WikiLeaks revealed that the U.S. government is using surveillance cameras all over the U.S. to track people. An anti-censorship campaigner explains that not only do they use cameras, they are also tracking people on the Internet. (Update)
Digital Journal reported yesterday on the WikiLeaks release of more Stratfor files, relating to the TrapWire project.
Since this release, the WikiLeaks website and its mirror sites have been constantly hammered by a sustained DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack, making it almost impossible for people to access and download the files.
A group called "AntiLeaks" claimed responsibility for the cyber attack, but it seems more likely that the U.S. government does not want people to see the information.
Documents released show that the U.S. government is secretly spying on its citizens, using an advanced software program called TrapWire, developed by the company Abraxas. This software has access to all security and CCTV cameras across the U.S.A. and collects data to monitor people using an advanced form of facial recognition.
Among other things, anyone seen taking photos at high risk locations is logged as a suspected terrorist in a vast database.
In the video interview, censorship and technology campaigner Aaron Swartz, of Demand Progress, explains that the every move of citizens in the U.S. is being watched both on the street, and also on the Internet, including Facebook and other social media websites.
Demand Progress campaigns against Internet censorship and raises awareness on privacy issues.
When asked if these cameras are necessary to keep people safe, Swartz explains that there is no evidence that this surveillance ensures the safety of citizens, and that it is more likely to expose millions of innocent Americans and totally remove their privacy.
Update August 14: The web page listing the TrapWire information is currently available on WikiLeaks here. It is unknown if the DDoS attack on WikiLeaks has now ceased completely.