In this article you will discover the extent to which invasive government surveillance activities are escalating out of control. In July 2012, official statistics showed that US cell phone service providers experienced a huge increase in requests by law enforcement officials for cell phone subscribers’ information such as callers’ locations, text messages and call logs.
Online computer technology is opening doors for increasing surveillance possibilities. Add this to other surveillance technologies that are emerging and our privacy is becoming more and more a luxury of the past. This is all being accomplished as a result of the supposed “War on Terrorism”.
The Truth is Coming Out
New York Magistrate Judge Gary Brown has recently ruled that law enforcement agents can track people’s cell phones without a warrant. He said in this ruling that, “Given the ubiquity and celebrity of geo-location technologies, an individual has no legitimate expectation of privacy in the prospective of a cellular telephone where that individual has failed to protect his privacy by taking the simple expedient of powering it off”.
Chris Soghoian, a principal technologist and senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), issued a statement in response to this ruling saying, “There is a big difference between location information you knowingly share with a select group of friends (or, in fact, the world) and information collected about you without your knowledge or consent”.
In response to a congressional inquiry into cell phone surveillance, cell phone providers reported that they had received over 1.3 million requests from US law enforcement agencies for consumers’ cell phone data records throughout 2011.
Recently, on CNN’s “Out Front with Erin Burnett”, the program host had a couple of counterterrorism experts on the program. One was former FBI counterterrorism expert, Tim Clemente, who made a stunning statement in the course of the conversation. When questioned whether or not it was possible to retrieve exactly what had been mentioned in past digital telephone calls, he answered, “We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said…”! The other anonymous guest likewise inserted, “No, welcome to America. All of that stuff is being captured as we speak, whether we know it or like it or not.”
The following day, Clemente came back to CNN and re-established his prior assertion by stating that, “there’s a way to look at digital communications in the past” and that “no digital communication is secure”. So then the question becomes, just how many of our communications are now being captured by the government and retained for possible investigation?
The Echelon system is a worldwide network of computers that automatically searches through enormous volumes of intercepted communications for predetermined search terms or even fax, telex and email addresses. It can potentially intercept any message between people communicating from anywhere in the world.
Despite the fact that Echelon is reported to be the world’s largest surveillance computer network, it’s certainly not the only one. Russia, China and France run global surveillance systems. Denmark, The Netherlands and Switzerland have also assembled smaller-sized tracking stations.
The National Security Association (NSA) = “Big Brother”?
An NSA cryptologist, mathematician and organization whistleblower, William Binney, has gone on record as stating that he believes domestic surveillance is becoming even more expansive under the current administration than under the previous one. The veteran employee estimated that the NSA has gathered 20 trillion transactions including: phone calls, emails and other forms of data from US citizens.
He went on to reveal that, under section 217 of the Patriot Act, the NSA has retained over 1.7 billion e-mails, telephone calls and other sorts of communication every day.He added that, “they can target anyone they want”.
Mark Klein, a retired AT&T technician, also exposed the alliance between AT&T and the NSA in collecting both foreign and domestic electronic transmissions for subsequent evaluation. He said that he had records which prove that the NSA has access to email messages and metadata from over twelve telecommunications service providers. He has also revealed that, “contrary to the government’s depiction of its surveillance program as aimed at overseas terrorists… much of the data sent through AT&T to the NSA was purely domestic.”
The BIG question then becomes, “Where could they possibly store all of this data?”. Well, the new data “spy center” under construction 25 miles south of Salt Lake City might possibly accommodate this scale of task. The actual configuration and purposes of this center are classified, though.
The current presidential administration has recently acknowledged that they have made use of the IRS to target conservative individuals and groups. This only signifies that this administration, or any other administration for that matter, is inclined to target people for further scrutiny if it facilitates their objectives.
It has recently been revealed that Russian intelligence operatives intercepted a 2011 telephone call between one of the Tsarnaev brothers and their mother, residing in the Republic of Dagestan, during which they allegedly discussed “jihad”. For this reason, Russia delivered an alert to the FBI.
Big Brother is Getting Even Bigger
Google has developed the next clever innovation of compelling users to reveal their real-time location specifics by delivering time and location specific “reminders” as a part of its “Google Now” feature. This feature operates through GPS technology. The “Google Now” feature will even supply the user with suggestions on activities to do based upon their existing location and their former habit patterns. Its “Activity Recognition” feature is even able to recognize if they’re “walking, driving a vehicle, or riding a bike.”
Google Now also makes it possible for subscribers to execute Internet searches by conversing with their computer systems. So now “Go-ogle” will not only just distract us with things that just took place. It will also remind us about what we forgot to remember and even what is scheduled to occur sometime later.
With the onset of “Google Glass“, all of this will be literally glued to your head as you experience an amplified reality where you are continually plugged into the “matrix”. There are some serious privacy issues that need to be addressed with regard to Google Glass also. Big Brother can watch, take pictures of and even videotape anyone near someone who is wearing this!
Although government authorities do not currently have the ability to accumulate all of the information regarding every individual in the nation, they’ll continue to keep trying until modern technology enables their dream to become a reality.
Technology can be a useful tool if it is applied in a way that helps to facilitate more efficient and productive ways of accomplishing everyday tasks. When technology is used in ways to take advantage of and control humanity, then we have opened the door to immoral and devilish purposes.
Google Now delivers the next tool toward this technocratic vision of a life filled with convenience and clinical efficiency. By relying upon computers to do our thinking for us as we gradually merge with machine, we are surrendering a little part of our humanity each day in the process. A simple way to stop this abuse is to just turn off our “electronic dog collars” whenever we are not using them.
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