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FBI Plans To Have 52 Million Photos In Facial Recognition Database By 2015

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

I have highlighted the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and it great work on this website on many occasions. The organization has been at the forefront of many privacy and civil liberties related issues, including the increasing use of drones by the U.S. government domestically, unconstitutional NSA spying, as well as a host of other issues.

The latest article from them that caught my attention was published a couple of days ago, and shines light on the disturbing push by the FBI to create an extensive facial recognition database, which will include criminal and non-criminal photos alike. The information received by the EFF via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, demonstrates that the feds may have a mugshot database with up to 52 million photos by 2015.

The program is called Next Generation Identification (NGI), and the aspect of it that bothers the EFF most is the fact that non-criminal and criminal photos will be combined in the same database. So someone who has no criminal record can suddenly be flagged as a suspect just because an algorithm says so. What’s worst, research shows that the potential for false positive identification increases as the dataset increases.

To see if your state is participating, take a look at this map courtesy of the EFF.

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More from the EFF:

New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer.


EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI)—the FBI’s massive biometric database that may hold records on as much as one third of the U.S. population. The facial recognition component of this database poses real threats to privacy for all Americans.


NGI builds on the FBI’s legacy fingerprint database—which already contains well over 100 million individual records—and has been designed to include multiple forms of biometric data, including palm prints and iris scans in addition to fingerprints and face recognition data. NGI combines all these forms of data in each individual’s file, linking them to personal and biographic data like name, home address, ID number, immigration status, age, race, etc. This immense database is shared with other federal agencies and with the approximately 18,000 tribal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the United States.


The records we received show that the face recognition component of NGI may include as many as 52 million face images by 2015.


The new records reveal that the database will be capable of processing 55,000 direct photo enrollments daily and of conducting tens of thousands of searches every day.


One of our biggest concerns about NGI has been the fact that it will include non-criminal as well as criminal face images. We now know that FBI projects that by 2015, the database will include 4.3 million images taken for non-criminal purposes.


Currently, if you apply for any type of job that requires fingerprinting or a background check, your prints are sent to and stored by the FBI in its civil print database. However, the FBI has never before collected a photograph along with those prints. This is changing with NGI. Now an employer could require you to provide a “mug shot” photo along with your fingerprints. If that’s the case, then the FBI will store both your face print and your fingerprints along with your biographic data.


In the past, the FBI has never linked the criminal and non-criminal fingerprint databases. This has meant that any search of the criminal print database (such as to identify a suspect or a latent print at a crime scene) would not touch the non-criminal database.  This will also change with NGI. Now every record—whether criminal or non—will have a “Universal Control Number” (UCN), and every search will be run against all records in the database. This means that even if you have never been arrested for a crime, if your employer requires you to submit a photo as part of your background check, your face image could be searched—and you could be implicated as a criminal suspect—just by virtue of having that image in the non-criminal file. 


It is unclear what happens when the “true candidate” does not exist in the gallery—does NGI still return possible matches? Could those people then be subject to criminal investigation for no other reason than that a computer thought their face was mathematically similar to a suspect’s? This doesn’t seem to matter much to the FBI—the Bureau notes that because “this is an investigative search and caveats will be prevalent on the return detailing that the [non-FBI] agency is responsible for determining the identity of the subject, there should be NO legal issues.”


The FBI failed to release records discussing whether MorphoTrust uses a standard (likely proprietary) algorithm for its face templates. If it does, it is quite possible that the face templates at each of these disparate agencies could be shared across agencies—raising again the issue that the photograph you thought you were taking just to get a passport or driver’s license is then searched every time the government is investigating a crime.


Finally, even though FBI claims that its ranked candidate list prevents the problem of false positives (someone being falsely identified), this is not the case. A system that only purports to provide the true candidate in the top 50 candidates 85 percent of the time will return a lot of images of the wrong people. We know from researchers that the risk of false positives increases as the size of the dataset increases—and, at 52 million images, the FBI’s face recognition is a very large dataset. This means that many people will be presented as suspects for crimes they didn’t commit. This is not how our system of justice was designed and should not be a system that Americans tacitly consent to move towards.

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Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:57 | 4667856 Skateboarder
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Employer discrimination in 3.. 2.. 1...

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:59 | 4667868 markmotive
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You've just been Face-booked!

Probably why youth are bailing in droves


Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:15 | 4667937 ZerOhead
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They can check-out any time they like but they can never leave. Well not with their personal information anyway.

