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Is that streetlight watching you – and eavesdropping too?


A SILICON Valley veteran who has worked on video and camera technologies for more than 20 years is warning that we are sleepwalking into a digital concentration camp with digital ID at the heart of the prison.

Spy cameras are already everywhere: inside our homes and on the streets in the form of CCTV, doorbell cameras and face recognition used by our smart phones.

But Aman Jabbi is particularly concerned about new ‘smart poles’, described as the ‘brain of the smart city’, or streetlighting that feeds environmental monitoring information back to artificial intelligence (AI) allegedly to create ‘smarter and greener cities’.

He says that the lights are there not just to make cities cleaner or help us find our way home, they are programmed to track our movements and can even listen to our conversations.

Jabbi, who studied computer science at Stanford University and has an MSc in electrical engineering from Penn State University, believes this is a new form of policing.

He said: ‘This is digital slavery with invisible chains that will be used to control our every move and to take away what little freedom we still hold on to. All in the name of protecting the planet from climate change and keeping us secure. This will be the final lockdown. Smart cities are designed to be prisons and the technology is already far advanced.

‘We know that China is littered with cameras indoors and outdoors with screens everywhere telling you, “We’re watching you and you will be okay with us watching you,” but the narrative in Western media is that we don’t have the same surveillance as China, where privacy and freedom have gone.

‘We think we are free but that is not true. What is not said is that per capita, cameras in America are greater than China. There are 50million tethered surveillance cameras in the US connected to the internet and feeding information back to artificial intelligence.

‘London is ranked number three in the world in terms of cameras per 1,000 people.

‘By the end of 2022, there were already 1billion surveillance cameras tethered and connected to the internet globally. If you add in mobile phone cameras and other cameras, that’s greater than 20billion data collection cameras in the world. By 2025, $2trillion will have been spent on surveillance cameras and the surveillance infrastructure of our smart cities.’

The UK government are installing ‘intelligent streetlights’ across Britain, and say their concealed closed-circuit television (CCTV) and wireless technology will enable vehicles to communicate.

A government press release from January 2022 explained: ‘Street lighting has often been viewed as a standalone asset but technology that has emerged in recent years could enable wider use of this vital infrastructure.

‘Bandwidth has restricted air wave transmissions in the past, but with the roll-out of 5G and the IoT (Internet of Things) infrastructures lighting could be equipped with devices such as wireless access points and cameras.

‘A “proof of concept” trial on this intelligent street lighting has been carried out on the M40 junction 15 Longbridge roundabout near Birmingham.

‘Drivers would have been oblivious to the CCTV and communications technology hidden away in the streetlamp as it was installed when the lights were switched to the improved, greener LED lighting.

‘The Illuminate trial took place over five months last year [2021] and successfully proved the concept. The technology was able to communicate data to office equipment and tablet computers.’

During his time working in Silicon Valley, Jabbi worked primarily on technologies for mobile phone and video cameras. He says governments took advantage of Covid lockdowns to erect the smart poles.

‘While people were locked down and watching fear porn on television,’ he said, ‘they were installing cameras and surveillance infrastructure.

‘Everything you do can be logged, tracked, and analysed and then the information can be used to change your behaviour or for compliance.

‘There are eyes in the sky, there are eyes everywhere. In the old days it was a bunch of people watching CCTV monitors, but human eyeballs are gone. No humans are necessary, everything will be done by AI security guards who are watching, listening, analysing and learning.’

He says information is being fed by Big Tech into the Cloud as part of ‘the internet of eyes’. ‘By the end of 2025 there will be 16 cameras built into new cars, there are already cameras in bus stations, train stations, hospitals, and retail outlets. It’s horrible.

‘If you have tech at home, you have eyes and ears at home. Google, Samsung devices, Apple watches, doorbell cameras, can track every device on your network.’

Jabbi first noticed the change three years ago in San Francisco where yellow sodium lights were replaced by bright LED lights. He said: ‘The smart poles host all sorts of sensors to measure noise pollution, count people, and cars. They can also listen to people’s conversations and can track your movements. They’ll have public address systems so that they can make announcements.

‘On top of the lamp is a drone charging station which will be used when we have swarms of drones as aerial police, and of course, they have electric vehicle charging ports to make them look green.’

He says Covid has been used as a distraction while governments introduce many new tracking technologies. He believes the broader context is the mooted Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) operated by digital ID – it is not hard to imagine how surveillance data could be fed into that.

For now, the government say that access to CBDC will not be conditional, but in theory it can be. Even MSM describe it as a potential Orwellian nightmare and speculate it can be used to control behaviour. For example location limits could be applied: stray outside designated areas and you’ll be unable to spend your money.

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) digital ID is part of a new social contract. ‘It’s a social contract nobody has signed up for but is being planted in the world,’ Jabbi says.

‘In one of the WEF papers they have a diagram of digital identity in the centre (written last year, see page 22).. Every entity, every device, every person, every tree will have a digital identity. Digital ID will be used to unlock your access to financial services, healthcare, government programmes, the internet, travel, and mobility.

‘It implies that you’re always in a digital prison; you need digital ID to get out of that prison.

‘If your digital ID hasn’t recorded that you have had your vaccines for example, then you won’t be able to unlock your money.’

How will they implement all this? Jabbi says: ‘There’s a system called “zero trust” in cyber security. The zero-trust default is to deny. Basically, we don’t trust you, you are in digital prison, you have to prove who you are every time you need to access whatever you need to access. You have to keep unlocking your life.’

He adds that it is our responsibility to stop this, saying: ‘If you understand the severity of what is happening and don’t resist, you’re directly responsible for the permanent enslavement of your children and grandchildren.’

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Sally Beck
Sally Beck
Sally Beck is a freelance journalist with 30 years of experience in writing for national newspapers and magazines. She has reported on vaccines since the controversy began with the MMR in 1998.

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