• Cleveland Police to RNC Protesters: Don’t Hide Your Faces (Facial Recognition)

    July 21, 2016

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    Posted in: Post-Constitution America


    Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams issued a warning to an undisclosed number of masked protesters outside the Republican National Convention: “If you are a member of a group that causes you to have to hide your face, then you probably need a different cause.”

    Police claim they have received at least a dozen calls related to concerns about the small groups of black-clad “anarchists” with masks.

    So why is Chief Williams so concerned about the face masks? Too early for Halloween?

    Nope, facial recognition.

    Law enforcement aggressively employs facial recognition technology at events such as the Republican National Convention to identify “persons of interest” and to catalog new persons of interest. Masked faces don’t play as well with the technology (though newer tech can get around some limitations, and iris scan tech needs only to see your, well, eyes. More below.)

    With facial recognition, a computer digitizes an image of someone’s face in a way that makes fooling the system difficult, stuff like measuring the distance between eyes, the angle of one’s nose, ear lobe shape and other tough to alter things.

    Like this:

    Reports suggest in addition to public gatherings where people are enjoying their First Amendment rights to assemble and speak, airports scan passengers, hotels scan lobbies, stores scan aisles, casinos scan their gambling floors and many police street cameras are tied into the systems.

    A publicly-known example occurred after the Boston Marathon bombing of April 2013. The subsequent Boston Calling music fest was subject to heavy use facial recognition surveillance, one guesses in case there were more Tsarnaev brothers out there. Law enforcement in the UK used facial recognition technology to scan the faces of thousands of attendees at the Download music festival without their knowledge.

    And, oh, yeah, those iris scanners.

    Iris scanners have quickly moved from the realm of science fiction into everyday public use by governments and private businesses.

    Iris recognition is rarely impeded by contact lenses or eyeglasses, and can work with blind individuals as well. The scanners can catalog up to 50 people a minute without requiring the individuals to stop and stand in front of the scanners.

    Information gathered from iris scanners or facial recognition in multiple locations can be sent to a central database that can be used to track an individual’s movement throughout the city, or to determine which individuals in the database associate together.

    So hippie protesters, have a great time in Cleveland! Actually, the cops will know if you are having a good time, because they are watching.

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  • Recent Comments

    • chuck said...


      Did the Cleveland Police Chief get training in a M.E. country with nuuks, like the Dallas Chief did? Hey Guy, remember Nov. 5! Smile for the camera.

      07/21/16 9:26 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      The Russians have long had this tech. Nice job emulating them

      07/21/16 11:59 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Free Snowden (and many others)

      07/21/16 12:32 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Be phree Bunnie!

      07/21/16 1:48 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      This just in… “Over 100 killed by us terrorist Bombs. Wage Non Violence. Truth. Free Chelsea (and many others)

      07/21/16 4:21 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      I think there are more cops and FBI in Cleveland than protesters. Can the facial recognition cameras read what’s behind the cops’ riot helmet faceplates?

      07/21/16 5:03 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Speaking of recognition.. I bet everyone can identify who this statement is talking about..

      “…. a fluorescent rodent adorning his head.”



      Fluorescent rodent. Hahahahahahahaha…hahahaahaah… hahahahahahahah… hohohohohohoho…

      That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a week.

      07/22/16 6:21 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      One thing is abundantly clear. The “protests” never materialized like what the FBI/Cleaveland police thought. Reason is.. people finally realized.. who needs to protest a candidate/party that is intent on proving to the entire planet the GOP is the living embodiment of the word buffoon.

      07/22/16 6:26 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Another thing has become abundantly clear too. When American politicians and their supporters, using fear and racial demagoguery as a platform , completely abandon all sense of right and wrong and embrace what previous generations of Americans refuted as counter to real American “values”, for the sake of their political “party”, in the NAME of those values, you can bet your sweet bippy this country is in deep fucking doo doo.

      07/22/16 6:45 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      The ones who should be hiding their faces are the lost souls INSIDE the RNC. Watching these RICH pricks turn their backs on the poor makes my stomach turn. Listening to that real Nazi, Peter Thiel (anagram = THE REPTILE) offer his vision of the future – which includes spying on US via his company Palintir – you have to give him credit for sheer audacity. Like THE DONALD, Peter Thiel is only in it for the money; both are hiding false profits: https://www.buzzfeed.com/williamalden/leak-shows-how-peter-thiel-really-feels-about-palantir?utm_term=.tlVD3BdXOz#.ovOe8xBAn5

      07/22/16 10:01 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      rich bauer said…
      “The ones who should be hiding their faces are the lost souls INSIDE the RNC. ”

      Indeed. Who gives a fuck about the police using facial recognition when they can’t even unerstand a political takeover of a political party by a bunch of thugs is occurring before their very eyes. Speaking of which…insert two rolling ones here.

      Meanwhile, FINALLY…someone has the guts to say what needs to truly be said…

      A while back, we here at the shebeen decided that Donald J. Trump’s act was no longer funny. That he no longer was a goofy guy with three wives and a ferret on his head, a freak candidate who devoured an incredible passel of unpopular lightweights on his way to a freak nomination. That he was more than just a vessel for the barely camouflaged rage and fear of an aging white American majority terrified of so many barbarians at so many gates. But not until Wednesday did we realize the true magnitude of the threat that this reckless clown poses to American democracy. Not until Wednesday did we hear clearly the echoes of shiny black boots on German cobblestones.”unquote


      “Shiny black boots on German cobblestones” indeed. Except..Hitler didn’t have access to the largest arsenal of Nuclear weapons on the planet. THAT is the reality here. And indeed..it’s no longer funny. And he isn’t a clown. He’s a dangerous tyrant wannabe.

