Steve Peacock's U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor,2003:weblog-94161205314098957 2014-02-16T12:01:14-05:00 Original reporting on little-known U.S. government funded foreign aid projects, so-called "drug war" initiatives, and overseas business subsidies. TypePad Drudge Report Features “Feds Want to Track Your DNA Like a License Plate”,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201a5116dff4b970c 2014-02-16T12:01:14-05:00 2014-02-16T12:01:14-05:00 Many thanks to Drudge Report for spreading the word about my latest article “Feds want to track your DNA like a license plate.” Steve Peacock Feds Want to Track Your DNA Like a License Plate (WND),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201a73d79549f970d 2014-02-16T11:48:14-05:00 2014-02-16T11:48:14-05:00 Just as details are emerging about a controversial, nationwide vehicle-surveillance database, WND has learned the federal government is planning an even more invasive spy program using “physiological signatures” to track down individuals. Steve Peacock FBI Becomes the 'Watchers-in-Chief',2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201a3fca828d9970b 2014-01-25T22:37:02-05:00 2014-01-25T22:37:02-05:00 The number of people identified by the Obama administration as potential terrorists surged in the past two years, and the FBI now is preparing for another spike as it plans to intensify its scrutiny of foreign visitors and U.S. citizens, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has discovered. The federal government will hire up to 116 full-time private-contractor personnel to help amass and screen data on persons whose movements or activities are brought to the attention of the Terrorist Screening Center, an FBI-administered interagency unit. Steve Peacock Obama Deploying Drones Around U.S.,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20191046bf893970c 2013-07-26T17:07:58-04:00 2013-07-26T17:07:58-04:00 The deployment of federal drones in and around U.S. shores represents one of the Obama administration’s next steps in the nation’s expanded use of unmanned aircraft systems for surveillance purposes. Steve Peacock Steve Peacock Interview with Talk-Show Host Peter Boyles,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20191045e7d8b970c 2013-07-23T16:56:48-04:00 2013-07-23T16:56:48-04:00 Today I was tracked down by Denver radio talk-show host Peter Boyles (710KNUS), who took note of my reporting via WND on the issues of drones -- unmanned aerial systems -- and other forms of electronic surveillance. We spoke for nearly 20 minutes about some of the following articles, while Mr. Boyles also allowed me to mention U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor and my background as a Capitol Hill reporter covering the final years of the Clinton Administration through the start of the George W. Bush Administration. Steve Peacock Media Ignored Big Picture of NSA Surveillance, Focused on Jobs,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20192abaae7e9970d 2013-06-27T07:06:40-04:00 2013-06-27T07:06:40-04:00 While the breadth of NSA’s communications-intercept program only recently came to light, a review of federal records and news reports shows that mainstream media largely ignored or overlooked a massive surveillance-system buildup that started to accelerate in 2006. Steve Peacock WND: Feds Recruit Private Sector to Expand Drone Use,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20177432c5221970d 2012-07-09T10:00:03-04:00 2012-07-12T14:00:24-04:00 See my latest article contribution to WND: “Feds recruit private sector to expand drone use; Seek traffic control experts to launch more spy planes over U.S. airspace.” Steve Peacock State Department Taps Into Intelligence-Extraction Technology to Monitor Social Media,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201630602ce52970d 2012-05-31T15:02:07-04:00 2012-05-31T15:02:07-04:00 The U.S. Department of State is banking on Internet-trawling software to help it identify references to departmental activities in social media as well as through traditional online-media sources. Steve Peacock DoD Prepares Follow-Up to $15 Billion Global Counterdrug Contracts,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2015434694d2f970c 2011-08-10T14:52:02-04:00 2011-08-10T18:14:02-04:00 A privately contracted, five-year global counterdrug program valued upwards of $15 billion is a year away from expiring—and the U.S. Dept. of Defense (DoD) wants to assess the capabilities of potential prime contractors in advance of the August 23, 2012, expiration date. Steve Peacock U.S. to Ramp Up Afghan Infowar with 'Aggressive Actions' -- Contractor to Bring About 'Desired Effects' in Global Media,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201543360a0f0970c 2011-06-30T16:11:45-04:00 2011-06-30T16:13:01-04:00 The next phase of a global information-warfare campaign to influence public and media perceptions about military operations in Afghanistan is unfolding, according to an updated U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) planning document that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has located. Steve Peacock