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California first to get electronic license plates?
Easier to track?
The California State Senate approves a bill that would allow for a pilot program to test digital license plates. Will it involve tracking?
C/Net News by Chris Matyszczyk September 7, 2013
California is the home of everything that’s new, exciting, and, well, accidentally nefarious.
It’s a delight, therefore, to hear that we here in the Golden State might be the first to get electronic license plates.
Yes, the young and the restless of tech will be able to have their new “TE$LA1” plate beamed directly to their car.
What could be more moving? I am beaming at Ars Technica for discovering that a bill has passed the California State Senate, allowing for a pilot program to launch the scheme.
If the Governor signs the bill, 0.5 percent of Californians might enjoy this perk quite soon.
They can look forward to rolling down their beautiful hills and having the word “EXPIRED” suddenly appear on their backside. (The car’s, that is.)
What fun it will be to see Ferraris with the word “STOLEN” — or Priuses with the word “TASTELESS.”
Actually, I’m not sure that last one will be an option. Even so, the sheer instancy and convenience will fascinate many.
The suspicious (which ought, these days, to include most people) might wonder whether these license plates — which very probably will be accessed through a mobile data network — will let the powers that be know where people are, yes, all the time.
The bill doesn’t seem clear about this. What is clear is that the company that operates the system will have access to everyone’s location.
That company is Smart Plate Mobile, which doesn’t appear to have so much as a Web site currently.
Electronic Frontier Foundation Staff Attorney Lee Tien told Ars Technica that the DMV would hopefully not have access to location information.
However, we all know how porous digital walls can be.
As with so many digital creations, the weak spot for people is the convenience. Some interviewed by KCRA-TV said they’d pay extra in order to not stand in the DMV line.
And so, yet more personal information might be traded to save a few minutes of boredom.
FBI’s ‘dark side’ to go on display at ‘Whitey’ Bulger trial
REUTERS by Richard Valdmanis
June 24, 2013
BOSTON (Reuters) –
The jury in the murder and racketeering trial of accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger will hear on Monday from a former FBI supervisor who admitted he and another agent used to swap secrets with the notorious Winter Hill Gang.
John Morris, who supervised the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s local organized crime squad during the Winter Hill’s bloody rampage in Boston in the 1970s and ’80s, helped its members elude arrest and silence so-called rats, threatening to implicate them in crimes.
Prosecutors will now call him to testify against Bulger, 83, who is accused of killing or ordering the murders of 19 people while at the helm of the gang as it ran extortion and gambling rings, and settled scores.
The accused gangster’s story has captured Boston’s imagination for decades and inspired the Academy Award-winning 2006 film “The Departed.”
On Friday, jurors got their first inside glimpse of the FBI’s reported double-dealings with members of Winter Hill.
Special Agent James Marra, an investigator with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General, detailed how Bulger and his associate Stephen Flemmi signed on as FBI informants in the 1970s and ’80s.
Both men were overseen by FBI agent John Connolly, who has since been convicted of racketeering, obstruction of justice and murder for tipping off the gang’s leaders of efforts to arrest them as well as for identifying informants.
Morris, expected to take the witness stand at the ongoing trial on Monday, was Connolly’s supervisor. He was granted immunity in exchange for his testimony in 1998 federal court hearings.
Prosecutors alleged that Connolly told Bulger and Flemmi in 1982 that another Winter Hill associate, John Callahan, was being investigated in connection with another murder carried out by the gang.
Callahan later died at the hands of Winter Hill’s “Executioner,” John Martorano, who confessed to the killing and said Bulger ordered the hit to keep Callahan from talking.
Connolly was sentenced in 2009 to 40 years in prison for the murders, with Judge Stanford Blake saying he had “crossed over to the dark side.”
Prosecutors have said Bulger fled Boston after a 1994 tip from Connolly. He eluded arrest for over 16 years before FBI officials tracked him down in June 2011, living with his girlfriend in a seaside apartment in Santa Monica, California.
If convicted, he faces the possibility of life in prison.
Prosecutors are also preparing to submit as evidence the 700-page file that the FBI developed on Bulger in the years when the agency claims he served as an informant.
Through his attorney, Bulger denied ever being an informant, insisting that he paid the corrupt FBI agent for information but never provided any of his own.
Jurors on Monday also are set to hear from Karen Smith, the daughter of Edward Connors, a Boston bar owner who was shot dead in a phone booth in 1975, allegedly because he bragged about helping the Winter Hill Gang kill another man.
Martorano has testified that Bulger and Flemmi were the gunmen in Connors’ murder.
(Writing by Richard Valdmanis; editing by Barbara Goldberg, G Crosse)
RFID tracking armbands forced on all residents near California music festival
Natural News by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer June 8, 2013
Local residents living within a one-mile radius of the venue for the popular Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which takes place annually in Indio, California, got an advanced preview of the emerging American police state this year. According to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times (LAT), the Coachella’s use of RFID (radio-frequency identification) wristbands to track attendees has been extended beyond just ticket holders to residents living around the Empire Polo Field where the festival takes place, even though forcing these tracking chips on the public is against the law.
