NYC Plans New Facial Recognition Cameras At Bridges, Tunnels (& Here's How To Dodge Them)

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The state of New York has privately asked surveillance companies to pitch a vast camera system that would scan and identify people who drive in and out of New York City, according to a December memo obtained by Vocativ. As big brother tactics continue to creep quietly into Americans' everyday lives, here are six ways to dodge biometric verification...

As reports, the call for private companies to submit plans is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s major infrastructure package, which he introduced in October.

Though much of the related proposals would be indisputably welcome to most New Yorkers — renovating airports and improving public transportation — a little-noticed detail included installing cameras to “test emerging facial recognition software and equipment.”


“This is a highly advanced system they’re asking for,” said Clare Garvie, an associate at Georgetown University’s Center for Privacy and Technology, and who specializes in police use of face recognition technologies. “This is going to be terabytes — if not petabytes — of data, and multiple cameras running 24 hours a day. In order to be face recognition compliant they probably have to be pretty high definition.”


Cuomo’s office didn’t respond to multiple requests for clarification in the ensuing weeks after his announcement. But a memo from the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Bridges and Tunnels division, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, shows that on December 12, the MTA put out a call to an unknown group of private vendors of surveillance equipment. The proposed system would both scan drivers as they approached or crossed most of the city’s bridges and tunnels at high speeds, and would also capture and pair those photos with the license plates of their cars.


“The biggest risk that comes with a system like this is its ability to track people, by location, by their face,” Garvie said. “So what needs to be put in place is a prohibition on the use of these cameras and the technology as a location tracking tool.”


The proposed system would be massive, the memo reads:


The Authority is interested in implementing a Facial Detection System, in a free-flow highway environment, where vehicle movement is unimpeded at highway speeds as well as bumper-to-bumper traffic, and license plate images are taken and matched to occupants of the vehicles (via license plate number) with Facial Detection and Recognition methods from a gantry-based or road-side monitoring location.


All seven of the MTA’s bridges and both its tunnels are named in the proposal.

New York City wouldn’t be the first in the U.S. to have a network of facial recognition cameras for law enforcement. In 2013, for instance, the Los Angeles Police Department admitted it had deployed 16 cameras equipped with face recognition software, designed to search for particular suspects.

If all of this big brotherly love is too much for you, Jeremiah Johnson (nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces) explains, via, how you can dodge facial recognition software...

Helen of Troy, according to the Odyssey, was “the face that launched a thousand ships,” prior to the Greek invasion of Troy.  You and I, on the other hand, are the faces that launch an army of CCTV cameras ready to capture our images when we walk past them.  ReadyNutrition Readers, we just covered winter camouflage tips and techniques.  Camouflage is an important part of your prepping, in terms of being able to effectively hide yourself and your supplies from prying eyes.

One of the biggest problems that we encounter is not blending in with the terrain in a wilderness environment, however, but what we face in an urban and suburban environment.  As mentioned in previous articles, you have to camouflage in accordance with the environment you find yourself within.  It would not be intelligent to stroll down the sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard dressed up in Realtree-patterned garb with a holstered sidearm and a hunting knife.  You would undoubtedly be “noticed,” and probably take a ride in a black and white, courtesy of the police department.

There’s an article that gives some very stark details about the 250 million security cameras in existence throughout the world.  The article entitled Opinion: Facial recognition will soon end your anonymity,written by Tarun Wadwha on 6/4/2016 explains this in detail and how new developments in software and the ever-growing number of cameras everywhere are reducing your chances to remain anonymous.  Chances are that your face has already been scanned and entered into a database without your knowledge. Knowing these things, there are a few measures that we can take…and these are directed toward urban and suburban dwellers to give them an edge.

What these Statists are trying to do is to create a “map” of where you are and what you’re doing, along with the times and dates of your activities.  Go and see (or rent out) the latest “Jason Bourne” movie to really get a feel for the intricacies of how these Law Enforcement agencies, the government, and other interests utilize the public domains to tie into their surveillance of you and your family.

6 Ways to Dodge Biometric Verification

Here are some things you can do, and keep in mind to help lower your signature:

