PUBLIC INTELLIGENCE – Harris Corporation Wireless Surveillance Products Standard Terms and Conditions of Sale

The following is Harris Corporation’s standard terms and conditions for the sale of their wireless surveillance products including the AmberJack, StingRay, StingRay II, Harpoon and KingFish products.  The terms and conditions document was included in a contract signed with Tempe, Arizona on October 8, 2012 for $60,321.15 worth of surveillance software, equipment and training.  The contract has since been removed from the City of Tempe’s website.  See also:

Harris Corporation AmberJack, StingRay, StingRay II, KingFish Wireless Surveillance Products 2010 Price List

Harris Wireless Products Group Standard Terms and Conditions of Sale

  • 11 pages
  • June 25, 2012

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Chimes At Midnight (1965) – Orson Welles – Full Movie

 

The aging King Henry IV watches disapprovingly as his son Hal (later Henry V) enjoys a rude and irresponsible life under the bloated and decadent Sir John Falstaff. The young prince dreads the not-too-distant day when he will have to chose between his opposed father figures…

SECRECY NEWS – SECURING U.S. DIPLOMATIC FACILITIES, AND MORE FROM CRS

In almost every year since 2007, Congress appropriated less money for
diplomatic security than had been requested.  In FY2012, the State
Department sought $2.9 billion for security, and Congress enacted $2.6
billion.

The diplomatic security function, including its funding profile, was
discussed in the light of recent attacks of U.S. diplomatic facilities in
Benghazi, Libya and elsewhere in a new report from the Congressional
Research Service.  See "Securing U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel
Abroad: Background and Policy Issues," November 26, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42834.pdf

Some other new and updated CRS reports that have not been made publicly
available include the following.

Panama: Political and Economic Conditions and U.S. Relations, November 27,
2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL30981.pdf

The Judgment Fund: History, Administration, and Common Usage, November 26,
2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42835.pdf

Financing the U.S. Trade Deficit, November 16, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33274.pdf

Saudi Arabia: Background and U.S. Relations, November 27, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33533.pdf

SOME BASIC BUDGET TUTORIALS FROM CRS

In a series of newly updated reports presumably intended for new Members
of Congress who are unfamiliar with basic features of the federal budget,
the Congressional Research Service presented the very rudiments of the
budget process.  See:

Basic Federal Budgeting Terminology, November 26, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/98-410.pdf

Overview of the Authorization-Appropriations Process, November 26, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS20371.pdf

Baselines and Scorekeeping in the Federal Budget Process, November 26,
2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/98-560.pdf

Budget Reconciliation Legislation: Development and Consideration, November
26, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/98-814.pdf

Entitlements and Appropriated Entitlements in the Federal Budget Process,
November 26, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS20129.pdf

Legislative Procedures for Adjusting the Public Debt Limit: A Brief
Overview, November 26, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS21519.pdf

EVOLUTION OF REMOTE SENSING AND NATIONAL SECURITY

A study performed for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
"chronicles the policy history of civil and commercial remote sensing from
1960 through 2008."

The study "highlights the difficulties in establishing a consistent
government role in a field where public good and private profit exist
side-by-side, and where business interests have the potential to contribute
to and conflict with national security interests."

See "U.S. National Security and Economic Interests in Remote Sensing: The
Evolution of Civil and Commercial Policy" by James A. Vedda, The Aerospace
Corporation, February 20, 2009:

        http://www.fas.org/irp/eprint/remote.pdf

The unclassified study was released yesterday by NGA three years after it
was requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

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TOP-SECRET – Seattle Police Department Unmanned Aerial System Operations Draft Manual

The following is the draft unmanned aerial system manual released last month by the Seattle Police Department.  Thanks to Carlton Purvis for pointing it out to us.

Seattle Police Department Unmanned Aerial System Operations Manual

  • Draft
  • 14 pages
  • October 2012

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The following procedures are intended to promote safe, efficient and lawful operation of the Seattle Police Department’s unmanned aerial system (UAS). Safety, above all else, is the primary concern in each and every operation, regardless of the nature of the mission.

2. Philosophy & Mission Statement

It shall be the mission of those personnel of the Seattle Police Department who are trained in the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), to use this resource to protect the lives and property of citizens and first responders in a constitutionally and legally sound manner. Use of an aerial system can be utilized in circumstances which would save life and property, as well as being able to detect possible dangers that could not otherwise be seen.

The use of UAS’s is quickly growing but had it been available during large catastrophes such as hurricane Katrina, it would have had a large impact on all aspects of emergency response when personnel were in short supply.

UAS’s can support any responder in any all-hazards incident that would benefit from an aerial perspective, Additionally, the UAS would have suitable uses in locating and apprehending subjects, missing persons, search and rescue operations as well as any task that can best be accomplished from the air in an efficient and effective manner.

It shall be the intent of every UAS operator to make reasonable effort to not invade a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy when operating the UAS. When operating the UAS, the Seattle Police Department will abide by all FAA Regulations for flight and receive the proper authorization for flight. Additionally, the need, availability and use of the UAS will not supersede the issuance of a warrant when needed.

