Police state found in many parts of life

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: April 7 2014 | 2:06 pm - Updated: 8 April 2014 | 8:06 am in

A police state is more than a society overrun by the long arm of the law. Significant features include: Tracking you based on your consumer activities. Fusion Centers (federal/state law enforcement partnerships that collect a variety of data on so-called suspicious people) have collected reports on people buying pallets of water.

Tracking you based on your public activities. High-tech companies are selling equipment/services to police departments with the promise of monitoring large groups of people.

Tracking you based on your phone activities. The CIA has been paying AT & T millions in order to gain access to data on Americans’ phone calls abroad.

Tracking you based on your computers’ activities. Federal agents employ hacking methods in order to gain access to your computer activities.

Tracking you based on your behavior. Police departments are able to fund new surveillance systems that turn the most basic human behavior into suspicious situations to be studied and analyzed.

Tracking you based on your face. Facial recognition systems promise to create a society in which every individual who steps out into public is tracked and recorded.

Tracking you from the skies. Nothing will escape government eyes, especially when the drones take to the skies in 2015. These gadgets are capable of seeing through the walls of your home and tracking every moment.

Will we take a stand to preserve our privacy or will we go softly and silently into the electronic concentration camp on big brother’s global plantation?

Wendell E. Carr

Ottumwa

 

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