LA County Sheriff Admits Big Brother Is Here "But We Kept It Pretty Hush Hush"

Tyler Durden's picture

"This is the future if nothing is done to stop it," is the ominous way The Atlantic describes the recent Big Brother tactics used by LA County Sheriffs to "police" areas such as Compton. Residents were unaware ("A lot of people do have a problem with the eye in the sky, the Big Brother, so to mitigate those kinds of complaints we basically kept it pretty hush hush")that, as the police stated, "we literally watched all of Compton during the times that we were flying, so we could zoom in anywhere within the city of Compton and follow cars and see people," as they trialled a new system which if adopted, would mean Americans can be policed like Iraqis and Afghanis under occupation. As The Atlantic concludes, the sheriff didn't conclude that the "wide area surveillance" wouldn't be like Big Brother after all, just that Big Brother capabilities would help to solve more crimes... so why not tryout mass surveillance?


As The Atltantic reports,

In a secret test of mass surveillance technology, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department sent a civilian aircraft over Compton, California, capturing high-resolution video of everything that happened inside that 10-square-mile municipality.

Compton residents weren't told about the spying, which happened in 2012. "We literally watched all of Compton during the times that we were flying, so we could zoom in anywhere within the city of Compton and follow cars and see people," Ross McNutt of Persistence Surveillance Systems told the Center for Investigative Reporting, which unearthed and did the first reporting on this important story. The technology he's trying to sell to police departments all over America can stay aloft for up to six hours. Like Google Earth, it enables police to zoom in on certain areas. And like TiVo, it permits them to rewind, so that they can look back and see what happened anywhere they weren't watching in real time. 

If it's adopted, Americans can be policed like Iraqis and Afghanis under occupation...


Sgt. Douglas Iketani acknowledges that his agency hid the experiment to avoid public opposition. "This system was kind of kept confidential from everybody in the public,"he said. "A lot of people do have a problem with the eye in the sky, the Big Brother, so to mitigate those kinds of complaints we basically kept it pretty hush hush." That attitude ought to get a public employee summarily terminated.


"Our first initial thought was, oh, Big Brother, we're going to have a camera flying over us. But with the wide area surveillance you would have the ability to solve a lot of the unsolvable crimes with no witnesses, no videotape surveillance, no fingerprints."

Notice that he didn't conclude that the "wide area surveillance" wouldn't be like Big Brother after all, just that Big Brother capabilities would help to solve more crimes. 

So why not try them out?

He later explains that while the public may think its against this, we'll get used to it:

I'm sure that once people find out this experiment went on they might be a little upset. But knowing that we can't see into their bedroom windows, we can't see into their pools, we can't see into their showers. You know, I'm sure they'll be okay with it. With the amount of technology out in today's age, with cameras in ATMs, at every 7/11, at every supermarket, pretty much every light poll, all the license plate cameras, the red light cameras, people have just gotten used to being watched.

Many Americans elect their own sheriffs. This is the future if nothing is done to stop them.



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cherry picker's picture

Our enemy is the government.

Peaceful, law abiding citizens need to be worried when the people they hire, like to police, to protectect them have the audacity to spend money for something like this.


How often is a cop there when you really need them?  During a break in, aussault, rape, or murder?

The criminals don't do crimes in donut places and the cops only get there after it is done.

CH1's picture

The "police" are an occupying force.

Deathrips's picture

What "victim" does the state collect payment for?


I just want to meet one.



Prisoners_dilemna's picture

There may be a "reduction in crime", whatever that terrocrat double speak means, but this is far out weighed by the increase in taxfeeder on taxpayer violence.

SafelyGraze's picture

if only there were, like, some sort of big "data center" or "surveillance cloud" or something so that they could store all that footage and stuff so that they could data-mine it for informations whenever they need to

mostly for search-and-rescue

like if there is a fire and they want to know who is inside the building and so they check to see who drove those cars

because they will want to be able to get everyone out safely and swiftly

wee-weed up's picture



I don't know what sheriffs like more...

Surveillance toys... Or military toys...

Both given to them by DHS.

PT's picture

1.  If it is so important to spy on J6P, isn't it even more important for "the people" to have live feeds to see what "The Powers" are up to?   Who advises the President?  What if they are feeding the Prez false info?  How do we ensure that the Chief of Police isn't cosying up to organized crime?  How do we know our politicians are sober on the job?  If it is dangerous to be doped up / drunk in a car, how much worse is it to be smashed when you're running a whole country?

