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The Technology of Fascism: Robots, Autonomous Drones and More

US Air Force says decision-making attack drones will be here by 2047 – EnGadget 7/28/09

Scientists Fear a Revolt by Killer Robots – Times, UK via Cryptogon 8/3/09

Ethics of robots that kill – BoingBoing 7/28/09

New Taser model can shock three people ‘simultaneously’ – Raw Story 7/27/09

Will Predator drones outsmart humans? – Raw Story 7/25/09

Microwave Weapon Will Rain Pain from the Sky – Cryptogon 7/24/09

U.S. Air Force Foretells Drone That Can Make Attack Decisions on Its Own – Prison Planet 7/30/09

Drone Aircraft Market Surges In The U.S.  – Forbes 7/30/09

Flying surveillance robots coming soon from Aeryon – CNet 7/29/09

U.S. Air Force Foretells Drone That Can Make Attack Decisions on Its Own – Prison Planet 7/30/09

How robot drones revolutionized the face of warfare – CNN 7/29/09

Researchers offer tools for eavesdropping and video hijacking – CNet 7/31/09

Warning:Electronically Cloning Cellular Phone Numbers  – NASA.gov

Commando Subs Sending Drones, Robo-Torpedos Into Combat – Wired via Cryptogon 7/28/09

Air Force ‘plans all-drone future’ – Raw Story 7/17/09

Robo-bats to be next eyes in the sky – Refreshing News 7/8/09

EATR robots are coming, this isn’t funny anymore – EnGadget 7/10/09

Implanting Microchips into Insects. US Military Develops “Cybug Spies” – Global Research 7/15/09

Lockheed Martin and Microvision developing wearable displays for DARPA – EnGadget 7/7/09

 

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8/11/09: Cool Science & Technology News

7/8/09: Cyber-Warfare and the End of the Internet

7/8/09: Black Ops in America and Around the World: Spying, Weaponry, Robots and More

7/7/09: Science & Technology: Cure for Cancer, Death of Humanity, Transhumanism and More

7/3/09: Sunspots, Geoengineering & Climate Change

3/10/09: The Technology of Fascism

2/20/09: Awesome Science & Technology News

1/17/09: Random Science & Technology Links

1/17/09: News From The Universe

12/25/08: Space, Science & Technology News Round-Up



How the State Handles Dissent: Spying, Intimidation, Brutality and More

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act: The Most Dangerous Domestic Terror Law You’ve Never Heard Of – Alternet 7/15/09

Under the AETA, if you and a friend go on the web to research a company whose practices you plan to protest, you may have just become a terrorist.

Revealed: a web of police bids to infiltrate protest groups  – Sunday Herald, UK 4/26/09

Caught on tape: police bid to recruit protester as spy – Guardian, UK 4/24/09

114 held in biggest pre-emptive strike against environmental protesters – Guardian, UK 4/23/09

Green protesters still spied on – Guardian, UK 2/16/09

Source: FBI Spied On Tea Party Protesters Nationwide  – Prison Planet 4/20/09

Activist gets two years for Molotov cocktails at 2008 RNC – Raw Story 5/18/09

FBI infiltrated Iowa anti-war group – Raw Story 5/18/09

Police expect ‘innovative’ G20 protesters – Guardian, UK 3/20/09

London cops beating the shit out of peaceful G20 demonstrators – Boing Boing 4/2/09

Here’s some disgraceful footage of London’s cops beating the shit out of a group of peaceful G20 protestors who are holding their arms in the air, chanting, “This is not a riot.” Look familiar? It’s what the British cops did at the last Climate Camp, too. How much you want to bet that no one involved in the authoritarian response to these peaceful protestors pays any price, because they all offer the lame excuse that an entirely different group of protestors broke some windows at a bank in a different part of town?

