Some interesting facts about our modern day “democracy”. No matter what you do, e-mail, phone, chat on social media, walk down your main street, stand at a bus stop, walk into a bar, shop at the local supermarket, draw cash from a cash machine, you are being watched and listened to, you are being profiled. Big Brother wants to know what you are up to, who you communicate with, who you meet and where.
This is the extent of your freedom, this is the shape of your “democracy”. Do you believe that they are doing this for your benefit? There was the day when you could expect the “bad guys” to be followed and spied on, but in today's “democracy”, everybody is treated like the “bad guys”. Today the state sees no reason why it shouldn't poke its nose into every aspect of everybody's life, to them, everybody is a possible “bad guy” and has to be watched constantly.
This mass surveillance, this over all scrutiny of our every action, is not going to go away anytime soon. It will only get more intrusive as technology is driven by the paranoid state, which wants total control over its citizens. The state has a constant fear that people will always strive to control their own lives and this would negate the state's existence, obviously it can't let this happen.
If you want a free democratic society, free from constant intrusive surveillance, then it has to be a society without the state, a community based society organised from the bottom up. The only answer is a society based on co-operation, mutual aid and mutual respect, not one of power and authority.
- The NSA "has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world." — The New York Times
- The NSA "is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world." — Washington Post
- The NSA "is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world." — Washington Post
- The NSA collects the content and metadata of emails, web activity, chats, social networks, and everything else from fiber-optic cables "that carry much of the world's Internet and phone data." — Washington Post
- NSA "officers on several occasions have channeled their agency's enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests." — The New York Times
- NSA "is secretly piggybacking” on Internet
advertisers' "cookies" and location data
“to pinpoint targets for government hacking and
to bolster surveillance." — Washington