2a.  How will celebrities deal with the "unauthorized photography"?
2b.  How long until the paparzzi "buy drone footage", errrr ... "subsidize the spy cameras" (..." in a special community joint venture with MSMTabloid and local cash-strapped police")?

benb's picture

The L.A. Sheriff along with most sheriffs and major city police chiefs have long ago been bought off by elements of the C.I.A. and F.B.I. The LA area police have distinguished themselves as the Crown Turd Criminals of fascist policing. It's only the well-meaning, low-enders in those agencies that don't know that as well as some Boy Scouts in upper management. The War Criminal staged slaughters in Iraq, Afghanistan and so forth have merely been a prelude; giant economic rape rooms and inhuman fascist testing grounds for the high tech NAZI/Stalinist bullshit befalling the U.S. Most people will put up with it because they have been dumbed down. Because the Corporate Fascist Entity is spraying the atmosphere with lithium. Because the municipal water is being drugged. Because the food is poisoned. Because the public education system has been subverted. Because psychotronic warfare is being waged against the American people through their television sets, cellphones, and other electronic devices. Because the government controlled T.V. is manned by traitors regurgitating, parroting the lies… We have what is left of our military. Time they start thinking of fulfilling their lawful responsibilities under the Constitution.

Am I getting through?

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

Only one who got through to them recently was named Dorner. He scared the shit out of them by demanding real accountability, exposing where he saw police abuse and then hunting them. He fucked up too but he more than scared them. Just 1 of him. Now just imagine when the next 10 go off crazy all at the same time.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

that thar sounds a lots like 'oversight'. Round these here parts we calls that ter'ism. Come on now down this way to the FEMA hotel & we'll explains it to ya all proper-like.

zerozulu's picture

people get what they deserve.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

... and little kids get molested by priests.

Libertarian777's picture

in a sense he is correct.

If people were educated (and I don't mean a liberal arts degree, i mean actually educated about how things work in the world, what money really is and what a federal note is, etc.), then they would rise up and stop electing corrupt oligarchs, or people who abuse them.

Remember, over 90% of Americans think Congress should get fired, but that their congressman is A-OK.

FeralSerf's picture

The police are really just cowboys, there to herd TPTB's livestock and make sure they stay in their corrals and provide for their lords as needed.

We have met the livestock and they is us.

cynicalskeptic's picture

Too often the cops are the ones you need to be worried about.  Waaay too many are not psychologically fit for the job.   Here in affluent Westchester we just had an off duty NYC cop firing randomly at a car - putting someone in intensive care - after a night of drinkoing.  The cop claims he remembers nothing.  The arraignment was closed to the public (and media) contrary to law.  While clearly drinking and having refused a breathalyzer test, they did NOT charge the cop with DUI (an automatic charge for the rest of us peons if we refused a test).  I believe he was simply charged with assault - while anyone else would have had the charges piled on.

A few years back a cop killed someone in the Bronx.  No charges filed but what was not made public is that the cop had had problems in his previous job, had been on desk duty for 'overreacting' and macing someone over a parking issue and the killing occurred on his first day off desk duty.  Other cops think the guy was clearly a problem, should never have been let off desk duty and should not have been hired in the first place. 

Too many police departments around here are filled with the juvenile deelinquents you went to high school with.  The cops got to know these kids way too well and in a warped way that familiarity turned into acareer path when those kids couldn't get anything else.   The police chief whewre I grew up was a real piece of work - drinking on lunch and dumb as a rock - too typical of soem departments where civil service exams are never taken - it's all who someone knows.  Those same departments have 90% of their retirees on full disability - this in suburban departments where demands are minimal.

weburke's picture

cops are going to have their hands full if the food stamp program, which is computer software based, goes down even in part.


drendebe10's picture

Sounds like good tv series:  pigs vs the EBT freeloaders - let em have at it.  News @ 11.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

wait till they find out that's also their pension plan!

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

Is you a day drinkah?
You likes youself some donuts and beatin' folk?
Well mah boy does I has a job fa yoo!
Y'alls now gonna be a poh-leese officah!

Drifter's picture

"The "police" are an occupying force."

Yes they are.

Anywhere you see police is a martial law jurisdiction, which means every incorporated city is a martial law jurisdiction where the constitution and bill of rights don't apply.

An incorporated city is just like a military base in a legal sense, and city police are military police in a legal sense.

Incorporated cities are unconstitutional impositions of martial law during peace time.

But "peace time" is debatable. All presidents since WWII have declared a "state of national emergency" by executive order.

pods's picture

Not quite a martial law constitution is null and void, but you are on the right track.

Is is corporate law, one that you have to enter into.

We at a national level are in a state of emergency AFAIK.

But why would it matter if you were in an un-incorporated area if the SOE, and martial law, were a national event?

It is simpy about contract law.  Even sheriffs enforce contract law nowadays.

Incorpoated cities are........................WTF?


tip e. canoe's picture

All Rights Reserved in all places and at all times and I deny all, without prejudice.

Stackers's picture

Argus camera system. They can quite literally watch and record an entire city all at once in real time. Zoom in and track and follow anyone all day long, and go back and watch previous days.

