Set up an internal surveillance system
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Everything is in place now for government agencies to watch our each and every move. Some are evident – warrant less wiretapping, instituted by George W. Bush and preserved by Obama: Government opts for secrecy in wiretap suit. Then there is the Patriot Act which gives the government access to your medical records, tax records and information about the books you buy or borrow. This grossly misnamed Act also allows the government to break into your home and conduct secret searches without any notification, now or in the future.
Consider the curious case of Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lundeby. Young Mr. Lundeby was detained for suspicion of making a bomb threat. Dan Boyce, a defense attorney and former U.S. attorney not connected to the Lundeby case stated, “They’re saying that ‘We feel this individual is a terrorist or an enemy combatant against the United States, and we’re going to suspend all of those due process rights because this person is an enemy of the United States”.
While brute force has long been a stock in trade for oppressive governments technology plays a big role in the perfection of a new big brother. Many of the techniques have been around for a long time. The British philosopher Jeremny Benthan in 1785 conceived a new type of prison he called the panopticon.
From The Impact of Video Systems on Architecture dissertation by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology:
The significant feature of the design was that the inspector can see each of the prisoners at all times, without being seen. The prisoners never knew of sure whether they are watched or not, thus conveying a sentiment of an invisible omniscience. (Lang, Silke Berit. 2004).
Today advances in technology make it much easier to give the sense of “an invisible omniscience”. Many people believe there are cameras on every street corner. That isn’t true yet but not because of a lack of effort. Richard M. Daley, the current mayor of Chicago has stated publicly he would like to have surveillance cameras on every street corner in his city. Chicago Mayor Daley Wants Surveillance Cameras on Every Corner
What we don’t know about personal surveillence troubles me more. Google, a major Internet search engine has been accused of having ties to the CIA. In 2006 Prison Planet TV broke the story. Google executives have denied it veracity but recently have announced a new partnership with the CIA as reported by The Huffington Post.
What we do know about Google is that none of your searches are ever deleted. So if you typed in something the government would find objectionable the phrase is still stored on Google’s servers. One alternative is Scroogle
I’m not afraid of technology, I make my living with it, I’m afraid of what technology can do in the wrong hands. Fifty years ago when George Orwell wrote 1984 it would have been impossible to watch every citizen as closely as described. Today there is so much information on each of us the difficulty is not in locating details about an individual but the logistics of maintaining and searching through all that data.
Manipulating the news is also a lot easier. Electronic media can be changed in a millisecond and without a paper trail there is no way to dispute it. Is it a coincidence newspapers all across the country are in danger of going bankrupt? If you think the government does not interfere with domestic news organizations I suggest you look at Operation Mockingbird. And that was over 50 years ago.
The ever seeing eye of Big Brother is watching its vision increase exponentially. If you have a cell phone you can be located within 200 feet.
Stimulated by the events of 11 September 2001, the demand for enhanced 911 (e911) emergency calling capabilities, pushed forward GPS tracking technology in cell phones. At the end of 2005, all cell phone carriers were required to provide the ability to trace cell phone calls to a location within 100 meters or less. ( Using the GPS for People Tracking )
RFID chips are the most inconspicuous and ubiquitous method of spying on individual citizens. Imbedded in almost everything we buy, from tires (RFID switchboard) to jeans ( Levi Ships RFID-Tagged Jeans ) Even cash transactions will be able to be tracked.
In a story dated 07.09.03 (Euro Scheme Makes Money Talk) Hitachi is reported to be developing RFID chips to be used in the Euro. At this time I am unable to confirm the deal was ever completed. However, it destroys the idea of cash being the only safe transaction since it is almost impossible to know if there is a chip in your money or not.
Using current technology it is possible to find almost any person at any time. All that’s left is to listen to what they are saying. It’s not that hard.
One method is surprisingly simple – use the microphone built into cell phones. According to CNET News, “The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a mobile phone’s microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations.
The technique is called a “roving bug,” and was approved by top U.S. Department of Justice officials for use against members of a New York organized crime family who were wary of conventional surveillance techniques such as tailing a suspect or wiretapping him“.
Conversations in your car may not be private either, thanks to OnStar. In 2003 the FBI was prevented from using OnStar from listening in to personal conversations. (Court limits in-car FBI spying) but since then the Patriot Act passed and what is legal now has changed. Especially if you have been designated as a terrorist or threat to America.
Some of the powers granted to the The National Security Agency:
(Title II, Sections 200, 202, 206, 209)
200- Authority to intercept wire, oral, and electronic communications relating to terrorism.
202- Authority to intercept wire, oral, and electronic communications relating to computer fraud and abuse offenses.
206- Roving surveillance authority under The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.
209- Seizure of voice-mail messages pursuant to warrants.
Notice 200, 202 and 206 say nothing of obtaining warrants.
This article just scratches the surface of the many and varied ways we can be watched, listened to and tracked. I find it frightening but if you believe you have nothing to hide, your life is an open book, the government is here to help us, let me finish with a quote from Cardinal Richelieu, “If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged.”