You, Too, Can Purchase a Not-Quite Panopticon

We're almost certainly not yet living in the Panopticon. But any step in that direction—even if it's well-spun marketing-speak—is worth watching.

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And yet...TrapWire does have government connections that raise some red flags about who is perusing the data it collects. In August 2011, Michael Maness wrote to Burton:

TrapWire SAR reports are fed directly/automatically into the National SAR Initiative (NSI) that Scott mentions...as well as the FBI's eGuardian system if/when there's confirmed nexus to terrorism or major crimes (which is happening frequently). Additionally, our networks in LA, Vegas and DC all support See Something Say Something (S4 as I call it), with TrapWire actually acting as the analytic tool behind the scenes. Pentagon, Ft. Meade and USMC (which is pushing to get TrapWire deployed globally for their bases) all feed their own military-centric S4 type programs. ("Eagle Eyes" at Quantico for instance).

As the ACLU put it, "Some of the Wikileaks-fueled swirl of stories about the TrapWire program appear to have been overhyped. ... Beyond the details, all the 'hype' online over the TrapWire story is a reflection and implicit recognition that such a system is now technologically possible, and we are barreling full speed toward a surveillance society."

We're almost certainly not yet living in the Panopticon. But any step in that direction—even if it's well-spun marketing-speak—is worth watching.

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  • Auscifer||

    This guy has been talking a lot about NDAA and Trapwire. He's also running for Congress in 2014, preaching internet freedom and right to privacy.

    David Seaman: You Are Not Powerless, But Our Rights ARE Under Attack - TrapWire

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3VOts7AADg

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    What's really happening is that the government middle managers know this is all smoke and mirrors, but they see the opportunity to expend their corner of the bureaucracy and so upsell the capabilities with the connivance of the vendors. If the top managers question the claims, they are soothed with "the next version is better but this one is where the learning curve starts". As the years roll by and the product does not deliver, is late, over budget, and full of fun, all this has to come to a boil, and it will all be hidden in the name of national security.

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