We were terrified when we heard that Mr. Snowden had released so many classified documents on the internet. Many of us were too busy looking at what he had done to notice why he had done what he had. We called him a trader and a turncoat, but we almost forgot that he let us in on a big secret. Our government wants to skip the Constitutional protection and illegally obtain information on its citizens.
That the NSA is listening to all our conversations is troubling enough, but it seems that even this is not enough. What if everything you did and said was being recorded? What if they were using your television to watch you?
Sounds like a paranoid delusion? Sound like a fantasy? It may be real.
The Washington Times reports
WikiLeaks published thousands of purported CIA documents Tuesday that claim to show intimate details of the agency’s cyberespionage effort, including malware that turns iPhones, Android cell phones and Samsung smart TVs into bugs and spy cams.
The release comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia, according to WikiLeaks.
The CIA’s “Weeping Angel” spyware attack on Samsung smart TVs, which was developed in cooperation with the United Kingdom’s MI5, places target TVs in a “Fake-Off” mode and then operates the TV as a listening device. The recorded conversations are then transmitted over the Internet to a covert CIA server, according to the documents.
For some, such technology is needed to protect Americans from terrorist. They might even be okay with them using it against drug dealers. But, they do not consider that there is no reason that this could not be used against the American people.
If we allow such things to be used against the enemies of the state, we have to wonder if there could ever be a reason that they would make us enemies.
If it is good for your neighbor, why not you?