Welcome to the largest police state in the history of the world; The United States of America.
At any minute, federal agents can knock down my living room door, detain my family and I, seize the laptop that this article is being written on, and I could disappear forever. If you were to ask about the circumstances surrounding my disappearance, they would probably tell you that I was a terrorist or some other bullshit.
My mug shot would be paraded on Fox News, and they’d probably create fake news stories to justify my arrest. I would be flown to a private facility to be interrogated, imprisoned for life under false pretenses, and never be heard from again.
My only crime? Exposing American hypocrisy towards people of color.
The scary thing about this is that they could do the same thing to you.
And it’s about to get much, much scarier in “the land of the free”.
Big Brother Has Arrived
You might be familiar with the book 1984, by George Orwell. The book was first published in 1949, and predicted a future of perpetual war, government surveillance, and public mind control through media manipulation. Everyone is watched, all the time, history is re-written according to Party policy, and anyone who questions or exposes the Party is arrested and executed for “thought crimes”.
The inhabitants of Oceania (the fictional country that the book is set in) have zero privacy. They live in apartments equipped with two-way telescreens, so that they may be watched or listened to at any time. These telescreens, cameras, and microphones are everywhere – parks, work spaces, restaurants, libraries, everywhere.
Everything that citizens write is opened and read by the government before it is delivered. The Thought Police employ undercover agents, who pose as normal citizens and report any person with subversive tendencies. Children are encouraged to report suspicious persons to the government, including their own parents.
This surveillance allows for effective control of the citizenry. The smallest sign of rebellion, even something so small as a facial expression, can result in immediate arrest and imprisonment. Thus, citizens are brainwashed into absolute obedience and patriotism at all times.
At the center of Oceania’s dictatorship is a Party leader called “Big Brother”.
It might scare you to know that not only is this possible, it is coming to pass sooner than you think. The National Security Agency of the United States has begun construction of Big Brother, and he will be alive, awake, and more powerful than any other electronic device invented in the history of mankind. When he is activated in 2013, America will be locked down for the next century.
Operation Stellar Wind
Operation Stellar Wind is the code name for information collection activities performed by the National Security Agency. Those activities include the collection of e-mail communications, phone conversations, financial transactions, and Internet activity of American citizens.
The operation was approved by President George W. Bush shortly after the September 11 attacks in 2001, but the program was banned as illegal and unconstitutional by the Justice Department since the data that was collected was for regular American citizens and not for those under warrant. The day after the ruling, Attorney General John Ashcroft became critically ill. President Bush sent White House counsel to Ashcroft’s hospital bed, where Ashcroft lay semiconscious, to request that he sign a document reversing the Justice Department’s ruling.
However, Ashcroft was incapable of signing the document. Bush then reauthorized the illegal operation, and Stellar Wind continues to illegally watch and record everything you do, and everywhere you go.
The Utah Data Center
Would you believe me if I told you that all of your personal emails, voicemail, phone calls, text messages, Google searches, financial transactions, and Youtube video views could be viewed and stored by a government official?
The feds say that would never happen but some say it is, and starting on September 2013 it will all be funneled into the Utah Data Center – a massive, one million square foot spy center that will be filled with more technology and data storage than you could imagine.
This $2 billion digital storage facility outside Salt Lake City will be the centerpiece of the NSA’s cloud-based data strategy and essential in its plans for decrypting previously uncrackable documents. Some 300 scientists and computer engineers with top security clearance will building the world’s fastest supercomputer, capable of processing exaflops of data and working on cryptanalytic applications and other secret projects.
* To give you an idea of how powerful an exaflop data speed is, it is estimated that it takes a petaflop of data speed to simulate a human brain in real-time. An exaflop is three times faster than that and can perform the equivalent number of operations per second that is comparable to 50 million laptops.
If you think that you are going to drop off the American grid easily, good luck.
- Four satellites positioned around the globe monitor frequencies carrying everything from walkie-talkies and cell phones in Libya to radar systems in North Korea. Onboard software acts as the first filter in the collection process, targeting only key regions, countries, cities, and phone numbers or email.
- The NSA in Georgia Focuses on intercepts from Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Codenamed Sweet Tea, the facility has been massively expanded and now consists of a 604,000-square-foot operations building for up to 4,000 intercept operators, analysts, and other specialists.
- Lackland Air Force Base in Texas focuses on intercepts from Latin America and, since 9/11, the Middle East and Europe. Some 2,000 workers staff the operation. The NSA recently completed a $100 million renovation on a mega-data center here—a backup storage facility for the Utah Data Center
- The NSA in Hawaii focuses on intercepts from Asia. Built to house an aircraft assembly plant during World War II, the 250,000-square-foot bunker is nicknamed the Hole. Like the other NSA operations centers, it has since been expanded: Its 2,700 employees now do their work above ground from a new 234,000-square-foot facility.
- The NSA has also long been free to eavesdrop on US telecom “switches,” gaining access to domestic traffic. An ex-NSA official says there are 10 to 20 such installations. The NSA has also installed taps on at least a dozen of the major overseas communications links, each capable of eavesdropping on information passing by at a high data rate.
Drone Technology Placed in Police Department Hands
On February 3, the FAA Reauthorization Act (HR 658) cleared both houses of Congress and was signed by President Obama.
As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated:
“The primary objective of [this program] is to provide persistent, long-term surveillance over urban and rural terrain. The surveillance system shall have…infrared capability for day or night operations. The imagery data shall be displayed at a DHS operations center and have the capability for forensic analysis within 36 hours of the flight.”
According to John Whitehead, a constitutional attorney from the Rutherford Institute, US police departments have been authorized to use drones extensively in pursuit of their duties on home soil.
“There have been almost 266 applications that have been approved for police departments to use drones ” according to John Whitehead.
As the US government flies prying eyes through the sky, lawmakers have neglected to create any privacy protections for American citizens.
“All of this is conscious and intentional,” said author and columnist Paul Craig Roberts. “They are putting in place a method of controlling a population that may be unemployed, hungry or very angry and I think the state and local police are not just militarized, but they are being federalized.”
“The United States is not only now a military industrial complex. It is a Homeland Security complex. They have merged into one,” - trends forecaster Gerald Celente
In 2006, AeroVironment, a drone manufacturer, received $ 4.7 million from the US defense department to develop new unmanned aerial vehicles. The newest and smallest invention is Hummingbird, a palm-sized, cute looking spy plane weighing less than one pound.
A fresh lawsuit has been launched against the US Department of Transportation for allegedly withholding records pertaining to the domestic use of drones. Currently, the American public cannot find out why drones are being used or who is controlling them.
If you thought we had issues with police using stop and frisk against Black men and women, imagine what they can fo when they have military grade drones at their disposal! Privacy, like other civil and human rights, is fast disappearing under policies in place or coming to destroy it.