"In the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense; and have no other preliminaries to settle with the reader, than that he will divest himself of prejudice and prepossession, and suffer his reason and his feelings to determine for themselves; that he will put on rather than off, the true character of a man, and generously enlarge his views beyond the present day." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

4 More Signs That Big Brother Is Here

It seems as if privacy is a thing of the past.

1. The DEA Spies On Millions Of Cars:
"The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records of motorists, according to current and former officials and government documents."
Can't be too surprised here. Modern cars are less machines than computers on wheels. Even the steering is done entirely by software. Oh, and that GPS works two ways. You may be able to find where you're at and where you're going with it, but so can the NSA.

2. British And Canadian Intelligence Agencies Spy On Smartphones:
"British and Canadian spy agencies accumulated sensitive data on smartphone users, including location, app preferences, and unique device identifiers, by piggybacking on ubiquitous software from advertising and analytics companies, according to a document obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden."
Well, at least that's Britain and Canada. The CIA and NSA would never collaborate and share information with the spy agencies of our close allies, right? Right?

3. Police Radar Can "See" Through Walls:
"The radars work like finely tuned motion detectors, using radio waves to zero in on movements as slight as human breathing from a distance of more than 50 feet. They can detect whether anyone is inside of a house, where they are and whether they are moving."
They can see you pee, but that's just to protect you from drugs, terrorists, and weirdos!

4. Micro Drones Designed To Look Like Bugs:
"Modeled after birds, insects, and other small animals, these small airborne surveillance devices can remain hidden in plain view while navigating spaces off limits to conventional aircraft. Able to take off and land anywhere, able to maneuver through city streets and hallways, and able to stop and turn on a dime, these micro-drones will still pack a lethal punch, equipped with an array of weapons and sensors, including tasers, bean-bag guns, 'high-resolution video cameras, infrared sensors, license plate readers, [and] listening devices.'"
So that fly on your wall is actually a spy. I wonder, if you swatted it would you get destruction of federal property or the death sentence for killing an officer?

Oh, but wait! I forgot that this is America! All my social studies textbooks and that old guy on Fox News said America is the land of the free, so it must be true. I'm sure this is all just to keep us safe and secure, because if there's one thing the government could never fail at, it's protecting us!

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