Besides... juries will never be told about things like "false positves". That plainly falls into the same category as conspiracy theories.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:19 | 4667970 macholatte
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10 years ago I renewed my driver license by going to the DMV, paying a fee, getting a picture taken and waiting for the new license to be spit out of a machine. Last year the procedure was the same with one small exception..... the picture was facial recognition and the licens was mailed to me from from Washington DC.  So it was not a state that issued the license but the feds. Trash the tenth amendment.


Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:43 | 4668043 Rusty Shorts
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..."i was researching the illuminati , which led me to transalchemy , transalchemy is defined as Transcontinental Transformation of humanity.. all of my research has led me to the same result transalchemy. in short they want god like intellect. on this website itgoes into this in detail, its pretty disturbing, i believe this is the elite and illuminati true goal and there end game.. these freaks want to merge man with machine, and they promise every member of this cult god like power. please read over this material on that site and do your own research. to me the mysteries of the illuminati , and the nwos endgame is solved they want to achieve godhood... ''as above so below'' ...

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:56 | 4668075 CH1
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EVERY FBI agent is part of a criminal organization. They are our enemies, not our friends.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:23 | 4668133 JoeSexPack
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Facial ID software measures placement of eyes: far edge, near edge, height, etc.


Sunglasses defeat most every time.


Add visor to be sure.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:35 | 4668168 markmotive
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RIP Michael Ruppert.

He dedicated his life to exposing sh!t like this!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:05 | 4668242 Richard Chesler
Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:23 | 4668270 gmrpeabody
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Phuk them phukkers...

Identify this...

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:40 | 4668304 ebworthen
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I'm wearing my sunglasses and fake mustace 24/7 now.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:54 | 4668326 UselessEater
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Skin exposure is all they need. No wonder M Jackson wore a mask, sigh.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:47 | 4668778 General Decline
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That's why they tell you not to smile for your drivers license photo. ALWAYS, smile for your drivers lisence photo.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:46 | 4669465 old naughty
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52 million "Persons of Interest".

Can "Harold" save all?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:51 | 4669010 swmnguy
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Yeah, but that didn't work.  Everybody knew who he was anyway.  The guy in the mask?  Oh, yeah, that's Michael Jackson.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:13 | 4668361 El Vaquero
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I hope it's a copstache.  You'll never worry about getting a ticket again. 

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:16 | 4668676 negative rates
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I got, 3 passports, a couple of visas, they don't even know my real name.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:12 | 4668356 El Vaquero
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Eh, I'm one of those people who just stands the fuck out in a crowd.  I could mitigate that somewhat, but even with a lot of effort, I would still stand out.  I got into a fight at a hockey game when I was a teenager, or rather a big fucking brawl that made the hockey players stop and watch us, and two weeks later, I had people telling me that they saw me there all the way from across the arena.  I'm not the guy you send in for covert shit.  If there is a picture of me doing something and I don't have a full blown mask on, I'm fucked.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:47 | 4668705 Wahooo
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You could always become La Vaquera.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:13 | 4668359 Philalethian
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"Facial ID software measures placement of eyes: far edge, near edge, height, etc."

One other little detail is, they use the drivers license picture in that data base already for facial recognition software in all stores, and cameras everywhere.

Considering the face is mostly relaxed in a more frowning way pretty much of the time, smiling as brightly as you can in any picture thy take, or going through the camera alley's out all over the highways of America throws the software off when it is mostly looking for the relaxed facial looks, and variations.

When you get your drivers license picture, smile as big as you can. Try seeing the facial differences in the mirror to see big differences.




Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:00 | 4668557 macholatte
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maybe what you say is true and that's why they won't let you smile for their camera...... same for passport photos and mug shots.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:27 | 4668735 IndyPat
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That's why I smile all the time! Show big bro my happy face.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:34 | 4668478 Kirk2NCC1701
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You need to do more than that:
Use theatrical makeup and facial prosthetics (tradecraft) if you want to be really private and say "FU!"

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:19 | 4668872 PT
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Or a paper bag over your head.  Everyone wear a paper bag over your head!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:59 | 4669053 GoldenTool
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That made me snort my coffee.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:45 | 4668703 Wahooo
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How do I join the cult god?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:22 | 4668886 PT
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No point.  Your brain will continually be shut down for "important" updates, your skull will continuously broadcast advertisements into your grey matter, and the whole thing will need a special external battery pack which will just happen to cost a little bit more to maintain each year ...