Security for Coachella seems to get ramped up just a little bit more every year, and this was especially true this year as the festival began around the same time as the occurrence of the Boston Marathon false flag event. Reports indicate that local police now rove the premises of Coachella with intimidating attack dogs, and force individuals to submit to invasive searches and TSA-style pat downs. But these and other ridiculous security theater measures are now being used on people not attending Coachella, but who merely live in the vicinity of the festival.
“No one can so much as get within a mile of the Empire Polo Field, where Coachella is held, without wearing one,” writes Todd Martens for LAT, referring to the RFID wristbands that were originally employed as a deterrent for ticket counterfeiters. “Local residents, whose homes surround the polo field, also have to wear one just to get to their houses … (and) homeowners must also register their cars.”
But are these liberty-crushing protocols actually required? Not according to the law, they aren’t. But because so few people understand and take responsibility for their right to privacy, for instance, or their right to travel freely without obstruction, such authoritarian mandates proceed unchecked. Like with the TSA, the wristbands are touted as a way to improve safety and security at Coachella, so the vast majority of people who attend the event, as well as those who live around it, gleefully submit to such measures without protest.
“Police check points will vary from one quarter mile to one mile outside of the festival perimeter,” explains the Coachella website about its so-called requirements. “You cannot pass through the police vehicle checkpoints without your wristband properly applied on your wrist.”
Hitler set up illegal checkpoints prior to shoveling millions of people into ovens
Police vehicle checkpoints, huh? It would be interesting to conduct a survey to see how many Coachella attendees are aware of the fact that police vehicle checkpoints are actually illegal according to Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Even worse, one has to also wonder how many of these same individuals are aware of the fact that the mass deployment of illegal police vehicle checkpoints were a prelude to the rise of the Nazi tyranny and mass murder machine.
“It’s not clear by whom, or by what authority, nearby residents or their guests and visitors could be ‘required’ to wear devices each of which transmit a unique tracking ID number any time it is requested by private parties,” explains PapersPlease.org. “Will we see controls and RFID person and vehicle tracking requirements like this next year on Patriots Day for everyone who lives, works, shops, visits, attends political meetings or religious services, or passes through the area within one mile of the Boston Marathon route?
It may seem like a relatively harmless safety measure to some, but mandatory RFID wristbands and illegal police vehicle checkpoints are gradually paving the way to complete and total police state tyranny. If the American people do not stand up now to oppose this growing police state machine, it will eventually squelch all our freedoms in every facet of life, not just at occasional music festivals.
IRS Official in Star Trek Spoof Apologizes for Lavish Conference
FOX News & Reuters by Kim Dixon and Patrick Temple-West June 6, 2013
A top official at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Thursday acknowledged that it was “embarrassing” how much the tax agency spent on training videos, including a Star Trek spoof, and other lavish expenses during a 2010 conference in California.
Faris Fink, commissioner of the agency’s small business and self-employed division, told lawmakers the videos, which cost more than $50,000 to produce, were well-intentioned but in hindsight inappropriate.
“It’s embarrassing. I apologize,” said Fink, who played the character Spock in the Star Trek parody that included a tax-themed skit. “I regret the fact that they were made.”
The IRS, already under a cloud of scandal related to the targeting of conservative groups, this week faced fresh criticism over a Treasury watchdog report on wasteful spending.
The report released on Tuesday found that the IRS used money originally intended for hiring enforcement employees to partially fund a $4.1 million conference in Anaheim, California, that included luxury hotel rooms and a speaker paid $17,000 to talk about leadership through painting.
Republican Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee holding the hearing on Thursday, accused the IRS of grossly mismanaging taxpayer money with conference spending that was “at best maliciously self-indulgent.”
Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the committee, said he was up at 3 a.m. watching the Star Trek video trying to find a way the cost could be justified.
“I swear I do not see the redeeming value,” Cummings said.
The tax agency has been under fire since early May, when IRS official Lois Lerner publicly acknowledged that IRS workers had inappropriately targeted Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status for intense scrutiny, and apologized for the behavior.
Multiple congressional committees and the Justice Department have since opened probes into the matter, but it is still unclear exactly who initiated the targeting and what the motivation was behind it.
Republicans have accused the IRS of following direction from Washington, but current and former top IRS officials have denied that there was any political motivation.
Instead, they say the Cincinnati office made a poor choice in using criteria such as “Tea Party” and “patriots” to sift through a flood of applications for tax-exempt status.
President Barack Obama denied knowing about the targeting before Lerner’s apology on May 10 and has since fired Steven Miller, who was the acting head of the IRS. Lerner has been put on administrative leave.
On Wednesday, two IRS staffers were suspended because of the conference spending scandal.
Congressional staff members briefed on the matter said two employees – including one working on Obama’s healthcare initiative – were disciplined for improperly accepting gifts at the Anaheim conference.
– Reporting by Kim Dixon and Patrick Temple-West
– Writing by Karey Van Hall
– Editing by Doina Chiacu