SENATE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL WOULD INVEST $500 (5) MILLION IN “SMART CITY” SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY. Privacy advocates caution against giving the government another tool to monitor its citizens. ‘And power was given him (Beast, Prince, Antichrist) over ALL kindreds, and tongues, and nations.’
Sara Sirota August 6 2021, The Intercept
BURIED IN THE Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure bill is a grant program that would distribute $500 million to cities to experiment with sensors, autonomous vehicles, drones, and other technologies intended to improve urban living standards.
Under the $1.2 trillion (6+6) Senate infrastructure bill’s “Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation” initiative, state and urban planners would test how data-gathering devices and new vehicles can improve “transportation efficiency and safety.” The bill’s sponsors are especially interested in reducing traffic, enhancing access to jobs and health care, lowering pollution, and incentivizing private sector investments by working with communication service providers.
But some are worried these technologies will only enable more government surveillance.
“This is a form of surveillance, often involving police, that invades privacy, deters protest in public places, and all-too-often disparately burdens people of color,” said Adam Schwartz, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights organization. “It is unfortunate that the bipartisan infrastructure bill would invest a half billion federal dollars in these troubling surveillance technologies, without adequate privacy safeguards.”
The infrastructure bill — which is currently stalled amid debate over cryptocurrency regulation — doesn’t mention police involvement, but Chad Marlow, senior policy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, said law enforcement often tries to get its hands on data collected by transportation departments. The ACLU has worked with city councils across the country to pass laws ensuring community oversight of new surveillance technology, and Marlow said the new bill must guarantee that governments applying for grants gain the consent of local residents. “It is critically important that we focus in, and center the opinions of, the people who live in those communities to hear what they think,” he said.
The proposal does include some safety mechanisms, such as prohibiting license plate readers, but Schwartz and Marlow agreed the protections don’t go far enough to prevent law and immigration enforcement from accessing collected data. “When you’re talking about transportation data, movement of people, that is information that is very, very hard to de-identify and prevent reidentification,” Schwartz said.
The idea for the grant program borrows from the futuristic “smart city” (‘NEOM’ Babylon) concept that local governments nationwide and around the world — including in South Bend, Indiana, under the mayorship of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg — have adopted in hopes of revitalizing business, health, and safety in poorer and congested communities. Often cheered on by major technology corporations seeking lucrative contracts, the concept envisions using high-speed networks of shared sensor data, known as the Internet of Things, to help manage the flow of people, commerce, and energy at reduced costs.
(Five (5); Digital ID, Vaccination Passport, Biometric Scanning, ‘Mark’ or ‘code/number’ of Approval or Authorization, 5G Technology/Network.)
Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York, the second most powerful Democrat on the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee, has been a proponent of smart city technology and argued the infrastructure bill actually doesn’t go far enough. Clarke told The Intercept in an email Thursday that while she’s glad the bill would issue grants and create an online resource center to help local governments, “we need a coordinated effort by the entire federal agency apparatus to support the adoption of smart community infrastructure and technologies that will take our communities into the 21st Century.”
In order to accomplish that, Clarke said in the upcoming budget reconciliation process she will advocate for the more robust federal support outlined in the “Smart Cities and Communities Act” she and Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., introduced in May. Endorsed by the Software Alliance that represents Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, and others, the bill would authorize $1.1 billion to aid technology adoption, arguing that American cities are lagging behind local governments around the world, which are poised to spend $41 trillion over the next 20 years.
Clarke and DelBene do propose getting civil liberty organizations involved and preserving data privacy, but they don’t call for prohibitions on specific technologies like license plate readers or curtailing law enforcement access to certain information. “As technology becomes increasingly woven into the fabric of civil society and municipal functions, we must ensure that proper safeguards are in place from the onset to protect our civil liberties,” Clarke said today.
While announcing their bill earlier this year, the two lawmakers pointed to the environmental and health benefits of technologies being implemented across the country, like localized sensors to better predict weather and reduce flash flooding in Seattle or smart street lights to save on energy costs in Spokane. They also noted apparent security benefits, like Boston’s deployment of a “sensor-based gunfire detection system” or Los Angeles’s addition of bike lanes and officers where data showed there were dangerous intersections.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles’s rollout of smart technology has come under close scrutiny from activists. Last year, the EFF and ACLU sued the city’s transportation department for requiring electric scooter rental companies to share riders’ real-time GPS data with government officials. They argued the government could use this location data to identify people and that information could ultimately be shared, stolen, or subpoenaed. The lawsuit followed California’s controversial deployment of license plate readers as well.
Marlow of the ACLU said it could be possible with very strict regulations in place to have cities use smart technologies to improve urban living standards without opening the door to more police surveillance. More importantly, though, “it really should not be up to the ACLU or Congress or anyone else thinking in a macro sense what is and is not acceptable levels of risk,” he said. “All of that should be placed within the people who live in those communities.”
8 References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’ ‘8’ indicates that a new ‘era or epoch’ is arriving. Be it the rapture, the tribulation, the year of the Jews redemption or the year of the onset (2028) of the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ (2028-3028).
Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.
Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man
Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.
In His Service,
Night Watchman Ministries
Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.