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:48 | 4668046 Battleaxe
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Everyone, right now, put a sticker over your camera on your laptop!

Or else say, "Cheese"!

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:19 | 4668124 JoeSexPack
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& phone cam.


& smart TV cam.


Or be on NSA amateur porn show.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:16 | 4668367 El Vaquero
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What webcam? 

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:00 | 4669055 GoldenTool
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Always disconnect from the board.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:21 | 4668266 dellievan
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   /They will stop at nothing people  .  .  .    Voight Kampff, implants.            Long thick stakes, mallets, silver crosses.          "time to die"

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:09 | 4668451 StychoKiller
Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:31 | 4668005 mrblah
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Yup, facebook already gives them an alleged 1bn faces(say 500mn if you cut out the fake accounts Facebook owns to fake-like things)


Thus, this is non-story.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:53 | 4668053 ZerOhead
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It's a story because they are telling you that they are linking shit up, it's going to be very intrusive and it's not going to be perfect.

And they won't dare tell the courts that because it could ruin the 100% conviction record.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:57 | 4668076 mrblah
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They already have things linked up. We have ID cards. Driving license's, passports, even photo IDs for some gyms.

While the photographs on Gym IDs likely arent government accessible, the other three examples certainly are.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:07 | 4668099 NidStyles
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The three largest commercial gyms in the US require bio-metrics and fingerprints to become a member. I looked up the cost to buy a weight set and have them at home, still cheaper than selling my soul for crap I don't want. 

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:34 | 4668165 benb
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The situation is much worse than what is being said. There are satellites tracking all of us using biometrics. The up close biometric tying you to an i.d. is needed on everyone to tie to the satellite scan. Biometric driver’s licenses are just one way to get the data.

On the bridge I cross in CA there are biometric cameras located at the toll booths. At night you can see the L.E.D. flashes go off here and there as peoples faces are photo’d and I suppose along with their plate numbers.

I’m told the rough number of the trouble makers to be disposed of in the U.S. is 20 million. This will make the job much easier for the drones and orbital beam weapons.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 03:55 | 4668553 NidStyles
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That is the plotline for the new Captain America movie chum....

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:35 | 4669882 benb
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Didn't catch the latest Hollywood plastic slime so I wouldn't know.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:42 | 4668697 IndyPat
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Let them get a LIDAR scan of my nutsack.

Traitorous douchebags.

Yes, that goes for you too, mr. NSA....

When I go through airport security I always opt for the full 4th violating pat down. The TSA always asks why I opt out and would I like to do it in private.
I tell them.."see my wife over there? She's a doctor. Oncologist. Neuro Oncologist. Now you try to say it.....good. She'll be giving you chemo after they remove the volleyball sized GBM tumor from your ugly head from standing next to that useless radioactive equipment all day."
I grin. They don't. I see a flicker of fear go across their dumb faces for an instant.
And I tell them I want the pat down right out in the open. Give the sheep in the stalls the full show in hopes of waking people up. When I'm told to hold my arms out to the sides, I always fly double bird salutes.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:02 | 4668813 shovelhead
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I tell them I take diuretics so I cant take my shoes off. Make em work for a living. I refuse to stand in an airport in holey socks. I have toenails like Wolverine.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:48 | 4668707 Wahooo
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Isn't that the entire point of the internet - to reduce man to bytes?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:55 | 4668072 palmereldritch
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Facebook = FB<i>

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:41 | 4668182 prains
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how will the software recognize Yellen's face, it already looks like the ass of every 89 year old man in Brooklyn

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 05:10 | 4668618 wintermute
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No need. She's part of the TBTJ

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:19 | 4668374 JuliaS
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Forget the feds. The jeanie is out of the bottle when it comes to tech. Anything that can be done will be done and if not by one entity, then by another. Only option you have is to beat them at their own game. They have a database on you and you build a database on them. A database of every banker, hedge fund manager, politician and officer. Just like they track you, you can track them. They fly drones, you fly drones. They step over the line, you cross the line right back.

Facial recognition can be done, will be done is done already. You can't prevent the information from flowing and from others analyzing it. A digital camera, a drone, a cctv cam, and with or without your concern you're in a database. It'll be a private one, a corporate one, a political one or a foreign spy agency one... or all of them.

