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A couple of ways to stick your thumb in Big Brother’s eye

Written on Thursday, November 28, 2013 by

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Some people on Patriot Update already may be aware of this, but there are ways to make it harder for the federal government to spy on your Internet and other activities.  None of them are foolproof, the developers will admit, but they do add complexity to the NSA’s process of spying on everyone.  To my way of thinking, anything patriotic citizens can do to make federal government spying on innocent citizens more difficult or expensive is a good idea.  I’m sure the really bad guys already know about these and even more.  It’s innocent citizens who need to become aware and take some precautions.

One relatively simple change I made this week that helps quite a bit, at little aggravation to me, is to join the Tor Project network.  This is a network of volunteers who relay Internet traffic anonymously and bounce it around the world, making it more difficult to track what sites you visit.  Here is a quote from the Tor site explaining what the network does (https://www.torproject.org): Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location.”

The Tor Project warns you that this process may slow your Internet communications a bit, but I’ve found the lag is very minimal.  Of course I use a very fast computer, a MacBook Air.  I suspect those on Windows machines might find the lag more noticeable, but whether it is acceptable is up to you.  You also will have to change to the Firefox browser, which I’ve used in the past and now am happily using full time again.  There is no cost to join the Tor Project.

Another thing you will have to do is have your password authentication information readily at hand.  Since sites like your bank and others you frequent are accustomed to your Internet traffic arriving from known locations, you likely will have to authenticate nearly every time.  I consider that a minor issue in an effort to make Big Brother’s job of spying on me any little bit harder.

There are a number of other options for more sophisticated computer users.  Bruce Schneier discusses some of those in a blog entitled “How to remain secure against the NSA”.  That blog is available here.  Schneier includes a number of other suggestions for making the lives of NSA spies more difficult.  I suggest you read them and make use of all that your level of computer savvy allows.

Is there really any way to prevent Big Brother from spying on you?  No, and certainly not if you have a computer connected to the Internet.  One option would be to remove that connection and remove all other electronic devices from your home.  Of course that’s not practical, and anyway, Big Brother knows where you live, where you pay your property taxes, your telephone number (which he can listen into anytime he wants) and virtually everything there is to know about virtually every citizen.  He can even check up on you from space or with drones.

The kind of knowledge the NSA is accumulating on you and I and all citizens is dangerous to have in any government’s hands and represents a situation not conceived of by the writers of our Constitution and founders of our government.  They were people who wouldn’t have considered of the idea of spying on all citizens and assuredly would have gone armed into the streets to prevent it.  But we live in a different world now and one in which the founder’s precepts are being violated and trampled every day by our federal and many state governments.

Can we escape cradle-to-grave, 24-hour surveillance by Big Brother?  Probably not.  But I for one intend to make it as difficult as possible for him.  I’m a decorated veteran of this country’s foreign wars, a part-time pastor and a law-abiding citizen and family man.  I refuse to acquiesce limply in the arrival of Big Brother government.  I’m going to make it as hard as possible for them to usurp my liberty!  It probably won’t make much difference, but it will make me feel better, at least until they haul me off to a “correction” camp.  Wonder if they’ll call them “Obama Camps”?  Please look after my family if/when that happens and if you’re still loose.

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  • Dave Nichols

    will do and thanks for the info

  • Ray – Lord Protect Israel.

    Obama – DIVIDING AMERICANS BY CLASS

    Obama the Chicago Community Organizer

    • From the mid- to late 1980s, Barack Obama worked as a community organizer in Chicago. Thomas Sowell, the eminent Hoover Institution Fellow, offers this concise explanation of what community organizers do: “For ‘community organizers’ … racial resentments are a stock in trade…. What [they] organiz[e] are the resentments and paranoia within a community, directing those feelings against other communities, from whom either benefits or revenge are to be gotten, using whatever rhetoric or tactics will accomplish that purpose.”

    • The godfather of community organizing, Saul Alinsky, put it this way: “[The community organizer] must first rub raw the resentments of the people; fan the latent hostilities to the point of overt expression. He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act…. [His function is] to agitate to the point of conflict…. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it…. [T]here is no point to tactics unless one has a target upon which to center the attacks.”

    Obama’s Ties to Saul Alinsky’s Tactics for Fomenting Class Resentments

    • Three of Barack Obama’s mentors in Chicago were trained at theIndustrial Areas Foundation, founded by the famed godfather of community organizing, Saul Alinsky. In the Alinsky model, the goal is to foment, in a gradual and persistent manner, enough public discontent, moral confusion, and outright chaos to spark social upheaval, for which Obama uses the term “transformation.” Obama himself taught workshops on the Alinsky method for several years.

    Obama’s Introduction to ACORN and Project Vote, Groups That Pit the Poor and Nonwhite Minorities Against the Rest of Society

    • In the early to mid-1990s, Obama worked with the (now defunct) community organization ACORN and its voter-mobilization arm, Project Vote. In 2003, Manhattan Institute scholar Sol Stern wrote that ACORN, professing a dedication to “the poor and powerless,” in fact “promotes a 1960s-bred agenda of anti-capitalism, central planning, victimology, and government handouts to the poor.” ACORN, Stern elaborated, organized people “to push for ever more government control of the economy” and to pursue “the ultra-Left’s familiar anti-capitalist redistributionism.”

