DHS Wants “Gun Detectors” That Can Also Listen To Conversations

The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Secret Service have put out a request for information regarding technology to be used in Washington D.C. that is capable of detecting and pinpointing gunshots. This kind of technology is not new, as it’s been used by law enforcement since the 90’s.

About 70 cities across the U.S., mostly in high-crime locations, now use technology they call “gunshot detectors” that is able to pinpoint where a gun was fired within a 10-meter-or-so radius. A network of microphones placed on buildings and street lights is distributed throughout the city and connects to the control room, which could be thousands of miles away. One gunshot detector company called ShotSpotter is headquartered in Mountain View, California but has clients all the way to Massachusetts.

DHS is looking for technology with a greater than 95% gunshot detection rate. The challenge is being able to differentiate between gunshots, car backfires, firecrackers and helicopters. With the advancement in this technology over the past 20 years, false positives and false negatives have decreased. It can even detect whether of a gun was fired in a car (and if so, how fast the car was going), in a building or outside.

While law enforcement’s stated objectives in using gunshot detectors is to “crack down” on gun violence, it seems that it’s only allowed police to better their response time. But there are some other concerns as you’d expect from this kind of technology. Proponents claim that the microphones are only activated when a gun is fired. But a case a couple years ago in Massachusetts highlights the technology’s capability in listening to conversations. The New York Times reported:

 “In at least one city, New Bedford, Mass., where sensors recorded a loud street argument that accompanied a fatal shooting in December, the system has raised questions about privacy and the reach of police surveillance, even in the service of reducing gun violence.”

 In DHS’s request, it asks for these types of microphones to be distributed throughout the urban areas of D.C. spanning 100’s of acres. Their stated goal is to reduce gun crime, but couldn’t these microphones also serve as audio surveillance to listen in on people’s conversations?

They actually already do this in many cities with microphones and cameras installed in the street lights:

 “Not only can the street lights, now being rolled out in Detroit, Chicago and Pittsburgh with Department of Energy backing, act as surveillance cameras, Minority Report-style advertising hubs, and Homeland Security alert systems, they are ‘also capable of recording conversations,’ according to a report by ABC 7. According to the companies behind the system, Intellistreets spying hubs that double as street lights are expected to ‘become commonplace’ not only on regular streets but also for ‘retail malls, sports venues, on college campuses, and in new construction.’”

 Spying on our emails and phone conversations wasn’t enough. Soon, they’ll be monitoring our thoughts.



  • Screeminmeeme

    Folks....this is ''1984'' come to life. Big Brother has been watching and listening to you for a long time.

    This intrusive government can only be stopped...not by sheep....but by intrepid wolves bent on victory.

  • CaptTurbo

    They had a BS detector at the White House for some time but they had to remove it so people could sleep.

    • catman

      Ya they coudn't find a manure spreader that big

  • colleenf

    DHS has quickly morphed into obama's brown shirts.

    • guestimate

      That was always the intent, even before GW, the plan was hatched by the globalist CFR (Council on Foreign Relations, whose members are Fortune 500 corporations), 11 years prior to 9/11 as a policy paper "recommendation," should terrorism ever come to our shores. Recall how Gary Hart, CFR spokesperson, said this was "a chance to create a New World Order," (originally a nazi term.) See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTOCRa9lTZc

  • Centurian2010

    Why would the DHS need this in America? Unless they are expecting some form of uprising from the citizens.

    • Ruggedlark

      That's exactly right.

      Which is also why we've had ammo shortages for the past 4 years, and now they want more background checks on gun buyers, and want to outlaw weapons like AR15s.

    • Doodlebug

      Civil War II here we come!

    • http://twitter.com/DustyFae StarDust Dolittle

      They are expecting this cause the created hate crimes of all races in USA. The government is creating all the problem and needs to be removed.

  • http://twitter.com/Opar5 Conrad C Gabbard

    When are we going to wise up and start electing Libertarians and candidates from the Constitution Party? Oh, but those people might reduce our food-stamps and welfare checks!!!!!!
    Socrats said it best: "People in a democracy may not get what they want, but they will surely get what they deserve." Truth remains truth and human nature is still human nature, even over time.

  • guestimate

    Well I wonder if those detectors will work against chainsaws used to cut
    the support poles down, or sever the wiring, or guns made of old
    plumbing that can be abandoned at the scene of the "crime," or potato cannons that use lighter fluid and spark igniters lobbing paint-goo balloons that blind cameras, or other acts of vandalism that have become the sport of UK rural dwellers.

    • NM Leon

      I wonder if the microphones would survive the light being shot out with a pellet gun. Just saying.

  • TAM44

    Sounds like the DHS knows America will not bow down like obama did in a foreign country.

    We are America and we want peace not war, but we will fight for our children and our grand children to keep them free.

    How sickening is it knowing there are those just for power would let some one kill their own kin. That's what in our government now power hungry war mongers.

  • DockyWocky

    Obama and his DHS witch, Napolitano, have created a monster in the current and (GASP!) future editions of Homeland Security. This is truly more of a GESTAPO now, and this penchant for prodding, watching, and listening is getting out of hand, as well as getting awfully close to the limit of tolerance many of us have for government snooping.

    We're getting this because we're all supposed to be getting protected from radical islamic SOBs who have had free run of the country and still do today. al-Obama is promoting islam at every opening of his purple-lipped mouth, so this DHS crap ain't inconveniencing any of them one iota.

    Handing those Egyptian moslem brothers of his 16 - 20 F-16s is a really wise move on his part that just seems designed to keep those bloody suckers happy so they don't go after him. Paying off the barbarians has always had a certain appeal for dictators, who eventually go down in flames courtesy of those same barbarians.

  • TAM44

    Over 56 million people have been killed in the 20th Century after being disarmed around the world. Stay healthy my friends arm yourselves and there is strength in numbers and over eighty million gun owners in this country and they are steady buying more so God bless them and our Constitution.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Casas/1530991238 Donna Casas

    Big Brother is here!

  • fwiw

    A few years ago, San Diego (?) was caught tinkering with traffic lights with cameras. Tickets skyrocketed. (Surprise!) The government can be trusted to misuse this technology at the expense of our freedoms.

  • TLady62

    Big Brother Alert!

  • gypsy314

    I say war is what they are looking for and American people are very close to all hell breaking loose. cameras and audio can be remove very fast Police must choose a side either American people or Obama and crew. I hope they choose wisely. Sound will take care of audio and paint balls will take care of cameras pellets guns what ever or take down transformers will also disarm cameras and audio too. Either way folks when the taking is done be prepared to fight or become a slave to Obama and crew. Only peaceful hope is our elected leaders can impeach Obama and crew soon.

  • rascallyrabbit

    While Big Brother is growing like an enormous cancer. We, the people, must fix our themselves, become more like the American of the past with moral clarity and backbone. We must call out immorally because it is tremendously damaging to CHILDREN. The liberal policies and attitudes are destroying the lives of children and robbing them of decent childhoods and homes in which to grow into happy healthy individuals, that can then raise their own happy healthy children. One, man, one woman at time, we need to each make the decisions everyday and encourage others to make decisions that actually protect children.

  • Laurence Almand

    It is only a matter of time until they develop sattelites that track every gunshot and EVERY conversation in the US. They already have Echelon, which monitors every phone conversation - or have the people forgotten that one? In the future they will require that every person be implanted with a chip that tracks their movements at all times.