Freedom Outpost – Michael Snyder – 11/12/2013
The Big Brother control grid is constantly growing and expanding all over
. Right now, a “wireless
mesh network” is in the process of being installed in Seattle that some
believe will ultimately have the capability of tracking the location of
every wireless device in the city. If you live in downtown America , just look for the little off-white
boxes that are being attached to utility poles all over the place. You can see
a bunch of pictures of these little boxes right
here. Meanwhile, other major Seattle cities have been installing
vast networks of surveillance cameras and listening devices. We are being told
that such measures will help police “solve more crime”. We are being told that
such measures will “keep people safe”. But what about our privacy? Doesn’t that
count for something? What about the Fourth Amendment? Are our most cherished
liberties and freedoms going to be thrown into the trash just because we live
“in a more dangerous world”? U.S.
The question is: How well can this mesh network see you?
How accurately can it geo-locate and track the movements of your phone, laptop, or any other wireless device by its MAC address (its “media access control address”—nothing to do with Macintosh—which is analogous to a device’s thumbprint)? Can the network send that information to a database, allowing the SPD to reconstruct who was where at any given time, on any given day, without a warrant? Can the network see you now?
But the newspaper did find some technical experts that actually work with
products that were willing to talk…
After reviewing Aruba’s technical literature, as well as talking to IT directors and systems administrators around the country who work with Aruba products, it’s clear that their networks are adept at seeing all the devices that move through their coverage area and visually mapping the locations of those devices in real time for the system administrators’ convenience. In fact, one of Aruba’s major selling points is its ability to locate “rogue” or “unassociated” devices—that is, any device that hasn’t been authorized by (and maybe hasn’t even asked to be part of) the network.
Which is to say, your device. The cell phone in your pocket, for instance.
The user’s guide for one of
Aruba’s recent software products states: “The wireless
network has a wealth of information about unassociated and associated devices.”
That software includes “a location engine that calculates associated and
unassociated device location every 30 seconds by default… The last 1,000
historical locations are stored for each MAC address.”
it has also been revealed that very powerful listening grids have been installed in more than 70 cities around the country…
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