Surveillance. When Snowden exposed the NSA, Americans said: “They can spy on me all they want. I’ve got nothing to hide. I’m not a Muslim terrorist.” What these people didn’t realize is that the FBI had been monitoring all kinds of people and groups that had nothing to do with Islamic extremism. The ACLU uncovered documents that demonstrated that the FBI had been targeting animal rights groups, calling them “domestic terrorists.” This included Greenpeace, PETA and a community vegan project at a university. The ACLU’s Ann Beeson said: “Labeling law abiding groups and their members ‘domestic terrorists’ is not only irresponsible, it also has a chilling effect on the vibrant tradition of political dissent in this country.” She was right, because political dissent after 9/11 of any kind was looked at as potential terrorism, even lawful protests and non-violent civil disobedience. Suddenly, anyone who ever contributed to PETA or attended a Green-peace protest was considered a threat to national security. Jenny Randles, the author of the book “Mind Wars” wonders why the government chose these groups when there were plenty of groups causing racial violence, domestic violence and murder across the nation. Even the Catholic Workers Group was put under surveillance for possible communist leanings. Poverty relief groups and labor unions were put under a microscope, which caused vast criticism of the Bush administration. Elana Freeland wrote in “This Covert Electromagnetic Era” that 9/11 was a turning point in many ways. One being the increased use of electro-magnetic weapons… laser facilitated listening devices, both ground and satellite…eXaudio software to detect and decode emotions…remotely controlled data surveillance technology…pattern recognition, voice and thought recognition, including brain wave monitoring of thoughts. The line between military and industry is vanishing as the military defines all of life as a “battlespace.” After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, our own government took our civil liberties hostage. Who needs foreign terrorists with friends like that? The NSA has a Google-style search engine called ICREACH. It can store more that 850 billion records of phone calls, emails, cell locations, faxes, private messages and social networking posts. It is available to all the alphabet agencies. It targets foreign calls, but Americans get picked up. Legal experts were shocked at the sheer magnitude of ICREACH’s reach. Elizabeth Goitein of NYU said: “To me, this is extremely troublesome. The myth that metadata is just a bunch of numbers and is not as revealing as actual communications content was exploded long ago—this is a trove of incredibly sensitive information.” It only takes three satellites to watch over the entire planet with detection capacity, relaying data back to computers on earth that then look for specific activities. One only has to look at the main powerhouses behind this kind of surveillance–government and intelligence agencies, including defense and military, as well as defense-related corporations like Lockheed and Boeing to suppose the main motives for global spying from above. The amazing progress of the spying technology has made it more invasive, with the capacity to watch over more and more individual at any given time. We are warned against the links between satellite surveillance and technologies that peer into the brain, looking for the genesis of thoughts and emotions, and “read a person’s mind from space.” Randles says that the typical person probably has no reason to be watched from space, and satellite use is very expensive.There’s always an upside.


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