Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order, to efficiency of operation, to scientific advancement and the like. –Justice William O. Douglas, Former Supreme Court Justice
George Orwell’s 1984, that introduces us to Big Brother, will seem like a comedy when our government’s new Utah Spy Center is in full operation. You will be laid bare at all times. You will be visible in all places. There will be nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. You had better be good if you want to survive. With no privacy left, Uncle Sam can find you and get you anytime he wants.
The technology today is incredible and our government has advanced electronic equipment beyond what we can even imagine. They already have MIT radar that can see through concrete walls. Think you are safe in your bed? Under your bed? Not!
A former NSA code breaker, William Binney, who was interviewed by the Russia Times claims that the U.S. Government collects all of our emails. He goes on to say that the FBI has access to all of these. And, yes, it’s all without warrants. You can watch Binney’s interview here
Technology is good. We all enjoy its benefits, but like anything else it can be used for good or evil. Our culture’s decline, the blurring of morals and rights in our nation, and the increase of government power threatens our privacy and our safety. The odds are that technology will continue to steal away our privacy. There is little left now. We can no longer keep any secrets from Big Brother. He knows.
Are you aware that it is a reality now that our movements are tracked and recorded in one way or another? Think of all the electronic trails we leave behind us in a routine day. We shop at a store and use our loyalty card and then a credit card. The merchant and credit card company then become aware of where we were, when, and what we bought.
When we use an ATM another electronic trail is established. When we email, use our smart phone, post on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media we reveal personal information, information that was designated only for certain people. But, Big Brother is a party to every conversation now. Then there are the cameras everywhere. Think you are safe in the woods? Drones!
None of the things I just mentioned are evil in themselves, but the information we so freely give out could get into the wrong hands, like Big Brother’s. That information could be used to track us, monitor us, or to isolate us. It could even be used to do us harm.
Sandra Bullock starred in a movie in 1995 titled, The Net. It presents a frightening scenario depicting what could be done with information in the hands of computer hackers. It will make you think and that was filmed 18 years ago.
Fox News recently ran a one-hour special on our loss of privacy called, “Your Secret Is Out.” It talked in detail about some of the things I just mentioned and more.
One of the segments reported on the new Spy Center, officially the Utah Data Center, which is currently under construction in Bluffdale, Utah. The press was not allowed access. Reporters were offered the standard explanation that the facility was to protect American citizens from terrorists. It was not, according to NSA officials, designed to surveil American citizens. Well, I feel better now don’t you? Who can you trust if you can’t trust an NSA official?
A former NSA employee, interviewed in the Fox segment stated that America could be turned into a totalitarian state almost with the flip of a switch. Do we trust the government with the ability to monitor us at all times? Shouldn’t it bother us that privacy is a thing of the past? It should. But, it apparently doesn’t. The entire Fox special can be seen on YouTube.
James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, gave an interview to Wired. In it he said:
Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.
Bamford’s entire interview can be read here
We are now in uncharted territory. Never in history has the technology advanced to the stage where it is possible to know practically everything about everybody whether they want to be known or not. We are stripped naked of anything we hold sacred or secret. So far, they can’t look inside our minds. Even that may be possible in the not too distant future.
Sometimes something retro can good and useful. To protect my privacy, I’m going to buy some carrier pigeons and learn smoke signals. There are no monthly charges. I just have to buy a little bird food and wood. Even the spy center can’t monitor these.
In the meantime:
You better watch out. You better not pout. You better be good I’m telling you why, Uncle Sam is watching you now.