Four animal rights activists guilty of blackmailing Huntingdon Life Sciences suppliers – Guardian, UK 12/23/08 

Group orchestrated campaign involving hoax bombs, night visits and nuisance phone calls and letters

DealBook: Protesters Clash With Police in Geneva – NYTimes 1/31/09

Hundreds of people assembled to protest against the World Economic Forum at place Mont Blanc in central Geneva on Saturday.

Anti-forum protest turns violent in Geneva – USA Today 1/31/09

Spying on pacifists, environmentalists and nuns – Democratic Underground 12/7/08

An undercover Maryland State Police trooper infiltrated nonviolent groups and labeled dozens of people as terrorists



Fascism Watch: Mercenaries, Violation of Posse Comitatus, and Police Corruption

US Cities Increasing Use of Armed Mercenaries to Replace Police – OpEd News 4/23/09

The United States is in the midst of the most radical privatization agenda in its history. We see this in schools, health care, prisons, and certainly with the US military/national security/intelligence apparatus. There are almost 200,000 “private contractors” in Iraq (more than US soldiers) and Obama is continuing to use mercenaries there and in Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine. At present, 70 percent of the US intelligence budget is going to private companies. Some estimate that private security inside the US actually outnumber police 5-to-1.

Oakland hires private security – Raw Story 4/20/09

‘Force multiplier,’ money motivates merger of feds, AZ cops – Raw Story 4/24/09

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: – CATO

An Epidemic of Isolated Incidents: Map, details and searchable results

 Reagan’s DOJ Prosecuted Texas Sheriff for Waterboarding Prisoners – TruthOut 4/27/09

Filling the Skies with Robot Assassins: The Drone Wars Have Begun – Alternet 4/8/09

Court: Cops may use Tasers to obtain DNA – Raw Story 6/4/09

Tasers Are the New Killers: Watch Their Popularity Surge! – Alternet 4/2/09

Watch out: 50,000-volt Tasers are deployed in London this week; meanwhile, a new model can ‘instantly incapacitate’ multiple people at a time.

Obama Has 250,000 ‘Contractors’ Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and is Increasing the Use of Mercenaries – Alternet 6/1/09

Obama’s Blackwater? Chicago Mercenary Firm Gets Millions for Private “Security” in Israel and Iraq  – Alternet 4/2/09

Federal records obtained by AlterNet reveal a multi-million dollar contract for a private U.S. paramilitary force operating out of Jerusalem.



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”



American Fascism: Advances of the Police State

CIA destroyed 92 interrogation tapes – AP/Google 3/2/09 

Law Professor: “We May Not Have Realized It At The Time, But In The Period From Late 2001-January 19, 2009, This Country Was A Dictatorship.” – George Washington blog 3/3/09

We may not have realized it at the time, but in the period from late 2001-January 19, 2009, this country was a dictatorship. The constitutional rights we learned about in high school civics were suspended. That was thanks to secret memos crafted deep inside the Justice Department that effectively trashed the Constitution. What we know now is likely the least of it.

Marjorie Cohn : Blueprints for a Police State – CounterPunch 3/4/09

Court rules spy program legal – Raw Story 1/15/09

Federal court to rule wiretapping, intercepting emails without warrant legal.

Oregon National Guard sent off to Iraq, leaving the state with four pilots and a borrowed helicopter– Aero News 2/1/09

Every plate is photographed, time-stamped, labeled on a GPS map and automatically logged into an Arizona Department of Public Safety database. – Arizona Republic via Cryptogon 11/23/08

Woman Convicted of Terrorism under Patriot Act for Spanking Children on Airplane – Natural News 1/21/09

One sign of a police state is the imprisonment of ordinary citizens for committing annoying acts. In America, over 200 people have been sent to prison for raising their voices on commercial airline flights, convicted of felonies under the laws of the Patriot Act.

How Bush Threatened Britain– Atlantic Monthly 2/6/09

In order to prevent any details of its torture record being publicly disseminated, the Bush administration threatened the British government with withdrawal of intelligence sharing if they allowed a court to publish the redacted evidence. Foreign secretary David Miliband denied this on Wednesday, but the letters from the US have been released by Channel 4 News. And their message is unmistakable.

