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DHS Looks to Spy on Video Game Consoles in Search of Pedophiles, Terrorists

The government’s doing WHAT?

From;  Daily

The government is more concerned with the platforms rather than the games themselves, mainly because newer systems like Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 allow users to communicate with one another via messaging and chat systems

Gamers may want to be careful about what they say when jumping onto their consoles for an innocent bout of slaying dragons or killing zombies — the government will be watching.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Navy have launched a new research initiative that will explore ways of allowing the government to hack into gaming consoles like the Xbox 360, Wii, or PlayStation 3 to obtain information on gamers.

In 2008, a project called “Gaming Systems Monitoring and Analysis Project” was executed when law enforcement became worried about pedophiles using game consoles to talk to children. Later, law enforcement authorities went to DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate in search of help on an instrument that could observe game console data. DHS then went to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to find Simson Garfinkel, a NPS computer science professor, to offer a contract to a company that could conduct the research and offer a product.

The U.S. Navy ended up recently awarding the $177,237 contract to Obscure Technologies, which is a computer forensics company based in San Francisco, California. Obscure Technologies will be expected to create new hardware and software capable of extracting data from video game consoles. DHS wants to be able to extract data from both new and used games systems bought on the secondary market as well.

According to DHS, the reason for tapping into game consoles is to find pedophiles, who are using communication resources on game systems to seek out victims, and even terrorists, which DHS believes are using consoles to communicate.

“Today’s gaming systems are increasingly being used by criminals as a primary tool in exploiting children and, as a result, are being recovered by U.S. law enforcement organizations during court-authorized searches,” said Garfinkel.

The government is more concerned with the platforms rather than the games themselves, mainly because newer systems like Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 allow users to communicate with one another via messaging and chat systems. This communication is what the government is mainly after.

This new contract has privacy groups wondering if this is just another way that the government can abuse citizens’ privacy.

“You wouldn’t intentionally store sensitive data on a console,” said Parker Higgins, a spokesman for the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), an online privacy group. “But I can think of things like connection logs and conversation logs that are incidentally stored data. And it’s even more alarming because users might not know that the data is created. These consoles are being used as general-purpose computers. And they’re used for all kinds of communications. The Xbox has a very active online community where people communicate. It stands to reason that you could get sensitive and private information stored on the console.”

It’s important to note that DHS doesn’t plan to hack into the game consoles of U.S. citizens because of privacy-related issues. DHS only plans to peek at consoles from overseas.

“This project requires the purchasing of used video game systems outside of the U.S. in a manner that is likely to result in their containing significant and sensitive information from previous users,” said Garfinkel. “We do not wish to work with data regarding U.S. persons due to Privacy Act considerations. If we find data on U.S. citizens in consoles purchased overseas, we remove the data from our corpus.”

The government isn’t the only one who has been problematic when it comes to citizen’s privacy. Earlier this week, it was discovered that law enforcement around the U.S. is using cell phone tracking regularly as a tool for the job — and sometimes the tracking is warrantless.

By sl68 on 4/4/2012 1:42:52 PM , Rating: 5
To the United Police States of America.

RE: Welcome…

By Samus on 4/4/2012 2:22:05 PM , Rating: 2
..or United States of Nazi Germany.

RE: Welcome…

By Ristogod on 4/4/2012 2:41:36 PM , Rating: 5
Yeah, since when is a pedophile considered a homeland security risk?

They take terrorists and pedophiles and make them the most feared thing in society and use them as the justification on virtually everything they do to compromise our natural rights.

It’s not the right of any federal agency to prosecute pedophiles anyway. That right is left to the states.


RE: Welcome…

By GulWestfale on 4/4/2012 3:28:05 PM , Rating: 2
can someone explain to me why the navy is paying for this, or why it is even involved in this? is not the investigation of crimes/criminals the responsibility of the FBI?

Word Of The Day


What is this? Words are everything, from swear words to lies to truth. So what is in a word given during a speech?   Dhimmitde gives me a ‘tude’.

Most of us would think this is not a true word in the English dictionary but it’s there, just Google it.

What does it mean and why did Obama use this particular word in his speech?

Why doe’s the healthcare bill contain this ‘term’?     Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling non-Muslim populations conquered through jihad. Specifically, it is the TAXING of non-Muslims in exchange for tolerating their presence AND as a coercive means of converting conquered remnants to Islam.

Yep. I did not make this up look on page 107 of the healthcare bill,

ObamaCare allows the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia Muslim diktat in the United States .  Muslims are specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance, and also from the penalty tax for being uninsured.  Islam considers insurance to be “gambling”, “risk-taking”, and “usury” and is thus banned. Muslims are specifically granted exemption based on this. 

How convenient.  So I, as a Christian, will have crippling IRS liens placed against all of my assets, including real estate, cattle, and even accounts receivables, and will face hard prison time because I refuse to buy insurance or pay the penalty tax. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan will have no such penalty and will have 100% of his health needs paid for by the de facto government insurance.  Non-Muslims will be paying a tax to subsidize Muslims.   This is Dhimmitude.  This is wrong and against everything the United states is about.   It’s as if our Constitution  never existed. When will you wake up?  Serve and live, resist and die. Simple as that.

Before Our Eyes

After 18 days of protest

it seems ( at this moment) that Egypt’ President Mubarak will step down.

Now what? who is and willing to take his place?

It’s all fun and games until someones eye get’s poked..Then It’s just fun you can’t see.

Criminal Compassion For A Criminal!

Scotland Frees Terminally Ill Lockerbie Bomber

From  A.P. 

EDINBURGH, Scotland – Scotland freed the terminally ill Lockerbie bomber on compassionate grounds Thursday, letting the Libyan go home to die despite American pleas to show no mercy for the man responsible for the 1988 attack that killed 270 people.

The White House declared it “deeply” regretted the Scottish decision as Abdel Baset al-Megrahi left Greenock Prison and flew to Libya on an Airbus dispatched to Glasgow Airport, still insisting he was innocent.

Scotland’s justice secretary said freeing the bomber was an expression of the Scottish people’s humanity but U.S. family members of Lockerbie victims expressed outrage.

 This Is Truly Disgusting

Where is the compassion for the families of the 270 victims murdered that day? If the Scottish Authority’s thought it so necessary to employ compassion then they should have brought the criminal’s family to Scotland instead of releasing him to go home. (And probably suit up some  dynamite, after all he has little time to live right!)     This coming on the heels of the release of the four Uighur detainees to Bermuda a few months ago. Far to much ‘compassion’ being shown to those who wish KILL us. Meanwhile thousands of unborn being ‘murdered’ all day everyday under the guise of abortion! No compassion for them. What a sick twisted time we live in.  Or should I say we might live in!

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