    Obama Calls for Massive Government Spending Hikes on Education, and the Enactment of “Living Wage” Laws

    • In an October 28, 1994 NPR interview, Obama said it would be “just plain stupid”—and would reflect “a moral deficit”—for anyone to oppose making a taxpayer-funded “investment” in the expansion of government programs for children and low-income workers: “Real opportunity would mean quality prenatal care for all women and well-funded and innovative public schools for all children … a job at a living wage for everyone who was willing to work …”

    Obama Emphasizes Inter-Group Conflict

    • In a 1995 interview, Obama said: “[M]any of the problems that Africa faces, whether it’s poverty or political suppression or ethnic conflict is just as prominent there and can’t all be blamed on the effects of colonialism. What it can be blamed on is some of the common factors that affect Bosnia or Los Angeles or all kinds of places on this earth, and that is the tendency for one group to try to suppress another group in the interest of power or greed or resources or what have you.”

    Obama Scapegoats the “Top 5 Percent”

    • In a December 28, 1995 interview published in the Hyde Park Citizen newspaper, Obama explained his views on income inequality in the United States: “In an environment of scarcity, where the cost of living is rising, folks begin to get angry and bitter and look for scapegoats. Historically, instead of looking at the top 5% of this country that controls all the wealth, we turn towards each other, and the Republicans have added to the fire.”

    • In that same interview, Obama said that his perspective on the “top 5%” had been shaped by his experiences abroad: “It’s about power. My travels made me sensitive to the plight of those without power and the issues of class and inequalities as it relates to wealth and power. Anytime you have been overseas in these so-called third world countries, one thing you see is the vast disparity of wealth of those who are part of power structure and those outside of it.”

    Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Obama’s Entry into Politics

    • In the mid-1990s, Obama entered electoral politics, setting his sights initially on a state senate seat in Illinois. He launched his political career in the home of two well-connected Chicagoans, longtime activists who would help him make important contacts and enlarge his public profile. These two allies were Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, lifelong Marxists who in the 1960s and ’70s had been revolutionary leaders of the Weather Underground Organization, a domestic terror group that aspired to transform the U.S. into a Communist country.

    Obama Views the Poor As a Potential “Voting Bloc”

    At an October 19, 1998 conference at Loyola University, Barack Obama statedthat the “working poor” on welfare constituted a political voting bloc that could be harnessed to the advantage of Democrats. Specifically, he said that:

    • “To the extent that we are doing research figuring out what kinds of government action would successfully make their [the working poor's] lives better, we are then putting together a potential majority coalition to move those agendas forward.”

    • The “one good thing that comes out of [the welfare-reform bill of 1996] is that it essentially desegregates the welfare population,” merging urban blacks with “the working poor, which are the other people.”

    • Such a coalition becomes “one batch of folks … that is increasingly a majority population” whose policy needs would grow to encompass health care, job training, education, and a system where government would “provide effective child care.”

    “Rich People Are All for Nonviolence…. They Want to Make Sure Folks Don’t Take Their Stuff”

    • On January 21, 2002—Martin Luther King Day—then-Illinois state senator Obama appeared at a Chicago church and delivered an emotionally charged speech drenched in the rhetoric of class warfare. He said: “The philosophy of nonviolence only makes sense if the powerful can be made to recognize themselves in the powerless. It only makes sense if the powerless can be made to recognize themselves in the powerful…. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but rich people are all for nonviolence. Why wouldn’t they be? They’ve got what they want. They want to make sure folks don’t take their stuff.”

    For more information click on the following link.

    http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1791#Divider

    • VocalYokel

      Always good to hear from you Ray!

  • Redguard

    This sounds like good information and I will definitely look into it! We need to know and use information like this. Complaining about a problem will never fix it without action.

  • Yep211

    I see only one way– where’s the other “couple” of ways ?? The proxy doesn’t “stick” gov’t in the eye anyway. There’s too much info they already have gathered in other ways. Wait until your next doctor visit. Maybe the other way is to get a mac since they are always faster than windows machines? HUH?? A mac on DSL is faster than windows on fiber?? Meaningless.

  • loonze

    there are far more interesting ways to cause grief and havoc…..

  • jong

    You know we really have enough to be concerned than people freaking out on the NSA. The NSA deals with only those that mean to harm this nation. PERIOD. You might want to find out why Obama has such a hard on about trying to bring them down. Because he is also monitored and he does have something to worry about. As for slowing down the god computers at Meade good frigging luck. If you are indicated by your phone calls or any other kind of traffic they will be looking you over and not “tor” or anything else can stop them. What can stop them is that after giving the information to the organization formerly known as the FBI now being called the Keystone Kops that we have a terrorist that lives in Boston that needs to be watched that nothing is done.

    • CommonSenseFanatic

      Didn’t we also have enough other things to be concerned about than people freaking out over the possibility of a couple of IRS “rogue agents” in Cincinnati. After all, we all knew the IRS is a totally unbiased operation that would never acquiesce to improper use by a “rogue POTUS” PERIOD. And how’d that work out for us? Vigilance is absolutely required. PERIOD.

  • Barbara Dawn

    I hope these “volunteers” around the world are not assisting terrorists in their attempts at non-disclosure of their activities as well……..?

  • Igor

    Methinks the fourth box may be opened yet…

  • Nana

    God bless you, sir!