Wednesday, July 29, 2020

COVID-19: Pretext for widespread surveillance. Widespread Surveillance = Medical Martial Law

Continuing on with the theme of medical martial law..

"Health Care Workers Replace Soldiers As Societies Heroes"- Medical Martial Law

Martial law: “involving the suspension of ordinary law”
LinkThough there is no precise definition of martial law, the precedent in the United States holds that under it, “certain civil liberties may be suspended, such as the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom of association, and freedom of movement.”   

Still think we’re not already under medical martial law?  With lock downs. Restricted freedom of association and movement.  As the continuously glorified militarized frontline health care army is lauded. Alongside the increasingly tyrannical edicts from the political class?

What’s it going to take for you to wake up?


COVID-19 has served as the pretext for widespread surveillance
Mass data collection, geo-location tracking and facial recognition have become normalised in the climate of widespread fear of contagion. Yet these threats to privacy, liberty and democracy will only deepen with the imposition of contact tracing apps.

The COVID-19 response across Europe has seen the widespread introduction of technological surveillance and tracking measures which infringe on civil liberties and human rights, and while some drastic actions could be justified in an unprecedented situation, the broader concern is that the various aspects of digital authoritarianism that have been imposed will remain intact beyond this crisis.

Under a climate of widespread fear and uncertainty, measures which would have previously seemed unthinkable and likely to have faced strong opposition in any other circumstance have been introduced without appropriate scrutiny as to whether they are proportionate to counter-epidemic efforts and thus worth the security-liberty trade-off at hand.

As has already been witnessed amid the lockdown period, the measures taken thus far allow plenty of room for abuse of power and are only to intensify under the constant threat of the virus re-emergence.       
Tech-based measures seen in Europe

Among the first hi-tech measures widely deployed was drone surveillance, introduced in Belgium, Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom, to monitor the public’s compliance with lockdown regulations and social distancing.

France’s highest administrative court soon found the use of drones unlawful due to privacy infringement as the data collected made it possible to unveil the identity of the person being tracked, and drones used by Greek law enforcement were deemed insufficiently regulated to prevent breaches of privacy.

In Poland, the government introduced an application which prompts those under quarantine orders to upload selfies within a 20-minute window to confirm they are at home, verified using facial recognition combined with location data, yet there is no explanation as to why images are to remain in government servers for six years, if it is a temporary solution.

Russia installed a network of 100,000 facial recognition cameras to keep track of quarantined individuals.  (This claim requires better verification it's of questionable origin. This link makes me wonder about the veracity of the information included in the originating piece)
"Russia has deployed an enormous amount of surveillance infrastructure, but it is not as extensive nor of the same caliber as systems that are commonplace in China,
In Russia, the technology in civilian areas primarily blankets only Moscow, however."
Radio Free Europe says the pressure of COVID-19 has “exposed the limits of Russia’s surveillance systems,” which it says suffers from “a lack of comprehensive data, coordination, and sloppy implementation.”
Many who stepped out merely to buy groceries were contacted within minutes by authorities and subsequently fined for breaching the rules, indicating that the technology is linked with a vast network of other personal data.
A law in Slovakia passed which allows the Public Health Office to use location data from smartphones to track those in quarantine, yet despite government claims that only limited data would be collected and used only in connection with the outbreak, information containing people’s gender, age and street name was published . Serbia has taken things a step further, with president Alexandar Vucic admitting to tracking phone numbers to follow the movements of individuals, particularly foreign nationals, and warned citizens to “not try to trick us by leaving the phone in one spot [while moving] because we have found another way to track who violates the rules”.
Get rid of the dam smart phones people! Willingly choosing to be tracked and traced is beyond my comprehension.
Police in Bulgaria were able to request and obtain information from telephone and internet operators concerning citizens' private communications to monitor those under quarantine, from which authorities could trace their actual location and see with whom they spoke and which websites they visited.
Romania , Germany and Liechtenstein have already tested biometric bracelets on quarantined citizens which, in the former’s case, provides the location of the wearer and informs authorities as to whether they stayed at home or stepped outside.
More surveillance through contact tracing apps
Yet the last few months have served as the foundation for the further expansion of surveillance that will arrive through government-issued contact tracing apps – to be pushed more aggressively upon a more-than-likely second wave – as they will incorporate much of the above and allow room for wider violations of privacy, freedom of expression and human rights.
A May 2020 study by Ogury found a serious lack of trust in government to protect data on contact tracing apps in Europe’s five most populated countries. In France, where just 2 percent of the population downloaded the app, 33 percent of respondents would be willing to share data and 63 percent do not trust their government to protect their information. In Spain, 57 percent do not trust the government to store data securely while in Italy 59 percent have concerns about data security, with 62 percent of those surveyed unwilling to share any data.


