(INTELLIHUB) — Whether you like it or not, police departments across the country have been accessing a special data base which contains a plethora of personal information on you and the rest of the American population. And much like a ‘credit report,’ these computerized predictive policing models have likely already issued your personal ‘threat level.’
Although police argue that such tools will increase public safety, others, like Justin Jouvenal, are not too sure and say that “the powerful systems also have become flash points for civil libertarians and activists, who say they represent a troubling intrusion on privacy.” And I have to say, Jouvenal makes a valid point. I mean after all, who wants to be spied on?
So what started all of this?
These systems, technologies, were first introduced and were fully functional just days after the alleged attacks on the Pentagon and WTC in September of 2001 and have been advancing ever since. To put it in layman’s terms; if you have ever seen any of the Terminator movies — essentially “Skynet” has been activated right here in good old America and has been running now for some 15 years.
In fact, the systems are so advanced that police departments can now literally toggle between license plate, face, iris, and gate recognition software/camera networks, along with satellite data, StingRay, and drone technologies to track suspects throughout the country in realtime, thus assigning any new active and open case a ‘targeted individual‘ status which also ties into the National Security Racketeering Network.
According to the Washington Post, “The number of local police departments that employ some type of technological surveillance increased from 20 percent in 1997 to more than 90 percent in 2013, according to the latest information from the Bureau of Justice Statistics,” which is alarming to say the least. Now I’m willing to bet, you can rest assured, that 99% of all police departments in the U.S. are using the technology.
Shepard Ambellas is a journalist, filmmaker, film producer, radio talk show host and the founder and editor-in-chief of Intellihub News & Politics. Established in 2013, Intellihub.com is ranked in the upper 1% traffic tier on the World Wide Web. Read more from Shep’s World.