Posted by: conservativecritic | July 4, 2013

GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE AND THE END TIMES…

 

“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

electronic trail.

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,

2007).

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.

22, 2007).

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

generated information.”

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

surveillance cameras.

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 soware, 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

machines.

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?

DearGod

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