Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.
—Part I, Chapter I, Nineteen Eighty-Four
The NSA has added a wing that spies on Americans. Seriously, they did. Do we need this? Maybe, but I want some guidelines, how about you?
Rand Paul recently made a point about drones and our constitutional rights. Was he exaggerating? Some would have us think so.
Ignore the calls for silence on the issue because the new technology needs guidelines if we are to keep our 4th amendment rights and it’s not just for drones.
Drones equipped with infrared cameras will be capable of spying right through the walls of your home. They will be so small and fly so far overhead that you won’t see them but they will see you. There is a plan to put 30,000 government drones in the sky within the next few years. Will the government abuse this? Of course they will.
This is not a left-right issue – it’s about freedom and privacy.
Drones are collecting data from every area they fly over, picking up information on every individual in the vicinity, relaying it back to the source, and storing it. It is not just the government doing this, it’s the police, companies, universities, and so on.
Infrared cameras are being installed on streetlights to keep us safe. They also have the capacity to collect endless amounts of data about each of us who pass by and there are no guidelines for their use either.
In Utah, The National Security Agency (NSA) is building the largest spy center in the world and it will contain information about every person and his/her communications in this country and beyond after the drones and lights and all else transmit the data back to it.
Petraeus was looking forward to heading up the spy center because of the amazing technology which certainly can be used for good.
One of the marvels is that spies can watch you through your phone, TV, radio, appliances, and any Internet-connected device. If you use an app, you are actually bugging your own house, General David Petraeus said prior to becoming CIA director. We have the capability now.
At Independent Sentinel we reported the following just one year ago:
…Petraeus says that web-connected gadgets will ‘transform’ the art of spying – allowing spies to monitor people automatically without planting bugs, breaking and entering or even donning a tuxedo to infiltrate a dinner party. [say hello to warrantless searches]
‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,’ said Petraeus.
‘Particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft. Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters – all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing.’
Petraeus was speaking to a venture capital firm about new technologies which aim to add processors and web connections to previously ‘dumb’ home appliances such as fridges, ovens and lighting systems…
Before Current TV became the anti-American al Jazeera, whistleblowers appeared on the show to leak secrets about the NSA and its possible abuse of our Constitution. They described one program which they said actually happened. It was a dragnet surveillance program which harnessed information on hundreds of millions of Americans in violation of the law (at 2:10 in the video). The NSA claims they might need the data later on for some reason. The NSA can share this information with the FBI who can then use it to charge Americans (they merged domestic and international surveillance). We’re not just talking spying on Facebook or Twitter here. I don’t know how reliable these sources are – they’re whistleblowers and can’t be backed up officially.
I don’t know how accurate this is but it is interesting:
via Current TV