On the heels of reports of big tech teaming with the federal government to create a social credit system to determine citizens’ rights to own firearms, comes this chilling scenario.
The federal government has demanded that Google and Apple hand over the names, phone numbers, and other identifying information of over 10,000 users of a gun scope app named Obsidian 4.
The Obsidian 4 app allows gun owners to live stream, calibrate the scope, or take video with the use of their iPhone or Android device.
This is the first time big tech companies have been asked to release the information of so many thousands of American citizens in one sweep. The information is being requested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop the illegal export of a night vision scope manufactured by American Technologies Network Corp. It is inevitable that the information of thousands of innocent American citizens will end up in the hands of the feds. This is equivalent to a local police force obtaining search warrants for a whole town to find one drug dealer, and is a major invasion of law abiding citizens’ privacy.
This is just the first step in a slippery slope of the government invading citizens’ privacy in order to disarm the nation. Outlined in a Washington Post report last week, there are projects being considered by the Trump administration to use information gathered by Google, Amazon, and Apple to determine individuals who may exhibit violent behavior and limit their access to firearms. A new agency called the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency, or HARPA, would fall under the purview of the Health and Human Services Department. The director would be appointed by the President and would have its own budget.
The report states:
“HARPA would develop ‘breakthrough technologies with high specificity and sensitivity `for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence,’ says a copy of the proposal. ‘A multi-modality solution, along with real-time data analytics, is needed to achieve such an accurate diagnosis.’ The document goes on to list a number of widely used technologies it suggests could be employed to help collect data, including Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home. The document also mentions “powerful tools” collected by health-care provide[ers] like fMRIs, tactography and image analysis.”
Essentially, American citizens will have opted in to allowing the government to surveil their every move with the use of these “home assistants.” But it doesn’t stop there. They would have access to your vitals via your fitness watches and your medical records from your healthcare providers, video of your movements within your homes via the cameras in the refrigerator or your mobile phone. The entire “internet of things” would be tasked with watching you, waiting to diagnose you. This would be a massive overreach by any government, but especially that in the “land of the free.”
WASHINGTON—A U.S. immigration official credited Mexico and Central American countries on Sept. 9 with helping to reduce border detentions 56 percent this year.
Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, announced that 64,000 people were detained or turned back at the southwest border in August. That is down 22 percent from July and 56 percent from a high mark in May.
Even so, the total was the highest for the month of August in more than a decade, as Central American migrants have headed north in record numbers, many of them seeking asylum because of widely publicized loopholes in the U.S. asylum system.
A decade ago, migrants were mostly Mexicans, but in recent years, they have been overtaken by Central Americans, mostly from the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
The Trump administration has been pressuring all of those countries to do more to keep people from reaching the southwest border, threatening Mexico with tariffs unless it complied.
The United States has persuaded Guatemala to become a so-called safe third country that will accept asylum-seekers, reducing the strain on the United States. Washington is working with Honduras on a similar agreement.
Mexico agreed to consider a safe-third-country agreement if its efforts to stem the flow of migrants to the U.S. border fail. Mexico has also agreed to keep Central American asylum-seekers just south of its border with the United States pending their court appointments and has deployed National Guard officers to halt migrants.
“The Northern Triangle countries, specifically, along with the government of Mexico, have really joined the United States as true partners for the first time,” Morgan said.
In June, the United States and Mexico agreed to a 90-day window for Mexico to reduce migrant flows, a period ended last week.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard is due to meet with U.S. officials on Sept. 10 to discuss Mexico’s efforts, saying last week that Mexico doesn’t expect the United States to threaten tariffs at this time.
While praising Mexico and its southern neighbors, Morgan criticized a U.S. judge who earlier on Sept. 9 ruled that an injunction against a Trump administration rule on asylum-seekers should apply nationwide.
The rule, unveiled on July 15, requires most immigrants who want asylum in the United States to first seek asylum in a third country they had traveled through on their way.
A police union that represents more than 100,000 officers has announced it will be endorsing President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
A police union that represents more than 100,000 officers has announced it will be endorsing President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, according to a press release (pdf).
The International Union of Police Associations’ (IUPA) President Sam A. Cabral said on Sept. 9 that it was backing the president’s re-election, saying that Trump had “done more for Law Enforcement in the past two and a half years than was accomplished in the eight years that preceded his election.”
Cabral said Trump had made the community safer for police officers and civilians by signing an order to provide law enforcement agencies with military equipment, directing the Attorney General to prosecute offenders who attack law enforcement, providing funding to help employ more law enforcement officers, improving police access to mental health services, and resuming federal capital punishment.
