Earlier this month, Wikileaks published documents from the strategic intelligence firm Stratfor detailing a massive electronic spying system run by the U.S. government, a system known as “TrapWire.” A 2007 whitepaper [PDF] describes TrapWire as "a unique, predictive software system designed to detect patterns of pre-attack surveillance."
According to Anonymous, TrapWire is already used in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Texas, DC, London, and other locales around the USA. The system uses facial recognition and other techniques including high-end artificial intelligence to track and monitor individuals using countless different closed-circuit cameras operated by cities and other institutions, including private businesses.
Anonymous warns that while the software is billed as a method by which to prevent terrorism, it can also be used to provide unprecedented surveillance and data-mining capabilities to governments and corporations - including many with a history of using new technologies to violate the rights of citizens.
The following is an excerpt from the August 12 press release:
The more we learn about TrapWire and similar systems, it becomes absolutely clear that we must at all costs shut this system down and render it useless. A giant AI electronic brain able to monitor us through a combination of access to all the CCTV cameras as well as all the online social media feeds is monstrous and Orwellian in it's implications and possibilities. The Peoples Liberation Front and Anonymous will now put forth a call to arms, and initiate the doom of this evil and misbegotten program.
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