The Ominpresent Surveillance State

The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction

 

Read this twice and then send it to somebody you care about.

I found this part particularly of interest:

“How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use.

In totalitarian regimes—a.k.a. police states—where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used. In countries where the police state hides behind a benevolent mask and disguises itself as tolerance, the citizens censor themselves, policing their words and thoughts to conform to the dictates of the mass mind.

Dystopian literature shows what happens when the populace is transformed into mindless automatons. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, reading is banned and books are burned in order to suppress dissenting ideas, while televised entertainment is used to anesthetize the populace and render them easily pacified, distracted and controlled.

In Huxley’s Brave New World, serious literature, scientific thinking and experimentation are banned as subversive, while critical thinking is discouraged through the use of conditioning, social taboos and inferior education. Likewise, expressions of individuality, independence and morality are viewed as vulgar and abnormal.”

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Surveillance State: SIM Card Tracking

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Thailand plans to TRACK all tourists using a special SIM card 

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Voluntary tracking? Don’t see this working too well. It is kinda like agreeing to a voluntary ankle bracelet.

Next will be a mandatory rice grain sized tracker they insert under your skin, kinda like the ones they are already using in the military to track “medical data”. When that happens, all the smart people will decide to “opt out” of this technology kinda like people are currently deciding to “opt out” of mandatory inoculations. When that happens people will start be put in jail for exercising their right to choose and then a mass rebellion will begin, hopefully.

 

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

Think Before You Post: The Future of Social Media Monitoring In the United States

This may have occurred in Scotland, but it is just a dark foreshadowing of the kind of “monitoring” and “regulations” coming to Social media here in America. So For all you poor souls out there addicted to Social Media, Good Luck with all that. -SF

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Glasgow police are warning people not to post unnecessary things on social media or else they might “receive a visit” from the police.

In a tweet Friday morning, Greater Glasgow Police wrote, “Think before you post or you may receive a visit from us this weekend. Use the internet safely.”

They also included a graphic of what people should “think” about before they post:

According to the graphic, people are encouraged to “#thinkbeforeyoupost” anything that is not deemed “necessary” or else they will receive “a visit from us this weekend.”

The tweet by the Greater Glasgow Police Department comes as Police Scotland issued a statement regarding social media comments made by an imam at Glasgow Central Mosque.

The statement from Superintendent Jim Baird of Police Scotland’s Safer Communities Department reads, “Officers have reviewed all comments as reported to Police Scotland, and whilst it is appreciated that individuals raise issues that concern them, on this occasion no criminality has been established.”

Perhaps if the imam had posted something unnecessary on social media as opposed to simply praising a terrorist on social media, the police would have visited him.

Read the Original at MRCTV

Emergence of License Plate Readers

Are you still naive enough to think it’s nobody’s business where you’ve been??? Big Brother begs to differ!

Suppose someone were to follow you around in your car 24 hours a day and record where you were, who you were with, where you parked and how long you were there. Then suppose this person put together a complex picture of your home, habits, and routes. You would rightly think that you were being stalked. However, when the police or private companies do this exact thing with license plate reader technology, they claim that your car has no right to privacy because it is on the public streets in plain view. The plain view isn’t the issue-it’s the picture that is drawn from the massive databases.

When media outlets broke the news broke the news that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had gone out to bid for an extensive database that could track, sort, analyze and store information from license plate readers nationwide, the bid was withdrawn within days by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS Secretary, Jeh Johnson, was quoted as saying he was unaware of the solicitation and was canceling the contract based on concerns raised by privacy advocates. What Johnson did not say was that the DHS already has a massive database of license plate information supplied by a nationwide network and run by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He also did not say that the feds have ready access to a private database that is collected and stored by Vigilant Solutions.

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Vigilant Solutions runs a nationwide system of LPRs and has stored over a billion images of vehicles, drivers, and other identifying information that is categorized by date and GPS location. This “service” and others like it are adding to their databases to the tune of 35 to 50 million new records each month. There is no law requiring the records to ever be deleted.

Read the Remainder at Medium

We Are All Big Brother Now

This article presents an interesting question…in a world where connectivity and constant surveillance are a given, where is the line drawn in who is REALLY Big Brother?

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By exposing the wrongs of police and politicians, video-phone democracy is reinventing freedom. But is this just another form of mob rule?

By MICHAEL HIRSH July 23, 2015

This is a weird hinge moment in history. Many of us who grew up in the latter decades of the 20th century, when the Cold War was still on, were taught to fear an Orwellian Big Brother, the all-seeing eye of a totalitarian police state. In the last few years revelations about the National Security Agency’s intrusions into our private world have made some people wonder if that nightmare might still be coming true in this century.

Yet something closer to the opposite seems to be happening: We are all becoming Big Brother, collectively. Big Brother is us.

Our ubiquitous phone and surveillance videos, transmitted by our tweets and our messaging on Facebook, Instagram and other outlets—the still-embryonic but swiftly rising power of social media—are gradually allowing us to reassert the power of the individual (or at least large numbers of individuals) over the state and our politicians. A new force in the land, the electronic grassroots if you will, is pushing our politicians and police as never before—not to mention holding public icons and celebrities, like Bill Cosby, to account. We’re installing some sort of new order together, one we haven’t defined, and we barely seem to realize it.

Read the Remainder at Politico