iPhone App for snitches

Being a snitch used to be considered cowardly and craven.  Not anymore.  There’s now an iPhone app that makes it easy for you to become a high-tech informant for Uncle Sam. 

Citizen Concepts, a Florida-based software company, recently launched an application for the iPhone, dubbed the “PatriotApp.”  The name for this app appears to be a play on the title of the 2001 legislation – the “USA PATRIOT Act” — that gave the government unprecedented and constitutionally troubling powers to combat terrorism and other federal crimes.  In an apparent effort to boost awareness of the new tattletale app, its developers are making it available for free over Christmas.  

In the brave, new post-911 world, it is now considered “patriotic” to snitch on your fellow citizens. 

Citizen Concepts claims – apparently with a straight face — that the app is meant help citizens “assist government agencies in creating safer, cleaner, and more efficient communities via social networking and mobile technology.” Instead of reporting potential crimes the more responsible, old-fashioned way by dialing 911, if someone possessed of an iPhone now observes suspicious behavior or a potential national security threat, this “PatriotApp” allows them to report a tip with pictures or video through their iPhone to the FBI. 

The app can be used to report not only “terrorist” threats, but all manner of white collar crimes, public health issues, and even workplace harassment and discrimination. Tattling has become high tech. 

Not surprisingly, this smart-phone fear-mongering is being encouraged by the Department of Homeland Security, which recently partnered with Wal-Mart as part of the “If You See Something, Say Something” program. When customers check out at certain Wal-Mart stores, they will be treated to a video of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano – known also as “Big Sis” — telling them to report suspicious activity in or around the store to authorities. 

There is a Constitution and Bill of Rights app for the iPhone, but no one is marketing an app that encourages the user to report abuses of civil liberties by the government.  Obviously, doing something to help keep the government within constitutional bounds is not as “patriotic” as squealing on a fellow citizen.

-by Bob Barr, The Barr Code

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Normal

December 22nd, 2010
7:08 am

Mr. Barr,
Ol’ Tailgunner Joe, would have lved today…just sayin’

Normal

December 22nd, 2010
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Pats and Taps

December 22nd, 2010
7:47 am

Typos are cool. Correcting them is not. People know what you meant, so when you repost with a mea culpa, you no longer are cool, but instead you become that which we all know you to be, indeed, a self-actualized imbecile commonly known as a moron.

moron.

The Smart Phone Apps are will become obsolete when people start using them. 911 calls are already chatrooms for survivalists, neighborhood watch groups, and goody-goody gumshoes all over the country, man. This new Iphone PatriotApp will be just another forum for goof-googlers who will post 24/7 365. Nonsense and more stupidity from the demented patriot-pests of most of cyberspace.

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g

December 22nd, 2010
8:13 am

PatriotApp was made free December 10,2010. It has been downloaded about 400 times a day since. Roy Swiger, one of apps’s creators said it was not meant to be a “Big Brother”- type surveillance. He invisions people beign able to report incidents as they happen, “much like reporting a drunk on the road” from your cell phone.

In the future Swiger hopes the PatriotApp can be used to allow people to report health epidemics in real time. At least 200 Walmart stores will roll out security announcements within 24 hours. By months end 588 stores in 27 states will be participating. Homeland’s Security Chief Janet Napolitano will appear on TV monitors at the check out asking shoppers to contact the law if they see suspicious activities. Homeland chief Napolitano will be known as “Big Sis.”

Now this is to me, going “beyond the pale” in surveillance.

The solution is however, there is always a solution, is “reciprocal transparency.” Every time there is a new way to surveil the public, that the public be given the same opportunity to “watch the watchers”. If “Big Sis” wants to know all, let the public know what “Big Sis” is doing. Not that she would be going to some place as common as Walmart, but let us be able to watch. “What is fair for the goose is fair for the gander.”

g

December 22nd, 2010
8:17 am

I just spent a half an hour putting the best post I ever had online and it was wiped right off. I think I am under surveillance. In essence what i said was reciprocal transparency. If Homeland security wants to watch everything we do we should be able to watch them. I said alot more but it vanished.

g

December 22nd, 2010
8:18 am

I will try again later

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 22nd, 2010
8:28 am

We’ve got to move away from this concept that keeping silient while others break the law is good. Look at what drugs cost this society in enforcement, judicial costs and human costs. While not happy with invasions of privacy, I dont see a great deal of expectation of privacy if someone can take a photo of it. Proof will be difficult and there will be issues with verification.

