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CIA Head: We Will Spy On Americans Through Electrical Appliances

Global information surveillance grid being constructed;  willing Americans embrace gadgets used to spy on them

Steve Watson March 16, 2012

CIA director David Petraeus has said that the rise  of new “smart” gadgets means that Americans are effectively bugging their own  homes, saving US spy agencies a job when it identifies any “persons of  interest”.

Speaking at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s  technology investment operation, Petraeus made the comments when discussing new  technologies which aim to add processors and web connections to previously  ‘dumb’ home appliances such as fridges, ovens and lighting systems.

Wired reports the details via its Danger Room Blog:

“‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do  believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused,  “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

“Items of interest will be located, identified,  monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency  identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters —  all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and  high-power computing,” Petraeus said.

“the latter now going to cloud computing, in many  areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum  computing.” the CIA head added.

Patreaus also stated that such devices within the home  “change our notions of secrecy”.

Petraeus’ comments come in the same week that one of the  biggest microchip companies in the world, ARM, unveiled new processors that are  designed to give practically every household appliance an internet  connection, in order that they can be remote controlled and operate  in tandem with applications.

ARM describes the concept as an “internet of things”.

Where will all the information from such devices be sent and  analyzed? It can be no coincidence that the NSA is currently building a monolithic heavily fortified $2 billion  facility deep in the Utah desert and surrounded by mountains. The  facility is set to go fully live in September 2013.

“The Utah data center is the centerpiece of the Global  Information Grid, a military project that will handle yottabytes of data, an  amount so huge that there is no other data unit after it.” reports Gizmodo.

“This center—with every listening post, spy satellite and NSA  datacenter connected to it, will make the NSA the most powerful spy agency in  the world.”

Wired reports that the incoming data is being mined  by plugging into telecommunications companies’ switches, essentially the same  method the NSA infamously uses for warrantless wiretapping of domestic  communications, as exposed six years ago.

Former intelligence analyst turned best selling author James  Bamford, has penned a lengthy piece on the NSA facility and warns  “It is, in some measure, the realization of the ‘total information awareness’  program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that  was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for  invading Americans’ privacy.”


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Sterling Heights Moratorium on Smart Meters


January 3, 2012 – The City Council of Sterling Heights by a vote of 7-0, approved the first actual moratorium on installation of ‘smart’ meters in the State ofMichigan.  The moratorium is to remain in place until such time as DTE communicates to Council that they have an opt-out program for those residents who are not willing to accept the meters.

This moratorium was enacted at the end of a meeting in which two DTE utility representatives had made a presentation arguing for the benefits of the meters and asserting that they posed no health risk and that the utility would be taking every precaution to protect customer’s privacy.  The DTE reps also said, however, that the company had no plan to allow anyone to opt out.

Several members of Council indicated that DTE’s plan for no opt-outs was “not acceptable”.

At least one member of Council had advocated a complete and permanent ban on smart meters by any gas or electric utility within Sterling Heights.  The intent was to protect not only the individual right to opt-out but also to protect the community as a whole from an undesirable technology.  There was not sufficient support for this strong resolution, and a weaker one was finally adopted which addressed only the question of an individual’s right to opt out.

The effectiveness of this moratorium may not be tested for some time as DTE apparently has no plan to install inSterling Heightsfor a few years yet.  However it does put the utility on notice that they may need to ultimately satisfy the Council before they can begin their deployment there.

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Sample Letter to Utility Refusing Smart Meter Installation

We Do Not provide legal advice!  This is just a commonly used sample letter. – Editor

TO: Agent for Service @ Your Local Utility

President XXX XXX,
Vice-President XXX XXX

Applicable Address


Re: your address

Sent By Certified Mail

Dear President XXX, Vice-President XXX , agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties:

Be advised, you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of any and all “Smart Meters” or any other surveillance and activity monitoring device, or devices, at the above property. Installation and use of any surveillance and activity monitoring device that sends and receives communications technology is hereby refused and prohibited. Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes. Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information. That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to the above property and all its occupants. “Smart Meters” violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:

1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated causing invasion of privacy.
2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.
3. They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
4. Data about occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data by those whose activities were recorded.
5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, corrupt law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.
7. “Smart Meters” are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.
8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain “Smart Meter” data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, and physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.
9. Your company has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the smart meter, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put.
10. Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency energy contamination from smart meters exceeds allowable safe and healthful limits for domestic environments as determined by the EPA and other scientific programs.
I forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices on my property, my place of residence and my place of occupancy. That applies to and includes “Smart Meters” and surveillance and activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds. Any attempt to install any such device directed at me, other occupants, my property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, wiretapping and unlawful surveillance and endangerment of health and safety, all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints. All persons, government agencies and private organizations responsible for installing or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording my activities, which I have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or negative consequences caused or made possible by those devices whether those negative consequences are justified by “law” or not..

This is legal notice. After this delivery the liabilities listed above may not be denied or avoided by parties named and implied in this notice. Civil Servant immunities and protections do not apply to the installation of smart meters due to the criminal violations they represent.

Notice to principal is notice to agent and notice to agent is notice to principal. All rights reserved.
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