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« Reply #10095 on: Feb 19th, 2014, 08:55am »

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« Reply #10097 on: Feb 19th, 2014, 09:06am »

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Homeland Security is seeking a national license plate tracking system

By Ellen Nakashima and Josh Hicks
Published: February 18

The Department of Homeland Security wants a private company to provide a national license-plate tracking system that would give the agency access to vast amounts of information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers, according to a government proposal that does not specify what privacy safeguards would be put in place.

The national license-plate recognition database, which would draw data from readers that scan the tags of every vehicle crossing their paths, would help catch fugitive illegal immigrants, according to a DHS solicitation. But the database could easily contain more than 1 billion records and could be shared with other law enforcement agencies, raising concerns that the movements of ordinary citizens who are under no criminal suspicion could be scrutinized.

A spokeswoman for DHS’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) stressed that the database “could only be accessed in conjunction with ongoing criminal investigations or to locate wanted individuals.”

The database would enhance agents’ and officers’ ability to locate suspects who could pose a threat to public safety and would reduce the time required to conduct surveillance, ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said.

“It is important to note that this database would be run by a commercial enterprise, and the data would be collected and stored by the commercial enterprise, not the government,” she said.

But civil liberties groups are not assuaged. “Ultimately, you’re creating a national database of location information,” said Jennifer Lynch, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “When all that data is compiled and aggregated, you can track somebody as they’re going through their life.”

ICE issued a notice last week seeking bids from companies to compile the database from a variety of sources, including law ­enforcement agencies and car-
repossession services.

Agents would be able to use a smartphone to snap pictures of license plates that could be compared against a “hot list” of plates in the database. They would have 24-hour, seven-day-a-week access, according to the solicitation, which was first noted last week by bloggers.

“The government would prefer a close-up of the plate and a zoomed-out image of the vehicle,” the document said. The images would go in a case file report that would include maps and registration information, as well as the car’s make and model.

The agency said the length of time the data is retained would be up to the winning vendor. Vigilant Solutions, for instance, one of the leading providers of tag-reader data, keeps its records indefinitely.

Nationwide, local police as well as commercial companies are gathering license-plate data using various means. One common method involves drivers for repossession companies methodically driving up and down streets with cameras mounted on their cars snapping photos of vehicles. Some police forces have cameras mounted on patrol cars. Other images may be retrieved from border crossings, interstate highway on-ramps and toll plazas.

“The technology in use today basically replaces an old analog function — your eyeballs,” said Chris Metaxas, chief executive of DRN, a subsidiary of Vigilant Solutions, which since its founding in 2009 has amassed one of the largest warehouses of license-plate data in the country. “It’s the same thing as a guy holding his head out the window, looking down the block, and writing license-plate numbers down and comparing them against a list. The technology just makes things better and more productive.”

Vigilant’s National Vehicle Location Service (NLVS), which holds more than 1.8 billion records, is offered to law enforcement agencies across the country. ICE has tested the service at no charge, according to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union under a Freedom of Information Act request.

“The results have been excellent, accounting for approximately 100 arrests in a 6-month time period,” said one of the DHS documents obtained by the ACLU, dated Jan. 9, 2012. “Some of the cases that resulted in arrests were formerly thought to be cold cases.”

In one 2010 case, a mother and two adult children began using a post office box after they were ordered to be deported, according to the document. Three vehicles were registered to a house the family owned, but the house was rented out and the cars were never parked there. Two of the three vehicles were found, at different addresses, using the NVLS, the document said.

Some questions about ICE’s plan remain open. The agency could not say how long the data would be stored, which other law enforcement agencies would have access to it and what constitutes an “investigative lead” to allow database querying.

The FBI since 2004 has partnered with nearly every state and dozens of local agencies to compare license plates against the National Crime Information Center database and said the data have helped locate more than 800 wanted people. The bureau has been working on a privacy impact assessment of its license-plate reader program since early 2012, but no assessment has been made public, said Jeramie Scott, national security counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, an advocacy group.

Customs and Border Protection, another DHS agency, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, which is part of the Justice Department, also have deployed cameras along the country’s borders.

But DHS’s effort appears to be the first time a federal law enforcement agency is seeking such extensive access to a broad repository of data capturing the movements and images of American motorists from metropolitan ­areas.

