Friday, March 25, 2016

Harris Corporation is Everything Edward Snowden Warned Us About... And More.

A Harris Corporation surveillance van on Rochester, NY's Interstate 590

By Davy V.

Rochester, NY is the 5th most watched city in the U.S.

When I say "watched", I mean as in surveillance.

As in Big Brother.

As in Big Brother is always watching you.

Harris Corporation is one of the nation's biggest tactical and surveillance communications company.

In 2014, Harris Corporation was named one of the top five Federal contractors by Defense News.

The following year, in 2015, Wired Magazine ranked Harris Corporation (tied with the U.S. Marshals Service) as the number two threat to our privacy and communication.

WikiPedia describes Harris Corporation as follows:

"Harris Corporation is an American communications company, defense contractor and information technology services provider that produces wireless equipment, tactical radios, electronic systems, night vision equipment and both government, defense and commercial sectors. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $8 billion of annual revenue and more than 23,000 employees, including 9,000 engineers and scientists."

For years I've tried to tell people that Harris Corporation, whose headquarters are located in Melbourne, Florida, but its tactical communications division is located in my hometown of Rochester, NY, is working with law enforcement to conduct surveillance on citizens.

One way Harris Corp. helps law enforcement, not just in Rochester, but throughout the U.S., spy on citizens is with their StingRay technology.

When local and federal law enforcement agencies were  prevented by a U.S. Supreme Court decision to use GPS devices without a warrant so they could track and spy on citizens, these agencies turned to StingRay.

Described by communications experts as a "sophisticated, portable spy device which is able to track your cell phone signal in vehicles, homes, and insulated buildings", StingRays in essence act like fake cell phone towers, allowing police to pinpoint location of mobile cell phone users, and also allowing police to suck up cell phone data including texts and emails.

Your texts.

Your emails.


But there's much more to Harris Corporation that StingRays.

Much, much more.

More that we will probably never know about, because it's kept under tight wraps by the company.

And the government.

And boy do the two share a close relationship.

In fact, just in the last couple of years alone, the U.S. Pentagon has awarded Harris Corporation, back to back defense communications contracts worth hundreds of millions.

And while most Rochester, and Monroe County, NY residents are completely oblivious to Big Brother watching them, the fact is they're everywhere.

Tbursday morning, as I was driving on Interstate 590 North, I couldn't help but notice a white Ford panel van who seemed very insistent on following closely behind me, despite the fact that I was in the right lane, doing the 55 MPH speed limit.

This went on for at least a mile, before the van finally decided to pass me.

It was a Harris Corporation van with three men inside, one in the back, who seemed to be manning some sort of electronic equipment.


So next time you're out and about, keep an eye out for Harris Corporation vehicles.

I assure you, Harris Corporation is everything Edward Snowden has warned us about.

And more.


Harris Corporation surveillance van on Rochester, NY's Interstate 590.


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