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Ridge Affiliation Warrants Heightened Skepticism over Gun Detection System
By David Codrea
So what safeguards are in place to protect your privacy and ensure you're not erroneously turned into a target?
"Patriot One Technologies, Inc. is about to kick off an experiment of its new detection system," Concealed Nation reports. "They've partnered with Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino to implement the system in public for the first time."
system uses 'Cognitive Microwave Radar' to detect any unwanted items,
and 'related hardware can be installed in hallways and doorways to
covertly identify weapons and to alert security of an active threat
entering the premises,'" the report elaborates. "If this test proves to
be successful in their eyes, it could open the flood gates for
companies looking to use this technology in their own locations."
not just companies. If it actually works, this could be installed in
public places to flag down any and everyone carrying a gun. And that
should raise all kinds of civil liberties concerns, including the way
it could "mine" a patchwork of public and private zones that becomes
impossible to navigate, and make invasive privacy intrusions the norm
every time you step out of the house. Add in a rapidly expanding
presence of "security" cameras, an increased use of facial recognition
technology for everything from airport security to dispensing toilet paper
(!), and it's clear we're living in a culture with citizen surveillance
capabilities Orwell's Big Brother nightmare couldn't even come close
Perhaps instead of being deemed an anxiety disorder, agoraphobia should be viewed as a healthy and rational reaction.