You can already use 3rd party utilities and search engines to comb through images onilne and recognize faces. Law enforcement is only playing catchup to popular trends. The tech is out. The only question is whether you're going to use it yourself or pretend it doesn't exist.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:18 | 4668677 negative rates
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Yea, I call all my customers by name.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:31 | 4668690 doctor10
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One of the many reasons to wear a hat in public-was so that when the King's men came riding into town looking for someone, they were forced to dismount and walk up to someone.


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:43 | 4668770 villainvomit
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If you like your face, you can keep your face......we'll keep it too !!!

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:57 | 4667857 JanaUsoFine
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And the last 5-6 years of "Photo-Tagging" on facebook has trained the entire system up to this point. 

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:00 | 4667883 Robot Traders Mom
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Facebook is for suckas. I saw Krieger quote, "Facebook is where you lie to friends, Twitter is where you speak truth to strangers" ..."Don't find us on Facebook"

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:48 | 4668057 Quus Ant
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Damn straight, beautiful lady.

Facebook is an echo chamber.  I've seen friends (I'm not on FB, but the sexy lady I share space with is) make the unforgivable sin of speaking their minds and the neck snapping speed with which the community berated and shamed them back onto the straight and narrow. 

Creates a chilling effect on free thought and expression and maintains the status quo panopticon style. 

Besides that, I'm just not interesting enough to have a 24 hr news feed about myself- and no one I've ever met is either.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:43 | 4668765 IndyPat
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I was working a gunshow table with a very good friend. He is a cop, but a very awake and true to his oath kind of cop. He has a business selling NFA firearms and suppressors on the side, so I help him at shows and get in of his bosses was at the show and I listened in on the conversation. My bud has been on street patrol for a long time and is getting close to retirement. He's been looking for a job in the debt. with less lead exposure. His boss was telling him of a job opening. Get this...and I shit thee not...

They need a full time person to scour social media sites as crimes come in. Like real time.
I laughed and the captain looked at me. I said, you're joking,right? He wasn't.
I've spent 20+ yrs in IT, so I asked if you had to be a five-o for the gig. He said yes. I'd love to have that job, if only to do it very poorly, then spill my guts about it after 2 yrs doing it. Screen grabbing FaceFuck and Twatter all day as Obamas sons brag about shooting someone in their status updates. Wow. That would be some gravy train gig.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:21 | 4668375 El Vaquero
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I have a facebook account.  I'm guessing that it has been at least 2 years since I have logged in.  I almost broke my vow to never login again when Albuquerque Police Department had all sorts of nasty shit posted on it after they shot Jason Boyd.  I could only see some of it.  APD has since nixed their FB account.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:06 | 4668828 TeamDepends
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Hey Robo, if that is your driver's license photo we will send you a crisp new untrackable $100 bill.  Oh, wait...

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:43 | 4669208 IndyPat
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Some of those selfies look well beyond 40s...or those are city miles.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:06 | 4667913 dexter_morgan
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Facebook has served many useful purposes for it's masters. Just ponder how much information they have gleaned about individuals without ever once FORCING anyone to put it in there.

That is pretty mind boggling when you think about it.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:09 | 4667929 UselessEater
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Facebook = self managed dossier relieving Hoover-esque dudes of the effort.

I'm paraphrasing Catherine Austin Fitts liberally.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:30 | 4668279 cynicalskeptic
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Look at the links some of the 'hedge funds' behind Facebook and others have to our nation's 'defense/intelligence' apparatus......    'Social Networking' is a great 'self-reporting' Orwellian database - anything someone wants to know about you, your friends/family and lots of identifying photos.......   and people are VOLUNTEERING ll this.  Combine it with the data collected on your shopping/spending habits, internet viewing and all else and your're distilled down to an easily spied on/manipulated sheeple.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:43 | 4668488 UselessEater
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add SMART meters and towers that can spy and send toxic emf smog into your homes, schools and workplaces.

The money interests are loud and clear. They pervert the health risks and profit from the unsafe tech growth and ill effects on your health and that of the kids around you. If you're a bit overwhelmed by info, just track the Gates Foundation they're cornering WHO research on cancer, phone sales and weaponising suburbs for profit; in accord with Ag21 and your local council/county.

Some finance oriented people get this shit.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:10 | 4667934 seek
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And encouraging people to rat out their friends in the name of IDing them in pictures.

