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Clothing For The Surveillance State

January 15, 2013 by  

Clothing For The Surveillance State

In an apparent sign of our surveillance state times, one New York-based artist is designing the fashion-forward equivalent of tinfoil hats.

Artist Adam Harvey has created a line of high-tech clothing that helps wearers avoid the prying eyes of facial-recognition technology and unmanned aerial vehicles. Another of his garments has pockets that prohibit a wearer’s cellphone from being tracked. Harvey also has created an “XX-Shirt” which he claims is made of material to protect the heart in the event you are forced to walk through an X-ray machine.

“Military technology is coming home from the war,” Harvey told Slate. “These pieces are designed to live with it, to cope with it–to live in a world where surveillance is happening all the time.”

One example of Harvey’s attempt to use fashion to thwart the surveillance state the anti-drone hoodie and anti-drone scarf he has designed. The garments designed to thwart thermal imaging, a technology used widely by UAVs.

Harvey has worked in the past to come up with ways to obscure facial features and hairstyles so that they are not picked up by facial recognition cameras, which are becoming more common in cities throughout the world.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Toy

    This must be the saddest comment on what America has become..

    • FreedomFighter

      Line a camo rain slicker hoodie with a space blanket (sew it in) or other clothing with a hoodie.

      remember your footprints will be heat visible, so…read up, several websites out there will show u how to minimize your visibility to high tech tracking.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

    • rendarsmith

      Sad but true. Time to wake up.

  • Dwight Mann

    Liberals do need some type of protection. . .

  • Warrior

    I wonder if harvey is working on a pants suit model? I know a couple of “gals” who may be interested.

  • Vigilant

    Only a matter of time before such clothing itself will be outlawed. Burka, anyone?

  • Ben Gardner

    I definitely want one! I already have a lens on my license plates that foils the street cameras. Now I need one that foils facial recognition.

    • Robert Smith

      Don’t want to take responsibility for your actions of speeding, running a stop sign, or a light?

      Safety isn’t a game or an attack on your personal freedom.


      • Dan

        ..because the speed cameras are all about safety, not revenue.

      • Andy

        It is when they reset the timing of the yellow light so that they can “catch” more people running the lights!! This has been proven and, as a result, the cameras were being forced to be taken down.

      • Carlucci

        Robert Smith, why are you here? Get real. Red light cameras, toll road cameras, etc., are not about “safety”, it is all about revenue and control. Nobody likes quizlings or paid shills like you.

      • manuel rosa

        all about safety sure,sure

    • Andy

      What type of “lens”? I want one. You know, people seem to forget that life went along just fine before we were monitored in everything that we do for our own “safety”. To all you pointy headed “intellectuals” out there, you need to wake up–it AIN’T about your safety…as in all things involving humans, follow the money. That particular trail will never let you down. Why are you so stuck on yourselves to even think that there are bureaucrats/politicians anywhere that sit around and worry about your safety? Get a life, take a walk in the real world, just WAKE UP.

  • dan

    I covered my motorcycle helmet with Reynolds-wrap (aluminium foil)…
    didn’t count on the lightning,though

    • FreedomFighter

      try mylar like electronic are packed in

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

  • Average Joe

    I have a piece of “Radiant barrier” about 150 ft long by 5 ft wide. It blocks 99% of IR heat. Any idea how many ponchos and makeshift tents that I can make with that? A LOT….lol
    A friend bought it for his house, he’s selling the house, so I got the roll of Barrier at half price @ $60. Great investment for the future.



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