Thursday, April 15, 2010

Government machines that can 'read your mind' ~ By Phil Elmore

I have been following Phil's columns and posting many of them on this blog since he came to I can truly say that Joseph Farah should be given a lot of credit for finding Phil Elmore and bringing him on board as part of his commentary staff. Phil's Technocracy columns are always extremely well written, and follow the relationship between today's technology and politics. Today was no exception as to the excellence of what Phil writes.

But there was one factor that made today's column very special, at least to me. Along the way in the column, Phil mentions that he first became aware of FAST in "John Kubicek's blog"! (That's me!) I feel greatly honored by that mention. It helps me to realize that this blog really does help people learn more about what is going on in this crazy world.

And with any luck, Phil's reserved room will be in the same re-education camp where they have one reserved for me, too!

A government whose jack-booted functionaries are even now conspiring to label you guilty until proven innocent based on things they claim you might do cannot be allowed to institutionalize this bias as science – to enshrine it as technology. If we allow our government to strip us of our rights for what we might do based on what its machines claim are our criminal thoughts, we've done more than lose. If Barack Hussein Obama's thugs inculcate those they see as "the masses" with the idea that their political opponents are demonstrably and measurably evil, there will be nothing to stop them from trampling every American citizen under their heels.

"Four legs good, two legs bad. Democrats good citizens, Republicans criminals." The bleating will continue until every "right-wing" American has been rounded up and sent to the re-education camps. There's a room reserved for me in one of these right now, I'm sure.

Where you eventually sleep will depend on where you now stand.

By Phil Elmore

Posted: April 15, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

Back in 2008, Fox News reported that Homeland Security was testing a device that "can read your mind," a system called "MALINTENT" that "searches your body for non-verbal cues" that predict whether you mean harm to your fellow passengers. Sensors in the machine detect factors such as heart rate, body temperature, breathing and other miniscule physiological telltales that can be read in the same way a polygraph reads certain physiological signs. The critical difference is that the machine can do this by turning its baleful technological Eye of Sauron on you without touching you; you needn't be strapped into or hooked up to anything. Pass through a doorway, and your body has been scanned to see if it gives away anything you might be thinking.

You're not a thought criminal, are you? You weren't, perhaps, thinking subversive thoughts about President Obama? You're not one of those domestic terrorists, are you?

Not long after MALINTENT hit the news, the project was renamed FAST – "Future Attribute Screening Technologies." According to, the project "is an initiative to develop innovative, non-invasive technologies to screen people at security checkpoints. FAST is grounded in research on human behavior and psychophysiology, focusing on new advances in behavioral/human-centered screening techniques. The aim is a prototypical mobile suite (FAST M2) that would be used to increase the accuracy and validity of identifying persons with malintent (the intent or desire to cause harm). Identified individuals would then be directed to secondary screening, which would be conducted by authorized personnel."

In other words, using the "science" of human behavior – which is far from exact – you'll be asked to step into a small room where you'll be treated like a dangerous criminal based on what this machine thinks you think. The overt problem with such technology is that it subverts our justice system. It turns on its head the notion that one is innocent until proven guilty, a principle on which our entire court system is supposed to be based. But there is something far more insidious, something far more political, at work here.

I first became aware of FAST while reading John Kubicek's blog. In mentioning FAST, he linked to an article by Paul Watson in which Watson reported on the "Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010." It's not a surprise that the bill has John McCain's name on it; McCain has been responsible for some of the most unconstitutional and reprehensible legislation currently on the books, most notably the sweeping infringement on free speech that is "McCain-Feingold."

"I rise to introduce legislation that sets forth a clear, comprehensive policy for the detention, interrogation and trial of enemy belligerents who are suspected of engaging in hostilities against the United States," reads McCain's Senate website. "This legislation seeks to ensure that the mistakes made during the apprehension of the Christmas Day bomber, such as reading him a Miranda warning, will never happen again and put Americans' security at risk. … In closing, let me say that I hope that Congress and the administration support this legislation as part of a comprehensive solution for detaining, interrogating and prosecuting suspected enemy belligerents. However, there is a lot more work that must be done. ..."

That work that McCain believes remains to be done is what worries me. Marc Ambinder, politics editor for The Atlantic, raised red flags about McCain's bill last month. "A close reading of the bill," Ambinder writes, "suggests it would allow the U.S. military to detain U.S. citizens without trial indefinitely in the U.S. based on suspected activity." Only days later, Steven Yates wrote in The New American, "the stated purpose of the bill is to ban civilian trials for those designated by the federal government as 'enemy belligerents.'" Yates underscores the repeated use of the term "potential" in the legislation – "potential threat," "potential intelligence," and so on. "Moreover," Yates writes, "according to this Act, individuals need only be 'suspected' of commission of 'hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.'"

Dissenters To Be Detained As “Enemy Belligerents”?

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