I defensively created a FB profile so that pictures tagged with me get connected to my correct information, such as the fact that I graduated from high school in a small town in Iceland.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:47 | 4668780 IndyPat
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Word. Spoof that shit all day long. Piss directly in the DB with so many conflicting profiles of yourself....
Awesome idea.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:58 | 4669049 Billy Sol Estes
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Hmm never thought of that. Time to make a fake GMAIL account and get back into the Facebook scene.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:31 | 4668394 El Vaquero
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You say "Facebook has served many useful purposes for it's masters."  I concur. 


HUMBOLDT, AZ — A man says that within hours of making an impassioned post on Facebook, he was being interrogated by police and the FBI.

Blaine Cooper, 33, contacted with a concerning story about how his sentiments posted on Facebook had drawn the attention of the federal government.  He showed me the comment and told me that within 24-hours of posting it, he was being contacted by the police and FBI.

His colorful comment was in reference to what he believes is an “American Police State,” in which the power of the federal government is growing in a direction which may one day lead people to fight back.

Cooper, who is training to be a wild land fire fighter, said that on August 23, he was contacted by Officer Jason Kuafman of the Prescott Valley Police Department and was told that he needed to come to the police station for an interview with the FBI.

He complied with the request for an interview, which lasted 45 minutes with federal agents present.  He was released after apparently being determined to not be a threat.

They had every Facebook post I had ever made in a huge file, along with all my wife’s information, and parent’s information,” Cooper told

Cooper said that he was told that without “defusing the situation” by complying with the interview, his house might have been raided.

“The FBI made mention they came to question me so they didn’t have to kick in my door,” Cooper told

It should be pointed out that answering questions from federal agents is an extremely risky idea, especially without the presence of a lawyer.  Supreme Court case BROGAN v. UNITED STATES affirmed that it is a federal crime to tell any lie, or misrepresent any fact, to a federal agent.  Even an innocent person with good intentions could commit a federal crime by misspeaking during an interview.

But apparently the alternative to complying to an interview is getting raided by the FBI.

Still feeling threatened, Cooper made a YouTube video on Aug. 23, as a record to the public in case he “disappears.”

“[I] hope this doesn’t happen to anybody else,” he said.

The rapid response of the FBI could be a result of the federal government’s XKeyscore program, which gives them the ability to collect “nearly everything a user does on the internet.”

The irony of the situation is that Cooper’s concerns of the USA becoming a police state were actually validated by the fact that the federal government launched an investigation over his frustrated Facebook comment, showing up with detailed records on his family and their internet activity.

The FB comment is at the link.  Basically, he said that he saw a civil war coming, and was asking which side LEOs would be on if happened.  He wasn't actually advocating for a civil war, just saying that he thought it was unavoidable.  I feel the same way.  If any FBI cocksucker wants to interview me because of this, know this:  I will have it recorded with me insisting on meeting in a neutral location where you do not have control, and I will have it recorded that you refuse to interview me with me recording because of your stupid fucking form 302 bullshit and stupid policies that, BTW, mean that you get to be the sole arbiter of what is said in the interview, where I could be convicted of a federal crime if I lie.

Keep on pushing this shit, FBI, ATF, NSA and all you other alphabet soup cocksuckers.  I don't want a fight, but you are pushing those of us who are paying attention to what you are doing to the point where we will have no choice but to lay down and take your collective cocks up our asses, or fight and win.  Your choice.  Are we sheep, or are we wolves? 


Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:57 | 4667858 I Write Code
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Gonna happen.  Smile.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:03 | 4667902 nmewn
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Stare into your little devices cheeeldrin.

Smile ;-)

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:15 | 4667956 OCD_AgBULL
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They don't need telling, already doin'

More important make sure the people around you are smilin' too as they're being captured on the camera facing the other way.

That's it smile and relax, let the hooks do their work.

Welcome to reFEDucation

Fed is good Fed is great

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:04 | 4667904 Boomberg
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You will not be allowed to smile, seriously. I work for a very large corporation. When our photo id badges are made, we are not allowed to smile because smiling could cause facial recognition technology to misidentify or fail. 

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:07 | 4667921 Skateboarder
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Are you allowed to smile at other times? Like when your boss tells you a funny.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:17 | 4668458 Tall Tom
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You are free to do what the Government or your Corporate Employer tells you to do.


That, of course, is the reason why you do not work as a corporate or bureaucratic drone. against them. You will not have anything to lose because you will not be allowed to have anything in the first place. The ones whom do well within the system are compliant and complicit within the system.


It is a sacrifice that you make for true freedom.


After all it is your choice.


As for me I will place my principles before profits and they can suck wind.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:18 | 4668372 Philalethian
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Right on.


