Oct 192016
 October 19, 2016  Surveillance, U.S.  Add comments

Joe Cadillic writes:

DHS is using firefighters to spy on Americans in their own homes.

DHS is using the U.S. Census to ask Americans, questions about smoke detectors, so they can to give homes ‘fire risk assessments’. The above video (approx. 2:30) shows how the New Orleans fire department “took it up a notch” and “went door to door, boots on the ground” entering resident’s homes to install smoke detectors in people’s bedrooms, kitchens etc.

According to the “City of Orleans, Analytics-Informed Smoke Alarm Outreach Program,” the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) has been going door-to-door giving homes free ‘fire risk assessments’ since 2015.

Read more on MassPrivateI.

I think it needs to be made clear that there is no suggestion that firefighters are being willing or knowing tools of DHS. Their motivation is generally to keep the community safe, and programs such as checking on smoke detectors to test them for residents or helping them install them are well-intended programs from the firefighters’ perspective.

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