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Big Sister Invades Your iPhone

December 14, 2010

Danny Panzella

PatriotAppIronically named after the Patriot Act, PatriotAppTM has just been released for the Apple iPhone. According to the developers website, Citizens Concepts says their app will “deputize your iPhone or iPad.”  They claim that the app “empowers citizens to assist government agencies in creating safer, cleaner, and more efficient communities via social networking and mobile technology.”

This app was founded on the belief that citizens can provide the most sophisticated and broad network of eyes and ears necessary to prevent terrorism, crime, environmental negligence, or other malicious behavior, but what it really does is turn average citizens into a network of spies feeding information back to the federal government.

Last week the Department of homeland security put out a press release announcing their new ‘If you see something, say something’ campaign. As part of this campaign “1984” style telescreens in “big box” corporate chains like Wal-Mart will broadcast government propaganda messages while shoppers check out.

Partners in the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign include the Mall of America, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Amtrak, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, sports and general aviation industries, and state and local fusion centers across the country.

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