Posted above before this was seen.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:29 | 4667926 813kml
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I hope they snap my 'O' face.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:51 | 4668787 IndyPat
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Priceless...and thumbs up on the Nigel avatar.

"I call that one 'Lick my love Pump'".....

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:57 | 4667859 Dr. Engali
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They hate us for our freedoms.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:02 | 4667894 ZerOhead
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Don't worry they'll soon be gone. Your 'freedoms' that is...

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:04 | 4667903 Dr. Engali
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Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:07 | 4667917 ZerOhead
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The ones like eating and breathing and thinking....

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:13 | 4667950 UselessEater
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Food control under the guise of food "security", breathing = global warming so pay up for "sustainable everythink", thinking well we have Tavistock/Media/Tertiary endowments & common core. They provide the seed money we provide the tax dollars giving them a financial return and a social control return.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:58 | 4667864 TruthInSunshine
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There is a relatively large contingent of people in Britain who spray expanding foam (the kind builders use) on the lens of CCTV cameras, which essentially ruins them.

My random thought for the day.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:34 | 4668014 Cannon Fodder
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Geez.... I hope that never catches on here.... just sayin'

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:32 | 4668283 cynicalskeptic
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Spray paint cans with the nozzles used on wasp killing sprays - long thin easily aimed spray.

Of course there's always Guy Fawkes masks.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:34 | 4668015 mrblah
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These are the people that should be given MBE/OBE's.

Not some over-rated actor, or tax dodging scumbag.

Of course, The government and Royals are all cunts, so it'll never happen.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:59 | 4668804 StandardDeviant
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Agreed about the actors.  But you complain about "tax dodging scumbags", and in the very next line, about "government and Royal [...] cunts"?

I don't get it: are you calling the former scumbags because they tried to keep their resources out of the hands of the latter?  Seems to me they're taking ammunition away from your enemies, and you should be nominating them for MBEs/OBEs, for services rendered to the people of the UK.  Robin Hood and Prince John, and all that.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:39 | 4668035 Cannon Fodder
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Is that the 2014 version of Cool Hand Luke (Paul Newman) cutting the heads off of parking meters?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:11 | 4668105 NidStyles
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I would use spray on undercoating from the auto parts store... It's under $5 and you can hit something from a distance thanks to it coming out as a thick stream. 

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:39 | 4668288 TruthInSunshine
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That's plastidip if I'm not mistaken.

I wouldn't/couldn't know this from personal experience, but I'm told that the expanding foam has an closed cell composition which makes it extraordinarily difficult to remove cleanly from the type of glass used in high resolution optical equipment, and once it fully cures, it creates such a tight bond that it's'extremely expensive to 'cleave' that material from all surface area of the glass, from both a mechanical and economic proposition.

Oh well, that's what they tell me.

They say there are other methods to render such spycams permanently disabled, too, and there seem to be a lot of clever folks out there who keep inventing new tactics and methods for doing so, because they cherish their privacy and are dedicated to fight the good fight over the long run.

So they tell me.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:03 | 4668816 StandardDeviant
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Clearly, more research is required.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:24 | 4670776 lakecity55
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Hey, use a pump-able .177 cal rifle. You can shoot the cams out from like way the fuck off.

If the department of homo suckers ever attacks, the first thing to go is their spy cams.

I hear they are arming the postal service.

"Here is your mail, LC. Sign for it, or else!"

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:15 | 4668863 IndyPat
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Draino, meet Supersoaker, Supersoaker meet Draino.

Etch the lens or the plastic dome....just to be sure.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:18 | 4669811 Overfed
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Drano won't touch glass. Hydroflouric acid will etch it quite nicely. Methylene chloride, a fairly common solvent, will melt plastic lenses.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:43 | 4670968 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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And heroes they are.  And the upside of it is they are smarter that big brothers minions.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:03 | 4667872 ZerOhead
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Do not throw away that empty beverage container into the trash without wiping your prints and saliva off first...

There may be someone out there who wishes to frame you.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:44 | 4668970 Papasmurf
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Better yet, stop buying beverages in containers.  It's an expensive habit like smoking cigarettes and nearly as damaging when that beverage is full of HFCS.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:00 | 4667878 ChargingHandle
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Our tax dollars hard at work. Does large scale tyranny have a face? 

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:36 | 4667935 813kml
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Damn, just when I thought my PTSD had gone away...

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:47 | 4668204 WillyGroper
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The puke finally got someone's heart.

