Police Tech can be Perp Tech

When I see news about “official” law enforcement or agency incorporation of spy tech into their routines, I get a bit uneasy. Not because I have “anything to hide”, but because I have “everything to hide.”

“Huh? What do you mean?”

Here’s what I mean. If I have property that I’d rather not show the world, it’s MY RIGHT to keep it to myself – from everyone. I owe no one any knowledge of my life behind my walls. I don’t think it should be possible for a stranger to know if I am home, what I own, how I move through my house and anything else about my stuff or activities without ME letting them know by my own decision.

This article in USA Today describes “Range-R”, the next generation in a class of devices that uses either radio waves or microwaves to do just what I described above. “It’s only for Police Use.”

Um, no.    It’s not.

Short of something that requires a vehicle to transport, nothing that is in police inventory is guaranteed to stay there. A rogue cop could sell a unit. The manufacturer could “lose” a few. The device might end up for sale to security contractors and private eyes. I’m sure thee are plenty of devious ways in which bad guys might acquire them for use in scoping out potential burglary and robbery marks.

Image from USA Today

Worse yet…. this is a fantastic tool to assist home invasion scum. Think about it for a few moments. The scum have already marked their target. They fully intend to bust into a particular dwelling at some point. Choosing that time is a risky thing for them. Their success absolutely hinges upon surprise and force. The reaction time for the individuals in the home decides if they will repel, be robbed or worse. If the home invasion scum can determine, ahead of time, just exactly where in the home their pigeons are, their evil work becomes much easier to accomplish.

This device is billed as a protective tool for LEOs in the performance of a home raid. It works just as well for the scum out there, too. Both groups intend to force entry and control all inside the building.

Going beyond this particular “tool”, are the myriad other devices used to protect police, by spying on you. From the USA Today article.

“”The idea that the government can send signals through the wall of your house to figure out what’s inside is problematic,” said Christopher Soghoian, the American Civil Liberties Union’s principal technologist. “Technologies that allow the police to look inside of a home are among the intrusive tools that police have.””

Advanced technology is often kept in the dark, so that the bad guys won’t learn about it.

“William Sorukas, a former supervisor of the Marshals Service’s domestic investigations arm, said deputies are not instructed to conceal the agency’s high-tech tools, but they also know not to advertise them. “If you disclose a technology or a method or a source, you’re telling the bad guys along with everyone else,” he said.”

Is the law enforcement /security community /FedAgency collection of sheep dogs using this argument to keep knowledge of their activities from Joe Blow? I’m inclined to think so.

The practice of quietly introducing advanced spy tech into agencies inventories all but ensures that timely revelation regarding the violation of the average American’s space will be put off. Officer Safety trumps your right to privacy within your own home. I remember when the first public arguments over government tracking cameras rang out. The cry was, “Why are you violating my privacy?” The answer was, “You have no reasonable expectation of privacy WHILE IN PUBLIC.” Why add the public modifier to that defense if the real intent is to violate privacy anywhere at any time, even while at home? Officer Safety is their justification for using any and ALL means (even those you don’t know about) to accomplish that end. And if a no-knock raid results in the death of an innocent family….

Back to the scum argument. Police have “lost” automatic weapons, night vision devices, flash bangs, radios and more. Range-R isn’t immune to loss or theft. Neither is the Stingray, or other spy tools. The bad guys will learn of these things, and will develop methods to use them. As the variety and sheer numbers of these deployed devices increase, so will the chances that they will find homes other than the right ones.

“But privacy advocates said they see more immediate questions, including how judges could be surprised by technology that has been in agents’ hands for at least two years. “The problem isn’t that the police have this. The issue isn’t the technology; the issue is always about how you use it and what the safeguards are,” said Hanni Fakhoury, a lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.”

That pretty well encapsulates my thought on this. Used in secret. No protections except for their goodwill and the ever-popular appeal to “department policy.”

I think to myself, “Is this all there will be? Will this activity increase with each new technological break through?”

I always answer myself with a YES. On the one hand, we end up as tagged cattle, subject to any and all searches and surveillance the powers-that-be deem necessary to keep their agents safe. On the other hand, we are subject to any and all intrusions by bag guy scum looking to enrich themselves at our expense.