1.8 gigapixle wide area surveillance drone

Caggge's picture

Can they track a big airplane that crashes in the ocean?

Pure Evil's picture

Why is it flying over LA?

The real terrifying criminals collude in Washington D.C.

max2205's picture

Ok but put a camera in every banks Ceo office and prosecute

weburke's picture

wow, he revealed how to build it. 

FeralSerf's picture

Because they're owned and operated by the real criminals. The real criminals need to know where the loot is and how well it's defended.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

No way.  That's unpossible.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Baby steps. They gotta figure out how to track thing flying inbound to Manhattan, and the Pentagon.

KennyG09's picture

I would love to know the average response time of police per state.  Further, I would love to compare that metric against states that are more fire arm friendly against those that aren't. It's farily obvious to anyone that would think for half a second that those who cary firearms are less likely to be a victim of fatal robberies. But what are the real statistics I wonder? Take Chicago for instance, one of the most stringent against firearms - what are the actual statistics for prevented homicides BY POLICE (very important distinction)? I'm sure there is bountiful research and I would very much appreciate a helpful point in the right direction. Thanks you sexy fuckers :)

Blano's picture

Don't know about states, but I've read more than once the average response time in Detroit is around 90 minutes.

yellowsub's picture

I thought that was the case until an incident in Long Island where cops bursting into a hostage situation basically shot and killed the hostage!

JLee2027's picture

We need tp develop more technology to carry or wear that thwarts drone surveillance.

Seems like a good start to me:

Tale2cities's picture

I love when the cops are called "first responders". They're not.
This is true even if they arrive on scene during a "crime in progress".
You and I are the first responders. Be ready.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Our enemy is our ability to let ourselves be enslaved by idoltry. Government or no government when something is forced on you in an unvoluntary manner it is idoltry by the entity forcing it upon you. The second part is the fact language is symbolic and the same idoltry can be described using multiple symbolism (our understanding of world is described through symbollism) for the same idol you can use deception to get people to accept an idol to worship they wouldn't otherwise and rob idols they derive power from of their power by changing it's symbolism through deception. As long as you control the idol you are the enslaver as opposed to being the enslaved. Nothing changes until people stop the idol worship on all levels. The same cycles of idoltry will just keep persisting over and over in different iterations until that is broken once and for all. Then we progress as a race. Until then nothing changes...

Truth is the system is how you describe it is how the deception takes place, you can obfuscate all you want but the absolute truths that the system are built on and then can be used to prove conditional truths can't be broken period or else the whole thing ceases to exist. When you build systems describing absolute truths incorrectly through lies what happens when the deception is uncovered....

Simple example why is 1 + 1 = 2.

The system is straightfoward for a natural number system.

You start with something in this case we call it symbollically 1 and add it to itself.

1 + 1 = 2

Then we iterate the step with the result

2 + 1 = 3

so on and so forth until infinity, 5 absolute rules fall out of that if broken the system ceases to be the system.

If you write 2 + 1 = 7 that is just symbolic deception the underlying truths of system you are describing can't be violated no matter how much symbollic deception you try use.

That is how they enslave you and keep you enslaved. It ain't any more complicated than that.


MeelionDollerBogus's picture

You can't eradicate Stupid, nor Sheeple, by laws or force of will or wishful thinking.

drendebe10's picture

Gummint:   Time for ctrl-alt-del

Slave's picture

Does this shit really make people feel safer?

CH1's picture

Does this shit really make people feel safer?

Sure! TV says so!


Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~" This system was kept confidential from everybody in the public," he said. "People have a problem with the eye in the sky, the Big Brother, so we kept it hush hush."~


JLee2027's picture

If you let the cops do it, they'll be walking in random people's house with guns drawn on a daily basis to "prevent and catch crime".

There's no end to this BS jusification.

Tale2cities's picture

Just like after the Boston M. Bombing.
At the time,I thought, no way would they be walking around my place without a warrant. I mentioned this to my sister in law (she's from Portland,OR). She gave me that puzzled look like there was something mentally wrong with me.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Bingo! The Skinner box in every living room, glorifies the surveillance state. My mother and sister watch this horssshit every goddamed day.

Xibalba's picture

File under: about to meet the same fate as Mike Ruppert

Neo's picture

"...people have just gotten used to being watched."


Soon it will be said "well, you know, all the cops were getting shot at constantly, so we had to just, like you know, just elimnate entire cities with an airstrike. Hey if you're not anti-cop, you shouldn't be living in cities that are shooting at cops. There have been so many cities bombed that people have just gotten used to being bombed."



CH1's picture

Hey if you're not anti-cop, you shouldn't be living in cities that are shooting at cops.

Team America! Fuck yeah!