Real-life Matrix will be monitoring you

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The Matrix has arrived.
The most massive database surveillance program in history, the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange could soon offer authorities extensive information on the lives of New Yorkers.

Potentially more information than they'd ever expect: past addresses and phone numbers; marriage and divorce records; arrest records; real estate information; photographs of neighbors and business associates; car make, model and color; hunting and fishing licenses; and more.

Much more.

The database, created by Seisint, a small Florida high-tech company, offers law enforcement officials access to a centralized database capable of combing through data for patterns or suspicious traits.

For example, Matrix could locate all brown-haired males with a pilot's license living in Queens.

New York law enforcement officials are considering using Matrix but have not added state records to its database.

Many are skeptical.

"We should not be rushing headlong into a brave new world without public scrutiny of this program," said Jay Stanley of the American Civil Liberties Union's technology and liberty program.

"Programs like Matrix are a quantum leap backward in the protection of our privacy," added Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLU's technology and liberty program. "This is an attempt to connect together all the strands of our private lives."

Matrix was developed by Hank Asher shortly after the 2001 terror attacks. Asher was forced to resign from Seisint when he was connected to an earlier drug smuggling case, although he wasn't charged.

"It's an incredible irony," Steinhardt said. "We all have something in our past that we might be ashamed of - whether it's real, or imagined by false data." Even Asher "has something quite real in his past that was uncovered."

The company, which has received funding from the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security, works to continuously expand Matrix by combining government and commercial databases. Seisint also combs its own commercial database, Accurint, to gather still more information, like purchasing preferences by individuals.

Matrix's database is guarded by police at Seisint's offices. Only about 20 employees are allowed access for data-entry and routine system maintenance.

At least 14 states have considered using Matrix. Florida is the only state using Matrix at full capacity.

Many civil liberty activists said Matrix is a privately owned version of a federal surveillance program rejected by Congress in September called Total Information Awareness.

"Congress already clearly spoke," said Michael Trinh, a policy analyst at the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center. "Any attempt to implement this on a state level requires public scrutiny."
 
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"Florida is the only state using Matrix at full capacity."

Maybe Florida can use Matrix to find some of those foster children their child welfare dept lost. :rolleyes:
 
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Nick said:
"Florida is the only state using Matrix at full capacity."

Maybe Florida can use Matrix to find some of those foster children their child welfare dept lost. :rolleyes:

Perhaps they are lost on purpose like in Oklahoma City yers ago? See the Franklin cover-up.

The Bible states that no man will neither buy nor sell without the mark so a 100% police state is guaranteed. The governments of the world will sell the system to fight terror and crime and many will buy it.

And if you go along with this system--- Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
Rev 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
 
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