3. Protection of Rights and Privacy

UAS unit Commanders, operators and observers will have the protection of citizens civil rights and reasonable expectations of privacy as a key component of any decision made the to deploy the UAS. UAS operators and observers will ensure and will be held accountable for ensuring that operations of the U AS intrude to a minimal extent upon the citizens of Seattle. To accomplish this primary goal we will:

a) When the UAS is being flown the onboard cameras will be turned so as to be facing away from occupied structures, etc to minimize inadvertent video or still images of uninvolved persons.

b) All video and still images will be maintained in strict compliance with SPD policies and procedures.

c) A website for public input will be maintained and regularly monitored to address citizen concerns and recommendations

d) The SPD UAS unit will not conduct random surveillance activities. The use of the UAS will be tightly controlled and regulated.

e) The authorized missions for the SPD UAS are:

a. Video/photographs for investigative support (TCI, Homicide, ABS)
b. HAZMAT Response
c. Search and Rescue
d. Barricaded persons
e. Traffic collisions
f. Disaster Response (Flood, earthquakes, etc.)

All other requested uses will be approved by the Special Operations Bureau Chief prior to accepting the mission.

f) A committee will be formed and meet semi-annually for the purpose of reviewing the existing UAS procedures as well as new technologies and laws and regulations on UAS usage. The committee will consist of personnel from SPD UAS, professional standards section and patrol representatives. The committee will present all proposed policy and procedures changes to the City Council, legal and community groups, and will solicit feedback prior to changing any policy changes,

g) The SPD UAS program will operate,strictly within the law and regulations. If in doubt, prior to operating the UAS we will ensure that warrants are applied for and obtained. We will balance all operations with. the need to accomplish the mission while maintaining public privacy and the freedom from intrusion.

The Stranger (1946) – Full Movie – Edward G. Robinson – Orson Welles

In 1946, Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) of the United Nations War Crimes Commission is hunting for Nazi fugitive Franz Kindler (Orson Welles). Kindler has effectively concealed his Nazi activities prior to his escape to the United States. He assumes a new identity, Charles Rankin, lands a job as a university professor and marries Mary Longstreet (Loretta Young), who is the daughter of Supreme Court justice Judge Adam Longstreet.

Wilson releases Kindler’s former associate Meinike (Konstantin Shayne) and follows him to Harper, Connecticut, but Meinike is strangled before he can identify Kindler. Wilson must convince Mrs. Rankin, the only person who knows for certain that Meinike came to meet her husband, that her Charles is a war criminal.

The Stranger is a 1946 American film noir/drama film starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, and Loretta Young. Welles also directed the film, which was based on an Oscar-nominated screenplay written by Victor Trivas. Sam Spiegel was the film’s producer, and the film’s musical score is by Bronisław Kaper. It is believed that this is the first film released after World War II that showed footage of concentration camps. The Stranger was the only film made by Welles to have been a bona fide box office success on the first release (Citizen Kane had made back its budget and marketing, but not enough to make a profit). The copyright was by “The Haig Corporation” and it has been in the public domain for several years.

The Stranger is in the public domain and can be downloaded here for free:
http://www.archive.org/details/TheStranger_0

SECRECY NEWS – CLASSIFICATION DECISIONS ARE REVIEWABLE BY COURTS, GOVT ADMITS

Executive branch decisions to classify national security information are
subject to judicial review in Freedom of Information Act cases, government
attorneys acknowledged in a brief filed yesterday.

That potentially explosive question arose following an extraordinary
ruling by a federal judge ordering the U.S. Trade Representative to release
a one-page classified document that had been requested under the FOIA by
the Center for International Environmental Law.  The document's
classification was not "logical," said DC District Judge Richard W. Roberts
last March, and therefore it was not exempt from public disclosure.

        http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2012/03/not_logical.html

The government appealed that ruling in September, but stopped short of
asserting that the court had no authority to order release of the
classified document.

Yesterday, in response to arguments presented in an amicus brief from
media organizations, government attorneys made their acceptance of judicial
review explicit in a final reply brief.

"We agree that district courts (and courts of appeals) play an important
role in evaluating the government's compliance with its obligations under
FOIA, in Exemption 1 cases [involving national security classification] as
well as others...."

"We have not sought to diminish the role of courts in FOIA Exemption 1
cases, nor have we suggested that the Executive's determination that a
document is classified should be conclusive or unreviewable," attorneys
wrote in the November 27 brief (at p. 8).

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/ciel/112712-ustr-reply.pdf

In other words, the government did not assert that the executive has some
kind of transcendent Article II classification power, nor did government
attorneys contend (a la Egyptian President Morsy) that the judicial review
provisions of FOIA are an unconstitutional infringement on executive
authority.

This was the crucial information policy question that was raised by the
move to appeal Judge Roberts' highly unusual disclosure order, and the
government has more or less resolved it by submitting to the discipline of
judicial review.

What remains is a bona fide dispute:  Was the decision to classify the
USTR document well-founded and plausible, as the government insists, and
therefore entitled to judicial deference?  Or was it illogical, as the
lower court ruled, nullifying the document's exemption from FOIA?

Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for February of next year.

DOES FOREIGN AID WORK?, AND MORE FROM CRS

New and newly updated reports from the Congressional Research Service
obtained by Secrecy News that have not been made publicly available include
the following.

Does Foreign Aid Work? Efforts to Evaluate U.S. Foreign Assistance,
November 19, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42827.pdf

Congressional Redistricting: An Overview, November 21, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42831.pdf

Update on Controlling Greenhouse Gases from International Aviation,
November 19, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42828.pdf

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR): Answers to Frequently Asked
Questions, November 16, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42826.pdf

Gangs in Central America, November 26, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL34112.pdf

The Federal Food Safety System: A Primer, November 26, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS22600.pdf

The President's Office of Science and Technology Policy: Issues for
Congress, November 26, 2012:

        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34736.pdf

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