Wired Magazine: Public Buses Adding Microphones to Record Passenger Conversations

Believe it or not the article itself is actually a lot worse than even the title implies.  These microphones are in many cases being coupled with cameras in order to gain an even greater level of surveillance.  All with grants from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Now honestly, does anyone really think this is for Al Qaeda?  This is a great follow up to my piece from last week titled:  Coming to Your Car: Mandatory Black Boxes That Record Everything.

From Wired:

Transit authorities in cities across the country are quietly installing microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability to record and store private conversations, according to documents obtained by a news outlet.

The systems are being installed in San Francisco, Baltimore, and other cities with funding from the Department of Homeland Security in some cases, according to the Daily, which obtained copies of contracts, procurement requests, specs and other documents.

The systems use cables or WiFi to pair audio conversations with camera images in order to produce synchronous recordings. Audio and video can be monitored in real-time.

In Eugene, Oregon, the Daily found, transit officials requested microphones that would be capable of “distilling clear conversations from the background noise of other voices, wind, traffic, windshields wipers and engines” and also wanted at least five audio channels spread across each bus that would be “paired with one or more camera images and recorded synchronously with the video for simultaneous playback.”

The 4th Amendment is dead.  I repeat, the terrorists won.

Full article here.

In Liberty,


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  1. I live in metro Los Angeles. These are in the buses already I’m sure. This is just to alert the sheeple that massa is going to be keeping an extra careful illuminated eye on them.
    The buses I ride in Hollywood have at least eight Abraxas style Trapwire cams. I have my special friends at the Homeland Secerity and when visiting a friend way cross town and taking the shame train I “felt” watched, sure enough as soon as I was enscounced at said friends house we recieved a couple of hang up silent air none available number phone calls. I is so important that massa’s drones had to ring me.
    They also buzz my phone when I make rude commnets but that is another tale.
    Of course it also stands to reason that the good old Cubic/Abraxas Group handles the processing of bus passes so basically the drones sitting in wherever they sit(probably counter terrroris downtown 9th floor)were watching. This is why it is so easy for them to so-called catch people these days and of course the clods applaud it until they are tasered or shot and killed. Whatever. Then we get the crying idiots on news at eleven.

    I also notice my local upscale Starbuscks has the Trapwire cams too. Same feeling when I was there one early morning.
    Only the one guy I know gets it there, the rest are wonderfully oblivios.
    Silence of the lambs and all that. of course don’t even mention the Promise me a rosegarden jump software….
    Massa and his drones for freedom$$nocracy must have orgasms just at the sheer overview of peoples private lives and whatever. Fukkking kunts.

  2. People are being watched everywhere now. But nobody is doing anything about it. Enough of this is being posted on the internet that the masses should all be aware of it now. Yet, little opposition is raised. And the Drone pilots have confirmed they can view inside homes with their high tech gadgets: read at NY Times “A Day Job Waiting for a Kill Shot a World Away”. The Drone operators describe how they “watch” their victims, sometimes for weeks, before they kill them.

    It’s almost like the hidden Elite Controllers are making a mockery of the U.S. and the Constitution. What about the Poppy situation in Afghanistan? Heroin is like a massive epidemic, spreading quickly and into the U.S. schools. The US openly states they are guarding the fields, then give a ridiculous reason of “we don’t want the Afghans to retaliate against the troops”. A normal population would look at this and see right away the problem with this story line.

    If I had the money, I would leave the U.S. now. There is little to nothing you can do at this point. It’s gone, as it was designed to be.

    • Should have added:

      The Drone operators describe how they “watch” their victims, sometimes for weeks, before they kill them. THEY SAID THEY WATCH THEIR VICTIMS EAT DINNER, GO TO BED, GET UP IN THE MORNING….etc… in other words, they can see right in people’s homes. We got drones all across the Northern border now. And of course they are patrolling the “wild west” states from ND through Wash state.

  3. That is shocking!

  4. At some point this B.S. will fail. At present, they are just watching us citizens while setting up further spy craft. They love these games and feel powerful by their secrecy. If it ever gets to the point that they start yanking people off buses for muttering under their breath, the game is over.

    All they want is for us to be fearful. Don’t buy into it. They can not control the situation unless we give in to fear.

  5. We got sick peeps running the spying. They are the real terrorists as we all know. They monitor and record. It is a humongous waste of energy and money. We taxpayers are funding all these perverts and their paranoia, that’s the irony of it all.

  6. It doesn’t take much money to leave. Your lifestyle and language will change, but money is not the stopper. Where ever you go it will be similar.

    Why not make this land better? Run for a local office or the water board of directors. We can make change locally.

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