Wikileaks Releases Spy Files Detailing Surveillance of Cell Phones and Computers on Global Scale
Two weeks ago, Wikileaks released documents that have conspiracy theorists going, “Told you so.” (And if they were right about this, who knows what else they’re right about – alien-Illuminati world takeover?)
The 287 “Spy Files” that Wikileaks released reveal an extensive global intelligence industry that boomed following the World Trade Center attacks of Sept. 11, 2011. Companies in the West and China have been selling technology in a billion-dollar industry that can track anyone through their cell phone or computer, watch what web sites they visit, recognize their voices, record their conversations, archive their text messages, and even take pictures remotely from cameras embedded in devices.
These Western companies then sell these technologies to governments, including despotic ones like Syria, Egypt, Libya, and, well, you know the United States is doing this shit. Not that the United States has a despotic government (no! The National Defense Authorization Act will preserve our freedom, dontcha know).
Some of the technology uses a vocal “fingerprint” to identify a speaker, and it’s believed that voice recognition technology is fitted onto unmanned Predator drones, which can collect voice data on individuals in-flight and identify their exact locations.
In fact, yesterday, a Predator drone was used to arrest American citizens in North Dakota. This is great – with Predator drones and surveillance technology, the U.S. government can track you down wherever you are, and with NDAA, they can arrest you and detain you indefinitely without trial. Good thing this is all for our freedom.
The United States is trying to sell its Predator drone technology to countries in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, ostensibly to help “ease” America’s burden in places like Afghanistan or future operations similar to the invasion of Libya. (Can you hear conspiracy theorists screaming one world government?)
By the way, Pakistan-based newspaper The International News reports that the United States carried out over 70 deadly attacks using spy drones within Pakistani borders. The paper says the U.S. military attacks against alleged al-Qaeda and Taliban have killed civilians. The best-kept secret agency in the world, the CIA, has been using drones to spy on Iran and seriously pissed that country off when one of their drones was shot out of the sky.
Anyway, about crazy surveillance technology that can track our every moves, the Russia Times reports:
“Intelligence agencies, military forces and police authorities are able to silently, and on mass, and secretly intercept calls and take over computers without the help or knowledge of the telecommunication providers ,” says the statement on the official WikiLeaks Spy Files sites. “Users’ physical location can be tracked if they are carrying a mobile phone, even if it is only on stand by.”
This story broke first in the Wall Street Journal, back in November, when that paper found a trove of similar documents detailing the surveillance industry. The Wall Street Journal’s senior technology editor Julia Angwin referred to people opposed to such breaches of civil liberties as members of a “privacy advocacy community” whose protestations need to be balanced with “the right of government to keep the world safe.” (I don’t know how safe we are if governments keep developing deadly weaponry and surveillance technology, but anyway.)
Angwin interviewed Stewart Baker, a former assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, who prophesied, accurately, that, “There’s no doubt that lots more information is going to come out of this.” He also forsaw that the endgame will be information and biological warfare.
“There are changes in the world that are coming,” he said. He then added that he “wouldn’t say the government is more inclined to Big Brotherism than it was 60 years ago.”
This is obviously untrue, considering there are surveillance cameras everywhere. At least this surveillance technology gives us evidence about how the police, i.e. government, is making us “safer” with all of their technology. See: policeman in Allentown tases 14-year-old girl in the crotch.
Also, 60 years ago the government did not consider protesters “low level terrorists,” as the Department of Defense does now.