This video was sent to me for information and comment. The salient first half has to do with Gummint surveillance and subversive tactics. Watch it or not I have a few brief comments.
Every one of us is subject to being monitored, hacked, traced or tapped. Gummints everywhere employ super computers to track us and listen in or read our posts and blogs and phone calls. This ought not be a shock, but I’ll come to that.
Should we speak or type on the electronic airwaves such terms as: Jihad, Attack, Bomb, Cell, Terror, and so on, then we may be investigated because none of us is immune to being tracked or listened to. There again, we probably won’t. Why? ….because these terms are too obvious and only an idiot or naive would-be terrorist would use such terms. What Intel Agencies now look for are buzzwords or keywords and phrases. Such phrases might be: “Ali took 4 wickets for 11, with his googly”. While this appears to be an innocent comment about a cricket event, when it or similar is repeated too often without relevance to an actual cricket match then it will come under notice. Why? Because the phrase may well mean: “Meet Majid at 11:04pm to collect a bomb”. It is code, and a super computer will detect the code, raise a red flag, and an analyst will look at it and recommend action, or not. But what does all this have to do with the video or the topic? Let me tell you.
Just after WWII the US formed an Intel Alliance with Canada, UK, Australia and NZ to tap into any private communication they targeted. These though were the days of Morse Code, Short Wave, Snail Mail and Telephones operated on a plug-in switchboard. Espionage was rife in those days of the cold war and consisted of HUMINT [intel gained by human interaction], and COMMINT or SIGINT [communication or signals intel]. Why include Australia and NZ? Well, firstly because they were in the Southern hemisphere and needed for satellite operation and, secondly, because Communism was gaining a foothold there and this threatened the Pacific Rim of America’s Western defense measures.
This alliance and operation became known as ECHELON and was quite secret. It also transgressed the laws of privacy, but since it was covert that didn’t matter. That is, until it did become known and POTUS Bush had to admit to the project’s transgression and so laws were put in place. As if that mattered……..counties care nothing about laws when it comes to security and self-protection. The Australian vehicles were Pine Gap and Exmouth satellite installations where comms were tracked. In the US the CIA operated in Langley and other locales and in England the GCHQ ran the show.
The digital age ushered in a whole new set of systems of satellites and technology. Project ECHELON morphed into project PRISM with dozens of smaller sats. placed further out in space with amazing capabilities for listening and photographing as well as being vehicles for hacking anything they targeted. It was PRISM that was exposed by Edward Snowden and the world went: “Gasp”. I was non-plussed personally because I knew about it and took it for granted that it was known as I had already researched this for……..well, I just had.
PRISM blatantly uses IP’s, Telcos and providers like Yahoo, Google, Facebook etc. Articles presently published which speculate on censorship and spying by these commonly used providers are largely distractions. While you may not be being spied on, that is irrelevant because you are forever open to being spied on if you are in the proximity of any electronic device. This is not conspiracy theory – it’s just the way things are. We live with it and I cannot see that it can be brought under control. Agencies like the NSA, ASIO, GCHQ etc. simply operate as they wish and largely are only compliant with Gummint in appearance only. Hence, the Deep State.
Therefore, this is why America must be supported as a free democracy and Republic. Russia, China and India are catching up with SIGINT but America is pre-eminent. The implications of the US becoming a dictatorship or Islamic or Communist is dreadful beyond imagination in regards to the freedoms that we take for granted. I say this as one who has severely criticized US foreign policy of late.
Now, I have given this subject a cursory treatment, but there is absolutely no reason for Joe or Jane Average to be unaware of the chicanery that is indicated in the video, and this is because the information is easily obtainable. For the average person even the suspect cyclopedia of Wikipedia is sufficient. Simply search for ECHELON and PRISM, which gives quite good info on the Laws, Agencies and locations of tracking devices.
We can accept this or go live on a deserted island with no phone. We would be right to use security measures to obviate other citizens from spying on us, but we won’t stop the Gummint and its somewhat renegade or black ops agencies. We can only hope we have the right Gummints in power. Electronic spying is so sophisticated now that even encrypted comms can be captured before encryption or decoded later. Take the failed revolution in Turkey – within a week, Erdogan had detained 50,000 citizens. That means he already had files on them, gained probably via such spying. Every time there is a so-called lone wolf terrorist attack we read that a handful of associates have been rounded up – how do you think the authorities know about them. In Australia, the AFP has 400 on a “watch list”, [not that they are actually watched] – how do you think such people are under suspicion?
Is it possible to obliterate Big Brother?