We Are All Living Under Constant Surveillance, All the Time

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 “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”
C.S. Lewis

The latest leaks from former ex-National Security Administration contractor Edward Snowden aren’t really “leaks” or even revelations…they are more just basic observations on the way things are in society today.

“Everyone is under surveillance now” the Guardian headline begins.

Everyone.

Worse, the people in charge of pushing this agenda say it’s for our own good, you know, for National Security and all.

The US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned that entire populations, rather than just individuals, now live under constant surveillance.

“It’s no longer based on the traditional practice of targeted taps based on some individual suspicion of wrongdoing,” he said. “It covers phone calls, emails, texts, search history, what you buy, who your friends are, where you go, who you love.”

Snowden made his comments in a short video that was played before a debate on the proposition that surveillance today is a euphemism for mass surveillance, in Toronto, Canada. The former US National Security Agency contractor is living in Russia, having been granted temporary asylum there in June 2013.

The video was shown as two of the debaters – the former US National Security Administration director, General Michael Hayden, and the well-known civil liberties lawyer and Harvard law professor, Alan Dershowitz – argued in favour of the debate statement: “Be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defence of our freedoms.” [emphasis added]
(source)

So it’s “legitimate”…to openly and indisciminately spy on everyone…all the time…without cause.

By taking away our freedom, they’re actually defending our…freedom?

And now we’re having debates over whether surveillance really means mass surveillance.

These Snowden leaks/revelations/basic observations will continue to trickle out because, well, it’s a slow-drip method of keeping the glaring big brother reality of our totalitarian society in your face all the time so you’ll get accustomed to the fact that you are under constant government watch and passively accept it.

That’s how it works. As soon as you aren’t thinking about the NSA spying on you all the time, as soon as the “big data” analysis shows that social media aren’t buzzing with the name Edward Snowden and related search terms, BAM.

Another magical Snowden leak will drip out, right on time, to remind us all once again that we’re are totally under constant mass government surveillance and we have no freedom or privacy or respected rights.

Can someone show these guys the Constitution? Can someone point out where it is in the Bill of Rights that it says they are null and void if our government deems it necessary to form a big brother police state under the guise of national security?

Wasn’t the NSA’s mission to collect foreign intelligence, by the way? (Even typing that sentence at this point is like reluctantly saying the punchline of a joke you know everyone’s already heard ten times before.)

Worse, though, is that we’re not even just a surveillance society. More and more every day, we’re actually becoming a sousveillance society.

Every heard of that term? I hadn’t until just a few days ago.

Sousveillance (/suːˈveɪləns/ soo-VAY-ləns; French pronunciation: ​[suvɛjɑ̃s]) is most commonly defined as the recording of an activity by a participant in the activity typically by way of small wearable or portable personal technologies. (source)

Some people say it’s a reverse surveillance tactic — such as when the average citizen using his or her smartphone to record misdeeds by the cops — but really in this environment where the government has tapped all the major telecommunications companies from phones to Internet, it ultimately just means that we’re all spying on ourselves.

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We wear little cameras, either in the form of smartphones or in the trendy, literal wearables (Google Glass, anyone?) that are coming out all the time. We participate in Internet activities, sending emails and visiting social media websites like Facebook and Twitter where our data is knowingly being sucked up with a giant government vacuum cleaner and put into the even-more-giant $3 billion data hub the NSA built in the Utah desert. We’re all being pushed through the green agenda to buy energy-efficient appliances with smart chips in them that can keep track of our resource usage and connect to each other and the grid, thus connecting everything (and us) to that nifty “Internet of Things” Former CIA Director David Petraeus said would be used to spy on us.

So it’s actually worse than Snowden says…because we aren’t just living under constant government surveillance, but we’re facilitating it. We’re active participants in our own surveillance. We’re helping them do it by doing half the job. We’re spying on ourselves.

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  • jim_robert

    Orwellls house today “On the wall outside his former residence – flat number 27B – where Orwelllived until his death in 1950, an historical plaque commemorates the anti-authoritarian author. And within 200 yards of the flat, there are 32 CCTV cameras, scanning every move.

    Orwell’s view of the tree-filled gardens outside the flat is under 24-hour
    surveillance from two cameras perched on traffic lights. The flat’s rear windows are constantly viewed from two more security
    cameras outside a conference centre in Canonbury Place.

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/george-orwell-big-brother-is-watching-your-house-7086271.html

    • http://www.whyisthesubsinking.com Tim Brown

      get your slingshots, if they aren’t confiscated, and eliminate those devils .
      Aren’t you glad you turned in your guns? Living a nice peaceful life now eh?

      edit: hell, maybe just invest in cctv camera companies, pretty soon they will be installed in every cavity of street,lane, by-way and body

  • Rick E.

