TrapWire: Spying On YOU. Predicting YOUR Moves.
Ignored by corporate media, Wikileaks has exposed a CIA-linked Orwellian thoughtcrime surveillance network that goes far beyond "suspicious activity reporting".
By: VVV PR
"Hacked emails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor shed light on a global suspicious activity surveillance system called TrapWire that is reportedly in use in locations around the world from the London Stock Exchange to the White House. The emails [released by WikiLeaks] provide information on the extent and operations of a system designed to correlate suspicious activity reports and other evidence that may indicate [a potential crime or terrorist attack]."
A TrapWire white paper describes their offering as "a unique, predictive software system designed to detect patterns of pre-attack surveillance. As such, TrapWire represents the basis for a paradigm shift in the methodologies traditionally applied to securing critical infrastructure and personnel; a paradigm shift from the currently accepted and widely adopted philosophy of damage mitigation through increased physical security to a new and proactive approach of attack prevention through the identification and disruption of pre-attack planning and surveillance activities."
In other words, TrapWire is for all intents and purposes an Orwellian thoughtcrime detection system. As their website explains, "TrapWire detects, analyzes and alerts on suspicious events as they are collected over periods of time and across multiple locations. Through the systematic capture of these pre-attack indicators, terrorist or criminal surveillance and pre-attack planning operations can be identified... There are currently three different TrapWire systems available for public and private sector clients:
* TW-CI (TrapWire Critical Infrastructure)
* TW-CM (TrapWire Community Member) supports the online reporting of suspicious behavior by community members, such as the iWatch programs in Los Angeles and Washington DC, and See Something Say Something in Las Vegas and New York
* TW-LE (TrapWire Law Enforcement)
TrapWire Inc. is a subsidiary of Abraxas Corporation, which founder and CEO Richard Hollis Holms claims to be the "largest aggregate of analytical counter-terrorism capabilities outside of the U.S. Government."
Robert Daniel Botsch, President
Michael Thomas Maness, Director of Business Development
Michael K. Chang, Director of Operations
TrapWire took down their Who We Are and Management web pages after the Wikileaks disclosures gave them apparently unwanted public attention, but here are some screenshots and supplementary information:
Speaking of being taken down, Wikileaks suffered a major DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack shortly after the TrapWire releases were posted. According to one observer:
'Now we have something new a group called AntiLeaks has popped up and managed to drop a 10GB/s + DDoS attack on WikiLeaks, their affiliate sites and mirrors. This is something pretty spectacular when you think about it. The group claims to be a group of "young adults, citizens of the United States of America and are deeply concerned about the recent developments with Julian Assange and his attempt at asylum in Ecuador", but their tactics and capabilities seems to indicate something more is going on here... Some of the emails leaked indicate that Trapwire has extended beyond its original scope of threat prediction and mitigation into more intrusive areas. This is the type of information that Stratfor, the US Government and of course Abraxas would not want to be public. Some of the data the system is collecting could actually be in violation of privacy laws (as well as potentially violating a few other surveillance laws). You can imagine that with the connection to Stratfor and the US Government Abraxas has there would be some high-level interest in keeping these emails from the public eye. Again this would seem to put the attacks outside the realm of "young adults" and more into the state or corporate sponsored arena.'
I agree. I think Ben Doernberg would as well:
TrapWire and/or "unknown parties" may have taken down Wikileaks in reaction to Julian Assange's fearless and peerless team shedding the light of Truth on their dark activities, but sadly what they DIDN'T take down is the "TrapWire ThoughtCrime Detection Network" itself. If you work for one of fascist Amerika's 16 national security bureaucracies or their myriad "intelligence contractors"
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