Surveillance & Loss of Freedom
Relevant Articles: Homeland Security and the transformation of America
See Psalm 27:1-3 and Psalm 32:7
When freedom & privacy fades, our only real security is in Jesus Christ. But those who belong to Him need not fear the future.
From last March:The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say): "...this temple will be filled with servers, computer intelligence experts, and armed guards....Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications....
"Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails..." See Homeland Security and the Transformation of America
Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government? "...a seemingly spontaneous admission this week by a former FBI counterjihadism agent provides a rather startling acknowledgment of just how vast and invasive these surveillance activities are.
"...every telephone conversation Americans have with one another on US soil, with or without a search warrant - 'is being captured as we speak'. ...'telephone calls, emails, online chats and the like - are automatically recorded and stored and accessible to the government after the fact." See George Orwell's 1984
IRS to Spy on Our Shopping Records, Travel, Social Interactions, Health Records and Files from Other Government Investigators: "[The IRS] will use in robo-audits and data mining [and] it has told government and industry groups that its computers are capable of scanning multiple networks at the same time to collect 'matching' comprehensive profiles for every taxpayer in America. Such profiles will likely include shopping records, travel, social interactions and information not available to the public, such as health records..." See George Orwell's 1984
U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance: "Justice Department agreed to issue '2511 letters' immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act....
Note from a friend: "Facebook 'gave' me a big list of websites and people asking if I want to 'like' them. That list included four people that were totally unrelated to anything that I have done on Facebook. Mixed in among the others -- probably to avoid special notice -- they were Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Barak Obama and Michelle Obama. I wonder if they were trying to profile me as to whether I support the administration or am a political dissident."
Education, Indoctrination and Data Mining in Common Core: Here’s Why America’s Schools May Be in More Trouble Than You Think: "One of the most troubling aspects of this federal program is that government bureaucrats are currently mining sensitive and highly personal information on children through Common Core’s tracking system. The data will then reportedly be sold by the government to outside sources for profit..."
Will US Predator drones being sold to United Arab Emirates become terrorist tools? "The agreement would mark the first time a non-NATO country has obtained the American-made technology, which has reshaped modern warfare. The deal has drawn scrutiny from critics who worry about the technology falling into terrorists' hands or being used by governments against their own citizens....The sale would still need the approval of Congress, and there are federal restrictions on selling large drones. But General Atomics, which builds the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper hunter-killer drones used by the U.S. Air Force and CIA, has designed a new unarmed version of the Predator that would qualify for export." See Trusting God as Freedom Fades
Tiny robot mosquito drones being researched by the US government: "It’s an insect spy drone for urban areas, already in production, funded by the US Government. It can be remotely controlled and is equipped with a camera and a microphone. It can land on you, and it may have the potential to take a DNA sample or leave RFID tracking nanotechnology on your skin. It can fly through an open window, or it can attach to your clothing until you take it in your home." See George Orwell's 1984
Worried? New Drone-Mounted Camera Can Tell What You’re Wearing From 17,500 Feet: "PBS noted that ARGUS can actually see much more details than just attire. It can see objects as small as six inches. ...a white object in the field of view is a bird flying."
Army developing ‘synthetic telepathy’: "A new Army grant aims to create email or voice mail and send it by thought alone. No need to type an e-mail, dial a phone or even speak a word. Known as synthetic telepathy, the technology is based on reading electrical activity in the brain using an electroencephalograph, or EEG. Similar technology is being marketed as a way to control video games by thought." See Steps toward Global Mind Control
Video.The Next Generation of Surveillance
NSA whistleblower says government illegally reading all our emails, phone texts, internet:" Ten years go, this would have been called a conspiracy theory. Now it's an admitted fact: the Orwellian Big Brother nightmare is already..." This is worth watching! Then, see the next link from last March:
Older. The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say): "...this temple will be filled with servers, computer intelligence experts, and armed guards....Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications."
U.S. Spy Law Authorizes Mass Surveillance of European Citizens: Report: "...according to a new report produced for the European Parliament... has warned that a U.S. spy law renewed late last year authorizes' purely political surveillance on foreigners' data' if it is stored using U.S. cloud services like those provided by Google, Microsoft and Facebook." For important background information, read this article: An International Information System
For important background information, read the next article:
U.S. Spy Law Authorizes Mass Surveillance of European Citizens: Report: "...according to a new report produced for the European Parliament... has warned that a U.S. spy law renewed late last year authorizes'purely political surveillance on foreigners' data' if it is stored using U.S. cloud services like those provided by Google, Microsoft and Facebook."
