DHS Funding Grid that can Track Population of Entire Cities: Seattle WIFI Spy Network Goes Live

Imagine walking out your front door, only to have your every step monitored, tracked and cataloged by the government. Sounds like something straight out of a 1984 style Sci-Fi movie right? Wrong!

Aruba Networks Wireless Mesh Network Routers in Seattle

What was once the work of Science Fiction is now becoming reality in Seattle, Washington — which could be the first test city in the Department of Homeland Security’s bid to track every person in the country.

News Station KIRO 7 in Seattle, Washington broke the story back in 2013, but for some reason have since removed the video from their website. In that report, city council member Bruce Harrell told KIRO 7 News that some of the information picked up by wireless access points is a necessary part of the system.

“While I understand that a lot of people have concerns about the government having access to this information, when we have large public gatherings like the situation like in Boston and something bad happens, the first thing we want to know is how are we using technology to capture that information,” Harrell said.

There is conflicting information about exactly how the Mesh System will connect to the Department of Homeland Security, and beyond the initial reports from when I first wrote about this story in 2013 there isn’t a whole lot of information out there on the program. But if you are wondering what the network looks like, here is a good video from Reason TV that shows the wireless boxes that are part of the DHS funded spy network in Seattle.


Seattle’s new wireless mesh-network project, designed by California-based company Aruba Networks, is able to track and store the last 1,000 places you visited.

Seattle wireless mesh-network, designed by Aruba Networks

The system, which was funded by the Department of Homeland Security, works by tracking your every movement through the electronic devices you’re carrying. Cell phones, tablets and laptop computers all have a unique media access control (MAC) address; this identifier allows the mesh network to literally track your every move. The mesh network includes 160 wireless access points that are mounted to utility poles throughout Seattle.

On the company’s website, they say this system can also tie into existing smart grids, traffic cams and wireless video surveillance systems; giving the government not only the ability to track your every move, but also giving them real-time, broadcast-quality video surveillance at 30 frames per second.

Seattle Spy Grid Network

This mesh network is part of whole new level of surveillance that’s being put in place across the country. From the federal government’s plan to fill U.S. airspace with drones, to the fusion centers that have popped up in cities around the country, this system is just one more example of the federal government’s attempt to track and catalog every move you make.

Federal Judge Judge Blocks Seattle From Disclosing FBI Surveillance Info

According to ABC News, on June 13, 2016 a  federal judge blocked Seattle from releasing information about surveillance cameras the FBI has placed throughout the city.

The Justice Department said that if the locations of the cameras are made public, the information could tip off investigation subjects that they are being monitored. The FBI had provided information about its use of the cameras to the city’s public utility, Seattle City Light, since 2013 under a promise of confidentiality, but only to prevent the cameras from being removed or destroyed by utility workers, the Justice Department said.

The FBI has ceased sharing that information with the utility because of possibility the city will make the information public, the Justice Department wrote.

“The FBI’s use of the pole camera technique is a powerful tool in FBI investigations of criminal violations and national security threats,” the Justice Department’s lawsuit said. “Disclosure of even minor details about them may cause jeopardy to important federal interests because, much like a jigsaw puzzle, each detail may aid adversaries in piecing together information about the capabilities, limitations, and circumstances of (the) equipment’s use, and would allow law enforcement subjects, or national security adversaries, to accumulate information and draw conclusions about the FBI’s use of this technology, in order to evade effective, lawful investigation by the FBI.”

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  1. This is utterly insane. The price of technology is one day submitting to that technology and letting it rule our lives. Not to incite destruction of government property but by invoking protection from invasion of privacy we should be tearing those devices down and melting them into the piles of molten bullshit they are!

  2. and that is why it is called OFF THE GRID, no cell phone, no laptop, nothing that leaves a trail….that means people without theese devices will be getting a chip.

    • Not carrying a device doesn’t necessarily keep you safe. The fact that they have cameras hooked up to these systems allows them to track you with facial recognition.

    • As “sniper” alluded to,off the grid means exactly that! If your going off-grid even part-time to get started, electronics (if they are a true “MUST HAVE” for certain scenarios) go in a well made Copper mesh bag/case for those moments in time… if you can get out, they will get in…

  3. Technology seems to be like karma, what comes around, goes around. Does anyone realize that the government is monitoring people through Facebook!?!

  4. You can see the network on your phone because the NETWORK IS CONNECTING WITH YOUR PHONE! Waiting for Council to approve?? Sure. And you’ll believe them when they say they won’t use them to track you, will you?

    • Foil is a hassle. buy some chewing tobacco or pipe tobacco in a flat steel can. Prince Albert comes to mind. Toss the tobacco and wash out the can.

  5. There are RFID (radio frequency identification) chips embeded in the tires of your car. There placed there by the tire companies to Handel shipping and recieveing. Since these chips have unique numbers. its just as easy for the same tracking equipment to follow. So off the grid means on foot. Oh by they way more and more products are using these chips. Even some boxes of cereal already have an embedded chip.

  6. Wow, when I get rich (that would be never) maybe I’ll be able to buy a week of privacy, for a pretty steep price, where no one will be minding my business -I would probably feel a big relief in my personal space (is it time to update the idea of “personal space” i.e. is there any space left?), and a kind of freedom I had forgotten existed…have to remember not to walk around the city munching cereal too. Maybe when I buy that week of privacy, I could splurge, and buy a right or two, just to see what that felt like…

  7. Easy to fix.

    If they are picked up on the wireless public networks, they are NOT licensed.

    They must accept ANY interference they get.

    2.4 GHZ, public frequency, just happens to be the same frequency that your microwave oven operates on. It is the resonant frequency of water.

    Stupid cops

  8. While most people don’t have anything to hide, I am a privacy advocate. Consider this … (Yup, you don’t need to know if I am going to a place to get a hamburger!)

  9. Some useful info: The electromagnetic shielding capability of metals is proportional to their conductivity. Simple aluminum foil is surprisingly ok for a cell phone in tests I did. And yet, for anyone wanting the best, try copper foil.

    Top materials in order of their ability to conduct electricity (and therefore shield electromagnetic waves):
    Graphene (3x the price of gold, is pure carbon in a particular arrangement)

    So the next time someone drops a tin-foil-hat jab, tell em tin is for amateurs.

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