Wednesday, June 4, 2014

THE STATE IN YOUR FACE: NSA Chief Defends Use of Facial Recognition Technology

The head of the National Security Agency explained the agency's use of facial recognition technology, this morning.
During a cyber security conference in Washington, Adm. Michael Rogers acknowledged his agency is using facial recognition technology, but he emphasized the strict legal limits on the application of that the technology to U.S. citizens, according to Bloomberg News.
"We do not do this in some unilateral basis against U.S. citizens," Rogers said, according to Bloomberg News. "We have very specific restrictions when it comes to U.S. persons."


  1. Government Treated Peaceful Boycott As Terrorism

    The “counter-terrorism” documents contain multiple references to Black Friday boycotts as well as potential negative impacts on retails sales.

    PCJF Executive Director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard stated: “It is outrageous that counter-terrorism officials used their anti-terrorism authority and funding to “protect” corporate America from a consumer boycott. It is well past time that the vast flow of tax-payer money to the Fusion Centers be ended.”

    Watch this must-see interview for context:

    In fact – through both word and deed – the government has repeatedly demonstrated that it may treat anyone who questions mainstream ideology as a terrorist.

  2. I'll believe that when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet.

    U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., was one of the last senators to ask questions during the open portion of the committee hearing, before it went to a closed session.

    Wyden: "I hope we can do this in just a yes or no answer, because I know Sen. Feinstein wants to move on. Last summer, the NSA director (Keith Alexander) was at a conference and he was asked a question about the NSA surveillance of Americans. He replied, and I quote here, ‘The story that we have millions, or hundreds of millions, of dossiers on people is completely false.’ The reason I’m asking the question is, having served on the committee now for a dozens years, I don’t really know what a dossier is in this context. So, what I wanted to see if you could give me a yes or no answer to the question: Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions of Americans?"

    Clapper: "No, sir."

    Wyden: "It does not?"

    Clapper: "Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect, but not wittingly."

    Wyden: "All right. Thank you. I’ll have additional questions to give you in writing on that point, but I thank you for the answer."