I’m not good with either of these.  Are you?


Viral Pandemics – Thoughts and Preps- Part III

A Couple of Thoughts on Outside Movement

Full-on outside equipment for moving through populated and contaminated areas….

You might find the need to move through a heavily infected area. Going down the rabbit hole of serious breakdowns in society, here are some thoughts on outside movement.

Full body cover PPE with spares CBRN cartridges for the Peltor 5400 Non-lethal stand-off self-defense items such as bright flashlights, pepper spray and stun guns Personal firearms, if allowed Walkie talkie and a way

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G3, H&K91, PTR91 Parts

If you happen to like running heavy iron such as the G3 and its relatives, you probably know about RTG Parts. If you don’t know of them, then you need to pay a visit. Things like take down pins, firing pins and springs, roller, etc.. are all over there. Good prices, great service. Look through the offerings, and if you don’t buy something today, you’re likely to create a mental list of things to snatch up soon.

RTG Parts –

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Source for 7.62x51 Ammo

What the heck. Might as well give out a link that absolutely rocks. Not like it’s all going to go away and leave me unsupported. If you are one who prefers 7.62 NATOto 7.63 COM-BLOC or even, hehe, 5.56….. Here is a link to current prices and locations. It is absolutely the BEST link to 7.62 NATO that you will find – ANYWHERE.

If you use other stuff…. keep using other stuff. Leaves REAL AMMO for guys like me.


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Viral Pandemics – Thoughts and Preps- Part II

Your Personal Pandemic PPE Kit

In the first part of this series, I mentioned how I came to dislike the majority of Ebola PPE Kit offerings. I decided that building your own kit seems more reasonable. Below is a list of items you should have on hand, and some links to examples on Amazon. Study the items, read reviews, compare prices. After the list are some thoughts on why certain items are on it.

Quantities reflect possible usage rates per

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Viral Pandemics - Thoughts and Preps- Part I

A Little Perspective

Viral Pandemics are rare and of little threat. “What?! How can you SAY that!” Well, it’s true. Depending on sources, the Ebola deaths in Africa number between 4,000 and 10,000 from March to October of this year. Keep in mind, the response to the outbreak was slowed for the first three months, giving the bug free reign to kill at will. This year, in the US alone, 90,000+ people will die just from mistakes made by medical

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Ebola Preps - Masks (P-100, NOT N-95)

Just a quick note. A LOT of “prepping” sites are saying part of your Ebola kit (or more rightly named, you Pandemic Kit) is the N-95 mask. Well, NIOSH has changed the rules determining the makeup of the N-95, which has rendered most of them sub-standard. But more than that, the characteristics of the N-95 are NOT OPTIMAL.

There is a better mask commonly available, though a touch pricier. The P-100. P rated masks will handle dry dust-borne contaminants, but

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Mobile Observation Posts

FLIR, the big time thermal imaging folks that bring the invisible to your eyes has introduced a new line of imagers that start around $499. This line includes infrared and thermal cameras so I’m not sure at what price point the good stuff starts. They have not answered me back, yet. It has promise, though.

Image from http://www.flirsecurity.com/showcase/

A retreat that houses a small number of people may need some assistance in watching over things, especially in off shift.

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Ebola Virus as a Terrorist Weapon in the United States

First off – I must share that I am not a medical professional, and certainly not a bio-warfare expert. That said, I do draw from personal relationships with current and past war-fighters, medical professionals, historians, and other individuals with their hands in related areas of study. From these, and my own war-gaming and study, I think I might at least approximate some of the thinking or planning going on in the fevered heads of our jihadi enemies. What I want

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Ebola Transmission Possibly Airborne

POTRBlog has been publishing information regarding possible Ebola transmission via an airborne route. I was asked to supply some supporting information when I sent a Tweet about that. In response, I dug up some of POTR’s source info and did some digging of my own.

Here are some noteworthy articles for your reading.

University of Minnesota – Health Workers Needs Optimal Respiratory Protection for Ebola

This article discusses how the means for determining the tranmissibility of filoviruses may be based

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