Global Surveillance. An International Information System(1996): "The UN has called for a sophisticated international computerized information system that would disseminate its politically correct data and pseudo-scientific risk assessments into every community, build consensus based on its visions, goals, values, and choices, then monitor individual and collective compliance everywhere-in homes, schools, offices.
"'Develop gender-sensitive databases, information and monitoring systems,' states the Beijing Platform for Action. It calls for the 'consistent flow of information' among 'national, subregional/regional and international institutions'... -- all under the watchful guidance of the UN's Social and Economic Council.
"The UN plan matches the Clinton plan for social transformation through a vast government-controlled information and surveillance system."
DARPA Sponsors Surveillance Technology to Predict Future Behavior: "The dizzying speed of the growth of the surveillance state and the increasing sophistication of the tools used to build it are paid for in large measure by funds doled out by the Army’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). ...once a person has been identified by the federal government as a potential threat, that person will be unable to seek refuge anywhere as emerging technology... will put every spot on the planet within the field of vision of the all-seeing, never-blinking eye of government....
"...who are the members of the Nlets community? According to its website, every state police force in the United States, the Secret Service, the FBI, the DHS, the Federal Aviation Administration, TSA, the State Department, and Interpol, among others. That is a coalition of such immense power, reach, and resources that no one can escape it..."See George Orwell's 1984
Armored truck with cameras will roam St. Pete neighborhoods: "Coming soon to a St. Petersburg neighborhood near you: an armored truck that you cannot miss and that cannot miss you, at least not with the four cameras mounted behind bullet-resistant glass, pointed in all four directions." See Homeland Security and the Transformation of America
Obama Ready to Sign Surveillance Grid Executive Order: "The latest Obama EO – he has issued 135 thus far – is a response to the failure of a cybersecurity bill to pass in the Senate. ... Instead of protecting Americans, Obama’s unconstitutional EO will allow the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security to extend their surveillance capability."
City To Be Watched By Permanent Eye In The Sky: “Lancaster appears to be the first city where a camera will send video continuously. ...the idea of having a permanent eye in the sky, whether that be via manned aircraft or surveillance drones, remains the priority of law enforcement bodies across the country despite the significant costs involved during a time of economic hardship when some cities are struggling to afford vital services such as firefighters. ...The use of surveillance drones... is expected to accelerate...." See An International Information System
Austin Kids To Be Tracked With GPS Device: "Austin is by no means the only city to use GPS technology to keep tabs on schoolchildren. Similar programs are in place across the country.... Schools across the country have also installed surveillance cameras in bathrooms to spy on children. The story also serves as a stark reminder of how the role and responsibility of parents to discipline their own children is being eviscerated..." See George Orwell's 1984
US military surveillance future: Drones now come in swarms? "A small insect or a mosquito over your ear may now be much more than simply annoying. Those could easily be micro drones which now come in a swarm of bug-sized flying spies. ...The University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab showed off a network of 20 nano-quad rotors capable of agile flight, which could swarm and navigate in an environment with obstacles." See No Place to Hide?
Pentagon reveals DARPA's creepiest spy robot yet (VIDEO): "Video released last week by DARPA shows researchers controlling a small, low-cost silicone robot that relies on air and fluids to move across an array of terrain, using its surroundings to alter its color and temperature along the way."
Washington's new massive snooping plan – 'biosurveillance': "Barack Obama announced today the next phase of government national surveillance – with a budget of billions. It’s called 'the National Strategy for Biosurveillance.' But, don’t worry, it’s all for the public good...
"Early threat detection and sustained situational awareness are critical to saving lives and improving outcomes when there is a national health emergency. The... National Strategy for Biosurveillance aims to unify national effort around a common purpose and establish new ways of thinking about providing information to enable better decision-making.... But what does it all mean? ...BioWatch has already cost the U.S. taxpayers approximately $1 billion. The next phase ...is expected to cost $3.1 billion over the next five years."
Washington's new massive snooping plan – 'biosurveillance': "Barack Obama announced today the next phase of government national surveillance – with a budget of billions. It’s called 'the National Strategy for Biosurveillance.' But, don’t worry, it’s all for the public good...
"Early threat detection and sustained situational awareness are critical to saving lives and improving outcomes when there is a national health emergency. The... National Strategy for Biosurveillance aims to unify national effort around a common purpose and establish new ways of thinking about providing information to enable better decision-making.... But what does it all mean? ...BioWatch has already cost the U.S. taxpayers approximately $1 billion. The next phase ...is expected to cost $3.1 billion over the next five years."?
