Spying on Rock Festivals: High-Tech Hidden Surveillance at Wakarusa

UPDATE: Drug War Chronicle story about this incident online now. We wrote about police harassment of attendees at the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival when the event occurred in June, but little did we know that was only the tip of the iceberg. Now, thanks to the bragadoccio of a high-tech surveillance equipment manufacturer and a resultant puff piece in an industry rag, we know that state, local, and federal law enforcement officials were all on hand at Wakarusa to check out a demo of some very sophisticated surveillance equipment. With hidden cameras, night vision equipment, and thermal imaging, cops were able to surveil up to 85% of the festival grounds, spot drugs and money changing hands, watch people roll joints, and subsequently make arrests. The cops and the high-tech spying firm are pretty happy, but festival goers and organizers are not. Blogger Bob Merkin has been all over this at Vleeptron (just scroll down until you find it--look for the flying monkey poster), and I'll have a news brief about it tomorrow complete with some interesting links. In the mean time, perhaps it's best to believe that Big Brother is watching.
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Flying Monkeys in Kansas -- the Sequel

Hey hey Philip thanks for mentioning Vleeptron's ongoing coverage of the hi-tek Flying Monkeys who swept down on fans at last June's Wakarusa Music Festival and flew them away to Jail Jail Jail.

Got a sequel. The festival promoter knew about the hi-tek surveillance but kept quiet about it. Now that his knowledge has been outed, he's Making A Statement about how shocked he was yadda yadda.

Also I think you can share your feelings with him today/Friday on a live chat run by the Lawrence Kansas newspaper.

And a piece of my original art which I sincerely hopes tickles ya:

http://vleeptronz.blogspot.com/2006/09/flying-monkeys-in-kansas-sequel_2...

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