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Black Ops in America and Around the World: Spying, Weaponry, Robots and More

Big Increases for Intelligence and Pentagon “Black” Programs in 2010 – AntiFascist Calling 5/12/09

NSA Spying and the Corruption of Congress  – Global Research 4/23/09

Wisconsin court upholds GPS tracking by police – Chicago Tribune 5/11/09

Wisconsin police can attach GPS to cars to secretly track anybody’s movements without obtaining search warrants, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

If the guy who invented DNA fingerprinting is worried, we should all be – Daily Mail, UK 5/11/09

Germany plans weapons registry, ‘biometric’ gun controls – Raw Story 5/9/09

Police may use water cannon to control violent demonstrations– Times, UK 5/9/09

Scotland Yard is to review its policing of violent demonstrations after the G20 protests to see if London needs harsher, European-style methods that could include the use of water cannon.

Sir Paul Stephenson, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said that they would look at the more robust tactics used by other European police forces.

NEXT-GEN STUN GUNS TARGET CROWDS – Defense Tech 4/21/09

Militaries and their contractors are getting closer to putting the hurt on a whole bunch of people at once, according to the magazine, with “weapons that can incapacitate crowds of people by sweeping a lightning-like beam of electricity across them.”

Boeing to develop microwave-based airborne EMP weapon – EnGadget 5/18/09

Scientists Developing Memory-Erasing Drug – Natural News 5/15/09

The Case of the Missing H-Bomb: The Pentagon Has Lost the Mother of All Weapons – Alternet 5/16/09

60 years have passed since a damaged jet dropped a hydrogen bomb near Savanah, Ga. — and the Pentagon still can’t find it.

Pentagon Preps Soldier Telepathy Push – Wired via Cryptogon 5/15/09

Forget the battlefield radios, the combat PDAs or even infantry hand signals. When the soldiers of the future want to communicate, they’ll read each other’s minds.

At least, that’s the hope of researchers at the Pentagon’s mad-science division Darpa. The agency’s budget for the next fiscal year includes $4 million to start up a program called Silent Talk. The goal is to “allow user-to-user communication on the battlefield without the use of vocalized speech through analysis of neural signals.” That’s on top of the $4 million the Army handed out last year to the University of California to investigate the potential for computer-mediated telepathy.

Before being vocalized, speech exists as word-specific neural signals in the mind. Darpa wants to develop technology that would detect these signals of “pre-speech,” analyze them, and then transmit the statement to an intended interlocutor. Darpa plans to use EEG to read the brain waves. It’s a technique they’re also testing in a project to devise mind-reading binoculars that alert soldiers to threats faster the conscious mind can process them.

The project has three major goals, according to Darpa. First, try to map a person’s EEG patterns to his or her individual words. Then, see if those patterns are generalizable — if everyone has similar patterns. Last, “construct a fieldable pre-prototype that would decode the signal and transmit over a limited range.”

The military has been funding a handful of mind-tapping technology recently, and already have monkeys capable of telepathic limb control. Telepathy may also have advantages beyond covert battlefield chatter. Last year, the National Research Council and the Defense Intelligence Agency released a report suggesting that neuroscience might also be useful to “make the enemy obey our commands.” The first step, though, may be getting a grunt to obey his officer’s remotely-transmitted thoughts.

Saudi ‘Killer Chip’ Implant Would Track, Eliminate Undesirables – Fox ‘News’ via Cryptogon 5/17/09

It could be the ultimate in political control — but it won’t be patented in Germany.

German media outlets reported last week that a Saudi inventor’s application to patent a “killer chip,” as the Swiss tabloids put it, had been denied.  The basic model would consist of a tiny GPS transceiver placed in a capsule and inserted under a person’s skin, so that authorities could track him easily.  Model B would have an extra function — a dose of cyanide to remotely kill the wearer without muss or fuss if authorities deemed he’d become a public threat.

The inventor said the chip could be used to track terrorists, criminals, fugitives, illegal immigrants, political dissidents, domestic servants and foreigners overstaying their visas.  “The invention will probably be found to violate paragraph two of the German Patent Law — which does not allow inventions that transgress public order or good morals,” German Patent and Trademark Office spokeswoman Stephanie Krüger told the English-language German-news Web site The Local.

UK rolling out scanning software that can track all cars – Raw Story 5/25/09

US debuts super laser system that burns as hot as a star – Raw Story 5/31/09

Defending against chemical and biological weapons – CNet 7/3/09

At the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Grounds facility in the Utah desert, researchers look for ways to protect soldiers against “bugs” that could easily kill or sideline them.

DARPA contractor shows off tiny robo-hummingbird UAV – EnGadget 7/2/09

Beaver-tailed robot mimics tree-climbing insects – CNet 5/20/09

Army Tests Flying Robo-Sniper – via Cryptogon 4/27/09

Robot that can jump twenty-five feet in the air coming to the US military– EnGadget 5/8/09

iRobot’s military Ember bots are tiny treaded hotspots – EnGadget 5/18/09

Remember the LANDroids initiative, which resulted in iRobot scoring a $2.5 million contract to create tiny, miniaturized bots that could crawl through battlefields and your nightmares? The company is showing off the early fruits of that contract, the Ember microbot, which is so small it slipped entirely under our radar. It’s not quite as tiny as DARPA seemed to hope, which depicted a bot little bigger than a pack of cards, but shrinking a Packbot down to paperback size is no small task — even it is a James Clavell paperback. The bot’s primary function is to set up a roving military network on the battlefield, but, with an integrated webcam and extension via USB and SDIO, who knows what kind of functionality they’ll provide. The goal is to get these down to $100 or less, and for that price we could see plenty of civilians investing in these just to keep an eye on the activities of household pets insurgents.

Microbot controls swarm of bacteria, puts all flea circuses to shame – EnGadget 5/17/09

The director of the NanoRobotics Laboratory at the École Polytechnique de Montréal this week is presenting his latest microbot at ICRA in Japan, and it’s got a pretty crazy trick. The solar panel-equipped device sizes up to about 300 x 300 microns, and using a sensor to detect nearby pH levels, it’s been shown as capable of controlling a swarm of 3,000 bacteria using electromagnetic pulses. Sure, Martel suggests there’ll be some eventual medical uses for the technology, but we’d be lying if we said the video demonstration didn’t give us the willies.

Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics – MSNBC via Cryptogon 5/18/09

Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) – Robotic Technology via Cryptogon 5/17/09

The purpose of the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) (patent pending) project is to develop and demonstrate an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long-range, long-endurance missions without the need for manual or conventional re-fueling, which would otherwise preclude the ability of the robot to perform such missions.

Here Come the Neurobots – H+ Magazine 6/8/09

Krichmar emphasizes that these artificial nervous systems are based upon neurobiological principles rather than computer models of how intelligence works. The fi rst of those principles, as he describes it, is: “The brain is embodied in the body and the body is embedded in the environment — so we build brains and then we put these brains in bodies and then we let these bodies loose in an environment to see what happens”

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