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by escaping slave
on 7/9/2008 @ 11:02am
Just when you thought you’ve heard it all...

A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser®. According to this promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal, Inc. website, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers (video also shown below).

This bracelet would:

• Take the place of an airline boarding pass
• Contain personal information about the traveler
• Be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage
• Shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes

This just came to me and I plan to do some research, but found it to be interesting, and not beyond the stretch of 21st Century "security." Whether or not it comes to pass, who knows, but it's turning the heads of people in charge unfortunately.

If they implemented these bracelets, would people feel safer flying?

by seejane on 7/9/2008 @ 11:21am
not me - I feel less safe with the government watching.

by izenmania on 7/9/2008 @ 12:32pm
Yes, because I implicitly trust technology designed to shock people to never ever malfunction and accidentally shock people, or perhaps have its trigger frequency hacked by ne'er-do-wells.

Oh wait, no. There I go lying again.

by fredo on 7/9/2008 @ 12:50pm
This bracelet could provide some hilarious laughs. Just imagine activating the shock feature while the passenger is in the lavatory. Or how about a little shock for the punk who keeps kicking your seat?

by escaping slave on 7/10/2008 @ 8:22am
Look at how many people continue to fly when they treat them like criminals (bag checks, taking clothes/shoes off)? Not to mention the delays and the prices. Why would this stop people?

Considering what they did to the iPhone and how AT&T is great at giving our phone conversations over to the Feds, how do we know we're not being watched?

According to a Russian hacker team called “web-hack,” Apple’s much heralded and overly hyped iPhone contains “a built-in function which sends all data from an iPhone to a specified web-server. Contacts from a phonebook, SMS, recent calls, history of Safari browser” can be hijacked, as the VS iPhone blog reports.
In a white paper, according to the blog, the Russians indicate a possible “debug feature or a built-in backdoor module for some governmental structures,” i.e., the National Security Agency, the lead governmental structure responsible for violating en masse the constitutional rights of Americans.

Of course, it helps that “Apple has chosen AT&T, the best and most popular carrier in the US with over 62 million subscribers, to be Apple’s exclusive carrier partner for iPhone in the United States,” as the AT&T website boasts. As we know, the telecom leviathan illegally collaborated with the NSA to break the law.