Common Man

December 22nd, 2010
8:30 am

Bob … since you just got rid of your rotary phone and typewriter, this bit of recent technology that you fear emboldens “Big Brother (or Big Sis)” is no more invasive or intrusive as 911. Chill out dute

…Oh sorry…I meant Dude

carlosgvv

December 22nd, 2010
8:35 am

For many long years, countries of the Soviet Union had people whose job it was to spy on their fellow citizens. The people had a saying, “the walls have ears”. If this trend is not checked in our Country, we will be saying the same thing. If any of you think even for one second that this just could not happen here, think again.

Glass House Roc ker

December 22nd, 2010
8:40 am

Wasn’t this concept tried in Germany in the 1930’s and 1940’s?

Eric

December 22nd, 2010
8:49 am

This is all very disturbing! I see the Salem witch trials happening again.

Mike

December 22nd, 2010
9:03 am

Have a nice Christmas Bob I’ll be watching you!

Sam

December 22nd, 2010
10:21 am

“Big Cyst” is more like it. Someone pop that beyotch.

SaveOurRepublic

December 22nd, 2010
10:31 am

Behold ye the arise of the Oceania…2010. This is par for the course for the ever-growing, Orwellian police-state. For those who buy the propaganda of the totalitarian DHS, just do some basic research on the MIAC report & fusion centers. This is about fedgov training & mandates down to the state & local levels…so the Orwellian agenda can be implemented accordingly.

http://www.infowars.com

Darwin

December 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

And political party likes to appear as more “patriotic?”

Jefferson

December 22nd, 2010
10:33 am

“If you mind your OWN business, you won’t be minding MINE”.

If you live in fear, that’s not much of a life, but it is your life to live.

Darwin

December 22nd, 2010
10:33 am

typo – that is “And what…

Darwin

December 22nd, 2010
10:34 am

It’s what makes America so exceptional!

Tripp

December 22nd, 2010
11:07 am

McCarthyism.

Whiz

December 22nd, 2010
11:10 am

I am the Whiz and nobody can beat me. Nobody.

g

December 22nd, 2010
11:14 am

Homeland Security and Walmart-”if you see something say something” I would say that means getting on your PatriotApp and hook up with all the government surveillance agencies and tell it all whatever it all is.
PatriotApp was made free December 10,2010. It has been downloaded about 400 times a day since.
Roy Swiger, one of app’s creators said it was not meant to be a “Big Brother”-type surveillance. He envisions people beign able to report incidents as they are happening, “much like reporting a drunk on the road” from your cell phone.

In the future Swiger hopes the PatriotApp can be used to allow people to report health epidemics in real time.

At least 200 Wal-Mart stores will roll roll out security announcements within 24 hours.. 588 stores in 27 states will be participating.

Janet Napolitano will appear on TV monitors at the check outs asking shoppers to contact the law if they see something suspicious.
Homeland Security Napolitano will have codename”Big Sis.”
Now my answer to all this surveillance is that it should be “reciprocally transparent” the populance being able to surveill Homeland security. If Big Sis walks around the ailes we should be able to see what is going on, what is fair for one is fair for all.

g

December 22nd, 2010
11:14 am

they took my comment off again.

Snitches&Snatches

December 22nd, 2010
11:41 am

Is the vibrator mode the only Iphone App for snatches?

Brian

December 22nd, 2010
11:55 am

This really is outrageous. How dare the government want us to actualy care about our community! How dare the people expect ME to report dangerous, beligerent, decadent citizens to the authorities! Next their going to tell me that I have to actually be invested in the people around me. Those fascists.

Brian

December 22nd, 2010
11:56 am

*actually
*they’re

Patriot

December 22nd, 2010
12:49 pm

If you believe in reincarnation, now you know what happened to all the folks executed at Nuremburg and who worked for the Stazi and the KGB. Welcome to amerika folks.

