This Christmas… You’d Better Watch Out: The Surveillance State Has a Naughty List, and You’re On It



Read the full article originally published at Activist Post by John Whitehead on December 08, 2021.


my NOTES:

“No longer does the all-knowing, all-seeing, jolly Old St. Nick need to rely on antiquated elves on shelves and other seasonal snitches in order to know when you’re sleeping or awake, and if you’ve been naughty or nice.

Thanks to the government’s almost limitless powers made possible by a domestic army of techno-tyrants, fusion centers and Peeping Toms, Santa can get real-time reports on who’s been good or bad this year. This creepy new era of government/corporate spying—in which we’re being listened to, watched, tracked, followed, mapped, bought, sold and targeted—makes the NSA’s rudimentary phone and metadata surveillance appear almost antiquated in comparison.

Consider just a small sampling of the tools being used to track our movements, monitor our spending, and sniff out all the ways in which our thoughts, actions and social circles might land us on the government’s naughty list.
[ … ] 
Fusion centers. 
Smart devices. 
Behavioral threat assessments. 
Terror watch lists.
Facial recognition.
Snitch tip lines.
Biometric scanners. 
Pre-crime. 
DNA databases. 
Data mining.
Precognitive technology.
Contact tracing apps.

What these add up to is a world in which, on any given day, the average person is now monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways by both government and corporate eyes and ears.

Big Tech wedded to Big Government has become Big Brother.
[ … ]
In an age of overcriminalization, mass surveillance, and an appalling lack of protections for our privacy rights, we can all be considered guilty of some transgression or other.

So you’d better watch out—you’d better not pout—you’d better not cry—‘cos I’m telling you why: this Christmas, it’s the Surveillance State that’s coming to town, and you’re already on its naughty list.” 

— John W. Whitehead, constitutional attorney and author 

"You’d Better Watch Out: The Surveillance State Has a Naughty List, and You’re On It" | Read the full article originally published at Activist Post by John Whitehead on December 08, 2021

About the Author:
Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president The Rutherford Institute. His books Battlefield America: The War on the American People and A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State are available at www.amazon.com. He can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org. Nisha Whitehead is the Executive Director of The Rutherford Institute. Information about The Rutherford Institute is available at www.rutherford.org.”



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