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New US public Lamp Posts can Hear, See and give Orders

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Street lights that can spy installed in some American cities

America welcomes a new brand of smart street lightning systems: energy-efficient, long-lasting, complete with LED screens to show ads. They can also spy on citizens in a way George Orwell would not have imagined in his worst nightmare.

­With a price tag of $3,000+ apiece, according to an ABC report, the street lights are now being rolled out in Detroit, Chicago and Pittsburgh, and may soon mushroom all across the country.

Part of the Intellistreets systems made by the company Illuminating Concepts, they have a number of “homeland security applications” attached.

Each has a microprocessor “essentially similar to an iPhone,” capable of wireless communication. Each can capture images and count people for the police through a digital camera, record conversations of passers-by and even give voice commands thanks to a built-in speaker.

Ron Harwood, president and founder of Illuminating Concepts, says he eyed the creation of such a system after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Hurricane Katrina disaster. He is “working with Homeland Security” to deliver his dream of making people “more informed and safer.”

“The system represents Big Brother on steroids,” commented the website InfoWars.com, which sees Intellistreets as a major threat to privacy.


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  • Bear

    Does anyone know about some Spaceport where I can get a cheap one way ticket off this planet? I just can’t see my crime and the reason I’d be put in prison?

  • The Fleeing Canadian

    Don’t worry about committing any crime Bear, Big Brother only needs to “say” you have in order to imprison you…

  • 1984

    The Orwellian society is on the way

  • if they can see you anyway, I guess they might as well hear what you say.

  • Jack Longchamp

    I have finally seen God !
    Intellistreet definitely is the way to go !

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