And “Keep Up the Good Fight!”, the costs to society come from the War on Drugs, not from the drugs themselves. If we had a truly free society where people were held responsible for their own actions, the human costs you speak of would be the user’s problems. The other costs would disappear overnight if drugs were made legal. Yes, sometimes it is absolutely RIGHT, not just to turn a blind eye to actions that the government considers illegal but also to work tirelessly to end some of the horrible, violence creating, life destroying laws that are passed. Even better would be to sit on a jury and find the defendant not guilty as a means to hopefully render the law useless. Just because a bunch of idiots have made it a law, doesn’t mean it is right or just.

Mr. Spock

December 22nd, 2010
1:11 pm

There is a new “APP” in the works that is going to identify paranoid journalists.

Snitches&Snatches

December 22nd, 2010
1:51 pm

Jury Nullification is not an Iphone App, man. It is a I-mob App.

Drugs tax productivity. Aren’t there enough morons in this country? America needs to get off the pot. If not, we’re finished.

StopRegistryTerrorists

December 22nd, 2010
2:15 pm

When I was younger and naive, I was patriotic, conservative, and quite supportive of our governments and law and order. I interviewed with a military branch and nearly joined. I still like the concept of law and order but everything else has changed. Today, I believe our huge, giant, nanny governments are criminal regimes that promote terrorism upon our own citizens.

What changed was that over a decade ago, I joined the pariahs who are listed on our country’s SEX OFFENDER Registries. These Registries, and especially, especially the tag-along laws that they have enabled (e.g. Banishment), are counterproductive, negligibly beneficial, immoral, anti-factual, anti-reality, often clearly idiotic, often illegal, anti-religious, and un-American terrorist tools.

Experts have never supported the Registries. Informed people do not support the Registries. Good Americans do not support the Registries. Politicians do. Uninformed, idiot, feel-good un-Americans do. People who make money from the Registries, fear-mongering, and “crime prevention” do. “Governments” do because it has been a great way to grow government.

But I digress. One thing that the Registries are very, very effective at doing is converting people into non-citizens that don’t give a damn about our country, cities, governments, or other people much in general. Just a few years after joining the Registry, I completely stopped helping other people. I stopped donating work to other people, stopped donating to charities, stopped donating blood, stopped being an organ donor, etc. Today, I will not participate in this country. I would never, ever, ever, for any reason, ever tell any criminal government in this country anything that anyone was doing. Never.

Today, the government lets some people know where I live. So they can be “informed”. In response, I am around children all the time. Because that is the right thing to do. When the immoral majority attacks a hated minority of the moment, the moral thing to do is to tell them where to shove it. In words and actions.

DrJ

December 22nd, 2010
6:04 pm

I’m with Bob here, this is very disturbing. This is a modern version of the same techniques used by repressive and brutal regimes including, as others have pointed out Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. This isn’t the first nor will be the last of the eroding of our rights for “law and order”. Citizens support such actions in the belief that it will never be used against THEM because they are law abiding citizens. They will discover too late that it does impact them. The government is allowing courts of equity (rather than law) issuing orders confiscating property and jail people in civil matters.

BTW I agree with StopRegistryTerrorists. I am not on a registry. However here in Georgia if a person commits a crime and a child (under 18) is a victim BAM the person is on the sex offender registry. The crime may have NOTHING to do with sex, but that doesn’t matter here in “law and order” georgia

MrLiberty

December 22nd, 2010
9:24 pm

Snitches&Snatches – By saying that drugs sap productivity you are revealing the collectivist nature of your being and your heartfelt belief that we are all just resources for the state. So what if drugs sap productivity? If someone can be productive enough to support themselves who cares? We are not put on this planet to feed the collective or to lend our productivity to the advancement of anyone but ourselves. I’m a solid libertarian, so my arguments are based on the belief that everyone should be held responsible for their own actions and should take responsibility for their own care, existence, etc. I know that is not the society we have, but it certainly is the one we should work towards.

