• Police are Calculating Your ‘Threat Score’ to Decide How to Treat You

    January 12, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America

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    I watched a documentary about North Korea which explained how the government there assigns a score to each citizen, based on how large a threat to the regime s/he is perceived to be. When I lived in Taiwan under a military government years ago, such a number was encoded into every national ID card. Those citizens every interaction with the government and police force was shadowed by those scores.

    Same as in 21st century post-Constitutional America.

    Even as our nation learned more about how our daily lives are cataloged by the National Security Agency, a new generation of technology is being used by local law enforcement that offers them unprecedented power to peer into the lives of citizens. Ominously, software that is part of such systems, assigns each citizen monitored a Threat Score, allegedly to alert cops enroute to a crime scene of what to expect of the once-innocent-until-proven-guilty citizen they will encounter.


    One such product is a software suite called Beware. On their website, the maker claims:

    There are no such things as routine calls… Accessed through any browser (fixed or mobile) on any Internet-enabled device including tablets, smartphones, laptop and desktop computers, Beware® from Intrado searches, sorts and scores billions of publically-available commercial records in a matter of seconds – alerting responders to potentially dangerous situations while en route to, or at the location of, a 911 request for assistance.

    Intrado Beware® is a tool to help first responders understand the nature of the environment they may encounter during the window of a 911 event.

    Police officials say such tools can provide critical information that can help uncover terrorists or thwart mass shootings, though no such uncovering has ever happened.

    Programs such as Beware scour billions of data points, including arrest reports, property records, commercial databases, deep Web searches and social media postings. One example is how authorities in Oregon are facing a civil rights investigation after using social media-monitoring software to keep tabs on persons using #BlackLivesMatter hashtags.


    Does anyone expect that a police response to a citizen labeled at a “low threat” level will be as preloaded for disaster as one for a “high threat” person? What if that police response is based primarily on the free speech protected use of a hash tag?

    I wonder if my score will change after this article. Or yours, for reading it.




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  • Recent Comments

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      And I thought “Person of Interest” made me want to vomit.

      Speaking of vomit:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rupert-murdoch-jerry-hall-engaged_5694a0f0e4b09dbb4bac6fae

      01/12/16 8:33 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”When I lived in Taiwan under a military government years ago, such a number was encoded into every national ID card.”unquote

      And so will ours. Now that teh TSA isn’t recognizing certain State drivers licenses due to those states “refusal” to acquiese to the National ID Act , by virtue of “biometric” data requirements, not to mention some state org’s and lawmakers dispise the Surveillance State’s sweeping agenda to turn this country into the equivilent of Nazi “your papers please”, without the “please” part, I’d submit by now every single ID will have your “threat assessment number” as well. Orwell must be blushing at his own naivety.

      Moreover, since these cards can be used by any reader, including commercial enterprize, I would submit, it won’t be long before the population will be divided into “threat” classes as well, as they will access huge databases that will determine if you can travel interstate, even by road, buy certain items, access certain information, enter certain facilities and so on. Frankly, I perceive a future where this “ID” will come in the form of a RFID chip, that every person in this nation will be required to have “injected” into their bodies.
      Make no mistake..we HAVE arrived.

      As for me..I will NEVER succumb to the National ID card. I don’t care what happens. The USG can fuck itself. They’ll have to kill me first.

      01/12/16 10:20 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Pitch,

      The apocalyptic scenario is a number placed on the front hand or forehead to allow one to sell and buy. If a RFID chip is placed on the head, the tinfoil hat crowd will be prophetic.

      01/12/16 10:29 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      01/12/16 10:32 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps..

      Rich said:

      “Speaking of vomit:”

      Indeed.. The US of A. Walking vomit. A cesspool of rubes, dolts, imbeciles and fucking morons, governed and controlled by a murderous, psychopathic totalitarian war criminal cabal of the .1% by the name of the CIA. Truman should have killed himself once he found out. JFK “tried” to reign in the CIA. Unfortunately, the very CIA director he fired after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, went on to serve as..guess who? The head of ..you got it..THE WARREN COMMISSION.

      whudda thunk. Any questions? You might find the answers here…

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-a-palermo/the-devils-chessboard-all_b_8959302.html

      Meanwhile..bartender.. two shots of 100prf OSWALDS AMMO with a bottle of JACK RUBY beer chaser.

      01/12/16 10:48 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      T.S. to teh BusHogs!

      01/12/16 1:39 PM | Comment Link

    • K said...

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      Presumably it is better for the economy for the gov’t to outsource intelligence work – so many creepy start-ups!. That it uses increasingly blunt tools; is it a bug or a feature?

      01/12/16 5:09 PM | Comment Link

    • confused said...

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      Sure commenting probably ups the number as well

      01/12/16 5:42 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      on a side note..

      Hey Peter, very nice eulogy for David Bowie at Latest.com.

      http://latest.com/2016/01/goodbye-to-the-thin-white-duke-david-bowie-dies-at-age-69/

      Although I wasn’t a fan, his contribution to the worlds library of important music can’t be ignored. Given I really never listened when each piece was popular, I took the time yesterday to listen to as much of his music as I could. It brought back memories of those times like nothing but music can. And THAT is why his music is important. It defines a time in peoples lives. May gods grace embrace him forever.

      01/13/16 7:24 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Same here. I kind of lost track of Bowie during the disco years, and still prefer his early stuff, but a lot of gems in there.

      01/13/16 7:32 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps, while some celebrity musicians are remembered and celebrated post death, most are not even noticed, some of who contributed much more than David Bowie.

      http://www.thedeadrockstarsclub.com/2015.html

      As I looked at the list and the music they created, they too brought back memories, some much further back than Mr. Bowie’s. What is important to remember is how much of our lives are defined by music. Daily.

      01/13/16 7:50 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      btw, that list is NOT exclusively “rock stars” by any measure.

      01/13/16 7:52 AM | Comment Link

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