The ACLU said it has no objection to law enforcement officials checking license plates to see whether they’re associated with a stolen car or a felon evading arrest. But the government’s access to vast amounts of data on ordinary, law-abiding citizens raises concerns about potential abuse, advocates said. “This is yet another example of the government’s appetite for tools of mass surveillance,” said Catherine Crump, staff attorney for the ACLU, which issued a report last year that criticized the growing use of the devices without adequate privacy protections.

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« Reply #10098 on: Feb 19th, 2014, 09:11am »

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Woman detained by police over failure to return video she rented in 2005

Arrest warrant issued after US woman failed to return a rented version of the film Monster-in-Law

Wednesday 19 February 2014

A county sheriff's department in South Carolina has said it had no choice but to detain a 27-year-old woman overnight over a Jane Fonda movie she allegedly failed to return to a video shop nine years ago.

Kayla Finley went to the Pickens County sheriff's office last Thursday evening to lodge a complaint in connection with a domestic dispute, chief deputy Creed Hashe said.

But when her name was typed into a database, it came back attached to an arrest warrant issued in September 2005 by a local magistrate at the request of a video shop - no longer in business - that claimed she failed to return a rented copy of "Monster-in-Law," a comedy starring Fonda and Jennifer Lopez.

Ms Finley was detained overnight, before she appeared before a judge on Friday who released her on $2,000 (£1120) personal bond, pending a court date.

"We have to serve any warrant a judge issues," said Hashe, adding that there is no expiration date or statute of limitations where criminal arrest warrants are concerned.

Ms Finley could not be located for comment, but on the Facebook page of Fox television affiliate WHNS in Greenville, South Carolina, she said she is locked in a dispute with her ex-husband over the custody of their young children.

"I went to the police station to press charges of harassment and stalking," she wrote, adding that the case involving the video was "a bogus charge" that she intended to contest.

Pickens County, northwest of Greenville, with a population of 120,000, is situated in northern South Carolina.

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« Reply #10099 on: Feb 19th, 2014, 11:33am »

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« Reply #10101 on: Feb 19th, 2014, 3:58pm »

Crystal, Hi.

re: 10097 above

We in the UK already have such a system in operation.
There are cameras on many motorway bridges etc that do a (very) quick scan of every number plate (licence plate) that passes them.Anything out of place and you can expect to see blue lights in your mirrors.

It help considerably to make the bad boys nervous.

As the insurance details, road tax and owner details (pending criminal cases etc) are all on the police national data base it is getting harder to get away with running my moonshine these days.

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Incoming 'Moby Dick' asteroid goes missing near Earth

19 February 2014
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A whale of an asteroid has gone missing. The 270-metre space rock known as 2000 EM26 was slated to skim past Earth early on 18 February, coming within 3.4 million kilometres of our planet. But when a robotic telescope service trained its eye on the predicted position, the asteroid was nowhere to be found.

Astronomers coordinating the telescope service, called Slooh, have nicknamed the elusive asteroid Moby Dick after the fictional white whale, and have issued a call to amateur sky-watchers to help hunt it down.

It is not uncommon for asteroids to go missing and it is unlikely that Moby Dick now poses a danger to Earthlings. But its apparent disappearance highlights just how poor Earth is at asteroid surveillance.

So what has happened to asteroid 2000 EM26? The most likely scenario is that it is on a very different path from its expected trajectory, and the telescope wasn't looking in the right place, says Slooh CEO Michael Paolucci. Generally, astronomers try to predict an asteroid's trajectory by looking at how light reflects off its surface. This tells them what it is probably made of, how it is spinning and where it might go next.

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Asteroid 2000 EM26 was discovered 14 years ago and has not been seen since, so astronomers have limited information about it. Not knowing enough about how the asteroid rotates makes it hard to know how other forces, like radiation pressure from sunlightMovie Camera, might nudge the rock onto a different trajectory.

Generally, it is not unusual to be uncertain about any asteroid's future whereabouts, says Paolucci. Even before Moby Dick failed to show, the telescope's operators were deliberating with a partner in Dubai about exactly where to look. "It's a major chore figuring out how to reacquire asteroids," says Paolucci. "It's almost like discovering them all over again."

Sometimes asteroids are simply too dark in colour to see easily, making them difficult to find again with visible-light telescopes like Slooh. This might explain how a big asteroid like Moby Dick can remain elusive even as it makes its closest approach to Earth."One possibility here is that the asteroid is right where we think it is. It might just be really faint," says Amy Mainzer of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Although telescopes that look at other wavelengths of light might be able to see it, they haven't looked yet.

