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pre_crimePredictive Policing has been in Atlanta since 2013…

PredPol’s website says this,

PredPol’s cloud-based software enables law enforcement agencies to better prevent crime in their communities by generating predictions on the places and times that future crimes are most likely to occur.

Dozens of communities across the US and overseas are experiencing dramatic reductions in crime thanks in large part to PredPol software technology.

Only three pieces of data are used to make predictions – type of crime, place of crime, and time of crime. No personal data is utilized in making these predictions.

That sounds pretty awesome but a bit too simplistic. Can’t a good cop do this with his gut? So where is this headed?

This paper discusses the advantages of folding in twitter feeds to enhance the analysis.

In London, the “Datathon for Social Good” came up with a model that uses cellphone data and demographics (like ethnicity, gender, socio-economics) to get crime prediction down to a single block within a larger neighborhood. (I wouldn’t want to be sitting on a stoop on that block at the wrong time!)

The information, they say, has of course been “anonymized,” but does that give them a right to use it anymore than the TSA has a right to these pictures of us? (Yes, they still collect this raw data every time you get a body scan!)


Do they keep the data? Do they discard the identified data and keep only the anonymized? Again I ask, where is this headed?

Bush's Total Information Awareness Looks A Lot Like Obama's PRISM

It has been clear for some time that Obama and Holder have the surveillance state as their number one priority. In addition to direct action to expand the surveillance state through Holder’s secret NCTC policy, every current policy has data collection elements including the executive orders on gun control, immigration’s eVerify, Obamacare’s database, CISPA, the Utah datacenter and beyond. Recently, Holder was outed for using the DOJ to spy on the State Department through FOX’s State correspondent James Rosen and now the full scale of the government’s surveillance on us individuals is revealed as news broke that the NSA has gathered and maintained a call database for over a decade and has expanded it to include credit card data, Internet searches, and above all, social media.
When will enough be enough? Let’s talk about it Sunday 1-3PM on WSB.

Diagram of Total Information Awareness process initiated under George W. Bush.
Diagram of Total Information Awareness process initiated under George W. Bush.

Description of Obama's PRISM program
Description of Obama’s PRISM program

NSA Whistleblower William Binney in The Program, Ron Paul SNL Sketch & the Neo-Con Manifesto

Here is the short video called The Program that I mentioned on air. William Binney quit the NSA shortly after 9/11 when the US turned its spyware on its own citizens. Binney’s story dovetails with the Wired article on the huge Utah data center that has the capacity to hold 100 years of the world’s electronic communications: The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say). And lest you think this was a Bush-Cheney phenomenon, check out this article in The Wall Street Journal from just last month revealing that Obama and Eric Holder radically transformed how the federal government uses citizen data: U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens.
Here is the book I mentioned – once you read this, everything the Republicans do makes sense to you (and not in a good way!) I also included a couple of juicy quotes from this book in a three-part blogpost I wrote during the election season: Please Don’t Feed Me Neo-Con & Tell Me That It’s Liberty (Part 2) and Please Don’t Feed Me Neo-Con & Tell Me That It’s Liberty (Part 3).

And here’s that awesome SNL sketch about Ron Paul and the Republican primary candidates.
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