Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Societal Surveillance


In his 2009 book, Shadow Government, author Grant R. Jeffrey reveals the results of his research into efforts by world governments, primarily the U.S. government, and the initiatives of the United Nations (UN) to collect data on every person on the planet. Recent articles in the media and on the Internet show a number of projects that are actually are performing the collection of the data as this is written:
  • Signals intelligence through satellites, tapping of communications, Eschelon recording and analysis of communication content.
  • Camera collection of live images, face recognition, video recording.
  • Detection of personal information through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) scanning.
  • Data mining of computer databases and filtering for specific information using key words.
  • Monitoring of Internet social networks.
  • Tracking Internet communications
  • Tracking cell phone locations
  • Use of overhead drone aircraft within our borders

Interesting news articles illustrating surveillance include:
  • FBI plans social network map alert mash-up application—BBC News-Technology

  • FBI releases plans to monitor social networks—NewScientist

  • Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites—NewScientist

  • Social Media Application—Federal Business Opportunities website

  • DOJ Wants to Know Who’s Rejecting Your Friend Requests—Electronic Frontier Foundation

If you are not scared yet, you haven't been paying attention. Privacy in America or the world is a foreign concept!
Now, on a positive note, such surveillance of terrorists, law-breakers, and such is necessary to keep us safe. 
But who is to say when the government will label normal citizens, who may disagree with the policies set, as terrorists or worse? Remember when the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and Homeland Security labeled anyone who had served in the military, owned guns, or was religious as terrorists?
We must do what scripture encourages in 2 Chronicles 7:14 to pray and seek God for deliverance!

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