Sunday, January 08, 2006

Locative Sniping

Is it only a matter of time before the Bush Administration starts using these for his controversial domestic spy program?

[Image: Empire North: ID-Sniper]

"As the urban battlefield grows more complex and intense, new ways of managing and controlling crowds are needed. The attention of the media changes the rules of the game. Sometimes it is difficult to engage the enemy in the streets without causing damage to the all important image of the state. Instead Empire North suggests to mark and identify a suspicious subject on a safe distance, enabeling the national law enforcement agency to keep track on the target through a satellite in the weeks to come."

[Image: GPS-chip Verichip, Empire North]

The ID-Sniper is used to "implant a GPS-microchip in the body of a human being, using a high powered sniper rifle as the long distance injector. The microchip will enter the body and stay there, causing no internal damage, and only a very small amount of physical pain." Check out the pain charts. "It will feel like a mosquito-bite lasting a fraction of a second. At the same time a digital camcorder with a zoom-lense fitted within the scope will take a high-resolution picture of the target. This picture will be stored on a memory card for later image-analysis."

Well, then we need to be prepared by developing similar tools which may negate these types of locative snipers. So, check out this little pocket sousveillance weap. While it is utterly a short range device, it does fit in your pocket, and takes the nondescript form of a cheap disposable camera.

[Image: RFID-Zapper, Contact:]

"The RFID-Zapper generates a strong electromagnetic field with a coil, which should be placed as near to the target RFID-Tag as possible. The RFID-Tag then will receive a strong shock of energy comparable with an EMP and some part of it will blow, most likely the capacitator, thus deactivating the chip forever." For longer range weapons that will become more powerful and capable of taking out large scale areas of RFID's, check out the I-Bomb.

[Image: I-Bomb, SFMOMA, San Francisco, 10 March 2001]

[Image: Vehicle-mounted Acoustic Sniper Detection System, DARPA]

Or, mount one of these to your hat the next time you go to a protest and you may at least be able to detect a precise location of where the locale snipers are tagging you from.

UPDATE: Thanks to Tadeusz Szewczyk in the comments, he points me to the artist behind the GPS sniper-rifle project, Jakob Boeskov.

(via: Enjoy Surveillance, Global Guerrillas, & Gizmag)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please take into account that the id rifle is an art project and not (yet) a real product. But along with the GPS panties it will sooner or later be adapted in a similar form I guess.

2:37 AM  
Blogger Bryan Finoki said...

Hey, Tadeusz

Thanks for that link and update. Well, at least it's a pretty damned cool art project. Though, I hope we're not giving Bush. Inc. too many ideas here. Their rabid spies are getting desperate, these days.

12:54 PM  

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