Despite such difficulties tracking even relatively close space rocks, some astronomers argue that we are well enough prepared for the threat of meteorites, considering the low probability of a serious impact. Exact figures for the likelihood are hard to come by, but meteors 20 metres or so in diameter – the size of the one that hit in Chelyabinsk, Russia almost exactly a year ago Movie Camera – hit the planet only once or twice a century, and most fall over the ocean or unpopulated areas. Larger ones are even less likely to hit.

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February 19 2014

FYFFE, Alabama – The prospect of seeing a UFO lured more than 4,000 people to this town of 1,300 in northeast Alabama Friday night, but for all the hoopla no unidentified flying objects were sighted. Visibility was difficult because of clouds and light rain. Fyffe got on the UFO circuit Feb. 10, when a woman reported seeing a strange light in the sky and the police later reported seeing a large lighted object passing silently over them. Numerous other sightings have been reported since then.” – New York Times, March 6, 1989

Twenty-five years ago last week, the tiny DeKalb County town of Fyffe, Ala., became the center of national attention.

On Friday, Feb. 11, 1989, the first call was made to the Fyffe Police Department. A woman reported seeing a strange object in the sky. By the end of Feb. 12, more than 50 residents had reported seeing the strange objects, including the town’s police chief and his assistant.

The object was described by a witness as hovering “at an angle from 1 o’clock to 7 o'clock with bright lights at the top and bottom. The curvature was outlined in green with "a real bright light in the center.”

Fyffe Police Chief Charles “Junior” Garmany and Assistant Police Chief Fred Works responded to the initial call and soon saw something in the sky.

Garmany and Works were driving along DeKalb County Road 43 but stopped and stepped out of the car when they saw an object in the sky that was “bigger than a jumbo jet” and silent. They described it as metallic and triangular shaped.

According to DeKalbLandmarks.org (http://www.landmarksdekalbal.org/communities/Fyffe.html), Works told a reporter: “The object came on over and got straight overhead. It was big, wide and appeared to be a wide triangular shape. We kept waiting to hear the sound. We kept looking at each other and saying, ‘Where's the sound?’ We never heard anything.”

What I saw the first time was like nothing I ever saw before. It was not a helicopter, it was not a plane. Not a sound.

Garmany added: “What I saw the first time was like nothing I ever saw before. It was not a helicopter, it was not a plane. Not a sound.”

A week later, Works told the Associated Press: “I’m not saying what I saw was a flying saucer but what really got to me was the lack of sound.”

Other law officers who reported seeing something strange in the sky included a Crossville Police officer, the Geraldine Police chief and a state trooper, AP reported.

Over the next few days as many as 4,000 tourists and more than 100 news organizations converged on Fyffe. After a witness described the craft as banana shaped, an entrepreneur began selling T-shirts with a banana-shaped object on the front with the words: “I Survived the Fyffe UFO.”

For a while, residents of Fyffe enjoyed the notoriety but soon the tourists and jokes grew tiresome, as The Tuscaloosa News reported Feb. 17, 1989, under the headline “Fyffe police chief, aide tired of UFO jokes.”

Works said in the article: “I walked into the grill the other day for lunch and there sat a reporter. I never even got to eat. I came on back to the office and there sat reporters from a TV station…Right now, I’m two wreck reports behind.”

After a few years, however, the town realized the lure of its history and began hosting the Fyffe UFO Days Festival each August, featuring hot air balloons, arts and crafts, games, a street dance, live entertainment and more.

Junior Garmany went on to run the Shop and Go store in Fyffe and later ran unsuccessfully for the Town Council. Garmany died Oct. 24, 2013, at the age of 64. The flag at Fyffe Town Hall flew at half mast in his honor, according to the town’s Facebook page.

Other sightings in Alabama

Fyffe is not the only Alabama town with a history of UFO sightings. Sightings were especially plentiful in the 1970s.

To this day, Alabamians are reporting seeing strange craft in the sky. Alabama ranked 15th in the U.S. in 2013 in the number of sightings, according to the Mutual UFO Network. See rankings here.

Falkville 1973

In 1973, another police chief in a small north Alabama town took a photo of what he thought was an alien being.