Chinese prisoner maybe?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:37 | 4668174 Anusocracy
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The face of any voter will do.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:12 | 4667946 dexter_morgan
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Eric Holder.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:00 | 4667882 Stuck on Zero
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Only illegal aliens, terrorists, drug manufacturers, government employees, and bankers will be exempt from being listed in the database.  They have special privileges.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:33 | 4668013 UselessEater
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This article is underplaying what already is. No point introducing FATCA and OECD global taxation via the G20 this year if you do not already have the technology in place to pursue every penny you can. Check your wallet, how many cards have chips and photo ID?

An Aussie drivers license, bank ATM card, e-passport, weapons license.... all tracking us silently but online -serving an invisible predator. My state Queensland, is phasing out car rego stickers, its all to be managed via license plate recognition cameras owned by the same assholes via proprietary tech that own the tech behind our govt computerised financial systems; the same creeps who know if your kid is due a toxic vaccine or if you are planning a holiday to another country allowing the algo to price differentiate your search and linking that info to the biometric scanners at airports to ensure you are taxed (criminalised) accordingly by some vague rules your local accountant can't imagine.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:18 | 4668122 NidStyles
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Sounds like typical English cattle management techniques. 

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:24 | 4668381 Philalethian
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Call the BLM...they have experience in these matters.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:20 | 4668876 IndyPat
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That's why I always thought the the translation for "Mark of the Beast" was the mad prophet was having trouble putting to words something that didn't exist yet.

Maybe it should have read, "you'll be implanted with a beast marker"...

I think that about sums it up.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:01 | 4667889 intric8
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wow. thats double plus good!

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:03 | 4667898 TruthTalker
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that is disgusting - what gives them the right to do this to innocent cirizens - Americans need to grow a set and start standing up for their rights!

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:03 | 4668093 CH1
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what gives them the right to do this to innocent citizens


They enjoy full obedience from a servile public. Why should they give a damn about rights?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:36 | 4668403 UselessEater
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Get pissed off. Very pissed off. Keep it cool but do not drink the kool aide, life is just getting more interesting, We are supposed to defend and protect our rights throughout our daily lives not just at election time. We gotta step up, there never was a free ride.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:23 | 4668894 IndyPat
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Ill tell you this much, the first person that comes in my bubble wearing Google Glass will walk away beta testing a reconfigured device to be named the Google Buttplug....and a severe limp to match.
I promise.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:10 | 4667933 OCD_AgBULL
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Looks like New Zealand's Identity Verification Service - RealMe.

I would expect a web-based false flag event, probably to do with banking/finacial within the next 2 years and in ProblemReationSolution fashion will require all internet users to login with our online id.

Maybe this year if we're lucky.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:32 | 4668474 UselessEater
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Can they replay the disappearing air plane trick again so soon? One shivers at what they may choose next.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:12 | 4667942 medium giraffe
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I suppose someone just happened to find a bazillion dollars down the back of the couch to fund this nightmare?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:16 | 4667961 dexter_morgan
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It would seem all this violates some constitutional amendments and laws and all that hokum, but I guess nobody really cares anymore. Just imagine if Hitler would have had todays technology.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:27 | 4668905 IndyPat
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Where do you think this stuff came from?
Project Paperclip...and the Rat lines.
Our loving government invited the vampires right into the front door. Did they think they'd leave their ideology back in the Fatherland? Ditto their love of spiffy black uniforms and tediously precise databases?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:18 | 4667967 q99x2
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Give me money and I'll show you how you can see the future based on the past.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:21 | 4667973 Conax
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This could be a new opportunity, selling those gag horn rims with the bushy eyebrows and big schnozz.  I'm sure they would consider those 'probable cause'.

The entire country is an open air prison.  They frisk people in the street, barge into homes, track and tap your phone, bust people for 'contraband' and now they want a full set of computerized mugshots. A full panopticon being quickly put into place.

Inmate, er, citizen, stop and be questioned!

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:45 | 4668196 Things that go bump
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Women can always take to wearing a veil. Men can wear a bandana to pull up over their faces. New style, like wearing your ball cap backwards. Maybe it will catch on with the kids.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 03:22 | 4668517 Cthonic
Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:21 | 4667975 dizzyfingers
Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:39 | 4668034 the grateful un...
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eventually USPS will be in charge of ALL package security, (since there currently is none)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:42 | 4669206 Umh
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There still won't be any package security.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:25 | 4667988 pocomotion
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It all comes down to this:

start memorizing the pledge of allegiance and then read our future constitution; i.e. bill of rights.