Drugs fundamentally aren’t the problem in our society. They are only a symptom of a society that takes over 50% of the fruits of the labor of the productive sector and wastes it on government programs, direct payoffs to the corporate sector, the “poor”, or other politically connected groups within society. A symptom of a society in which every action of every day including those that make up the sleeping moments is regulated and controlled by government at city, state, and federal levels. A symptom of a society where nobody says “go ahead its a free country” anymore because it no longer is. A symptom of a society where cameras watch our every movement in public, where the government reads and stores every email, listens to every phone call, monitors every credit and debit card transaction, and encourages our friends and neighbors to spy on us with the aid of iPhone apps. Those who are not using drugs the government has labelled illegal are consuming vast quantities of behavior modifying, personality controlling, resistence numbing drugs the government happily approves of and their friends in BigPharma make trillions of dollars from.

Why would anyone really want to contribute to the productivity of such a society, and really why is any of that your business? You should be working for freedom instead of complaining about pot smoking.

MrLiberty

December 22nd, 2010
9:27 pm

Forgive me – tax productivity, not sap productivity. It certainly doesn’t change the argument. And jury nullification helped end slavery, prohibition, and plenty of other horrible laws in this country. There was once a time when judges actually told citizens that they have the right to judge the law and the facts. Now this truth is hidden by judges who owe their loyalty to the state and not to justice. It is still and has always been your right.

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sane jane

December 23rd, 2010
7:29 am

How can Bob Barr talk about the “constitutionally troubling” USA PATRIOT ACT without mentioning that HE VOTED FOR IT? House Rep in 2001, GA-7, voted “yea”.

True conservative values: “get mine”, then apologize & pretend like it never happened…

barking frog

December 23rd, 2010
8:43 am

I believe it has always been a violation of the law to
not report a crime if you see it happen. The danger
here is to the cost of government in the increase of
agents to monitor the reports.

StopRegistryTerrorists

December 23rd, 2010
8:52 am

DrJ (December 22nd, 2010 6:04 pm): I appreciate your beliefs but what you said about the Registries in Georgia is no longer true. Today, if a person commits a crime in Georgia that requires Registration, they have done something sexual.

Georgia does still label people on its Registry a bit disingenuously in some cases though. For example, if a person masturbates and a child sees the person, that person will be charged with “child molestation” and if convicted, have that label for the rest of their lives.

Even before the current law was passed in May 2010, there were few non-sexual crimes that would get a person listed on the Registry. One of the crimes was kidnapping a minor.

Honestly, I find it fairly amazing that Georgia’s criminal legislators were worried that these kidnappers were on the Registry. I understand that labeling them “SEX OFFENDERS” was not accurate but it is like the criminal legislators were worried that the kidnappers were being labeled as dangerous people.

So, what we have today is that we have people Registered who exposed themselves to adult women (who cannot live near daycares, parks, schools, etc.) but we have un-Registered people who merely commit violent crimes with guns. You can break into a neighbor’s home in the middle of the night, hold them at gunpoint, rob them, and you will not end up on a Registry.

That is one reason why the Registries are immoral. If they are so great and useful for “SEX OFFENDERS”, there is absolutely no defensible excuse for not creating Registries for all kinds people. To use the popular lie of the people who support the Registries – if it saves one child, it’s worth it.

All that said, the real reason we shouldn’t have Registries is that they are counterproductive and negligibly beneficial. More sexual crimes occur than would if the Registries did not exist. And they waste a ton of resources that could instead be used to try to reduce crimes, even sexual crimes.

