Renamed Trapwire Spying System - NYPD-Microsoft Domain Spying
11 August 2012. Extensive Trapwire comments on Justin Ferguson's
10 August 2012. Add link to Zip file of 20 Stratfor/Trapwire emails posted
to Privatepaste as listed below. Privatepaste has a notice that it will
close due to abuse.
9 August 2012
2012-00519 NYPD Domain Awareness Spy System July 2012 July 30, 2012
2012-00518 NYPD Domain Awareness Spy System April 2009 July 30, 2012
NYPD-Microsoft Domain Spying System
NYPD released information on an earlier Domain Awareness System in 2009 in
response to a citizen push-back such as a 2004 Chatham Green/ACLU law suit.
(Chatham Green the name of a housing complex adjoining NYPD Headquarters
negatively impacted by security appartus)
It is not yet clear how the new version, developed with Microsoft, differs
from the earlier one. It may be that the name has been retained to avoid
having to conduct environmental impact and other mandated studies done for
the 2009 version -- an evasion tactic amply used by governmental and corporate
The Domain Awareness System is a component of a much broader, global surveillence
system of the NYPD. A recent HOPE9 video on the topic:
Cryptome Tracks the
NYPD Ring of Steel and Deborah Natsios/Cryptome
by Jury: Judging the NYPD Ring of Steel
Justin Ferguson sends:
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2012 08:46:50 -0400
Subject: Fwd: Domain Awareness System
Two emails forwarded from other lists, first email is more of an overview.
Second email is a bunch of copy/pastes from Stratfor emails.
re: company with deep CIA links running cross-site surveillance program for
apparently 7-8 years, includes facial recognition/etc.
It's uhm, everywhere.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 7:29 AM
Subject: Domain Awareness System
Ah, I forgot a couple details & had some typos; when I said "Ottawa and
Canada", I meant Ottawa and London. I totally forget Austin, et cetera.
Here's a bunch of links to copy/pastes from stratfor emails detailing a lot
of what I had to say in the prior email. There's like 10+ pages of hits in
the stratfor dumps, so it's not all of it, just what I had bookmarked while
reading into it some.
[The 20 files listed below:
- centralized database, vegas hotels, linked sites, etc
- NYC circa 2010
- note the last paragraph
- Texas border circa 2009
- Talking about images to analyze and walking the cat back
- Trapwire for certain citizens that are important, but not USSS important
- London Stock Exchange
- NYC, DC, Vegas, London, Ottawa, LA
- 1.8M for trapwire & equipment from Austin DPS
- trapwire on the desks of USSS CP, MI5, RCMP, LAPD CT, NYPD CT
- trapwire DC metro, National Park Police, etc
- trapwire LAPD as a prototype
- trapwire Army, Pentagon, USMC, Navy
- Trapwire 7 years circa 2011, National SAR Initiative (NSI), FBIs eGuardian,
Ft. Meade, etc
- Amtrack, DHS fusion centers, DC Metro
- "TrapWire is a technology solution predicated upon behavior patterns in
red zones to identify surveillance. It helps you connect the dots over time
- salesforce, google, DHS institute
- Nigerian Presidential Palace
- Scotland Yard, 10 Downing St, White House, Wal-Mart, Dell
On Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 6:22 AM, JF wrote:
> I'm not entirely sure how this is new so to speak, they've had this
> capability for years from the 'trapwire' system
> abraxas applications-- a subdivision of intelligence contractor
> abraxas and staffed almost exclusively by ex-CIA, see page 137 of
> 'spies for hire').
> Per the stratfor email dump, the trapwire system contains
> functionality like facial recognition and is installed at every HVT
> the continental US, in addition to Ottawa and Canada-- but confirmed
> in LA, NYC, NJ, DC, Las Vegas, et cetera. It's essentially a system
> setup to detect surveillance, so if you've ever taken a picture of
> basically anything 'important' you probably flagged a 'suspicious
> activity report' (SAR). It's logged to a central database and then
> cross-site reports are disseminated. If you're familiar with the 'see
> something say something' or 'iWatch' programs, that's the public
> reporting component, but in the email dumps when explaining similar
> systems they note repeatedly that trapwire has the capability to walk
> the cat back you just need a few pictures of the persons. From the
> emails, what's been enumerated specifically is NY/DC mass transit,
> unspecified sections of LA, London Stock Exchange, Scotland Yard, #10
> Downing, the White House. From googling, we can find that NJ transit,
> all army bases, the department of energy, the marines, et cetera are
> as well. No idea if they got the contract, but they were apparently
> trying to get it into the Nigerian presidential palace as well.
> It's not just in public sector areas, it sounds like any big
> corporation that wants in gets to link their CCTV/surveillance systems
> into it as well-- apparently
salesforce.com, google, potentially
> Wal-Mart, & Coca-cola, et cetera are all linked in.
> Throughout the email dumps they repeatedly ask for non-attribution and
> you have to google stalk quite a bit to really find much, but this
> magazine has an article on it
> and what's been released of the stratfor emails contains a lot of
> chatter about it and the parts that haven't been released yet contain
> quite a bit more.
> I guess my biggest concern is that the parent company is the company
> that at least used to develop NOC companies/persona's for the agency,
> several members of the executive board also sit on the 'ntrepid
> networks' board-- which produces the software to create online
> persona's/sock puppet accounts as part of Operation Earnest Voice for
> that basically the entire executive staff and regular employee's are
> also ex-agency and I just refuse to believe that the CIA is passing
> such a golden opportunity to get into the surveillance feeds from
> basically everywhere in the country (and all over London and Ottawa).
> That doesn't even include the tie in's to DHS & their fusion
> the secret service accounts, etc etc. If you ask me, it sounds like
> that system is the CIAs version of the Trailblazer project. We'll have
> to wait on FOIA requests to confirm that though. Another interesting
> point is going to be that with foreign links, they (the CIA) have the
> authority to spy on them, but I wonder how they keep clear of FISA
> their own charter/eo 12333/et cetera. I bet they dont.
> I've been kind enough to CC several of the people behind trapwire in
> case they have comments or want to further enlighten us, but I
> wouldn't hold my breath. Hopefully they make sure to thank Mr.
> Burton's big mouth for helping bring this to light.
> Best Regards,
> Justin N. Ferguson
> On Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 5:51 AM, Its from Onion
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