by Scott Creighton
What was everyone concerned about back then? That the NSA would track our every move, record all of our calls and spy on us even in the sanctity of our own homes, right?Remember those days?
While that fight was going on, that was the biggest thing in the world. Our constitutional right to be secure in our persons and property was under siege from the big bad GUBMINT and we just had to do something.
That particular “crisis” was created by a CIA employee by the fake name of “Edward Snowden” and his PR team headed up by Glenn Greenwald. It’s what I called the ‘Manufactured Hero” story.
The whole thing was a scam from the very beginning and a few of us out here called it out for what it was immediately. We were called the “Snowden Truthers” and soundly attacked from all sides.
The truth of the matter was, Big Business was licking it’s chops at the prospect of getting CISPA passed through congress in the years before the “Snowden” psyop but they were thwarted by a concerted effort from a lot of online activists who understood that the overall plan was to privatize the surveillance state so they could profit from that aspect of the info they collected and also profit from the selling of that data they harvested.
Aaron Swartz almost single-handedly stopped CISPA the first time around, so they made sure he wasn’t around for their final effort. They “found” him hanging in his closet in New York exactly three months prior to Greenwald’s “Snowden” revelation and just two months prior to a number of Big Business representatives going to congress and demanding they pass CISPA in the new congress.
How would you feel if I told you the NSA was putting tracking devices on your car so they could record every place you went, how long you stayed there and even what you said in the car while going there?
How would you feel if I told you the NSA wanted you to approve putting a device in your child’s car that would allow them to track every move they make while evaluating their driving habits, while also listening to and recording everything your kids says in his/her car with their friends?
You would be beside yourself in outrage, wouldn’t you? How dare Big GUBMINT spy on me and my kids all day long!
But when Big Business does it for even more nefarious reasons…. you not only say nothing, not a damn peep… but you pay the assholes for the service.
Progressive’s Snapshot track’s your car’s every move and location data, just like we feared the Big Bad Gubmint would. They say they will “reward” you with a lower rate, just so long as you drive the way their actuaries say you should. If you don’t, they could charge you more. They can also sell your travel info to the government, to the CIA or to your local police department since technically, once you install the thing, they own your driving history.
Verizon’s Hum is a little less subtle. This thing tracks the location history and your kid’s driving habits and it also openly admits it has a microphone built in (Progressive’s Snapshot probably does as well but they don’t mention it in the ads) so you (and others) can listen to what is being said in your child’s car.
If you get a chance, you should read this woman’s take on Hum and the damage it does to the development of the parent/child bond. It’s insightful for different reasons, but ultimately, it’s also about the corporatization of every element of our lives including family.
With Progressive and Verizon’s tracking/monitoring systems, everything about your travels away from the home is recorded, categorized, analyzed and monetized.
But what about in the home? Surely we must wish to feel secure there.
How would you feel if I told you the NSA would put recording devices in every room in your house, including your bedroom or your kid’s bedrooms? What if I told you those devices would listen to every noise made in your home and broadcast everything via WiFi to a cloud someplace that would store it all for later analysis?
How would you feel if I told you they were also planning on putting video cameras in each of those rooms as well for the same purpose?
You would absolutely have a fit and swear to die with a gun in your hand before you let Big Brother watch and listen to everything in your home. Don’t say you wouldn’t.
But when Big Business becomes Big Brother… well… let’s get our checkbooks.
The Echo system is interesting because they openly admit they use something called Echo Spacial Perception which is basically the same thing featured in that Dark Knight movie where they used soundings from cell phones to create a map of the city. It’s like a sub’s sonar system. With that, Amazon can and does create a 3D map of your home and they are able to essentially watch everything you do along with listening to every sound in your house. That’s why it’s called “Echo”
Also keep in mind, Amazon is Jeff Bezos, the guy who bought up the Washington Post and published all those lies about Donald Trump trying to influence the election. Then he published articles about “fake news” trying to shut down free speech on the internet. Plus, Bezos, the CIA and the Clintonistas go way back.
