organizers and big-box retailers such as The Container Store— is heading toward being an estimated $1-billion-a-year business.

“Doctors save lives and we change lives,” Izsak says. “We’re not a luxury service. We’re a necessity. We truly have an impact on humanity. How many can say that at the end of the day?”

Such efficiency comes at a price, of course. Fees for a professional organizer can range from $50 to $200 an hour, depending on the CPO’s experience, the chore at hand and the location, cities being more expensive places to live if you’re messy. You don’t want to be a hoarder in Manhattan.

Both the shaky economy and the fragile psyche of the country is working in professional organizers’ favor.

“People feel like they’ve lost control of their lives,” Izsak says. “That’s where we come in. The one thing they can control is themselves, their time, their lives. So they reach out to us.”

There also are trends to be found among the clutter. Cleaning up the computer has become as important as cleaning out the cupboard.

The other big trend involves senior citizens. More than 10,000 people in the USA turn 65 every day. “That’s 10,000 new customers every day,” Robertson crows.

“There is so much money to be made in this industry,” he says, acknowledging that his yearly salary now is “way into the six figures.”

Ann Gambrell, an organizational consultant in Torrance, Calif., saw this coming years ago. She is one of the five founders of NAPO in 1985, so long ago that when she said she was helping people organize, most everyone thought she was organizing labor strikes. She now runs Creative Time Plus.  Kind of like all the stuff stored somewhere in the bowels of our computers.

Digital stuff can pile up

Lauren Halagarda is a CPO based in coastal North Carolina. She calls herself a “technology translator.” Her company, the Organization Connection, specializes in helping people get their digital life in order.

Wow… increased government intrusion means we need to be better organized. because the government is intruding because it is battered… its intrusion loses effectiveness if there is organization.

Here is some positive ideas we can derive from this thinking.  This reality has created an entire new industry… Organizing.  CPOs (Certified Professionals Organizers are earnings six figure incomes! Wow!

Advances in technology make our lives better in many ways but also create increased government intrusion.   This evolution is natural and at times will create apparent chaos… which is simply a greater order that our logic cannot process.  Every problem this chaos creates also develops opportunity such as the inflow of increased data to the government, which can overburden  its increasingly less dependable staff.  Those who maintain increased order during such chaos can be in charge and in very strong positions. Government intrusion even creates new opportunities for tax preparers and other professionals such as CPAs.

Next time you think government intrusion, be disgusted Yes. The government has no business in our homes… but since we invite them in through convenience… look for the way that this natural process can also benefit you.

Gary

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