As I watched NSA hearings today, I listened to the NSA reps talk about how there were safeguards in place to prevent abuse of their surveillance privileges. I knew I could no longer be silent about the truth behind surveillance rights and just how easy it is to circumvent the system to invade our lives.
I was stalked because safeguards for Government surveillance are inadequate. If this happend to me, it can happen to YOU.
NSA surveillance to prevent terrorism is one thing, but how would you feel if your local law enforcement agency had the same kind of access to your private cell phone, email, social media, and gps locations?
I was told by a local level law enforcement officer that cops are circumventing the safeguards and abusing equipment and surveillance privileges in their agencies for personal reasons that have nothing to do with professional investigations.
This access is being used to stalk women, check on their wives, and gain information on personal enemies. It is unconstitutional, illegal, and will lead to a police state in this country.
How do I know this is occurring? I know, because I am a victim of police stalking and the officer was foolish enough to reveal to me how he knew what was in my text messages, the photos stored in my cell phone, actual private conversations I had on my phone, and emails. I am sharing this today because the nation is in the midst of discovering just how much of our personal lives our federal government has access to through data mining. How would you feel if you knew local and state law enforcement might have the same kind of access? Apparently there are safeguards in place that are designed to prevent abuse of the system, however, wherever there are human beings, there is corruption and if there is a way to circumvent the safeguards, the corrupt will find it.
Here is my personal story.
I know first hand what it feels like to have absolutely no privacy…. to be stalked by someone in law enforcement and be helpless to stop it.
Over a two year period, someone in local law enforcement stalked me using surveillance equipment he said was available to cops in his agency.
This person bragged to me about how a number of local police officers were accessing the system in place within their agency to check on who their wives and girlfriends were talking to, what they were saying in the phone conversations, the content of their text messages, what they were sharing in private messages in their social media sites, the photos in their smart phones, and where they were at any given time using gps in their phones.
He told me he could find out anything he wanted to know about me, my phone conversations, my texts, and even the photos in my phone.
I would never have believed it except this person was constantly repeating to me word for word, what I was saying in private conversations between me and my friends on my own personal cell phone.
He told me what I was doing in my Facebook private messages, my emails, what and who I was texting and the content of those texts, as well as what photos I had in my personal cell phone. He would ask me about specific photos and who I took them for.
If that’s not bad enough, he said he put my vehicle description in the system and was able to pull up every location my car had been over the past few months and access video from cameras set up outside of participating businesses. He would ask me where I was on a specific date, then warn me I better not lie because he had accessed video through cameras of participating businesses and already knew my exact movements on any given day. He did have the information. He said businesses throughout this country have video cameras mounted on and inside their buildings. Most of those businesses allow law enforcement access to those cameras and what they record at any given time.
I would not have believed him, except; he described in detail the fact that my car was in a parking lot of an eating establishment on a specific date. There was video of me and a male friend walking me to my car. The man got in my car and he and I proceeded to sit in the car at the restaurant and have a conversation.
The cop then berated me about what took place in the car. He wanted to know why we were sitting in the parking lot so long…. What were we doing? The cop said because of the heavy rain, the camera could not show what was taking place inside my car.
The man in my car was a close friend whose father had died several days before. I had met him there after church that night and the restaurant closed before we were finished talking. That is why we were sitting in my car….. simply to continue the conversation.
The cop then proceeded to harass the man through nasty private messages in social media and email.
I had another male friend, very close friend who was harassed repeatedly by the same cop.
The officer told me where and when the man’s vehicle was at any given time, where he gassed up his vehicle and what convenience stores he stopped at during a recent drive.
This man lived in another state. He was sent threatening text messages.
In order to have peace, I decided it would easier to not have male friends until I could find a way to stop this abusive bullying of my friends and get out of that town.
This ranking law enforcement officer, charged with serving and protecting the public, was abusing law enforcement surveillance equipment to stalk me, and harass anyone who he felt threatened his chances of establishing a relationship with me.
He was under the mistaken impression that I would be impressed with his power and ability to spy on anyone in this country.
I was not impressed… I was enraged.
I felt violated and wondered how many other people local cops were spying on, abusing the privilege of a system that was designed to track criminals and terrorists.
This officer even told me he had to go in to the office after hours to get into the system to do his “surveillance” of me because otherwise, it would be questionable. He said other officers would wonder why he was spending so much time in that particular system.
I told him there should be specific log in requirements, court approved subpoena’s with a docket number that must be given, and no one should ever be able to access that kind of system without at least one witness to verify who and what was investigated.
His response to my rage was “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, then you don’t have anything to hide.”
That is not the issue. Of course I was not doing anything wrong. There was absolutely no justification for anyone in law enforcement to be tracking anything I do and the fact that he admitted abuse of the system made me even more enraged. He bragged about how many cops had caught their wives by using the system accessible to their agency.
This invasion should not only enrage the general public, but it should be terrifying that any citizen can have that kind of access and power.
This is not the NSA. Its not the FBI or CIA… This is local law enforcement with access to equipment that allows them to invade your life.
I contacted my cell provider, AT&T and complained. I told the representative that someone in law enforcement admitted to me that he was accessing my phone from his agency. He was stalking me.
I pay for this phone. It is in my name. I did not understand why AT&T would allow access to my iPhone photos, texts, email, and locations without my permission.
The AT&T rep told me that the only way police can access my phone to that extent is with a subpoena .
She checked to see if there was a subpoena on my number/phone. She said there was not. She said the only way anyone could access my phone without a subpoena is through the National Security Agency.
My question was: “Do local law enforcement officials have access to NSA surveillance systems? “
She could not answer my question.
I contacted the FBI about my concern. I had the option of filing a report and launching a full-scale investigation. At that time I had to live in that town…. It was a small city and I knew cops stick together.
While I might be able to bring down an officer, there would be long-term implications that I did not want to deal with from vindictive cops who are like a brotherhood.
I let it go. I moved to another city as soon as I was able. The stalking continued and likely still does today.
I came to the conclusion that there is no such thing as privacy now in this country.
I do not text or email anything to anyone that might embarrass me should it become public.
I do not have discussions with people in Facebook private messages that I would not say publicly because I know those messages can and are accessed at will by those with the privilege to do so.
I live my life wondering when or if my stalker is going to go off the deep end and come after me.
This is one of many reasons I am always armed, LEGALLY… well trained, and am an NRA certified firearms instructor. I am prepared.
I am always conscious of my surroundings.
I now know what it feels like to live in a police state.
It is not a place I thought we would ever be in this country, and yet….
We are already there.