We should all go crash the party....

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:34 | 4668016 A Lunatic
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Then all they have to do is plug your mug into the drone database and it will hunt you down and tase/kill you as soon as it sees you on the street. Think of all the dough police departments will save by no longer needing to make those 2 A.M. house calls........

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:37 | 4668025 the grateful un...
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the FBI is a political enforcement unit, the most corrupt of all law enforcement agencies, worse than CIA, ATF, etc. they serve at the presidents pleasure

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:38 | 4668028 Muppet
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You must mean the FBI will be REDUCING its facial recognition database to 52 million by 2015?????

What I mean is that, with great certainity, it is known that Google and Facebook have long-since already had much more than 52M identified faces available in their databases.... which obviously the FBI has long-since exploited.

If you have any doubt about this already existing, long-standing, capability... just watch any one episode of "Catfish" on MTV2.   You will see how unknown public citizens are immediately and instantaneously identified using Google face-recognition software.

I mean Duh.   Who doesn't know this already exists?



Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:39 | 4668406 UselessEater
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try 'outsourcing' an expanded database... reducing haha; I still think this article is a piss poor joke.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:36 | 4673714 mkkby
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Everyone should go to a protest or commit a crime wearing an Obama (for men) or Yellen (women) mask.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:38 | 4668031 KickIce
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<-------  Brown paper bag assholes, file that one in the archives.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:43 | 4668037 Emergency Ward
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<--------- Fuck, I think they already have mine.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 03:40 | 4668532 Intoxicologist
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<-------------Oh noes, they got my dog! 

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:43 | 4668042 the grateful un...
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of course it wont be that hard to alter a few key facial structure, in calfornia we had a rash of bank robberies by the Geezer Bandit, an old man, 70s looking. they never found the guy, but spec is that the guy was wearing a mask. still at large by the way

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 03:46 | 4668542 Intoxicologist
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Johnny Knoxville?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:48 | 4668054 NoDecaf
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At the current pace of macro events, by 2015, 52 million surviors will be crawling out of fallout shelters and squinting at the dimming sun. They won't look anything like their mug shots. So whoever is left at FBI central will have to start all over.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:05 | 4668097 sessinpo
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That should about cover all the actual taxpayers.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:10 | 4668103 BeetleBailey
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Nose extension: check

Fake moustache and goatee: check

Big goofy glasses: check

Fake mole replete with glue: check


Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:26 | 4668141 Bunga Bunga
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Won't help, even wearing sunglasses only will be a crime. Anti-mask laws are a reality in many countries.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:21 | 4668129 Hylandr
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Yea right, they could only sign up a few thousand to Obamacare at a time but can have 52mil entered for this by next yr.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:34 | 4668166 lakecity55
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Long IR diodes.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:52 | 4668211 DukeTritus
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This is absolutely sickening. The "Land of the Free" is quickly transforming into an authoritarian police state. It is all horrificly "1984" -esque.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:51 | 4668424 laboratorymike
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Actually, it's transforming into what most third-world dictatorships already have been.

And if you like 1984, check out It Can't Happen Here, the US version.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:00 | 4668229 suz
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facial, laughter, and whatever else...recognition.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:20 | 4668264 Hylandr
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DukeTritus: "This is absolutely sickening. The "Land of the Free" is quickly transforming into an authoritarian police state. It is all horrificly "1984" -esque".

I remember "84" as having long hair (mullets) and banging chicks?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:27 | 4668274 yogibear
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Turn around pull down your pants and show your cheeks on Facebook.

Facebook just makes it easier to know everything about you.


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:07 | 4668345 Aussiekiwi
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If your on Facebook you automatically consent to all of your data and your families data being stored for possible investigation, your part of the system..

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:09 | 4668567 Intoxicologist
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For a couple of summers, I had some douchebag obnoxious college kids in the bar.  They posted pics on Facebook that would shame their mothers.  Last year, they stole booze and other items from the bar as well and posted their "spoils."  Not only did they fail to realize that my place of employ has cameras (they were busted by my boss, no authorities needed), but that their actions would affect their future aspirations for employment too.  Cocky, arrogant punks.  Not one of them has returned to the area, and I'm guessing that they can't get hired anywhere and have no money to get out of the city and act like assholes.

The only thing I like about facebook......

Serves some people right.


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