VIDEO: Obama Makes Free Speech a Felon
64 Drone Bases on American Soil [with map showing their locations]: "The possibility of military drones (as well as those controlled by police departments and universities) flying over American skies have raised concerns among privacy activists. As the American Civil Liberties Union explained in its December 2011 report, the machines potentially could be used to spy on American citizens. The drones’ presence in our skies 'threatens to eradicate existing practical limits on aerial monitoring and allow for pervasive surveillance, police fishing expeditions, and abusive use of these tools in a way that could eventually eliminate the privacy Americans have traditionally enjoyed in their movements and activities.'"
Prying eyes in US skies raise privacy fears: "As Predator drones obliterate targets in Central Asia, an armada of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is forecast to take over the United States' skies....US Senator Rand Paul has introduced the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2012, which would require agencies to acquire a warrant before using drones to spy on people, unless extraordinary circumstances exist." See Homeland Security and the transformation of America
Big Brother’s all-seeing eye - Use of military surveillance drones overhead would be un-American: "The photos that the drones will take may be retained and used or even distributed to others in the government so long as the 'recipient is reasonably perceived to have a specific, lawful governmental function' in requiring them. And for the first time since the Civil War, the federal government will deploy military personnel inside the United States and publicly acknowledge that it is deploying them 'to collect information about U.S. persons.'
"It gets worse. If the military personnel see something of interest from a drone, they may apply to a military judge or 'military commander' for permission to conduct a physical search of the private property that intrigues them. Any 'incidentally acquired information' can be retained or turned over to local law enforcement. What’s next? ...
"The quoted phrases above are extracted from a now-public 30-page memorandum issued by President Obama’s secretary of the Air Force on April 23. The purpose of the memorandum is stated as 'balancing … obtaining intelligence information…and protecting individual rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.' Note the primacy of intelligence-gathering over protection of freedom..."
Bilderberg Pushes Mandatory Internet ID for Europe: "While the international ACTA treaty and United States’ CISPA legislation are setting the stage to clamp down on the world wide web, technocrats are working overtime to try to pin down your identity and make sure all your activities are thoroughly monitored and under control. The European Union is now moving to create a mandatory electronic ID system for all EU citizens that would be implemented across Europe to standardize business both online and in person." See An International Information System
Powerful surveillance cameras read texts: "...the average person is digitally recorded about a dozen times a day – and even more if they use email and social media frequently.... In Britain, drone cameras, mobile cameras on cars and cameras on police helmets are in frequent use. Soon, technology will exist that can pick up on raised voices, and sniffing devices will be able to detect drug residue....Civil liberties lawyer Michael Bott warned against becoming desensitised to digital surveillance. 'It's quite worrying when we, by default, move to some sort of Orwellian 1984 where the state or Big Brother watches your every move. ...we don't realise what we are giving up when we give the state the power to monitor our private lives."
The TSA's mission creep is making the US a police state: "The out-of-control Transportation Security Administration is past patdowns at airports – now it's checkpoints and roadblocks. ...apparently more in an attempt to live up to the inspirational motto displayed at the TSA's air marshal training center since the agency's inception: 'Dominate. Intimidate. Control.'" Trusting God as Freedom Fades
Is there a drone in your neighbourhood? Rise of spy planes exposed after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S.: "The un-manned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states."
The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say): "...this temple will be filled with servers, computer intelligence experts, and armed guards....Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications....
"Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails..."
18 St. Louis Schools Place Monitoring Devices on Students: "Missouri elementary schools plan on monitoring their students in and out of school, while they sleep and while they’re awake.... Moreover, the report goes on to say that the data collected from each student will be used to assess 'achievement and behavior.' First through fifth graders are subject to the testing assuming that the parents give parental consent; however, at least one parent had discovered the testing device on her child after the fact, and had given no permission."
Idea of civilians using drone aircraft may soon fly with FAA: "Drone aircraft, best known for their role in hunting and destroying terrorist hide-outs in Afghanistan, may soon be coming to the skies near you. Police agencies want drones for air support to spot runaway criminals. Utility companies believe they can help monitor oil, gas and water pipelines. Farmers think drones could aid in spraying their crops with pesticides. ... Still, there are vast privacy concerns to be confronted by government officials, such as what kinds of surveillance should be allowed and who should be permitted to use these drones."
Future drones: Kill by software, not by humans: "More than 50 countries have purchased surveillance drones, and many have started in-country development programs for armed versions because no nation is exporting weaponized drones beyond a handful of sales between the United States and its closest allies.'... Last year, (Iran) also claimed two of its drones, the Rad and Nazir, were 'capable of conducting long-range reconnaissance, patrolling, assault and bombing missions with high precision.'...
