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Homeland Security Conceals “Secret Plan to Cut Cell Service” During Emergencies

by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

As communications become increasingly important to online life, and political expression, Homeland Security and law enforcement wield powerful new tools to regulate the signal and control the masses, particularly during crises.

Lawsuits by the Electronic Privacy Information Center have hinged around disclosure of a secret plan that gives the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the ability to cut cell service and black out communications across entire cities, or on specific areas.

How extensively the plan has been developed remains unknown, as legal action so far has failed to declassify the digital tool of mass control.

via Ars Technica:

The Supreme Court is setting aside a petition from the Electronic Privacy Information Center that demanded the Department of Homeland Security release the US government’s secret plan to shutter mobile phone service during disasters.

… ruling that the DHS did not have to divulge the full contents of Standard Operating Procedure 303. That court held that… disclosure would “endanger” public safety.

Under the direction of the so-called National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, SOP 303 allows for the shutting down of wireless networks “within a localized area, such as a tunnel or bridge, and within an entire metropolitan area.” … Local governments, however, have the power to shutter wireless service regardless of SOP 303.

Like all great emergency powers, this high tech control plan has already been abused. Homeland Security used the kill switch to shut off service to cell phones in order to stifle a San Francisco protest:

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4 comments to Homeland Security Conceals “Secret Plan to Cut Cell Service” During Emergencies

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Dear Sean (and the wonderful SGT team)

    Please take this as an opportunity to post information about Mesh Networks and other independent communication systems that does NOT require any “controlled” infrastructure.

    I read about a cellphone device? that lets people in the area, to call each other without cell tower service. Sort of a P2P cellphone hotspot, can carry it on your belt.

    FireChat is a P2P application that does NOT require cell service.

    And of course, there is “HAM-NET” stuff, but it requires the expensive ham rigs, and licenses, which of course, when the gov’t really wants to shut things down, they’ll go to EVERY HAM operator on the license list and grab your gear.

    We need things & people who are NOT on “Lists”.

    I’ve also read about Laser networking, and now, there is some developer who DEMONSTRATED a working system that uses a simple SOLAR panel as the RECIEVER for data. This is VERY exciting, as the solar panel still does its NORMAL job too.

    And of course, ROUTERS that can do “Bridge mode” can relay WiFi between remote routers, with a 2’x3′ WiFi dishes pointing at each other (Line of Sight), can get FULL power transfers at a distance of at least 11 miles. (Even many cheaper routers can do “Bridge mode”, and many routers can accept new open source “firmware” called “DDWRT” and Tomato, and then will have Bridge mode in the menu.

    I wonder if there is any data gear for the mid priced FM talkies in the $150-300 range? And how about repeaters?

    • willygroper

      Starve the beast.

      disconnect b4 they whack.

      good advice CED.

      ham. but i’m sure they can jam any freq.

      • Craig Escaped Detroit

        I agree that they can jam frequencies, and this is why I like the SOLAR panel receiver (laser transmitters) and just about impossible to jam. And those things, work over distances of dozens of miles, and using IR lasers, it’s invisible to the naked eye, cannot be disovered using any frequency scanner, etc.

        I saw a working demo on Youtube from a developer who started working on it some years back, and now has the working prototypes in action. Love it.

  • jerry

    heres 2 videos I found on Fire chat and alternative networking explained

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