Even in Germany, where contract tracing app downloads surpassed 6.5 million in 24 hours, similar numbers were seen with only 36 percent willing to share data and 60 percent do not trust their government on data security. The UK, whose centralised app was abandoned, has the greatest distrust of government to store data (60 percent).
And with some reason too. Norway was forced to pull the plug on its contact tracing app after the national data protection agency said it was too invasive of privacy while in Poland, a senior software engineer quit his government’s ProteGo Safe project after one meeting with the Ministry of Digital Affairs as officials wanted the app to link data with phone numbers which would simply enable users’ deanonymisation.
Some 170 researchers and scientists in the UK working in information security and privacy signed a joint letter about their concerns over this system to the National Health Scheme’s (NHS) app. “It is vital that, when we come out of the current crisis, we have not created a tool that enables data collection on the population, or on targeted sections of society, for surveillance,” the statement read.
“Such invasive information can include the ‘social graph’ of who someone has physically met over a period of time. With access to the social graph, a bad actor (state, private sector, or hacker) could spy on citizens’ real-world activities. We are particularly unnerved by a declaration that such a social graph is indeed aimed for by NHSX.”



BigTechtopia
With COVID-19 leading technology to play an even more prominent part of our personal lives and society as a whole, the matter of how to balance safety, progress and liberty becomes a pressing subject. The influence of Big Tech in the public and political sphere is increasing, with this seemingly unstoppable technological shift leading us to a stringently conformed and surveilled population.

BigTechtopia is an independent media project created by journalist Andreas Vou in collaboration with VoxEurop to provide transparency on the technological giants, and connect the dots between these companies and their affiliations.

Being in the middle ground of this tech battle between China and the US, Europe faces a tough challenge to both stave off excessive technological and political influence of the aforementioned powerhouses through upholding its more prudent privacy laws while at the same time not falling behind its competitors. This mini-series seeks to assist the public to make better informed choices in areas that threaten democracy and other fundamental pillars of society such as freedom of speech, civil liberties and human rights.
Google and Apple – the global duopoly of all operating systems on which these apps will run and are in control of automatic API updates – stated that they will eventually allow them to “enable interaction with a broader ecosystem of apps and government health authorities” which would allow for the creation of the aforementioned ‘social graph’.
It is often defended that these apps will run on an ‘opt-in’ basis, but the inevitable social, and governmental pressure to use them, or the probability of making them a requirement for work places or for air travel, will make their voluntary status dubious, essentially coercing the public to subscribe to vulnerable fast-tracked software that would fundamentally alter the nature of our lives.

Even the WHO admitted that the “effectiveness of digital proximity tracking to assist contact tracing remains unknown” and that “currently, there are no established methods for assessing the effectiveness of digital proximity tracking” while Human Rights Watch has also questioned such apps, warning of its wider surveillance capabilities. 

Applications running on a ‘voluntary’ basis does not necessarily mean that the processing of personal data is based on the user’s consent, with most public and private entities involved in such projects unwilling to disclose for how long people will be monitored or how data will be collected, nor mentioning whether data collection will cease once the pandemic subsides.
The fierce debate within the EU over whether such apps will be centralized or decentralized, opt-in or obligatory, GPS or Bluetooth, are thus redundant, merely a distraction from more important considerations.

