Interesting article about NSA facility and capabilities

Brian Morrison bdm at
Tue Mar 27 15:36:43 BST 2012

On Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:13:58 +0100
Roland Perry <lists at> wrote:

> In article <20120327143653.00000c18 at>, Brian 
> Morrison <bdm at> writes
> >> The remainder are a bit like people driving round in
> >> cars with heavily tinted windows - makes you wonder what they are
> >> trying to hide.
> >
> >I now have a car fitted with these as standard by the manufacturer,
> >one reason for their increasing popularity is that they reduce the
> >heat load into the car in bright sunshine and make the rear set
> >passengers a lot more comfortable. It's rarely anything to do with
> >hiding anything, except for hiding goods in the back of an estate
> >car from prying eyes.
> I hide the things in the back of my estate car with a tonneau cover.

I have one of those too, but it only covers things that are quite
small, to make use of the full capacity of the car it needs to be

> The suspicion (which would need to be confirmed by investigation) is 
> that the invisible driver of a car with heavily tinted windows is
> doing things like illegally using their mobile phone.

In which case they can be prosecuted for having glass in the windscreen
and driver/passenger windows that stops more than 30% of the light
passing through. I've seen this being checked at the roadside on a
couple of occasions recently.

> And in the rare circumstances you were looking for a particular 
> perpetrator, you'd need to get them to stop; whereas lone grannies
> with clear windows would obviously not be the car full of teenage
> thieves you were looking for.

Perhaps they're being driven about by someone who looks entirely
respectable and would not attract attention. My rear seat
teenage passengers are now effectively invisible from more than a few
feet away from the car, but I'm a respectable looking middle-aged bloke
who isn't likely to be stopped.


Brian Morrison

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