Thursday, May 24, 2018

Things To Come: Surveillance State

Tech Tyrants Collude With Homeland Security "Media Influencers" Are the Target

Consumers of New Media news content should not rest easy.  The platforms that you rely on to counterbalance the perpetual fake news and relentless false narratives are being systematically silenced, bled dry by lawfare and now those of us who work endless hours to parse through the news, brainstorm the programs and frame the content are being scrutinized and added to lists of “influencers.”

April 5, 2018 was a dark day.  Cary O’Reilly, writing for Bloomberg Government, penned an article that jolted the spines of New Media personnel worldwide and instigated a queasy feeling that many of us have yet to shake.  O’Reilly’s article is titled Homeland Security to Compile Database of Journalists, Bloggers.
There are a number of components to this story.  Essentially the DHS is seeking bids from private companies that will monitor 290,000 global news sources and subsequently craft a database of “media influencers” based (in part) on the “sentiment” of the respective news sources.  Currently, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is entertaining seven separate bids from seven private “big data” companies.  Secretary Nielsen does not generate income; she can only spend her ever expanding budget, a budget paid for entirely with your ever expanding tax obligation.
This article will educate and inform each of you with the big picture and then I will utilize my position as the Producer of The Hagmann Report to present definitive examples of precisely how this Hitlerian compilation of “media influencers” is already affecting the content creators who many of you have grown to trust for your news and information.
Please bear with me as I break from my typical writing style and shift to first person.  My strategy is to map out the plan as reported by Bloomberg Government, Forbes and Activist Post (among many others) and then I will shift the focus of this piece to the direct impact on platforms as diverse as Diamond and Silk, Steve Quayle, Lisa Haven News, Vets 4 Child Rescue and The Hagmann Report.

The Tyrannical Plan to Silence Us

The US Department of Homeland Security wants to monitor hundreds of thousands of news sources around the world and compile a database of journalists, editors, foreign correspondents and bloggers to identify top “media influencers.”
It’s seeking a contractor that can help it monitor traditional news sources as well as social media and identify “any and all” coverage related to the agency or a particular event, according to a request for information released April 3rd (2018.)
The data to be collected includes a publication’s “sentiment” as well as geographical spread, top posters, languages, momentum and circulation.  No value for the contract was disclosed.
Not only has the Federal Government given themselves permission to do another totally unlawful end-run around our First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights, but corporate America is lining up to flip the bird to the Constitution and profit from an historically proven terrible step toward tyrannical, authoritarian control.

Excerpted from the same brilliant report, as written by Cary O’Reilly on April 5, 2018:
The DHS request says the selected vendor will set up an online “media influencer database” giving users the ability to browse based on location, beat and type of influence.  For each influencer found, “present contact details and any other information that could be relevant, including publications this influencer writes for, and an overview of the previous coverage published by the media influencer.
It is my sincere hope that each of you reading this are getting angry and with all due respect, I fervently pray that your blood cooks to boiling temperature.  Need I point out that said “media influencers” have broken no laws?  As in, zero?  This far supercedes the relinquishing of our basic civil liberties that the Feds mandated and we willingly gave up, post 9/11 when men who consider themselves brave inhabitants of the land of the free effectively said “yeah, that’s cool.  You can look at my wife and daughter naked.  We need to get on the plane and get to Disney World.”
It is called the Overton Window.  Without undue discourse on where the name comes from or the history of the concept, it breaks down to this: the controllists know full well that in order to move society to their ultimate endgame goal, the easiest way to do so is to move the sheeple three steps toward tyranny and then allow a minor victory that appears to organically motivate one step backward, thus keeping the torches and pitchforks at home.  The problem, the evil genius of the Overton Window, is that the flock is still moved two steps in the direction that they did not want to go.  History is also replete with one war after another that had to be fought in order to move a given society back to the natural state of law and man, as created by God.
Yet here we are.  The DHS is admittedly accepting bids from the private sector in order that over 290,000 media platforms be scrutinized so thoroughly as to include the contact information of whoever wrote, spoke or edited a given story.
Aaron Kesel pushes back nicely in the aforementioned piece when he reiterates:
They (DHS) want the government birth name of every Facebook and Twitter user that mentions the words DHS.  What’s more is they will also have the ability to target everyone discussing a mass shooting or terrorist attack.  
Moreover the criteria for DHS “media monitoring services” includes (but is not limited) to:
…ability to analyze the media coverage in terms of content, volume, sentiment, geographical spread, top publications, media channels, reach, AVE, top posters, influencers, languages, momentum, circulation.
Basically their criteria covers everything that we value and utilize to fight in the daily news-brawl of matching pennies against multi million dollar budgets and self-taught truth seekers who consistently outperform “trained journalists” and leave them stumbling around, looking for their missing clown shoe.  We will continue.  And the highest bidder will make tens of millions of YOUR dollars, divvied out by the Department of Homeland Security, to spy on the New Media voices you have grown to trust and by default, to spy on you.