"Climbing to 800 and 1,000 feet over the military base, 'the automated, unpiloted planes worked on their own, with no human guidance."
Feds Saving All Tweets Forever On Massive Database: "Watch what you Tweet, because the government will be able to retrieve it for years– or decades– to come."
Getting Iinked up electronically (Video). See Outline of End-Time Events
Union Wants Mailmen To Thwart Terror Attacks: "As the United States Postal Service looks at ways to cut budgets and deal with declining revenue, the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers is going against the grain by suggesting the agency should be increasing the services offered, including thwarting terrorists....'There’s things they could do with sophisticated scanners because they go everywhere.'” See Your friendly community spies
Americans, Everything You Do Is Monitored: "Transparency, it seems, had nothing to do with making government more visible. It did, however, have everything to do with making your life more transparent."
Facebook knows plenty about you: "Julee Morrison has been obsessed with Bon Jovi since she was a teenager. ...Then it dawned on her why all those Bon Jovi ads appeared every time she logged onto the social-networking site. 'Facebook is reading my profile, my interests, the people and pages I am ‘friends’ with and targeting me,' Morrison said. It’s brilliant social media, but it’s absolutely creepy.'...
"Now, the company is looking to cash in by helping advertisers pinpoint exactly whom they want to reach.... Facebook doesn’t have to guess who its users are or what they like. Facebook knows, because members volunteer this information freely — and frequently — in their profiles, status updates, wall posts, messages and 'likes.' ....'Facebook has perfected a stealth digital-surveillance apparatus that tracks, analyzes and then acts on your information, including what you tell your friends.”
Apple, Google Collect User Data: "Google and Apple are gathering location information as part of their race to build massive databases capable of pinpointing people's locations via their cellphones. These databases could help them tap the $2.9 billion market for location-based services—expected to rise to $8.3 billion in 2014."
INTERPOL eyes biometric IDs for international workers and travelers: "Such an electronic ID would ensure that a traveler can be identified in different countries using the same identification document. Participating countries would be tasked with issuing electronic residence and work permits that conform to a single universal standard. ...the card would likely include biometric data of an individual, including DNA and fingerprints that would also be uploaded to a global database."
Fed instructs teachers to Facebook creep students:"Education Department officials are threatening school principals with lawsuits if they fail to monitor and curb students’ lunchtime chat and evening Facebook time for expressing ideas and words that are deemed by Washington special-interest groups to be harassment of some students. There has only been muted opposition to this far-reaching policy....The agency’s threats...have the support of White House officials, including President Barack Obama, who held a Mar. 10 White House meeting to promote the initiative as a federal 'anti-bullying' policy....
"Under the new interpretation, principals and their schools are legally liable if they fail to curb 'harassment' of students, even if it takes place outside the school, on Facebook or in private conversation among a few youths.....
"Facebook is developing new features that will make it harder for principals to miss episodes of online 'harassment,' and so will increase the likelihood of government action against the teenage users of Facebook and other social-media....
"The leading advocate for the expanded rules is Kevin Jennings... Jennings founded the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network advocacy group, and raised at least $100,000 for the Obama campaign in 2008....
"The primary purpose behind the administration’s initiative is to 'create a social and political climate where it is impossible to express conservative moral beliefs' about sexuality, even when research data shows those beliefs help many people live prosperous and happy lives....Children... have a right to speak their minds and champion their beliefs." See Spiritual Warfare
India launches universal ID system with biometrics: "Starting this month, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will begin processing people in various locations around the country. ...and to ID 600 million people in the next four years!... While residents are not mandated to get a UID, a growing list of services including social welfare and even some bank accounts will soon require the identification number. If successful, this will be the first biometrically verified universal ID implemented on a national scale."
Iris Scanning Set To Secure City in Mexico, Then the World: "When you get masses of people opting-in, opting out does not help. Opting out actually puts more of a flag on you than just being part of the system. We believe everyone will opt-in.” See An International Information System
Controversial Program Tracks Preschoolers with Electronic Tags: "Officials in Contra Costa County, California are using RFID (radio frequency identification) technology to track some 240 preschoolers as part of a new Head Start program to keep the children safe and to make better use of its teachers. [Really?] ...The county received a $115,000 stimulus grant... under [Obama's] American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009....
"...the child is assigned a little jersey with a number on it that has a tracking device, or RFID tag....Using software, teachers and administrators can then monitor the children’s activities on a computer screen. The children are displayed as moving dots. If a child moves out of the area, the system sounds an alert....' [Wouldn't it be better if actual adults watched and encouraged those children? An RFID mentor sounds rather impersonal.]
