The DNI office’s news release described crime scenes and international arms inspections as settings in which the smart clothing could be used. The surveillance capabilities of the concept remain unclear as it remains in an early developmental stage. Critics of the SMART ePANTS program point to the potential use of the concept in illegal surveillance. Annie Jacobsen, author of “The Pentagon’s Brain,” told The Intercept that the program could become a tool to “create the vast intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems of the future.” “They want to know more about you than you,” she said.
The federal government has shelled out at least $22 million in an effort to develop “smart” clothing that spies on the wearer and its surroundings. https://t.co/1MsrKRDfpB— The Intercept (@theintercept) September 5, 2023
SMART ePANTS is intended as a 42-month research project, according to the news release. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
The federal government recently shelled out $22 million of your tax dollars to develop “smart” clothing, including “smart underwear,” capable of recording video, audio & geolocation in an IARPA (the CIA’s counterpart of DARPA) project called “SMART ePANTS.”What could go wrong? pic.twitter.com/SFrUpD3psQ — Jason Bassler (@JasonBassler1) September 6, 2023