There was an article by Joseph Marks of Nextgov published on 5/16/18 that was neither picked up by the larger news networks nor kept in view for long. The article is entitled The Pentagon Has a Big Plan to Solve Identity Verification in Two Years, and here is a portion of it:

The Defense Department is funding a project that officials say could revolutionize the way companies, federal agencies and the military itself verify that people are who they say they are and it could be available in most commercial smartphones within two years. The technology, which will be embedded in smartphones’ hardware, will analyze a variety of identifiers that are unique to an individual, such as the hand pressure and wrist tension when the person holds a smartphone and the person’s peculiar gait while walking, said Steve Wallace, technical director at the Defense Information Systems Agency. 
Organizations that use the tool can combine those identifiers to give the phone holder a “risk score,” Wallace said.
If the risk score is low enough, the organization can presume the person is who she says she is and grant her access to sensitive files on the phone or on a connected computer or grant her access to a secure facility. If the score’s too high, she’ll be locked out.

Amazing. The Pentagon’s technical director omitted much in his quest to act as if such actions are “government streamlining” and occurring matter-of-factly, in the interests of securing information for the government and its contractors.

The problem: if it’s in the software of all the commercial smartphones (the ones bought in the stores), that biometric data will be transmitted by all the phones, not just the contractors to the federal government.
We also know where this is heading. The government will back-door everyone’s cell phones and make tracking and surveillance even more ubiquitous than it is now, and that’s saying something. Read this portion:

Another identifier that will likely be built into the chips is a GPS tracker that will store encrypted information about a person’s movements, Wallace said. The verification tool would analyze historical information about a person’s locations and major, recent anomalies would raise the person’s risk score.  The tool would be separate from the GPS function used by mapping and exercise apps, he said. The tool does not include biometric information, such as a thumbprint or eye scans at this point, Wallace said, because DISA judged that existing commercial applications of biometric information are too easy to spoof.

So, they’re telling us up front. GPS tracking will be used to monitor... and store... your movements... deciding if you’re a “risk” by where you go. “Anomalies,” the actions are termed, that “would raise the person’s risk score.”

Anomalous (an anomaly) is defined as something “deviating from a general rule; abnormal,” (Webster). Such a subjective assessment could literally be applied for anything outside of normative and fostered “Fisher-Price” conduct: Awake at 7am, breakfast at 8am, work by 9am, lunch 12-1pm, work until 5pm, drive to obtain gas/grocery store/bank, and then home, dinner at 6pm, tv 7-9pm, and go to sleep…repeat ad nauseum.
Anything outside of that basic, predictable “matrix” can be listed as an anomaly to increase your risk-score. This out of the Pentagon, mind you: the embodiment of the Military Industrial Complex warned about by Eisenhower (who ironically played a big part in its creation). It is not unpredictable: the militarization of the police departments, the sprouting of the fusion centers (with PO box addresses and not physical addresses, mind you), the “green light” from the FCC or a blind eye toward “Oath” (the company that gobbled up Yahoo, and forces you to allow it to read your e-mails and access your bank accounts), and other giants such as Google.

The Pentagon used to handle military matters, but the NDAA initiated by Bush Jr. and perfected under Obama redefines the “battlefield” as being the whole world (including the domestic, continental United States). The “War on Terrorism” was created to “justify” military actions against the citizens of the United States, hence to take measures heretofore forbidden under Constitutional law. In the interests of national security, the “protectors” have become the jailers…the police state that is being crafted by the day as the Statists concurrently work on removing all our rights as enumerated under the Constitution. 

The war is being conducted by the State against the citizens, the new “enemy” against the conformity of globalism and the totalitarian dictatorship that will eventually be complete in the United States.

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