“Every top Democrat currently running for this office has vilified the police and made criminals out to be victims,” Cabral said in the statement. “They seem to take any union’s support for granted. Many of them still refer to the tragedy in Ferguson as a murder, despite the conclusions of every investigative inquiry to the contrary. While his candor ruffles the feathers of the left, I find it honest and refreshing. He stands with America’s Law Enforcement Officer and we will continue to stand with him.”
This is not the first time a law enforcement union has endorsed Trump. Back in 2016, the nation’s largest police union Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) announced that it was backing Trump’s 2016 election campaign after more than two-thirds of its national board expressed support for the then-presidential candidate.
“[Trump] has seriously looked at the issues facing law enforcement today. He understands and supports our priorities and our members believe he will make America safe again,” Chuck Canterbury, the FOP’s national president, said at the time in a statement. FOP represents more than 346,000 members.
Fifty U.S. States and territories, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have launched an anti-trust probe into Google and the company’s “potential monopolistic behavior.” The investigation is being led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who formally made the announcement on Sept. 9.
The bipartisan probe from attorneys general included nearly every state in the nation, except for California and Alabama. President Donald Trump has increasingly called out Google and other technology companies for suppressing conservative voices. In August, Trump said on Twitter that his administration is “watching Google very closely.”
The new probe follows existing investigations at the federal level by the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission which are currently probing Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon for potential violations of antitrust law.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson said at a Washington press conference that the sheer number of attorneys general joining together sends a “strong message to Google.” A Google spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment by The Epoch Times on the new probe.
According to a press release, the investigation will focus on Google’s “dominance in the telecommunications and search engine industries” as well as the “potential harm” the company may cause to consumers and the economy from any anti-competitive conduct. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has a market value of more than $820 billion and controls many facets of the internet. Google’s dominance in online search and advertising enables it to target millions of consumers for their personal data.
Paxton said at a press conference that states on Sept. 9 formally requested documents from Google on its advertising business. Several of the attorneys general at the announcement in Washington described the investigation as “preliminary” but said they expected it would expand to cover other issues including data privacy.
Alphabet said last week that the Justice Department in late August requested information and documents related to prior antitrust probes of the company. The company added in a securities filing that it expects similar investigative demands from state attorneys general and that it is cooperating with regulators.
In a Sept. 9 statement, New York Attorney General Letitia James said Google’s widening control could be a danger to consumers’ rights.
“Google’s control over nearly every aspect of our lives has placed the company at the center of our digital economy,” she wrote. “But it doesn’t take a search engine to understand that unchecked corporate power shouldn’t eclipse consumers’ rights.”
ICE: 6 MS-13 Gang Members, Illegal Immigrants Involved in Fatal Stabbing
Why isn’t this headlining news for liberal news channels?
#1 It’s a crime that happened with a knife instead of a gun.
#2 It’s a brutal crime carried out by a gang of illegals!!
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official said that six suspects involved in the slaying of a Maryland man are illegal immigrants and MS-13members.
Seven suspects were charged in the killing of 21-year-old Daniel Alejandro Alvarado Cuellar, officials said on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
But an ICE official told Fox News on Sunday that six immigration detainers were issued for six of the seven suspects. The spokeswoman said that six of the seven are in the United States illegally and are members of the violent gang MS-13.
The suspects were identified as Jonathan Escobar-Hernandez, 20; Marlon Leonardo Fabian-Flores, 20; Edwin Edgardo Garcia-Martir, 18; Hugo Portillo-Chavez, 31; Jose Fausto Rivera-Coreas, 19; Odaliz Rosas-Yanez, 20; and Leonel Alexander Velasquez-Hernadez, 16.
7 charged in homicide of Daniel Alejandro Alvarado Cuellar outside of an apartment building on Loch Raven Blvd July 31: http://ow.ly/pO3W50vQpc7 ^jzp
The seven suspects are being held without bail in the Baltimore County Detention Center, police told Fox. All seven could face a life sentence in prison, said officials, who added that others could be charged in the case.
According to the Baltimore Sun, citing charging documents, the MS-13 members stalked Cuellar as he left the laundromat before stabbing him to death. One killer allegedly had a machete-style knife.
Investigators said that it stemmed from a war between MS-13 and the 18th Street Gang.
“The victim had been seen making a hand gesture that was believed to be indicative of an affiliation with the 18th Street,” detectives wrote, according to the Sun.
MS-13 is particularly active in Maryland, but its gang activity is centered around the Washington, D.C. suburbs.