Interview 1507 – Michael Maharrey on Facial Recognition Pushback

by | Jan 9, 2020 | Interviews | 9 comments

Today Michael Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center joins us to discuss the recent legislative successes that have helped to push back on the encroaching facial recognition panopticon . . . and what remains to be done to combat this technocratic tyranny.

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Michael Maharrey blog at the Tenth Amendment Center

Michael Maharrey on The Corbett Report

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Now in Effect: California Law Bans Facial Recognition on Police Body Cameras

Three and Counting: Northampton Massachusetts Passes Facial Recognition Ban

San Diego Shuts Down Massive Facial Recognition System to Comply With New California Law

Perpetual Lineup

San Francisco Amends Facial Recognition Ban After Realizing City Employees Could No Longer Use Smartphones

How You Can Help End Unconstitutional Wars (Maharrey on Foreign Policy Focus podcast)


  1. Funny he mentioned Wallmart,
    A friend of mine was detained by police & removed from a Wallmart as the facial recognition misidentified him as a person who had a warrant for his arrest. He is caucasion and the facial recognition was wrong. He was escorted out of the store by police and put into the back of the car while they checked his ID. What if.. he had something(substance) in his pocket they didn’t like, what if he was late for work or was fired, missed picking up kids from school, or worse, made a furtive jesture or ran for some other reason & ends up being shot.. on & on. Everything’s a nail when all you have is a hammer and if the hammer is Facial recognition everyone is a suspect until proven innocent. I’m in the thick of it, driving with my visor down to block out camera views when I drive, avoiding camera saturated areas & situations. I am no criminal , I’m not photogenic & I don’t like having my image stolen. In a deeper sense I pay homage to native beleifs in which they believed that a piece of your soul was stolen or trapped interdimensionally. See, I have created an entire psychological justification structure just to support my need to not be under the scrutiny of the all seeing ever-watching eye. If I were a teen I would get the spraypaint or beebee gun out, but I’m just a seemingly normal non-criminal person going about my business. For the record – haha

    • Interesting anecdote.
      Thanks Clint.

  2. This interview was an smooth listen-to.
    I enjoyed it, and it gives hope at gaining control over our lives from a local level.

    Michael had some good analogies and “comeback phrases” in order to get a point across.
    The Ex-wife thing was funny.

  3. James, as a Canadian citizen you will know that our hundreds of governments – municipal, provincial and federal, are veterans at disrupting lawful resistance to the relentless intrusions into our daily lives. In your youth, the RCMP SS was caught opening private mail in back-rooms of post offices. What resulted? The Feds took that tedious work out of busy SS hands – setting up a chain of mail-opening factories across the country, staffed by non-thinking peons who just want to get paid. Toronto folk once didn’t want to add garbage sorting to their daily grooming regimen. Voila. Require all disposal in clear bags so the spoilsports can be caught and ticketed. More recently, the overlords chose to single out pesky Foreigner’s who insist on buying expensive (and overtaxed) micro-apartments in Vancouver’s downtown, but who won’t rent to the city’s designated “downtrodden”. The Vancouver CHEKISTY created a municipal intelligence agency to spy on the owners consumption of energy and water, and then data-match with the federal spy agencies in order to corner the bastards and teach them to be “decent” and “loving,” like we native-born Canucks. Well, every CAN-SOC indoctrinated Canadian I ever met could spout a dozen reasons why it was okay to stick-it to the guy down the street.

    The evidence piles up that Canadians actually relished the coming of the Orwellian surveillance state. Currently there is ZERO political resistance in any jurisdiction. The proof that spying is fully normalized is that Canadians now do it to each other. Restaurants routinely record patrons as we eat. The posties video us as we lick stamps and mail a postcard. The librarians watch as we browse their collections. Condo associations here routinely monitor garbage bins in Hi-Def colour to penalize “owners” who fail to sort their garbage. Isn’t everyone driving with a camera recording the traffic, convinced it will back them up their story in an insurance dispute? TELUS in B.C. now installs “home security” systems that point a Hi-Def camera and microphone INTO your house, and not at potential intruders outside the home. There are no innocents remaining hereabouts that I could point to.

