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article imageTrapWire: U.S. cities under total surveillance? (video & update)

By Anne Sewell     Aug 13, 2012 in Internet
In the latest release of Stratfor files by WikiLeaks, details about the secret surveillance program known as TrapWire have been revealed. Now WikiLeaks is suffering a sustained DDoS attack.
Shortly after the release was made by WikiLeaks, as reported on Digital Journal, their website and its mirror sites went under a sustained DDoS attack, allegedly by a group called AntiLeaks.
Despite the WikiLeaks website being down, and people unable to access the newly leaked information, Anonymous, the loose-knit group of hacktivists has taken up the story and has launched an operation to expose the truth about the TrapWire program and the companies that it is connected to.
TrapWire is a surveillance program which can track almost anyone, without their knowledge, anywhere in the U.S. using existing surveillance cameras.
RT Web Producer, Andrew Blake, broke the story last week and is now being interviewed in the above video. He speaks about America being blanketed in a state-of-the-art surveillance system.
He also discusses the current DDoS attack on WikiLeaks, which could be a backlash from the release of the Stratfor files.
Others have also been questioning the possible connection between the two events. Blogger J.D. Tuccille on the libertarian Reason.com website, says: "What does it mean when WikiLeaks publishes a trove of documents hacked by Anonymous from the strategic intelligence firm Stratfor — a trove that apparently details a massive electronic spying system run by the U.S. government — and is then hit by a massive and sustained distributed denial of service attack that prevents journalists and people at large from examining the documents in question? I can't be the only person that finds that just a tad ... suggestive."
The Anonymous press release reads: "A giant AI electronic brain able to monitor us through a combination of access to all the CCTV cameras as well as all the online social media feeds is monstrous and Orwellian in its implications and possibilities."
Former Anonymous spokesman, Barrett Brown told SecurityNewsDaily: "It's possible that [former TrapWire owner] Abraxas et al. got word that Wikileaks was to be publishing info on TrapWire. It's impossible for anyone to say what methods of surveillance or even HUMINT [human intelligence] WikiLeaks and its people are subjected to. But I'll remain agnostic on the issue until I see any evidence of this, as coincidence is always possible."
What is TrapWire?
The TrapWire project is apparently the brainchild of Abraxas, which is a Northern Virginia corporation. Abraxas has cut many deals with the federal government and has many former agents amongst its staff, not just from the Pentagon but also from every leading intelligence agency in the U.S.
Besides Abraxas overseeing what is perhaps the most secret and advanced surveillance system in the world, there are other entities connected to the company, who have a monopoly in the U.S. mass-transit system, that have advertised themselves as purveyors behind a tool designed to protect the privacy of U.S. citizens.
Although little is known of the actual technology behind TrapWire, Richard Helms, founder of Abraxas, explained in a 2005 interview that it is "more accurate than facial recognition."
In select locales across the world, a system of surveillance cameras are connected to analysis centers. These centers aggregate this and other data, and can then combine it to examine suspicious activity and routinely monitor every move of a person, across vast areas of public space.
Information that is publically available links the TrapWire system to projects in Washington, DC, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, among other cities, but with the ties that Abraxas has, the operation has an infinite number of possibilities.
Update August 14: The web page listing the TrapWire information is currently available on WikiLeaks here. It is unknown if the DDoS attack has now ceased completely.
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