NSLs are National Security Letters. They are subpoenas that are used “to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities” (Redfern). Also the Patriot Act includes the government’s legal and widereaching ability to monitor the reading habits of every single American citizen. These subpoenas have been used by the Controllers for disturbing reasons. Agencies can demand bank account data, email history, address books, phone numbers, books bought, borrowed and read. There’s imprisonment for non-compliance. All this falls under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the PA has made it easier for the government to seize and study our private data–medical records, college records, books we buy, etc. Surveillance can be triggered by practicing one’s 1st Amendment rights– visiting certain Web sites, writing a letter to the editor, taking part in a protest march. The government just needs to say it’s trying to protect against terrorism when it goes to your bank or doctor to ask for your records. Librarians have gone to court to protect patrons’ data. In 2005 a group of librarians in Connecticut, after an NSL was issued to them, did this very thing. The American Library Association went to the Supreme Court in an effort to get rid of this “outrageous piece of spying of the deeply personal variety” (Redfern). In 2015 a bill before the Senate called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act would monitor computers in libraries. It has a very misleading title. In November of 2016 librarians reacted to the election of Trump by destroying user information before it could be used against them.*** There is research going on right now the aim of which is to produce humans only smart enough to follow directions but no smarter (Redfern). In a world where we are slaves, we won’t have enough self-awareness to realize we are slaves of the Controllers (Elites, Cabal, Illuminati). Many people today don’t realize they are mind controlled by subliminal messaging. “Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, whose novel “Never Let Me Go,” described children produced and reared as organ donors, and warned that we are coming close to the point where we can create people that are superior to others”(The Guardian 1/8/17 quoted by Redfern). The Guardian asserted that it wouldn’t radically change society, nor do others think this would be a nightmare. Bioethicist Henry Greely is of the opinion that creation of a Superman is unlikely because we don’t know enough yet. Yet. “Modified babies” as the Guardian calls them, should scare us enough to avoid a path that results in becoming less than we are–something that can be controlled and regulated. Crispr-Cas9 is a process that falls under the subject of gene editing. It came into being in 2012 and was created to find mutant genes, genes that cause serious illness and death. So far, this is a positive use of genetic technology. But Crispr-Cas9 has been used in China to modify human embryos. It had mixed results. The UK is also experimenting with Crispr-Cas9 to find out why miscarriages occur. The biggest problem with this technology, according to Redfern, is that there is no hard and definitive legislation anywhere in the world to prevent scientists from going where they don’t belong. One-hundred years from now we could have a master race using the rest of humanity for slavery. Dr. Tony Perry, an expert in cloning, was interviewed by the BBC for Scientific Reports: Dr. Perry “details precisely editing the genome of mice at the point DNA from the sperm and egg come together.” Further ” we used a pair of molecular scissors and a molecular sat-nav that tells the scissors where to cut. It’s approaching 100% efficiency already. It’s a case of ‘you shoot you score.'”WOW! Of course, the fear is that people will start choosing hair color, intelligence, etc. And it could be turned against us by the Controllers. Dr. Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society worries that this technology could “significantly exacerbate socio-economic inequality” (Redfern). A result may be that only the rich have designer babies. This “would widen the chasm between the upper and lower classes” (Redfern). I think scientists should meet and reach a consensus on what they’ll tolerate before the Controllers step in and take over.