GOVERNMENT WORRIED ABOUT CITIZEN UPRISING
Exclusive: Patrice Lewis reveals why Big Brother is desperate to control Americans
Oct 5, 2013
I don’t own a smartphone. I’m computer illiterate enough as it is, so the thought of trying to figure out all the bells and whistles on the tiny screen of the latest whiz-bang technological marvel holds no appeal whatever.
Besides, there’s something disconcerting about the idea of a handheld device holding my entire life’s data. It’s too easy for something like that to get lost. Or stolen. Or scanned. Or confiscated.
In short, our private lives are exposed enough as it is to anyone who wants to do a little snooping. I don’t need to make it any easier by having a smartphone.
That said, there’s no shortage of shockingly invasive tactics our government is employing to keep track of its servants … er, citizens. In fact, it seems that more and more of what our government is doing is keeping track – close track – of what we’re all up to.
Our traveling is monitored through license plates and GPS systems. Our credit card purchases are monitored. Our phone calls are monitored. Our social media sites are monitored. Our search engines and online meanderings are monitored. In short, there is very little the government doesn’t know about everyone. Even the occasional hermit living unplugged in the deep woods is subject to visits from data collectors.
This week it was reported that “The director of the National Security Agency says the agency collects data from social networks and other private databases to hunt terror suspects but is not using the information to build dossiers, or personal files, on Americans.” Uh-huh.
Additionally: “Top U.S. intelligence officials are revealing more about their spying in an effort to defend the National Security Agency from charges that it has invaded the privacy of Americans on a mass scale. Yet the latest disclosure – the NSA tried to track Americans’ cell phone locations – has only added to the concerns of lawmakers” [emphasis added].