      07/22/16 10:25 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Hey Rich..speaking of Palintir and Peter Thiel, I’m sure Bill Hamilton/Inslaw of the “Promis” software fame can tell us something about him. What people DON’T understand is the Promis software was stolen by the DOJ and modified into the PRISM program by Thiel’s company..Palintir. Which..is an NSA company.


      And Theil is backing Trump? That SHOULD tell you something.

      07/22/16 10:37 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      btw..if you dug into the Inslaw debacle.. from decades ago, and followed onto Katherine Austin Fitts.. you will find a story so fucking bizarre it defies reality. It leads right up to Trump.

      07/22/16 10:40 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      Pitch, this one’s is for you:

      07/22/16 11:41 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      umm..a link or a beer?:)

      Meanwhile, I just tried to click on a link to Inslaw’s story, courtesy of one of Fitt’s articles, to post here.


      When I clicked on it….

      ut oh… all of a sudden..it redirected to a “MICROSOFT TECH WARNING” my harddrive was about to be destroyed. Then..it started downloading Java. I immediately shut down, unplugged from the net.. and did a reset. I didn’t find any downloads though. Although..who knows. At least I’m still here. Fuck em.

      But this DEFINITELY tells me something.
      Btw, that site..”ratical.org.. is one motherfucker of a site. You should go there and read everything that guy has stored there. INCLUDING..all the Col. Prouty stuff, as whoever this guy is, he did a six month interview of Prouty..if you know who HE IS. But that ain’t all Astounding shit.


      07/22/16 11:54 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      The link opens clean for me. Just in case you want to try again, I just checked it: http://latest.com/2016/07/paranoid-much-82nd-airborne-jumps-into-louisiana-on-no-notice-exercise/

      07/22/16 11:59 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      speaking of which…


      hahahahahaha! perfect.

      07/22/16 11:56 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Are those UFO’s in the sky? What side on they on? Are they Peaceful? PeaceKeepers? Have a nice day.

      07/22/16 12:17 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Pitch: Thiel is backing Trump? That SHOULD tell you something.

      Birdbrains of a feather stick together? Heil Thiel is as genuine as Trump’s hairpiece.

      As a Libertarian, Thiel says he believes that government should stay out of people’s private lives and place no restrictions on their agency, personal decisions, or actions taken within the law. Privacy is a fundamental right which must be protected at all costs.

      Translated: If you want your privacy, it’s gonna cost you:


      07/22/16 1:06 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Citizen Kaine is the vp pick? Why has B.S. never been mentioned as possible V.P.? USA #1, repeat. Fear…Wage Non violence for Peace and Justice.(disclaimer…I do not support Kissinger’s girlfriend. Free Chelsea (not hedge fund one).

      07/22/16 1:08 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Over 70 killed in terrorist attack in Syria the other day(alleged U.S. supporting Democracy and corporate interest). Counterterror group report from Munich, Live! Mall shooting is over. Maybe one dead. Glad it was not a drone or F-16!

      07/22/16 1:12 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      (sorry,time out)

      07/22/16 2:24 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      wemeantwell said…

      “The link opens clean for me. Just in case you want to try again, I just checked it”

      THAT was NOT the link. I didn’t insert it here. But just for shits and giggles..here it is.

      (I just deleted the actual link so someone doesn’t click it. Also, if Google finds malware links on my site they may block it. Sorry.)

      hmmm, looks bogus now.

      07/22/16 2:47 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Wow. I didn’t know you(Peter)had the ability to insert or change my post. I understand why..but still. fuk That changes everything for me here. But..as my last post.. it appears there is no end to the corruption in the political class. I’m done.

      “Wikileaks Proves Primary Was Rigged: DNC Undermined Democracy
      20,000 freshly leaked emails reveal resentful disdain toward Sanders, as party favored Clinton long before any votes were cast
      By Michael Sainato • 07/22/16 2:00pm
      LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 19: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 42nd International Convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center on July 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clinton continues to campaign for the general election in November while the Republicans hold their national convention.

      On July 25, the Democratic National Convention will begin in Philadelphia, Pa. To commemorate the event and its embrace of corrupt politician Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, Wikileaks is releasing thousands of DNC/Clinton emails.

      In its recent leak of 20,000 DNC emails from January 2015 to May 2016, DNC staff discuss how to deal with Bernie Sanders’ popularity as a challenge to Clinton’s candidacy. Instead of treating Sanders as a viable candidate for the Democratic ticket, the DNC worked against him and his campaign to ensure Clinton received the nomination.”


      Good luck Amerika. At least I saw the real deal before it became the scum sucking, corrupt Capitalist shithole it is now.

      07/22/16 10:08 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Trump and Heil Thiel want to hide their true faces:


      07/23/16 7:33 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Behind the Absolute Power mask of “Don Trump + Peter Thiel” anagram = TORMENT UPPED HITLER.

      07/23/16 12:12 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      It’s time for Peter Thiel (THE REPTILE) to show his true cold-blooded self:


      07/23/16 12:41 PM | Comment Link

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