From the constantly evolving data which indicates a far lesser threat than first envisaged, with the CDC updating its best estimate of COVID-19’s death rate for patients who show symptoms to 0.4 percent , to other studies on antibodies which show that far more have them in their system than those who actually have the virus, and other experts insisting that such apps would only be effective at the very start of pandemics, there are clearly wider considerations that such apps leave out.
Yet concerns from professionals who sway outside the consensus of the self-anointed ‘official’ voices seem to fall on deaf ears due to an ever-more controlled and conformed information stream, allowing the COVID-19 fear mechanism and the stringent technological measures that come with it, to be activated with the flick of a switch.
The constant threat of the virus’ re-emergence plays directly into the hands of governments which have shown to be keen to impose tighter control of their populations, backed by Big Tech companies with questionable track records on privacy who are among the biggest beneficiaries of the crisis .

As a result, contact tracing apps and other invasive technological measures, which will be intrinsically linked with just about every facet of our lives, make for a frightening new reality if left unchecked and under scrutinised.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

"Health Care Workers Replace Soldiers As Societies Heroes"- Medical Martial Law

Following up on the previous post where we got into the obvious medical martial law that has been forced upon us all.
It's in your face people. Medical martial law may be "hidden in plain sight" (Something that defies apprehension/comprehension by being too obvious) but nonetheless it's all present and pervasive.
The current environment is ripe for psychopaths and pathological narcissists running amok. And into this toxic brew, the COVID hysteria was unleashed on the world as, of all things, medical martial law 
I notice the medical marital law aspect to all this- And am questioning why others aren't seeing it? It's quite openly done.

How the frontline workers are "heroes" just like the service people/military are "heroes" too.

One can see the conflation of medical and military as "heroes" speaking to medical martial law...
 
More broadly, the cult of the health worker is replacing the cult of the soldier. This switch had long been brewing and will probably outlast the pandemic. In the long term, health services in many countries may get more of the funds of which they have been deprived for years. Medics could become a privileged caste.

I don't think it's replacing the cult of the solider. I think it's partnering with it.
I agree with the entirety of your last statement. I spent a career in military medicine. Your observations are spot on.
Thanks Kdus232425!  Financial Times article quoted from in my response above (previous post)

