Spies, spies everywhere

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Almost anything can be sold to the American public in the interest of personal safety. People will seemingly surrender all their rights if someone in authority can convince them it will keep them safe.

We’ve long observed this reality in government’s quest to steal our right to self-defense. The anti-gunners promise safety from “gun crime” if all the people will just acquiesce and surrender their arms to government. They then play with statistics that purport to show that neighborhoods and countries with fewer guns are somehow safer.

Tell that to the Europeans, who have not only continued to see murders and mass murders committed by people with guns, but a staggering increase in violent crimes that include attacks by people wielding knives and acid and a rise in rapes and other physical assaults. When criminals know the people are unarmed, they can carry out crimes with abandon. And history is littered with the carcasses of people slaughtered by their own governments after giving up their arms.

Politicians and bureaucrats use crime as an excuse for its massive surveillance apparatus. Video surveillance is a fact of modern life. A BBC study revealed that Londoners are photographed an average of 300 times a day — and that study was from 2012. One can only imagine how many tens of thousands of cameras have been installed since then.

Video surveillance is more prevalent in Europe than in the U.S., but even here, your activities are likely being recorded by somebody, somewhere dozens of times every day. Estimates are there are more than 30 million surveillance cameras deployed in the U.S. shooting more than 4 billion hours of footage every week.

Every time you use an ATM machine, go into any government building, drive the streets, go through a toll booth, buy a snack at a convenience store, purchase certain over-the-counter medications at a drugstore, try your luck at a casino, browse at a shopping mall or even just stroll down the sidewalk, your picture is being taken and/or your actions are being recorded in a database. Stores are capturing your visage as you shop, pairing your face with your email address and your computer browser, and then sending you ads for the items you looked at in the stores.

Some surveillance cameras are so powerful they can read your text messages from more than 800 feet away. And they record not just your image but everything you say.

Governments justify video surveillance as a tool to prevent crime, improve traffic safety, deter fraud and catch terrorists. Companies and employers justify video spying for security reasons and to keep an eye on employee activities. Private individuals install spycams to see who’s at the door and to monitor their property.

Amazon, which is partially funded by the government and collects data for the government, wants to take it one step further via its Ring doorbell division. This is a smart doorbell that would use the camera to monitor a user’s neighborhood with facial recognition technology and report suspicious activity to authorities. Amazon even wants to license this “Rekognition” technology to government for mass surveillance — to spy on people simply walking down the street.

Certainly, personal cameras make excellent deterrents to keep criminals from your property. And they serve as great weapons to secure convictions in cases of criminal activity. But should citizens partner with government to grow the massive spying apparatus?

That’s exactly what’s happening in a number of cities across the country through a program called SafeCam. Participants in the program select cameras and monitoring systems from certain vendors and opt their “public-facing cameras” into the program. The live video feeds then automatically go the city’s central monitoring center.

In essence, people are setting up a system that allows government to spy on them and their neighbors 24/7. People used to fear the idea of “Big Brother” watching whatever they do. Now they are inviting Big Brother onto their property.

And since we live in a massive welfare state, anyone who can’t afford his own cameras and doesn’t want to be left out of view of the government’s prying eyes can get a “free” government camera.

In New Orleans, the Real-Time Crime Center’s hundreds of live camera feeds and 18-member staff have helped solve violent crimes citywide, notably raising clearance rates in tourist-heavy parts of downtown and salvaging police manhours, said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison at a news conference marking the center’s one-year anniversary last week.

The idea of government using its massive surveillance apparatus to solve crimes can seem palatable if we trusted that the government has our best interests at heart and there weren’t ne’er-do-wells and sociopaths inhabiting the halls of power.

Meanwhile, technology is being advanced that purports to be able to make a risk assessment of someone based on his eyes or the sound of his voice. This is the essence of pre-crime: Making a person a criminal before he commits a criminal act based on the possibility he may commit a crime as determined by algorithms. It certainly spells the end of any pretense at due process.

We know from experience that government is at war with us. The fact that most Americans are totally oblivious to all-out war against them doesn’t change a thing. Governments always silently make war on their own citizens behind a propaganda front so as to alert as few people as possible. The less resistance the better.

Benevolent totalitarianism is not an inherent contradiction or an oxymoron. It is a political system of persuasion in which the people are manipulated against their self-interest.

Every action of government is psychological coercion, however concealed, to transfer more and more wealth and authority to the system.

Crime is a means or excuse for regimentation. Law and order is the pretense. Regimentation of honest working people is the result.

For years I have been warning about the growing police state and the rise of benevolent totalitarianism, and those warnings have often been greeted with charges of fear mongering or tin foil-hattery.

But America is on life support, and government men know this. Unless the leviathan government is torn down to its Constitutional foundation, the country will rip itself apart. It may well be too late to prevent it.

The government, through its alphabet soup agencies and its surveillance apparatus, are terrorizing the American people. Terrorizing by government cannot survive against a well-armed citizenry. That is why the elected class have pushed so hard to disarm the populace and why the surveillance state is being expanded at breakneck speed.

P.S. My staff and I have created a special report to alert you as to just how far government has gone to steal your privacy and compiled some of the best ways to get it back and counter government surveillance operations. You can get book, The Ultimate Privacy Guide, here.


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