The US Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies have hidden a number of secret cameras for surveillance in street lighting, according to federal contract documents.
Government procurement data showed that DEA Cowboy Streetlight Concealments LLC paid approximately $ 22,000 since June 2018.
The agency bought video recording and reproduction equipment & # 39; from the company in Houston, Texas.
Both the DEA (left) and ICE (right) have bought more than $ 20k in video recording and reproduction equipment & # 39; from Cowboy Streetlight Concealments
If the cameras are already installed in the street lighting, is currently unknown and it is also unclear where they will be used in the future (stock)
ICE proved to have paid the company $ 28,000 for the same duration, reports Quartz.
If the cameras are already installed, this is currently unknown and it is also unclear where they will be deployed in the future.
But ICE offices in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio have made purchases with Cowboy Streetlight Concealment.
The DEA, on the other hand, had their Office of Investigative Technology make purchases. The office is located in Lorton, Virginia.
Cowboy Streetlight Concealments is owned by Christie Crawford and her husband, a police officer from Houston. She would not reveal any details about the federal contracts.
Earlier this week, the DEA announced that they would potentially work with Obsidian Integration LLC to provide "doorshifts to home network PTZ." [Pan-Tilt-Zoom] camera, mobile modem, cellular compression device & # 39;
The Oregon-based company has a large amount of federal law enforcement clients
We do streetlights and camera housings, & # 39; said Crawford. & # 39; Actually, there are companies outside of it that build cloaks for the government, and that's what we do. They specify what is best for them, and we make it. And that's about everything I can probably say.
& # 39; I can tell you this, things are always being watched. It does not matter whether you drive on the street or visit a friend, if the government or police have a reason to monitor, there is great technology to do it. & # 39;
Earlier this week, the DEA announced that they would potentially work with Obsidian Integration LLC to provide "doorshifts to home network PTZ." [Pan-Tilt-Zoom] camera, mobile modem, cellular compression device. & # 39;
The Oregon-based company has a large amount of federal law enforcement clients.
The DEA has also placed surveillance cameras in traffic vessels and has worked to operate a group of digital speed display traffic signs that read license plate information
On 7 November, the Jersey City police tapped Obsidian's integration for & # 39; the purchase and delivery of a secret pool camera.
The DEA has also placed surveillance cameras in traffic vessels and has worked to operate a group of digital speed display traffic signs that read license plate information.
Chad Marlow, with the American Civil Liberties Union, said that local law enforcement officials claim that the streetlight cameras would be an advantageous part of the smart & # 39; LED lighting system.
It actually has the ability to make any streetlight a surveillance device, which is at least very Orwellian, & # 39; said Marlow Quartz. & # 39; In most jurisdictions, the local police or public works department is authorized to take these decisions unilaterally and secretly. There is no public debate or supervision. & # 39;
Surveillance cameras in such public areas would help to increase the development of facial recognition.
Amazon has done well with the US Department of Homeland Security in an effort to give their cameras access to facial recognition.
& # 39; We are willing and willing to support the vital [Homeland Security Investigations] mission, & # 39; wrote an Amazon employee in an e-mail.