Seattle Police Announce ‘Mesh Network’ Deactivation Following Major Document Leak

Mikael Thalen
November 13th, 2013
Updated 11/13/2013 at 10:29 am

The Seattle Police Department announced Tuesday evening that it will begin temporarily deactivating the city’s massive wireless mesh network following a major document release by Storyleak and Infowars detailing the network’s expansive web of surveillance abilities.

“The wireless mesh network will be deactivated until city council approves a draft policy and until there’s an opportunity for vigorous public debate,” Seattle Police Spokesperson Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said.

Police Chief Jim Pugel gave the orders to begin the deactivation process earlier in the day, while also claiming they had not been actively using the network. Seattle police now say the network was “operational” but not being “operated” after allegedly forgetting to turn off the system following its initial test phase, contradicting earlier claims.

“Our position is that the technology is the technology, but we want to make sure that we have safeguards and policies in place so people with legitimate privacy concerns aren’t worried about how it’s being used,” Whitcomb said.

According to police, the network deactivation process is more advanced than simply flipping a switch, but no specific timeline was given as to when the network would be completely deactivated.

Although a newly passed city ordinance required the Seattle government to submit user policy information for the mesh system to city council within 30 days of implementation for public review, the system’s roll-out continued without public approval.

Following refusal from Homeland Security and Seattle police to release the surveillance capabilities of the mesh network nodes appearing all throughout the downtown area, documents given to Storyleak and Infowars blew the lid off the secretive program, revealing its massive reach to countless Seattle surveillance systems.

Major data points not only included the network’s ability to log specific information of mobile device users stepping inside the mesh network’s perimeter, but it’s connection to the local DHS-run Fusion Center and Seattle’s Department of Transportation Intelligent Transportation System, which controls the city’s license plate readers and traffic cameras.

These revelations follow several key articles breaking down other advanced surveillance systems including the vast deployment of conversation recording microphones in major cities, as well as the “Intellistreets” light fixtures, most recently rolled out in Las Vegas.

While many question the actual extent of the mesh network’s “deactivation,” the announcement made by Seattle police is yet another example of real media’s ability to shift the outcome of major political events in our current climate of corruption and cowardly corporate news.

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Mikael is the lead features writer at His articles have been featured on sites such as the Drudge Report, Infowars and Natural News. During his time at, he was frequently ranked the number one political writer.

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  1. nicoli says:

    I do this kind of I.T work for a living.

    The spying on your phones is only half the story. All of these white box devices are capable of WIPS.

    If you had a whole city covered with them, you could shut down EVERY wifi network. This is bad. In Egypt when the Government shut the internet down, hackers used dial-up modems conected to WiFi routers to give people internet access again (even if it was a bit slow!).

    This would not be possible with a mass deployment of these devices. You could not tether phones to laptops, or home routers or even the WiFi at your workplace. All under DDoS attack by these Govt probes. DHS could shut down EVERYONES WIFI .

    Peace from Australia. Glad to hear they shut these things down…

  2. Roger says:

    Tyranny, by any other name is still tyranny.

  3. O'd in the A says:

    Nice work guys! As a Seattle resident I applaud you for exposing these tyrants on a world level. This is how we fight back, this is how we the the people draw our own "red line". Thanks so much for all your hard work and the risk's you take.

  4. Mr. Liberty says:

    Good job Mikael and Anthony! Way to stick it to the Man…

    I am not surprised at all that the SPD responded so quickly. Seems like they are trying to wash their hands from it. We all know they were getting direct orders from Big Brother.

  5. Myke says:

    The networks are still online. INfoWars has another article with a Seattlite showing the network is still being recognized by phone/laptop/tablet wireless cards.

    • Mikael Thalen Mikael Thalen says:

      The police yesterday said they would “begin the process” of turning them off, without giving a timetable of how long it would take as stated above in the article. Clearly it SHOULD be off, but I never expected it to be done in one day. But I definitely will be keeping an eye on the situation, thank you!

  6. Truth says:

    They are also using satellite to spy. Together with direct energy weapon, the globalist can interfere with most electronic equipment

  7. While many question the actual extent of the mesh network’s “deactivation,” the announcement made by Seattle police is yet another example of real media’s ability to shift the outcome of major political events in our current climate of corruption and cowardly corporate news.

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