How health workers replaced soldiers as society’s heroes
This switch has long been brewing — and will probably outlast the coronavirus pandemic
Every evening at eight, my family and I stand on our balcony and join the applause for French medical workers. The clapping sounds tinny: much of Paris is self-isolating in country homes, so the city has emptied out. The applause is the newest global ritual, spreading from Italian balconies to Brazilian favelas. And it echoes an ancient ritual: the military parade, when people lined roads to cheer their victorious soldiers. More broadly, the cult of the health worker is replacing the cult of the soldier.
Not replacing the cult of the soldier, rather the two have been cojoined in order to sell the acceptance of medical martial law.  "Front line workers"? That's not military enough for ya?
 I'm not a cult follower on either the soldier or medical employee front.  Are you?
"This switch had long been brewing and will probably outlast the pandemic. In the long term, health services in many countries may get more of the funds of which they have been deprived for years. Medics could become a privileged caste. The cult of the soldier goes back at least to Achilles. Nations in the 20th century named streets after soldiers and spent fortunes on their forces: in both world wars, British defence spending peaked at nearly half of gross domestic product. Fallen soldiers were likened to crucified Christs. Some survivors parlayed their status as defenders of the nation into political power. From 1940 to 1970, France was mostly ruled by Marshal P├ętain and General de Gaulle. The ancillary cult of the nurse cast her in a supporting role, tending to the male warrior. But the cult of the soldier faded in recent decades. British defence spending was surpassed by funding for health in about 1990. Worldwide, health spending has soared since and today averages 9 per cent of GDP in developed countries. Now soldiers are being automated away. The British army is shrinking to its smallest size since the Napoleonic wars. Even Americans have cooled on warriors. Donald Trump sensed this quicker than others. During his 2016 presidential campaign, he attacked the family of the slain soldier Humayun Khan and disparaged the war hero John McCain (lol) for having been captured.
Defence probably remains the most popular function of the state, but even before the coronavirus pandemic it was being redefined to mean defence against illness. That befits an era of ageing populations, when healthcare is unprecedentedly efficacious and wars between states have almost disappeared. The three most trusted professions in Britain last November were nurses, doctors and dentists, (propaganda works) according to a survey by Ipsos Mori. Politicians ranked bottom. The pandemic has turbocharged the cult of the medic. Now the Christ who dies for our sins is the health worker. Italian newspapers lead with photographs of fallen medics. The state’s main purpose has become providing healthcare workers with equipment: British factories that were once charged with making bombers are now making ventilators. Meanwhile, national militaries are being recast as auxiliary health services. A survey in November revealed that the three most trusted professions in Britain were nurses, doctors and dentists Medics have acquired the prestige to change a country’s behaviour. (medical martial law) Everywhere, they tell us to stay home. In Iran, male and female doctors posted videos of themselves dancing together, calculating that the religious police would have to suck it up. Health researchers are also emerging from obscurity. In late February, when Europe was still sleeping, I visited the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an unremarkable building in Bloomsbury. Somebody pointed out two older academics who worked on trachoma and said: “Because of them, thousands of people around the world are not blind.” Hardly anybody outside the building knew their names. Now health researchers have become heroes. (crap) Nations hang on their words. Leaders borrow their prestige, posing with them at press conferences and casting themselves as commanders-in-chief of health services. The trials of a vaccine against coronavirus will be the most watched in medical history. There aren’t many anti-vaxxers in a pandemic. This crisis will probably last at least two years, and the cult of the health worker much longer. Look at how a previous global threat with horror-movie qualities, the attacks of September 11 2001, pushed states to create enormous permanent security establishments with unprecedented spying powers. Then compare the numbers. About 135 people in Britain have been killed by terrorists since 2001; more than 7,000 British soldiers have died in conflict since 1945; but 20,000 British deaths from the coronavirus would be the “best-case scenario”, says Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK government’s chief scientific adviser. Political issues get prioritised partly for their importance but more so for their emotional salience to voters. The coronavirus scores on both counts. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development projects that health spending will keep rising long term. Expect states to raise salaries and hire medical mercenaries from poorer countries, increasingly in the form of teledoctors. There will also be more ancillary healthcare jobs, such as neighbourhood walk leader or geriatric playground monitor, and reserve guards of nurses and paramedics. Health services might even grow bloated and over-resourced, like the American military. Anyone arguing for spending cuts will be met with the retort, “Remember the coronavirus.” Some medics will parlay their status as defenders of the nation into political power. (Already, the European Commission is led by Ursula von der Leyen, a former doctor with a masters in public health.) As cults go, it’s not a bad on.
 The author of this oped, while entitled to his opinion or promotion of propaganda, whichever it is, can't be known with certainty, but, he is in my opinion a fool and a charlatan. 
As cults go the medical worship cult is dangerous. Deadly. And indefensible. We need some 'deprogrammers' post haste. Maybe the book below can help the masses break free from their brainwashing?  

Combatting Cult Mind Control

Sunday, July 26, 2020

CDC: Still Commingling Flu, Pneumonia and Covid Numbers- ILI Illnesses

Massage the numbers. Sell the "pandemic" As was done in June, continues into July

Key Updates Week Ending July 18 /20

Read through and understand that ILI means "Influenza Like Illnesses"
And when you get to the end of the screen shot below you will read that the combination of three Influenza Like Illnesses are being commingled, cojoined, intermingled and put forth as Covid numbers.. Last paragraph first


 

This is downright dishonest, misleading and utterly despicable.
But that's how you fudge the numbers right?