  1. Wear sunglasses during the daylight hours…breaking up the potential to photograph your eyes, the way they are set into your face, and any eye movements that might give away what you are doing (what you’re getting ready to do).
  2. Wear a hat, especially one that covers up the ears. Baseball caps are fine, but they really focus on the ears – their shape and proximity to the side of your head – for identification purposes.  The caps also bust up the curvature of your head and also hide the hair and hair patterns.
  3. Wear scarves, turtlenecks, and other clothing such as balaclavas to break up the outline of the neck.
  4. Gloves: hide the hands, your marital status, and scars, fingernails, or other prominent features…even the fingerprints can be photographed.
  5. Layered clothing: yes, this is great to protect from the cold, but I’ll give you another reason to wear it. The Doctrine of Contrasting Colors.  For a “real-time” view of this look no further than the movie “The Recruit” with Colin Farrell and Al Pacino.  Farrell escaped from his pursuers by shedding the outer layer of his clothing and reversing the jacket.  You can do the same.  Make the green sweatshirt disappear when the need arises with a change to a tan polypro top with a zippered neck.
  6. Rule of Thumb: “When the Need Arises.”  Yes, you can pack yourself a small “kit” with darker-toned makeup/lighter-toned makeup such as skin cream, and also hats of various types different from the ones you normally use.  A wig may be a quick fix to turn your hair from brown to blonde.  There are also movie supply sites you can visit that will sell you real mustaches actually made from human hair.  Sound stupid?  It won’t if you use it and it keeps you out of a cell.  This measure is for when it’s really hitting the fan…not for “day to day” activities.

Another big problem to overcome with all of this surveillance is the fact that most people have their constantly clicking and snapping little phone-cameras to take pictures of every single thing on the planet within their “biome,” and it’s these individuals who serve as “silent witnesses” to help the surveillance state gather as much info as they can.  In addition, let’s not forget that every photo you post, twitter, place on Facebook, or download in any capacity does indeed become “scarfed up” by the government.  That $50-billion-dollar facility in Utah wasn’t built to help out Olan Mills with their photography work.

Be aware, and not just of others but of yourself.  Reduce the “footprint” you put out by learning where the cameras are where you work and on your trips back and forth to your house.  Disable the little camera-dot on the top edge of your laptop with 2 layers of aluminum HVAC duct tape pieces.  Disable the microphone within it as well.  Bottom line: you have to pull security for yourself and on yourself to reduce the chances of them cataloguing your every move.  Don’t give them what they need to build up their files.

We are entering into a phase in our country with a moment of decision to come with the U.S. elections.  Martial law is always just around the corner, waiting to be inflicted on us.  These are techniques you’ll have to incorporate into your daily routine and they’ll take some practice.  Awareness and the ability to act on what is happening around you are the keys you’ll need to be able to make it all work.  We’d like to hear any suggestions you have on the matter that may work for others.  Keep fighting that good fight, and stay away from those cameras!

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847328_3527's picture

I hope I never have to go to or travel thru that cess pool ever again.

Croesus's picture

Yay! More Big-Brother spy tech to "protect us from the terrorists"!



Meatnormous's picture

Ha! They want to let all the bad people into the country, but not let them into their city. It's just that NIMBY thing on a grander scale. Hypocrites.

robertsgt40's picture

Paging George Orwell to the white courtesy phone. 

Perimetr's picture

Facial recognition software

coming to all cell phones too

unless of course

the NSA is already watching and listening on your phone


MANvsMACHINE's picture

How to avoid the facial recognition cameras for $14.99 plus $3.99 s/h.

chumbawamba's picture

Your suggestion is the most sound. All those proposed in the article are basically crap. The geometry of your face is patterned. The key is to alter the contours of your face and make them irregular. There have been studies done on this.

I am Chumbawamba.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) chumbawamba Jan 30, 2017 1:46 AM

So if you dress like a sandnigger you're safe. But what if the canuck muslims hunt you then?

They wend full cannibalistic mode.

“Muslims VS Muslims”: At least 6 killed in Quebec City Mosque Shooting

Calmyourself's picture

What this country needs is a national "Go say Hi to a Camera Day"  ..

Boondocker's picture

Pellet rifles are a great way to say Hi

stacking12321's picture

Spray paint is good for cameras too.

And possibly an emp gun if you have one.

BarkingCat's picture

use a super soaker with light vegetable oil. Coats the lens to screw up the photos but you are not destroying anything, so cannot be charged with destruction of property.

TruthHunter's picture

So how is it that they think they have probable cause to search everyone crossing a bridge? 

There's not enough political consequence for promoting unconstitutional ideas.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

I was thinking unless they hide the cameras and license plate readers well they are at risk of them becoming non functional or disappearing as souvenirs the next time the people are really pissed off again.


Replacing that shit regularly will get expensive.

hawaiian waverider's picture

Ironically the left is starting to read 1984 all of a sudden but they don't understand that the left is who wants the authoritarian .gov to rule your life not DJT  

perikleous's picture

This has absolutely nothing to do with threats coming into NYC, this isnt about terrorism in any way!

The people and companies funding and investing and getting tax dollars are Big Pharma, private prison industry and so on... the goal is to get all available details to build criminal cases... When you are suspected of drug dealing, they can research the system for your face/voice and build there case..  They can use all the access at that point and know who you "dropped off at" and continue to build the case.. increasing arrests and asset forfeiture $$$ and helping big pharma "kill there compitition" and private prisons stay well stocked with "inventory"


If terrorism was even a remote issue they would have secured borders on 9/12/01 and the shipping container ports are still fully accessible 16yrs later!!!