Church Organization Refuses To Divulge If Pastors Are On FEMA Payroll  – InfoWars 2/2/09

A large church organization has refused to divulge how many of its pastors are on the FEMA payroll, after a member expressed concerns about religious leaders being used to condition their congregation to accept the declaration of martial law.

German Weimar Republic in the early 1920s and the U.S. – Troubling similarities – NowAndFutures.com

The US Has 761 Military Bases Across the Planet, and We Simply Never Talk About It – Alternet 9/8/08

Secret List of U.S. Military Bases to Replace Gitmo – ABC News 1/18/09

Statistics suggest Army death coverup – Raw Story 1/16/09

ACLU: ‘Secret courts’ conceal military contractor fraud – Raw Story 1/15/09

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Cops Gone Wild!

Taser victim’s mom awarded $3 million – KHOU Channel 11 Houston 3/2/09

Local jurors have awarded $3 million to the mother of Joel Don Casey, 52, who died after being Tasered. This is the first civil case dealing with a deadly Taser incident in the county….Her son died on his birthday in 2005. Nagel said it happened after Harris County Precinct One deputy constables arrived at their home with a mental health warrant.  Casey was described as a highly functioning schizophrenic.  Officers said that he resisted arrest so they used a Taser on him. Reports indicate the deputies shocked Casey 18 times and bound his hands and feet…“Like an animal, on the ground, and had an officer snap his neck and break his C7 vertebrae, and then hold him down ‘til he suffocated to death,” said Spence.

Supreme Court could decide Taser future – AP/Google 2/27/09

Jail Sentences for Cops Who Planted Pot on 92-Year Old They Killed in Botched Drug Raid – Alternet 2/26/09

‘Shocking’ video shows cops grabbing cash during raid – Raw Story 2/3/09

“A shocking video showing NYPD cops raiding a bar, smashing gambling machines and shoving confiscated cash into their pockets has become an Internet hit and led to an internal probe of the officers involved”

 

Video: Cop Punches Woman In Face Four Times During Arrest For Riding A Bike – InfoWars.net 2/4/09

 

Cops Are Using Tasers to Enforce ‘Socially Acceptable’ Behavior  – Alternet 12/1/08

The police have no right to shoot people with electricity for having a “bad attitude.”

 

Fresno drug squad cops suspected of auto theft – Freep 1/31/09

About a third of the Fresno Police Department’s drug squad is suspected of auto theft, authorities said Friday — a development that could interfere with many past and present drug cases.

 

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The Technology of Fascism

5 Myths About All Those Nukes Out There – Washington Post 3/1/09

IBM patents bullet dodging bionic armor – EnGadget 2/13/09

The Proliferation of Space Warfare Technology – Global Research 3/3/09

High-powered, jet-mounted laser one step closer to flying the terrifying skies – EnGadget 2/26/09

The future of the fighting forces – BBC 2/26/09

The MoD has shown, for the first time, the latest gadgets and gizmos it hopes could help equip our troops in the future.

Main Core, PROMIS and the Shadow Government Parts 1  2 & 3– Just Another Coverup 2/7/09 

Police want right to jam cell signals – Raw Story 2/1/09

NYPD wants tech to disrupt wireless communications – Raw Story 1/8/09 

Pain Beam to Get Tougher, Smaller, More Powerful – Wired 2/11/09

CLAIM: NSA HAS America’s CREDIT FILES’TOTAL INFORMATION AWARENESS’ LIVES? – Raw Story 1/22/09

New RFID Technology Allows You to be Tracked WITHOUT Your Knowledge – Blacklisted News 1/19/09

By invitation, I recently visited a remote facility in northern Virginia to see a demonstration of NOX – a new Intelligent Perimeter Defense system deployed by the FBI that uses covert Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to track people and assets without their knowledge.

That’s right, using RFID to track people without their knowledge. This system is exactly what the privacy advocates have long feared: Big Brother tracking us with spy chips.

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