grentaviberlerhanicH

December 23rd, 2010
9:08 am

С отчимом в данный момент отношения нормальные.|Первый раз столкнулась с такой ситуацией. Я 2 года встречалась с парнем(Егором), потом мы расстались, но суть не в этом. Буквально через 2 дня я встречаю молодого человека (Сашу)и понимаю – это ОН! мне 21 год, в следствии этого не подумайте, что мне кто то тупо вскружил голову и тд. Во время второй встречи он предлагант встречаться, на третью везет знакомиться к родителям, как говориться у нас все круто и замечательно. Самое главное, что последний год отношений с моим предыдущим парнем я пыталась с ним расстаться, но не могла, как будто веревкой была к нему привязана, а здесь неделя – и я даже ни разу не вспомнила про него. Суть в том, что в последние 2 месяца моих отношений с бывшим у меня началось какое-то воспаление, что я благополучно списала на банальную молочницу и поход ко врачу отложила на обозримое время.После знакомства с Сашей сходила и выяснила, что у меня молочница и повышенное количество лейкоцитов, в принципе ничего страшного, купила лекарств и урезонилась. Когда через 2 недели отношения с Сашей перешли к интимным, он звонит на отпечаток день и говорит, что у него ТАМ сыпь, зуд и тд. Он в свою очередь идет ко врачу, и ему ставят диагноз:трихмонада. Оказывается, это и есть повышенное кол-во лейкоцитов. ИТОГ: Во-первых выходит, что егор мне изменил, во-вторых я боюсь, что отношения с Сашей испорчены на корню – что он сейчас обо мне думает, я не знаю.Я сталкиваюсь с чем то аналогичным первый раз. Как мне верно сейчас себя вести с Сашей?|Никогда раньше мне не снились кошмары так часто. В детстве в последствии просмотра фильмов ужасов – не снились. Во время очень стрессовой и напряженной учебы-работы – не снились. А вот уже год живу гладко, спокойно, благополучно, замужем, не работаю пока (отхожу от последней адской работы), но кошмары снятся каждый день – навязчивые, тягостные. Самое жуткое, что буквально буквально каждый день, когда я заставляю себя проснуться, для того прервать кошмар (обычно даже иду на кухню воды попить или же в ванную), как только засыпаю – кошмар возобновляется с такого же места!!!!!!!

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Patriot

December 23rd, 2010
11:11 am

No, the danger here is that government is turning everything into a crime to the point that virtually everyone committs at least 3 crimes a day just going about their normal business. We don’t need to be making it easier to report crimes, we need to be making it harder for government to take away our freedoms with laws designed to protect THEIR power, not our safety.

5 Easy Pieces

December 23rd, 2010
12:04 pm

The Government is too big and powerful. The Government wont let us have the things we need to survive.

Like the government has a car that runs on steam, that doesn’t have all the stink of gas cars. but they won’t let us have it. A real car that you can ride around in that doesn’t cause a stink. That’s because they want people to cause a stink. The government likes to create a stink. Man, I don’t mind dirt. See, dirt isn’t bad. It’s filth. Filth is bad. . Filth and Stink. And I’ve seen filth you wouldn’t believe. A real stink. I don’t even wanna talk about it.

The government and their filth and their stink. Aw, I don’t wanna talk about it.

Big Jim

December 23rd, 2010
1:27 pm

carlosgvv

December 22nd, 2010
8:35 am
For many long years, countries of the Soviet Union had people whose job it was to spy on their fellow citizens. The people had a saying, “the walls have ears”. If this trend is not checked in our Country, we will be saying the same thing. If any of you think even for one second that this just could not happen here, think again.

I thought the gov had that ability since satellites were first launched.
Really, are you one of the many that thinks the government starting “expanding” under Obama? I thought Tricky Dick Nixon was impeached for his part in the bugging of the Watergate hotel. I thought
the call for “homeland security”, much like The Salem Witch Trials and The McCarthy Hearings,were done long before Obama.

My point is don’t listen to guys like Bob Barr/limbaugh who scare you into thinking that ALL of our current issues are here because of the status quo. Wasn’t the government,with Barr’s involvement,really intrusive when you pushed for info like “I did NOT have sexual relations with that woman,Monica Lewinsky”. Was the topic of a semen stained dress really that important? Being that conservatism is a (bowel)movement which calls for SMALLER government, why is it OK to use government fight MORAL wars.

Now, I’ve opened the door for bigoted comments,which further polarizes the populace. But, conservatism WILL use government to further their agenda. That concept will only be WRONG if liberals do it.
to engage in MORAL warfare

grentaviberlerhanicH

December 23rd, 2010
2:36 pm

В один великолепный день хорошенько, когда довел, поддала и сама выгнала из дома…

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