The Watchers: The LAPD Releases IWatch in a Rather Orwellian Video

Ok, it may be early in the morning before sufficient caffeine, but this video is a little creepy, right?

What is remarkably about having an entire city looking for signs of terrorism is that a great deal of private surveillance is fed into the police. What are the implications of such a society of “watchers”?

30 thoughts on “The Watchers: The LAPD Releases IWatch in a Rather Orwellian Video”

  1. Thanks for your comment, Swarthmore mom, as well as the Don Seligman information. We are in such trouble, as I’ve said before.

    (Regarding Don Seligman, what follows is a link to a NY Times article: )

    Though the ACLU’s history is mixed, a comment from the following blog entry is right on the mark, in my opinion.

    The author states, “Stories like this, the ACLU has found, are quickly becoming a dime a dozen, but we remain determined to prevent the emergence of a domestic secret police apparatus in this country. And we’re hoping Spyfiles will help that cause.”

    What I’m seeing is clearly “the emergence of a domestic secret police apparatus.” It’s obscene and if we don’t get to the bottom of what’s going on domestically, I hate to think about what’s coming down the pike.

  2. Good post anonymous nurse. Stay out of harm’s way. What happened to Don Seligman is a good example of what you are talking about.

  3. Buddha, You’re right, but what’s the alternative?

    A portion of a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. follows:

    “I say to you, this morning, that if you have never found something so dear and precious to you that you will die for it, then you aren’t fit to live.

    You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be, and one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid.

    You refuse to do it because you want to live longer. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab or shoot or bomb your house. So you refuse to take a stand.

    Well, you may go on and live until you are ninety, but you are just as dead at 38 as you would be at ninety.

    And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.

    You died when you refused to stand up for right.

    You died when you refused to stand up for truth.

    You died when you refused to stand up for justice.”

  4. anon nurse,

    “The police (state, local) and the FBI are involved — I’d stake my life on it.”

    You just might be, as are We all.

  5. LAPD rolls out iWatch, an expansion of its
    counter-terrorism program that gets public involved
    June 3, 2010

    (Jill, It’s good to have you back. Thanks for posting the information about the ACLU’s ‘Spyfiles’ initiative related to “domestic political surveillance” (the Egyptian Police thread). I trust that the truth about what’s going on domestically will be known eventually but, for now, it continues. Snitches and informants are a huge part of the program, which is Orwellian, as well as cruel and sadistic. The police (state, local) and the FBI are involved — I’d stake my life on it.)

  6. No Jill, hi. I post most of my commentary and links on Huffington Post and Facebook and, as you might know: If you post enough stuff (over 2500 posts in two years), eventually bits and pieces of your own writing come back. That’s flattering and indicative of contact. No downside there.

    I prefer to use my name in entirety, but use the handle lthuedk (light hue dark) where necessary.

    Even though I was referring to Rachel and Keith, I will turn my attention towards any intentional liar, lying or distorting in public against the People and therefore the country’s best interest. Thanks for the read and I’ll keep an eye on him. If Todd ends up in one of my paintings, you’ll know he crossed a line in my opinion. So far, and after reading that interview, he’s close to pissing me off as a quasi-ideologue or enabler.

  7. Excuse moi on my spelling above. As a follow-up:

    As for the Fox Lies: there’s just too many to list, but we can start with some earlier lies in 2003 and work forward (if required):

    With Foxist interviewers and anchors constantly pushing propaganda and slanted interviews, one would think their average viewers would detect the scam. Apparently, there are 2 to 3 million Americans that just don’t care about anything but their obtaining their dose of crooked authority from father figures-figures cramming lies down their throats.

    A steady diet of propaganda over the years can condition weaker minds conform to herd mentality and act foolishly if not dangerously when the talking points are given.

    Personally, I want to see Roger Ailes in the box with right hand raised answering the question: What exactly is your end game?

  8. Ithudek1,

    Are you also the poster, Slartibartfast? I’m curious because you are addressing his question as your own.

    I don’t know Keith or Rachel so I can speak to their intentions. As to MSNBC and the use of propaganda I would refer you to Glenn Greenwald’s interview with their news director, Chuck Todd at Glenn’s website. It is most informative.

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