Monday, November 27, 2017

The US Government Plans to Genetically Engineer Plants to Spy on People



The Daily Stirrer has always believed scientists are insane, the ideas they throw up get whackier as time goes by. And they always, ALWAYS, are more concerned with showing off how clever their science is than with thinking about its less welcome consequences. One of the most fashionable (and therefore most attractive to science wankers,) areas of research currently is Genetic Modification. Potatoes have had their DNA sliced with genes from a shrimp to give is prawn cocktail flavoured chips,rs food crops have had their DNA tweaked so they are not harmed by herbicidal pesticides, thus wiping out pollinating insects so the crops fail just as surely as if they had been eaten by caterpillars.


And these entirely predictable consequences are always completely unforeseen by scientists, who dismiss the questions of non scientists who can actually see what's staring them in the fucking face by saying, "You're not a scientist so you can't understand how science works."


The answer to that of course is "Maybe not, but we can see how your pesticides are working."


Image: Still from the 1963 film "Day Of The Triffids


The latest example of whako science is funded by DARPA, the people who brought you the experiment in training soldiers to kill goats by staring at them. These people are now genetically engineering plants to spy on us.


from The AntiMedia


The government’s newest surveillance program will use plants as instruments of data collection, according to a new report from the military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The program is specifically intended to assist operatives on the battlefield. The project, named Advanced Plant Technologies (APT), seeks to turn plants into next-generation surveillance technology.


In a statement, the agency said:


“The program will pursue technologies to engineer robust, plant-based sensors that are self-sustaining in their environment and can be remotely monitored using existing hardware…detect[ing] the presence of certain chemicals, pathogens, radiation, and even electromagnetic signals.”


DARPA will use gene-editing techniques to reconfigure plants to make them capable of reacting to certain types of stimuli in the environment. These plant-based sensors are self-sustaining and will be remotely monitored by the government agency. While the program will affect the plants’ genomes, it will not alter their ability to thrive in their natural environments.


“Plants are highly attuned to their environments and naturally manifest physiological responses to basic stimuli such as light and temperature, but also in some cases to touch, chemicals, pests, and pathogens,” said APT program manager Blake Bextine in the agency’s press release.


“Emerging molecular and modeling techniques may make it possible to reprogram these detection and reporting capabilities for a wide range of stimuli, which would not only open up new intelligence streams, but also reduce the personnel risks and costs associated with traditional sensors.”


DARPA, sometimes called the Pentagon’s Brain, has long been known for developing innovative but arguably dangerous technologies, including weaponized Agent Orange, covert data mining, anti-protesting weapons, and specially trained war mercenaries. With regard specifically to surveillance and data collection, DARPA has collaborated with the NSA to monitor video game players, developed biosurveillance tools, produced the notorious Total Information Awareness system. That system was responsible for the NSA’s PRISM program, which violated the civil liberties of millions of Americans.


These programs all started under the auspices of benevolent innovation. Once again, we see the complex dynamic between facilitating national security and preserving civil liberties, as one can easily question whether these plant censors could be used for domestic data collection or if they could be modified for other means.


The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which has acted as a sort of de facto technological watchdog over government and corporate programs, has previously issued critical statements regarding DARPA and other government agencies like the NSA. In one instance, they listed several questions for researchers exploring new and potentially dangerous technologies, including considerations about their security and whether or not they can be exploited. They concluded:


“To be clear, we’re not saying that researchers should stop innovating in cases where the answers to those questions are more pessimistic. Rather, we’re saying that they may want to take precautions proportional to the risk.”


They have urged experts in the field “to fully think through the ramifications of new research as it’s conducted.”


When it comes to developing new forms of surveillance, if we can be certain of anything, it’s that the government will not voluntarily relinquish its self-appointed power to monitor its citizens — so vigilance on everyone’s behalf is necessary.


(RELATED: If You Don’t Know What DARPA Is, You Should Probably Read This)


First published by The Anti Media, Creative Commons licence.



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