And one more thing: Echo is not only constantly streaming info on you and your family to whomever is listening and recording all that information but… it’s also attached to your bank account so you can order pizza without having to take out your cell phone. It has direct access to your checking accounts and authorization to use them.
Google’s ‘Home’ is just about as scary minus the Dark Knight echo soundings of your kitchen. If there is one Big Brother Business I don’t want monitoring my humble abode, it’s Google. But, for a price, they will gladly spy on you and your family all day long and when you have a question about something… they will be sure to provide you with the “truth”
Then there is “Nest” and the myriad of companies like it.
Nest is the ultimate sovereign citizen’s worst NSA nightmare.
Every square inch of your house is covered. Cameras to record everything you do and microphones to record everything said. It even has speakers so they can talk to you (and tell you what to do and what not to do) or you can pull it up on your APP from your phone (more on that in a minute) and speak to family members sneaking a sip out of your whisky bottle.
Again, everything recorded, categorized, analyzed and monetized by Big Business Big Brother for their purposes.
All of this stuff.. ALL OF IT… goes to the NSA mind you. Every damn bit of it. But it also goes to the DNC and the RNC if they pay for it. It goes to Microsoft or Exxon if they care to buy it as well. It can also go to your local police department as they are increasingly in the business of creating predictor models which tell them (supposedly) which families are more likely than not to fight back if someone kicks in their doors at 3am.
Are you an activist opposed to Monsanto polluting the world? Don’t buy any of this crap because they’ll definitely pay for a subscription to your file.
Have you recently fled the cult of Scientology and currently helping to get the word out about how corrupt and dangerous that so-called “religion” is? Then you definitely don’t want “Nest” in your nest.
This privatization of the surveillance state is unbelievable and all of it came about after the “Snowden” psyop and warnings from people like myself who tried too say all this manufactured “crisis” would do would be to empower Big Business like we have never seen before. CISPA turned into CISA and got passed a year after the USA Freedom Act which privatized the surveillance state and made all of this possible.
So they spy on you and track you in your car and they spy on you all day long in your home. What else have they decided to do since the “Snowden” psyop?
Well, notice how many free APPs are out there today?
These APPs, many come with the services I list above, do the same thing. But the difference is, they track you and spy on you everywhere.
People take their cell phones with them everywhere. Even from room to room in their homes. And they are constantly communicating on them. All that data goes up to the clouds and is processed, analyzed, categorized and monetized.
Why do you think a company pays an A-list celeb like Arnold Schwarzenegger to do TV spots for their “free” APP? What do you think Pokemon Go was all about?
Are they simply recording everything you do, say, text and search on that phone or are they also using your expensive devise as their echo sounding system so they can map everywhere?
Phone companies are making their services cheaper and cheaper and some actually give you high-end cell phones for free for using their service. How do they make that money back?
They sell your info. They sell it to the NSA, they sell it to other Big Businesses, they sell it anyone, including foreign nations, because thanks to “Edward Snowden” and Glenn Greenwald, they are now allowed to do that without consequences.
This is the reality of the world we live in today.
A few of us tried to stop it. Aaron Swartz did for a time, but they killed him for it.
Every time I see a commercial for “Home” or “Echo” I get a little sad because I think back to the good old days when folks would be just as up in arms about Bezos spying on them and making millions of dollars doing it as they would if they thought the CIA or the NSA were doing it.
Today, folks just sit back and do or say nothing about it and even in some cases, they’re ignorant enough to actually pay for it.
I feel for Aaron. He gave his life for nothing.
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Filed under: "Fake News" crisis, Aaron Swartz, CIA are the Real Terrorists, CISA, CISPA, fascism in America, Glenn Greenwald, Globalization, Neoliberalizing America, Net Neutrality, NSA "Leak" Scandal, Scott Creighton, SOPA and PIPA, The Surveillance State Repeal Act, USA Freedom Act |