Say Hello to “Audio Enforcement”

July 5, 2010

…Just don’t say it too loudly, or with the wrong tone of voice: you might be subject to arrest.

In the never-ending quest for absolute control and monitoring of the general population by opportunistic government agencies and crony corporations, Raw Story presents a story from Europe which could only be called “audio enforcement.”

Dutch company Sound Intelligence installed microphones in train stations, government buildings, prisons, as well as “London, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester” according to the article.

The technology supposedly operates by detecting “tone of voice” changes which may indicate a fight or other crime is about to take place. Just like the company’s cousins in the automated ticketing business, all privacy and civil liberty concerns are downplayed and ignored.

Photo enforcement and audio enforcement could go hand-in-hand. Redflex has a significant history in the area of audio technology: before primarily focusing on photo radar vans and “scameras,” the company specialized in secure communication links geared towards government and military applications.

In the United States, the technology may already be here in a different form. “Future Attribute Screening Technology,” a mobile checkpoint-in-a-van, is under development by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The system uses a combination of microphones and high-definition cameras, combined with government agents who may ask questions such as “are you planning on bringing a bomb in the stadium today?”

Of course, the Department of Homeland Security is headed by former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, who spearheaded the beleaguered Redflex statewide photo enforcement program.

It’s becoming clearer with each passing day where the governments of supposedly free societies stand on civil liberties: with a jackboot on the throat of freedom.

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