    No matter what others attempt to untruthfully say, we ARE being monitored and listened to by our government, deliberately and constantly. With no probable cause or REAL justification needed.
    This approaches the threshold of tyranny and a true police state!
    How much more should we, or can we take?

    • http://www.whyisthesubsinking.com Tim Brown

      Hey off grid Man!! How ya’ doin’ big fella? The threshold of tyranny was crossed over 100 years ago.

      Dear NSA: You peeping toms can go #### yourselves.

      Don’t take any of it. Opt out. Join me, I’m moving to Mars and becoming a non-resident Martian. Bullet trajectories are quite different over yonder, so, bring lots of powder/lead/casings for practice if you join me on the Red Planet.
      Wait, maybe Earth is now the Red Planet, as it is covered in Commies and blood

      • Thomas Parker

        You are from Mars.

      • Rick E.

        Hey Tim! I just got back from a great camping trip to central Nevada in a very remote location!

        • http://www.whyisthesubsinking.com Tim Brown

          Sweet.

    • Ken, Megapolis

      Hi Rick and Tim. Good to see we are in fine form today. I am not sure I could go 100% off grid because I value the services of Doctors and Dentists. Then this ifone is my passport to the World and I freely pass on anything I believe may help an online friend even you Tim who probably still think I’m a drug addict LOL.
      I watched a Megastructures program on the desired bridge from Russia to Alaska and I shook my head in disbelief “It would be cheaper to go to Mars LOL”. Alone, any road north of Vancouver and Vladivostok is just as remote so apols I had a dream about the ‘Northern Dubai’ LOL.

      • Rick E.

        Hi Ken, I get to the doctor and dentist regularly. In fact, I just had laser surgery done to my gums. Being off the grid is well worth the occasional inconvenience. In an emergency of any sort I’m on my own, thus I must be resourceful and prudent in my decisions.

        • Ken, Megapolis

          Hi Rick, despite swearing off these sites and Facebook I am still ‘addicted to the opium’ LOL. Havn’t been well for most of this year and seeing Doctor Wednesday. I find it incomprehensible how London could experience a SHTF and everyone descends upon Scotland helping themselves to whatever they can and the Brits suddenly start acquiring and loving guns.
          The weather has turned heatwave yet again so this always leads to temper, even riots! Brits are NOT cool and reserved people because behaviour mirrors the weather LOL.
          I guess the issue of Ukraine is less important than the fall of every previous ancient civilization and what factors were responsible for said decline. History remembers the great Kings and leaders, NEVER the troubles of he who heartily wished he could document the fall of his empire in the wish that future societies should not experience SHTF.
          So help me God.

      • http://www.whyisthesubsinking.com Tim Brown

        I don’t think you are a crack head !! wait, after the dream…LSD?

  • Ken, Megapolis

    Bollocks to the useless expensive waste of space in Utah which could be better used for housing. So we are all under surveillance, taken for granted as terrorists and so are our Grandmothers. What a fucking insult. What do I have in common with Bin Laden FFS?
    So we are monitored for buying flashlights. Screw this! If the NSA are spending all afternoon studying my latest purchase of wholemeal bread in the Tesco’s Metro Centre then I have nothing to lose by buying an axe and paying cash for it.
    BTW I was asked for identification for BUYING a 2nd hand radio in a charity shop the other day, not selling it. No prizes for guessing what I said to make the salesman sweat and shake LOL.
    So help me God.

  • Pravda01

    Get rid of your device called smartphone. Once the telecoms are loosing all their customers the insanity will stop.
    …don’t fly either..

  • Survival Prepper Joe

    Great article!

    We ARE spying on ourselves, and are handing over boatloads of personal info that we can’t even imagine can be taken from the data trail we leave behind.

    “Bean counter” statisticians can now create very accurate personal profiles from the things we purchase in context with our other activities and things we purchase.

    As an example, Target knew a young woman was pregnant before her dad (from the “context” of her purchases in their store), and mailed new mom coupons to the home.

    The dad, irate that Target would promote teen pregnancy, complained.

    But Target was right.

    Now Target continues this data mining but makes sure to “hide” their coupons in with other more common coupons.

    There’s an article describing this in detail, here:

    http://graywolfsurvival.com/3378/two-free-tools-increase-opsec/

    And I pulled together some resources about how to stop this data capture and mining (or at least make YOUR info much, much more challenging to get) here:

    http://survivalprepper-joe.com/tor-online-security/
    Hope it helps.
    Thanks again for a great article!
    Best,
    Joe