So, a couple months ago while the Egyptian riots were going down, our government berated the Egyptian government for cutting off internet access and limiting communications. Well local legislators have yet again embraced the “let no crisis go wasted” mantra and are now exploiting the London riots to be able to restrict communication abilities.
The question resonated Saturday in San Francisco and beyond as details emerged of Bay Area Rapid Transit officials’ decision to cut off underground cellphone service for a few hours at several stations Thursday. Commuters at stations from downtown to near the city’s main airport were affected as BART officials sought to tactically thwart a planned protest over the recent fatal shooting of a 45-year-old man by transit police.
Considering this is the “Republik of California” how does one now notify the police when in an emergency situation? You have not only disabled the ability of the enemy for communication, but for the law abiding as well. But that’s the point isn’t it, put the public in the dark and make them dependent upon the state for assistance.
That said, I know that all they did is disable the towers within the tunnels, but it’s only a matter of time before they request the ability to do it elsewhere. The wife and I have backup long distance communications abilities and procedures, do you?
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.