SAN FRANCISCO AND SAN DIEGO ARE NOW THE MOST EXTREME PUBLIC
SURVEILLANCE CITIES IN AMERICA
HIPPIE DIPPIES IN SAN FRANCISCO ARE THE MOST SPIED ON IN USA!
Can you imagine a city in the United States secretly creating a
Chinese-style public surveillance network that can identify everyone? Can
you imagine that same city secretly creating a Chinese-style public
Well imagine no more because it has already happened.
When I wrote about "covert
facial recognition street lights coming to a city near you" last
year, I never would have dreamt that my article would become a reality so
A recent article
in the San Diego Reader reveals how a hacker discovered emails between the
Port of San Diego and BriefCam.
The emails revealed that law enforcement is secretly using a network of
400 facial recognition surveillance cameras to identify everyone. (Click here to view a map of
where all 3,200 spying street lights are located.)
Last year, BriefCam announced
a "breakthrough" in real-time facial recognition surveillance.
"Robust multi-camera search capabilities identify men, women, children and
vehicles with speed and precision, using 25 classes and attributes, face
recognition, appearance similarity, color, size, speed, path, direction,
and dwell time."
According to another article,
the City of San Diego is using GE's CityIQ
street lights to listen to everyone.
In 2017, civil rights advocates sent a letter to the mayor and city
council asking the city not to install GE's streetlights.
“Devices capable of monitoring and recording residents invade privacy,
chill free speech, and disparately impact communities of color."
But as the article revealed, San Diego ignored the public's concerns and
secretly installed 3200 spying GE streetlights.
GE's spying streetlights have effectively "turned the city into a stealthy
laboratory for infrastructure-embedded intelligence collecting with
devices regularly used by the DEA, ICE and other security agencies." (To
learn more about San Diego's spying streetlights click here.)
San Diego police was sharing license
plate data with 600 federal agencies
According to an article
in the Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Police Department was sharing
everyone's license plate data with 600 federal agencies.
"The department had allowed the San Diego sector of Border Patrol and 600
other agencies across the country, including other agencies within the
Department of Homeland Security, to access the database where the
information was stored."
"Initially, SDPD told VOSD that it had no control over the information, that
only Vigilant Solutions could determine who sees or doesn’t see the data,
but later conceded that the department could elect to limit which agencies
can access that data."
An email from BriefCam's Western Region sales director, Erik Wade, sheds
some light on who is really behind San Diego's public surveillance network.
"I am currently working with SDPD to deploy Briefcam at their new Real
Time Crime Center (RTCC) for the entire city, which would greatly help you
as some of the camera coverage would benefit each other," Wade said.
Just how close is BriefCam and DHS?
Last year Briefcam announced that they won the 2018 Gold ‘ASTORS’ Homeland
Security Award, calling it a "prestigious
program that is designed to honor distinguished government and vendor
I wish I could say that I am surprised to learn that private companies are
working with Homeland Security, but this has been happening since 9/11.
San Diego has created a public
What I was surprised to learn about is how San Diego law enforcement has
secretly created a public watchlisting network.
Buried in Briefcam's "breakthrough" announcement
is an admission that boggles the mind.
Diego's law enforcement is using Briefcam to create "precise
face recognition [that] rapidly pinpoints people of interest in real-time
using digital images extracted from video, external image sources and
people is a major selling point for BriefCam, "our scalable
watchlist management enables rapid and powerful rule
I called 2018:
The Year Public Watchlists Became Commonplace I was not joking and
here is another smoking gun to prove it.
Watchlisting hundreds of thousands of children and their families is big
Last year BriefCam announced
that they used their surveillance cameras to identify children and their
families during the 2018 Little League World Series in South WilliamsPort,
year, hundreds of thousands of people come out to Williamsport to enjoy
their time at the Little League Baseball World Series,” said Jim
Ferguson, Little League Assistant Director of Risk Management and
Because who doesn't want their children to be watchlisted?
As Vanity Fair warned: the real purpose behind turning our cities into a
mirror image of China is to "make people more obedient" and that is
surveillance politics in a nutshell.