    So I guess I should take comfort from your interview with an intelligent and committed American resister (a good man for sure). But somehow I don’t.
    I only respond today because I benefit directly from your efforts and feel that “lurking” at a site without at least coughing once in a while, is itself a sneaky behaviour. I am no sneak. Cheers!

  4. Keyword – Sharyl Attkisson

    NEWS 1/9/2020
    In tune with the interview, where focus is more on government spying rather than corporate.

    via Zero Hedge
    Authored by Debra Heine via
    New Lawsuit Claims Rod Rosenstein Led Task Force that Spied on Sharyl Attkisson’s Computers
    (see short Twitter video)

    In a federal lawsuit filed this week, Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein has been implicated in yet another improper government spy operation.

    In the new complaint, Attkisson v. Rosenstein, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson names former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein and four other Justice Department officials as the government agents who of illegally survielled her electronic devices…

    …Attkisson took to Twitter Thursday to explain in a video update about her case that she had just filed a new lawsuit in her years long fight “to hold the government agents accountable for the intrusions into my computer.”

    In a comprehensive summary of the case at, the reporter alleges that the intrusions began in 2011 while she was reporting at CBS on the massive government gunwalking scandal “Fast and Furious.” The government continued to spy on her computers while she was reporting on the Benghazi scandal…

    …“We have just filed a new complaint which I hope satisfies one of the issues a judge had that we’ve not been able to name the actual names of the government agents involved in the intrusion,” Attkison announced in her video. “Of course we argued we could not name the names because the government and courts would not permit us discovery to learn the names!”

    She added: “We did some additional detective work. We have five names to present to the court—names based on our information that were directly involved in the surveillance of my computers. One of them is Rod Rosenstein, then U.S. Attorney in Baltimore, a former Department of Justice official.”…

    …Besides Rosenstein, the other defendants named in the complaint are Shawn Henry, Sean Wesley Bridges, Robert Clarke, and Ryan White…

    …Shaun Wesley Bridges served…with the U.S. Secret Service…was assigned to the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force…In 2015 and 2017, Bridges was convicted of corruption related to his government work, and is now serving a prison sentence…

    …Defendant Robert Clarke was also a member of the Silk Road Task Force

    Attkisson alleges that “numerous other Americans” were also targeted by Rosenstein’s unit while he was the U.S. Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland.

  5. I’m all for you except i gotta pushback on any anti-FDA activism. The supplement market is flooded with rubbish – 3/4 of the products sold contain no trace of the primary ingredient on the label. They’re a small but effective agency who keep small outbreaks of diarrhea from exploding into huge ones. I’m asking you please monitor them keep then honest but don’t cripple them please!

  6. from today’s (1/15/2020) NYT. One probably needs to login to read.
    (Thanks to my library card, I was able to read more than one story!)
    “China Uses DNA to Map Faces, with help from the West”
    “[….] Procurement documents [for this story] showed the lab relied on software systems made by Thermo Fisher Scientific, a Massachusetts company, to work with genetic sequencers that analyze DNA fragments. Thermo Fisher announced in February(2018) that it would suspend sales to the region, saying in a statement that it had decided to do so after undertaking “fact-specific assessments.”

    For the Human Genetics study, samples were processed by a higher-end sequencer made by an American firm, Illumina, according to the authors. It is not clear who owned the sequencer. Illumina did not respond to requests for comment.[….]”


    In Ireland we have had community cc tv since 2006 but I had never heard of it in any towns or cities until 2014 and since then it is everywhere…. I’m not sure about the facial recognition, I don’t think there is much of it if at all. But it is not helpful if the law enforcers know you at all, which is likely in small town Ireland. My partner once found 50 quid on the square in town and got a phone call a few hours later to call to the station. He was charged with theft as he did not hand the money into the garda station in the first place. It was ridiculous and totally unjust but there you go. The garda corruption in Ireland is ripe.

  8. I have a different list of only 18 powers granted to the federal government as follows: What Powers Are Granted To Congress?

    Section. 8.
    1) The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
    2) To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;
    3) To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
    4) To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
    5) To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
    6) To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
    7) To establish Post Offices and post Roads;
    8) To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
    9) To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
    10) To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;
    11) To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
    12) To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
    13) To provide and maintain a Navy;
    14) To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
    15) To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
    16) To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
    17) To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;—And
    18) To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

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