In July The New American reported an announcement posted on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) website seeking “trailblazers” willing to “take the road less traveled” and “participate in a short-fuse, crucible-style environment to invent new approaches to the identification of people, places, things and activities from still or moving defense and open-source imagery.”

On September 28, the super-secret research and development arm of the Pentagon reported some of the early “innovative” ideas being kicked around by the six teams chosen to live and labor in the “DARPA Innovation House.” The disclosures, although brief, are very frightening and portend the rapid growth of a powerful federal government able to keep citizens under its watchful eye wherever they go.

TrapWire is a massive and technologically advanced surveillance system that has the capacity to keep nearly the entire U.S. population under the watchful eye of government 24 hours a day, using a network of cameras and other surveillance tools.

In a report filed by online news gathering site darkernet.in, a list of the training courses offered to end users shines a little light on the otherwise purposefully obscured goals of this global monitoring behemoth.

The first course listed in the darkernet article is called the Surveillance Awareness Workshop. The goal is that users will learn to “view their facility the same way as would a terrorist, and then to be alert to the indicators of pre-attack surveillance.” "Pre-attack" is a statist way of saying “guilty until proven innocent.”

Nullifying his former position that Internet providers should have the freedom to pursue new and innovative business models, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski advocated his agency’s role of regulating broadband Internet services, asserting that the FCC must act like a “cop on the beat.”

Countering heated opposition from industry groups on Thursday, California’s top air regulator posed an unwavering defense of the state’s pending cap-and-trade system, which intends to limit greenhouse gas emissions through a carbon trading system.

Shareholders of Canadian oil firm Nexen voted Thursday to favor a $15.1-billion takeover that would place the company into the hands of the Chinese state-owned CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corporation), although the merger still requires approval by the Canadian government. In a 99-percent assenting vote, shareholders approved the $27.50 per-share offer, bestowing China with its largest overseas energy acquisition ever.

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