Terrorism is self devised for stripping away constitution and bill of rights and attacking a religion thats of NO VALUE to those in power!

Luc X. Ifer's picture

In 9/11/2001 my calendar stopped at 1984.

RiverRoad's picture

How about those terrorist ladies(?) running around in black bags?  Oh, that's OK????????

JonNadler's picture

Just wear a burka and put some goat cologne on

Zero Point's picture

We want to evade detection, not get pack raped by Afghan "refugees".

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

The TV show Person of Interest was based on this premise:  AI using Facial Recognition SW to assert an agenda.

D Nyle's picture

I Love it, its NYC, liberal hell hole, we'll have all that data when we need it, when they really get out of hand

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) D Nyle Jan 29, 2017 10:07 PM

don't mind the maggots

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) 847328_3527 Jan 29, 2017 10:33 PM

What? You don't enjoy the smell of urine in the morning? Awwwww!

JRobby's picture

$12 rubber mask (evil clown preferably) 

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Jan 29, 2017 9:45 PM

Anyone dumb enough to voluntarily enter JYC deserves to be put into a database. 

ToSoft4Truth's picture

All major cities. 


Detroit's comeback is only happening inside the surveillance zones.  Wander outside of the surveillance and a person gets woofed up quick. 


The only safe stores and gas stations are part of a "Project Green light".  These "Project Green light" businesses are under live police surveillance. 

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) ToSoft4Truth Jan 29, 2017 11:11 PM

"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe"- Thomas Jefferson 

yellensNIRPles's picture

Is this the liberal plan? To allow dangerous people into the country with the excuse that they can then be tracked?

What fucking psychos think this is the way to do anything even remotely useful with b/millions of tax dollars.

Slimy fucks.

JustPastPeacefield's picture

So the ultra-liberal NYC is 'vetting' every person who enters the city, but a little looky-see at the border is dark fascism rising.

Give me a fuckin' break.'s picture

Is anybody else turned-on by the picture of the "wacky Japanese invention" girl in the ad?


The red-headed Diarrhea Girl in that drug commercial for IBS is pretty hot too.  You know, the one w/ the beige body suit.  Definately would like to pound on that.

Joyo Bliss's picture

I think you're on the wrong site. You only need to use 1 hand to search ...


Since I'm already here posting: that article was very preppy. Yet another module to add to my recommended theoretical armoury of guns and supplies when the shtf.

The cell phone battle was lost when the "live google traffic" data slurp happened a few years ago. Everyone's precious phone is tracked everywhere it goes.

What to do?

... maybe carry it around in a lead purse or man purse? I don't know.

... maybe leave it at home once in a while and go rogue; staring at life as it passes by or read a mag at the bookstore, or go for a coffee and actually talk to the person you're with?

... maybe bag it once in a while in that aluminum foil bag that your transponder came in for the the "not-so-freeway".

cowdiddly's picture

With all the face lifts and nose jobs in that town?

Hey why is Wayne Newton holding up that liquor store?

Kefeer's picture

Too late - it is already recorded and people who take a picture of you (i.e. friends & family) who use these social media sites already have screwed you.  Also, when you are put into someones "contacts", you have no idea how much detail they used and now you have an association and on it goes.  There is no such thing as privacy unless you are a high-ranking public servant; see the irony of the situation.  You skipped what is really important; being reconciled to Jesus Christ.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Jan 29, 2017 9:56 PM

I have previously mentioned a new TV show, "Hunted," where people try to evade detection for 28 days for a prize. So far, no one has made it. The technology this show has access to is out there and used every day by LEOs.

This article is not news. Just more predictive programming for the sheeple.

shovelhead's picture

I like NYC for the disgusting aroma.

me or you's picture

We are damn fucked and only way to escape this insane world we're living is to start a REVOLUTION and hunt and kill all the maniacs behind this...including their families. 


* It's them or us. 

bluskyes's picture

Governments have no business having photos of their citizens in the first place

JustPastPeacefield's picture

Oh shit, you mean Grindr pics aren't private?

Skiprrrdog's picture

If the Untied States had a *taint*... it would be NYC...

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Good paying jobs. 


Once the suburbs fall, they'll be lawless hellholes. 

RichardParker's picture

How long till they get an "eye in the sky like Baltimore, DAyton, and Juarez?

rejected's picture

Pretty shitty eh. State Parasites using citizens taxes to spy on........citizens.

besnook's picture

a big smile helps also. it is a non threatening way to distort facial features.

koan's picture

Or you can put on a black robe and hajib with face scarf, if the cops question you about it just tell them gender is fluid and you identify as a muslim woman.

RiverRoad's picture

Everyone wear a black bag with 2 eyeholes.  What are they gonna do about it?    LOL

bundas kenyer receptek's picture
bundas kenyer receptek (not verified) Jan 29, 2017 10:24 PM

here's how to dodge them : leave densely populated areas ... while u still can..