Friday, December 5, 2008


The Blog Bulletin aims to focus and discuss the concerns and problems of surveillance in criminal justice, enterprise crime (cyber-security studies, terrorism, CCTV, and correctional programming) policy, technological philosophy (analytic, continental, and global) culture & forensic investigational theology. We look for short article submissions, commentary, and book reviews, which address this subject matter. The forthcoming date of the Bulletin is late 2010.

The approximate length for an article should be no more than 3,750 words, and for book reviews and commentary no more than 875 words (all in 12 point font).

The rule of citations should follow the APA Manual of Style.

Pkease send submissions to

The Impact of Surveillance, Technology, Fighting Crime & Terrorism

The impact of surveillance technology has become exponentially evolved from cybersurveillance tools such as Carnivore (now disbanded, once used by the FBI) and Magic Lantern, and NARUS. All surveillance tools have the potential to monitor en masse surveillance target populations to combat crime, transnational global syndicates and terrorism.

The questions of technology, one may ask what are the limits to which such surveillance tools may infringe on civil liberties, whether there is encroaching "Death of Privacy," as David Rosen has said several years back.

But is it a question that that technology (or techne) has become a "Leviathan"--to which no a posteriori necessity can circumvent a surveillance society in monitoring terrorist threats, offender and penal monitoring, and battling transnational organized crime.

Is it what Heidegger predicted that "techne" will lead to encompassing dehumaniziation of political, legal and social machinery, which there is no escape as technology advances to escape from its entangled web of the advance of surveillance technology (since Post WW II)? Or what I conclude that it is a sharp a "double edged" sword, which has an instrumental effect--and not a clearly legitimized totalization or programmatic one of a hyper-alarmist en masse surveillance society, if we read the works of Jacques Ellul, Franz Kafka, George Orwell, Ram Bam, Hans Jonas, Kurt Goedel, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Stanley Jaki, Edmund Burke, Carl Hempel, Imre Lakatos, Paul Feyeraband, Hans Urs Von Balthazar, Karl Barth, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Hilary Putnam, Alan F. Westin, Joel Feinberg, Reinhold Niebhur, Robert Nozick, John Rawls, Michel Foucault, Mary Gibson, David Garland, Jerome Skolnick, John I. Kleinig, Todd Clear, Robert Kelly, Ko Lin Chin, Barry Latzer, and Jurgen Habermas, among others.

R.S.Y. Kim, John Jay College, Law & Police Science Department

A General History of Surveillance in the U.S. in a Nutshell

Surveillance has always been a tool of governance during times of national crisis – whether prompted by threats of war, social unrest, foreign subversion, or rampant crime. The forms taken by such surveillance have followed technological developments in modes of communication and data storage. Postal monitoring occurred during the colonial period, telegraphic monitoring developed during the nineteenth century, telephonic wiretaps and bugging devices were implemented in the twentieth century, and now, more recently, various forms of computer surveillance have been designed and employed. Although these forms of surveillance have been defended in prospect of assuring national security , their use has nevertheless generated an ongoing and increasing public debate as various civil liberties – and, particularly, privacy – have been seemingly compromised.

Significantly, the issue, here now, being addressed is that there was no major official alarm for the violation of privacy until the mid to late 20th Century until landmark Supreme Court cases legally addressed privacy concerns as a paramount 4th Amendment issue. It was not after the advancement of modern surveillance technology and violation of police authority that the violation of privacy of unwarranted, and illicit monitoring could come to the forefront of how powerful the capacities to surveil could manifest itself.

R.S.Y. Kim, John Jay College, Law, Police Science & Criminal Justice Administration Dept.

Advisory Board & Editorial Staff

Editorial Advisory Board

Dr. Nicholas Birns, Eugene Lang College and New School
Dr. Barry Latzer (Ex Officio) John Jay College of Criminal Justice and CUNY Graduate Center, Gautama Ramakrishna, M.D. Virginia Commonwealth University, Fellow (Mayo Clinic Research Group), AH-CA.

Co-Founders and Editors--R.S.Y. Kim & Charles Lieberman (post Spring 2009), John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY)

[I pay profound, sincere respect, gratitude and homeage to Steve and Bok Yun Kim, Dr. Barry Latzer, Dr. Roger L. Deakins, Christina Czechowicz, Dr. John A. Maynard, Dr. Nicholas Birns, Dr. Mary Gibson, Dean James P. Levine, Dr. John I. Kleinig, Dr. Robert Kelly, Dr. F. Warren Benton, Dr. Adina Schwartz, Dr. Andrew Golub, Dr. Michael Jacobson, Dr. Todd Clear, the late Dr. C. Wiedemann (R.I.P.), Lucy Tucker, Dr. Stephen Krason, Rev. K. Kowalski, Dr. Adolph Soto, Dr. Henry Feingold, Dr. Richard Gallagher, Dr. Patricia Miller, Dr. Carol Weinstein, Dr. Gautam Ramakrishna for their Mentorship, counsel, assitance; and would like to thank Benjamin Liu, who resides in Princeton, NJ for the launch of the technics of this blog & John T. Choi for his early, youthful Pascalian influence of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.


Koryeo(Executive) Senior Editor, Robert Turly--Asian Art & Humanities

R.S.Y Kim, Ph.D., Order & Society of SS. Thomas and Bartholomew, who studied Law,_LIT, Math @ NYU; John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY Graduate Center Research Foundation Fellow (Dept.Management, Law, Criminal Justice; CO-Editor-BEN LIU, BROWN U< West/East PSYCH: Senior Math/Stats Editor, Editor. S. VAN BEVERHAUT; Assoc. Communications Ed. Michael Reyes, Hamilton College: Hon. Supreme THEORETICAL MATHEMATICS ED. ALGIRDAS.T. University at LITHUANIA-POLAND;Film Editor-"Voltaire," SUNY-BINGHAMTON U. SR Assoc. Math.Ed. Arsen Yakubov, U of Israel-Princeton U----Advisory Board--Gautam Ramakrishna, MD,(EMERITUS) Executive Secretary, Nada Pues Nada (Mayo Clinic Research Group)- C. Lieberman, PhD, NYPD, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, Investigation and Policing Philosophy, John Jay College-University of New Haven(EMERITUS) *AFFIL=DULLES/BENTON/KLEINIG/SCHWARTZ/LEVINE/KIM/WANG PAN AMERICAN-ASIAN INSTITUTE FOR PEACE, WAR, ECONOMICS & JUSTICE-Legal and Political Advisor: Barry Latzer, JD, PhD (EMERITUS); ; ;Nicholas Birns PhD GPBNEW SCH0OL U=Executive V. President, B.Liu. Senior Ed. Glen Slaby--