“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the
mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his
name” (Rev. 13:17).
Government surveillance has increased so dramatically in
the last decade as to be breathtaking, and there can be no
doubt that it is a sign of the times.
It’s almost impossible to move around and communicate in
modern society without being observed by the government. It
is impossible to use a credit card, bank machine, phone card, mail a common envelope, use a
mobile phone, travel internationally, etc., without creating an
U.S. agencies such as the Information Awareness Office,
National Security Agency, (NSA), Center Intelligence Agency
(CIA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) spend
billions of dollars annually to intercept and analyze amongst other data telephone
and internet traffic.
Since 2007 federal, state, and local government agencies are
allowed to access imagery from military intelligence satellites
to observe the activities of U.S. citizens (“U.S. to Expand
Domestic Use of Spy Satellites,” Wall Street Journal, Aug. 15,
e FBI is creating a billion dollar underground computer
facility to store DNA, facial recognition data, iris/retina data,
“fingerprints, and palm prints of people living in the U.S. (“FBI
Prepares Vast Database of Biometrics,” Washington Post, Dec.
The CIA has committed to a $600 million, 10-year deal
with Amazon for cloud computing services (“CIA Tech Boss
on Your Data,” e Blaze, Mar. 20, 2013). Ira Hunt, the CIA’s
Chief Technology Officer said they “try to collect everything
and hang onto it forever” and claimed that it is “very nearly
within our grasp to be able to compute on all human
The Department of Homeland Security awards billions of
dollars in grants to assist local, state, and federal agencies to
install and operate video surveillance equipment. An example
is Chicago’s Operation Virtual Shield which connects over
2,200 cameras to a centralized monitoring center
(“Surveillance Cams Help Fight Crime,” Chicago Sun Times,
Feb. 19, 2009). The city plans to have a surveillance camera
on every street corner by 2016 (“We’re Watching,” CBS News,
Sept. 6, 2006).
William Binney, who was one of the foremost
mathematicians and code breakers at the National Security
Agency, warns that the NSA is spying on Americans with the
technology it developed to spy on foreign governments. He
said the government “is collecting information on everyone”
and if you become a target “for whatever reason … the
government can go in–or the FBI, or other agencies of the
government–they can go into their database, pull all that data
collected” (“NSA Whistleblower Explains Chilling Interview,”
eBlaze, Dec. 5, 2012).
Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, says that in
about “five years there’ll be cameras everywhere” (“Michael
Bloomberg,” eBlaze, Mar. 22, 2013).
London, England, operates an estimated 500,000
Some U.S. school districts, such as those in San Antonio,
Texas, are requiring students to wear radio tags that allow the
institutions to track their movements (“US School Tag
Tracker Project,” BBC, Nov. 23, 2012). A student who sued
the school for invasion of privacy and for forcing her to act
contrary to her religious convictions lost in the courts.
There is increasing surveillance from the air by drones. The
U.S. and the U.K. are working on plans to build fleets of
surveillance drones for use by police and government
agencies. DARPA has funded the development of teams of
drones that “pilot themselves, automatically decide who is
suspicious and how to go about monitoring them, coordinate
their activities with other drones nearby, and notify human
operators if something suspicious is occurring … a swarm of
automated, self-directing drones can automatically patrol a
city and track suspicious individuals, reporting back to a
centralized monitoring station” (“Surveillance,” Wikipedia).
In Project Golden Shield, China is installing millions of
surveillance cameras with advanced analytics and facial
recognition soware, all connected to a centralized database
and monitoring station. The plan is to computerize and store
a digital photo of the face of every one of the 1.3 billion
people in China (“China’s All-seeing Eye,” Rolling Stone, May
29, 2008). U.S. corporations such as IBM, General Electric,
and Honeywell are assisting in this Orwellian project. (In the
1930s IBM assisted Hitler in his program of “racial
purification” by providing Hollerith data processing
Businesses, too, are in the surveillance game. They are
linking surveillance cameras to sophisticated software that
allows them not only to spot shopkeepers but also to profile
customers and observe their movements and reactions to
such things as sales displays and general shopping situations.
Companies are purchasing mannequins equipped with
cameras in their eyes that glean data on customers at eye level
(“Bionic Mannequins Spy on Shoppers,” Bloomberg, Nov. 22,
2012). Retailers in Europe and the U.S. are using these
surveillance devices to observe the age, gender, and race of
passers-by, and the company that makes the mannequins is
testing technology to allow retailers to eavesdrop on what
customers are saying.
The End Times are upon us….are you ready?