That October, Falkville Police Chief Jeff Greenhaw responded to a call from a woman who was “excited” as she reported seeing something strange. Greenhaw responded and came upon a 6-foot tall metallic creature with an antennae on its head.

“It looked like his head and neck were kind of made together... he was real bright, something like rubbing mercury on nickel, but just as smooth as glass-different angles give different lighting. I don't believe it was aluminum foil… It was running faster than any human I ever saw.”

Greenhaw was ridiculed and lost his job. Many people believed someone had played a prank on the chief. However, the photo he snapped of the creature that night can be seen in books on alien life.

Moundville 1976

An anonymous witness told The Tuscaloosa News what he saw in October 1976: “The thing dropped out of the sky like a rock/ Just when I thought I was about to be crushed, it pulled up just short … I looked up again and a light as bright as the sun blinded me.”

Hayden Mountain 1977

In 1977, Mr. and Mrs. Terry White were driving toward their Blount County home with their children in the car when they spotted a 65-foot-long craft. Terry told The Tuscaloosa News: “It had something coming out of the bottom of the object. It looked like pads. They were half the width of the object.”

Tuscaloosa 1977

A local teenager, Stewart Lewis, told The Tuscaloosa News: “What I saw then was beyond imagination. It was kind of a triangular shaped It object with the shape of a pool rack. It had a deep yellow glow…it seemed like it was thrown out of an explosion. It was tumbling but it was moving slowly on a line.”

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Science Daily

Brain signals move paralyzed limbs in new experiment

Date: February 19, 2014

Source: Cornell University

To help people suffering paralysis from injury, stroke or disease, scientists have invented brain-machine interfaces that record electrical signals of neurons in the brain and translate them to movement. Usually, that means the neural signals direct a device, like a robotic arm.

Cornell University researcher Maryam Shanechi, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, working with Ziv Williams, assistant professor of neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School, is bringing brain-machine interfaces to the next level: Instead of signals directing a device, she hopes to help paralyzed people move their own limb, just by thinking about it.

When paralyzed patients imagine or plan a movement, neurons in the brain's motor cortical areas still activate even though the communication link between the brain and muscles is broken. By implanting sensors in these brain areas, neural activity can be recorded and translated to the patient's desired movement using a mathematical transform called the decoder. These interfaces allow patients to generate movements directly with their thoughts.

In a paper published online Feb. 18 in Nature Communications, Shanechi, Williams and colleagues describe a cortical-spinal prosthesis that directs "targeted movement" in paralyzed limbs. The research team developed and tested a prosthesis that connects two subjects by enabling one subject to send its recorded neural activity to control limb movements in a different subject that is temporarily sedated. The demonstration is a step forward in making brain-machine interfaces for paralyzed humans to control their own limbs using their brain activity alone.

The brain-machine interface is based on a set of real-time decoding algorithms that process neural signals by predicting their targeted movements. In the experiment, one animal acted as the controller of the movement or the "master," then "decided" which target location to move to, and generated the neural activity that was decoded into this intended movement. The decoded movement was used to directly control the limb of the other animal by electrically stimulating its spinal cord.

"The problem here is not only that of decoding the recorded neural activity into the intended movement, but also that of properly stimulating the spinal cord to move the paralyzed limb according to the decoded movement," Shanechi said.

The scientists focused on decoding the target endpoint of the movement as opposed to its detailed kinematics. This allowed them to match the decoded target with a set of spinal stimulation parameters that generated limb movement toward that target. They demonstrated that the alert animal could produce two-dimensional movement in the sedated animal's limb -- a breakthrough in brain-machine interface research.

"By focusing on the target end point of movement as opposed to its detailed kinematics, we could reduce the complexity of solving for the appropriate spinal stimulation parameters, which helped us achieve this 2-D movement," Williams said.

Part of the experimental setup's novelty was using two different animals, rather than just one with a temporarily paralyzed limb. That way, the scientists contend that they have a true model of paralysis, since the master animal's brain and the sedated animal's limb had no physiological connection, as is the case for a paralyzed patient.

Shanechi's lab will continue developing more sophisticated brain-machine interface architectures with principled algorithmic designs and use them to construct high-performance prosthetics. These architectures could be used to control an external device or the native limb.

"The next step is to advance the development of brain-machine interface algorithms using the principles of control theory and statistical signal processing," Shanechi said. "Such brain-machine interface architectures could enable patients to generate complex movements using robotic arms or paralyzed limbs."

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