"'I don’t think kids should be treated like guinea pigs or farm animals,' [said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center] 'Up until now these tracking devices have been used for farm animals or house pets.'" See No Place to Hide?
[EU] 'Targets include: “Extreme right/left, Islamist, nationalist, anti-globalisation etc”: "[On April 26] the General Affairs Council of the Council of the European Union 'nodded' through without debate Council Conclusions 'on the use of a standardised, multidimensional semi-structured instrument for collecting data.... Firstly by analyzing the 'various environments' where 'radicalisation' occurs, then secondly by introducing 'systematic ways' of exchanging information on individuals or groups who use hate speech or incite terrorism....
'“Nationalist'? There are lots of different 'nationalist' groups many of whom hold moderate and 'radical' views on seeking to establish rights for their nation. Equally many liberation struggles could be defined as 'nationalist'. 'anti-globalisation etc' seems to be a general 'catch-all' covering just about every group that is opposed to the status quo.
"Who is going to be using this 'instrument' placing a very wide spectrum of people and groups under surveillance? EU police forces, security and intelligence agencies plus 'EU institutions and agencies' (eg: SITCEN Europol are mentioned....
"The individual or groups on which the information is to be gathered and exchanged are called 'AGENTS' and: 'data assessment will therefore automatically be built into tactical operational decision-making, with the measures and steps considered appropriate here being taken.”
Britain to Participate in Controversial EU Citizen Surveillance Scheme: "European governments are planning to force all of the continent’s telephone carriers, mobile network operators and Internet service providers to store details of their customers’ web use, e-mails and phone calls for up to 2 years.... 'The ‘instrument’ is not primarily about people or groups intending to commit terrorist acts. But rather directed at people and groups who hold radical views described as those propagating ‘RM’ (radical messages).'... In Britain’s current political climate, Christian and politically or socially conservative groups have already been heavily targeted for state interference." See Seeds of Persecution
U.S. School District to Begin Microchipping Students: "A Rhode Island school district has announced a pilot program to monitor student movements by means of radio frequency identification (RFID) chips implanted in their schoolbags.... Parents or school officials could log onto a school web site to see whether and when specific children had entered or exited which bus, and to look up the bus's current location as provided by the GPS device....
"The school is perfectly entitled to track its buses, he said, but 'it's a quantitative leap to monitor children themselves.' He raised the question of whether unauthorized individuals could use easily available RFID readers to find out students' private information and monitor their movements."
Such tracking may seem justifiable at first, but it's likely to be the start of oppressive government surveillance.
Babies' DNA given to military database: "A report that the state of Texas forwarded the DNA from hundreds of newborn babies to a military database without parental permission or knowledge raises some very alarming questions. The paperwork trail the publication uncovered revealed federal officials wanted to share the database worldwide 'for international law enforcement and investigation in the context of homeland security and anti-terrorism efforts.'"
School Spies on Students at Home With Webcams: "Lower Merion School District officials are spying on students and their families inside their homes with Web cameras installed in pupil laptops, claims Blake J. Robbins in a lawsuit against the district.... Robbins’ father, Michael Robbins, got confirmation from Matsko that the school district does in fact have the ability to remotely activate any of the students’ webcams at any time -- even if the computer is not being used. 'Occasionally a green light would go on on your computer which would kind of give you the feeling that somebody’s watching you,' Harriton High School student Drew Scheier told NBC..."
During the Olympics, The Feds Will Be Reading Your Tweets: "As the winter Olympics begin, the Department of Homeland Security has disclosed that it will be monitoring the comments and posts on websites and social media like Twitter for information on possible terror threats."
... As far-fetched as that sounds, systems that aim to get inside an evildoer's head are among the proposals floated by security experts thinking beyond the X-ray machines and metal detectors used on millions of passengers and bags each year.... The reaction could be a darting of the eyes, an increased heartbeat, a nervous twitch or faster breathing.... 'One by one, you can screen out from the flow of people those with specific malicious intent.'"
Google...They're telling us they will turn data over to the feds': "Who in the world knows as much about you and your private thoughts as Google?...'It would blow people's minds if they knew how much information the big search engines have on the American public..."
Mind-reading systems could change air security: "A would-be terrorist tries to board a plane, bent on mass murder. As he walks through a security checkpoint, fidgeting and glancing around, a network of high-tech machines analyzes his body language and reads his mind.
Probably not if their conscience is dulled or they're mentally trained for jihad and death.
See alsoSurveillance: 2003-2004 ~ Surveillance: 2004-2006 ~ Surveillance: 2007-2009