This week is the 64th anniversary of the classic, epic, dystopia novel Nineteen Eighty-four, by the one and only George Orwell, Eric Blair. He also wrote Animal Farm. Now, if you have yet to bend the spine and hear the crisping as the pages are turned you are surely missing out and to get with the program. Nineteen Eighty-four is about the emergence of Big Brother, the government who utilized a surveillance state and mind control to keep the masses subservient to the government of Oceanian. Freedom of speech was considered a thought crime and suppressed by Big Brother–something we see today by governmental policies.
The courageous constitutional scholar, Glenn Greenwald recently published an article exposing the NSA’s PRISM program. This top-secret program allowed the agency to access the system of some of the largest technology companies in the world, i.e., Google, Facebook, and Apple to surveillance American citizens. The giant telecom corporation, Verizon also distributed the telephone records of millions of Americans under the PRISM program. Greenwald revealed in his article a classified 41-slide PowerPoint presentation, which was utilized to train intelligence operators on the capabilities of the program. According to the Guardian, the documents also illustrated that the service providers were consciously aware of the program. The technology companies contacted by the Guardian had no knowledge of PRISM existence:
In a statement, Google said: “Google cares deeply about the security of our users’ data. We disclose user data to government in accordance with the law, and we review all such requests carefully. From time to time, people allege that we have created a government ‘back door’ into our systems, but Google does not have a back door for the government to access private user data.”
Several senior tech executives insisted that they had no knowledge of PRISM or of any similar scheme. They said they would never have been involved in such a program. “If they are doing this, they are doing it without our knowledge,” one said.
An Apple spokesman said it had “never heard” of PRISM.
This has to be the biggest load of bullshit, I have ever heard. If a corporation is willing to provide government agencies, private information about their users/customers, without any knowledge of the use; it illustrates their incompetence of civil liberties. That is like Facebook accepting money from InQtel–basically a CIA subsidiary–and being oblivious that the data would not be used for surveillance purposes. However, this is not startlingly new information, especially for those who are awakening or familiar with Veracious Thought. The NSA and other federal agencies have gradually turned this country into a surveillance police state.
Since the release of this story, the mainstream media have been going insane over this article like it is the Second Coming of Christ, but honestly the government has been blatantly admitted to the implementation of a surveillance spy grid for years. Through legislation and CSPAN symposiums. Under the Bill Clinton administration, the Telecommunication Act of 1996 mandated that all cell phones are tracked with GPS by the end of 2002. And the only thing that the expert really discusses is the deregulation of the telecommunication and broadcasting market.
In March of last year, then CIA Director, General Petraeus spoke at an InQtel summit—see this is the shit I’m talking about—where he commented on the transformation of technology and how it would be easier for spies to monitor American homes. In wired.com article, it elaborates on his comment:
All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you’re a “person of interest” to the spy community. Once upon a time, spies had to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the rise of the “smart home,” you’d be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room’s ambiance.
“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 said, “the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.”
This has become the norm for this tyrannical government, who rather keep its citizens enthralled and controlled. The civil rights of the people is an afterthought; it has even made us complacent to the malicious abuse of powers. To not believe that the government would not make compelling arguments forcing companies to install surveillance mechanisms into new technology that is asinine. Just ask Microsoft because the latest X-Box will only allow users to play the game console as long as there is a permanent Internet connection.
Former FBI agent, Tim Clemente revealed in a CNN interview that the feds have access to pretty much everyone’s telephone conversation. When you watch the footage you should notice his facetious expression as if he is proud of the evolving surveillance state.
People are relating government abuse of power to Blair’s Orwellian nightmare novel, but the truth is that it is worse than the classic, Nineteen Eighty-four. At one time, the federal government would install tracking and surveillance devices in our home and car. And now as technology metastasizes and governments are working hand-in-hand with corporations, warrants, and the 4th amendment will eventually become obsolete. As you purchase the latest smartphone, home appliances, gaming console and more you will potentially be inviting the government takes your private information. Big Brother is here and getting worse!