Leaked catalog from UK surveillance arms-dealer full of gadgets sold to US cops


Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/09/leaked-catalog-from-uk-surveil.html


The good news is they made the catalog so technical no cop can read it. Even I had a hard time.


What no barrel bombs, land mines, truly disappointing.

[note sadly the sarcasm]





This was exactly what came to mind when I read the headline. And it’s a very good read.


I have seen most of this surveillance stuff for sale in lots of places. Ebay and Banggood come to mind. The genie is out of the bottle on little cameras. We may as well get used to the fact that cameras can be anywhere at any time.


The most succinct and eloquent argument I’ve heard against this sort of thing came from the Battlestar Galactica reboot.


So say we all.


The fit and finish of these gadgets puts them in a much higher class than the junk you find in “spy shops” in tourist areas. It looks like it’s actually battle hardened and battle tested, meaning it works. That’s scary at the same time as it’s super seductive.


“The most important thing we build is trust”


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