Were you aghast and appalled when you heard the Russians are spying on guests at the Olympics in Sochi? The Russians are even spying on people in the shower. Hello? Are you aware of what the US is doing and will soon do? We spy on everybody!
The federal, state, and local governments – and hackers and foreign countries – can or will be able to soon spy on US citizens through cameras and smart devices including phones, appliances, thermostats, computers, alarm systems, and even the black boxes in our cars which are connected to a central data-collection terminal. Then there are the drones, smart streets and their ‘hubs’ to mine data and pull it all together for government agencies or anyone powerful enough to get it.
As General Petraeus, the CIA Chief in 2012 said, ‘if you use an app, you are actually bugging your own house.’ He said at the time, ‘We’ll spy on you through your dishwasher.’ We can thank the Internet of Things (IoT) for that, but more on that later.
We have cameras popping up everywhere in New York and throughout the country, not just at corners or at toll booths, but on streets, in university campuses, parks, everywhere. Sandanista Bill, Mayor of New York City, said ‘we need a lot more cameras.’
The cameras are not harmless and will eventually be able to communicate with drones and other more central devices that will be able to mine data from each person passing by.
They are already communicating with each other.
The Minority Report just published an article about Trapwire, the new technology that links every camera into one large network.
In case you think this is some futuristic invention we need not worry about, think again, because it already is operating at high value targets in NYC, DC, Vegas, London, Ottawa, and LA. It can watch, analyze and target in on threats more accurately than several humans.
If you have SmartStreets in your town, you know that the lampposts are also watching you. The plan for Smart Streets America is to have the surveillance system in every town and city in this country. It’s already in many cities, towns and universities and all the information goes to a central hub. It’s meant for safety and road repairs but Big Brother will abuse it. You know I’m right.
In case you somehow evaded the cameras, the black boxes will get you. The Black Box bill was written in secret and mandates black boxes (EDR’s) be placed in every new car. It has been eased in and you might already have one since the dealers don’t tell you it’s there.
The boxes are recorders and they can record vehicle speed, engine speed, steering angle, throttle position, braking status, force of impact, seatbelt status, airbag deployment minutes before a crash and minutes after. They can even determine details such as traveling too fast over a speed bump. There are sensors under the seats which determine how many people were in the car.
More advancements are planned such as audio records of the conversations in the car. There is even talk of video be incorporated into them.
The government wants cars to talk to each other now. You can read about that on this link.
We don’t have any money but we have money for this.
We have smart meters coming into every city and town, an idea perpetuated by the communist UN.
Smart meters or AMI technology is one component of Obama’s cap and trade system. The meters are being forced into homes across the nation by utilities funded by the federal government even though it is not yet the law.
Smart meters gather detailed information about everything you do within your home that uses energy. It is a significant intrusion into peoples’ privacy.
Spying through appliances, TVs, home thermostats? You think that’s nuts, right? Think again. Google, whose goal it is to categorize the world’s information and which controls 40% of the world’s traffic, has formed an alliance with NSA. (That should terrify you. I’m just saying.)
They won’t stop there.
They plan to become a persistent presence in your home. They bought a company called Nest which makes smart meters and smart thermostats.
Wiring everything in your home, making them ‘smart’ means they have computers on board. They are part of the ‘Internet of Things.’ They can’t be turned off and they are vulnerable to cyberattacks.
When General Petraeus took over at the CIA and was put in charge of the Utah Spy Center, he said 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.’
We no longer need James Bond, just a computer tech. Computer geeks are the new sexy.
Petraeus also said that processors and web connections will be added to previously ‘dumb’ home appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, and lighting systems.
’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’ and they will all be ‘connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing.’
The genius of George Orwell!
‘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 National Security Agency (NSA) is building the largest spy center in the world in Utah. It will contain information about every person and his/her communications in this country and elsewhere.
Some data will come from drones, surveillance videos, and streetlights. Still other information will come from archived Internet data, phones and everyday electronics.
The NSA has a wing in the Utah Spy Center that is dedicated to spying on Americans. Just so you know, the wing is an extremely large building.
If you have a smart phone or computer with those nice little cameras for Face Time, the NSA can turn them on if they want to and they can do it unnoticed from latest reports.
I like the NSA and I want them to protect us but if the NSA can do it, hackers can too.
We know the NSA is inside the cable network. They spy on every potential source of a target. In some cases, the NSA has modified the firmware of computers and network hardware—including systems shipped by Cisco, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, and Juniper Networks—to give its operators both eyes and ears inside the offices the agency has targeted.
Key loggers can be put on computers. Definitely don’t do anything on a company computer you don’t want them to see. The government puts key loggers onboard home computers as well. We don’t know what the guidelines are.
Once the NSA has modified a computer or system, they can install ‘backdoors’ that can survive a total system wipeout.
It’s a marvel but it can be abused and there are no constitutional guarantees being put into place.
This is a drone. Don’t be fooled by its size, it’s quite powerful. Drones can fly unnoticed and can communicate data back to a plane or device that can then send it to a hub to be stored.
What about all the drones? All the Internet and wireless service providers have them. Police and corporations are buying them up. Some are as small as a bug, they can fly high above a house and with their infrared camera, they can see what you are doing in your shower. They can data mine and send the information back to a hub.
There are absolutely no privacy rights or legal restrictions being drawn up to protect us from whatever drones find, at least none we can see. They can see through your house form hundreds of feet above and they can store anything they see.
There will be 30,000 of these drones flying over America by 2020 with unlimited access unless we get Congress to put privacy rights in place and I’m pretty sure we won’t be able to get them to do that.
Drones can be weaponized. In fact, the smart lampposts can be weaponized.
Have you heard about the congressional Drone Caucus that plans ways congress can make money off these things at the same time they are supposed to be protecting us? It’s another form of Insider Trading. Do you think they are worried about your 4th Amendment rights?
Listen to John Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute:
And you were worried about The Patriot Act. Are you kidding me? I’m all for security but there needs to be some clear guidelines about what can or cannot be done and we need to know what they are with the right to judicial recourse if necessary.