By Ron Paul | RPI | May 7, 2018

One of the few positive things in the ill-named USA FREEDOM Act, enacted in 2015 after the Snowden revelations on NSA domestic spying, is that it required the Director of National Intelligence to regularly report on its domestic surveillance activities. On Friday, the latest report was released on just how much our own government is spying on us. The news is not good at all if you value freedom over tyranny.

According to the annual report, named the Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities, the US government intercepted and stored information from more than a half-billion of our telephone calls and text messages in 2017. That is a 300 percent increase from 2016. All of these intercepts were “legal” under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is ironic because FISA was enacted to curtail the Nixon-era abuse of surveillance on American citizens.

Has the US government intercepted your phone calls and/or text messages? You don’t know, which is why the surveillance state is so evil. Instead of assuming your privacy is protected by the US Constitution, you must assume that the US government is listening in to your communications. The difference between these is the difference between freedom and tyranny. The ultimate triumph of totalitarian states was not to punish citizens for opposing its tyranny, but to successfully cause them to censor themselves before even expressing “subversive” thoughts.

We cannot celebrate our freedom or call ourselves an exceptional nation as long as we are under control of the kind of surveillance that would have turned the East German Stasi green with envy. We know the East German secret police relied on millions of informants, eager to ingratiate themselves with their totalitarian rulers by reporting on their friends, neighbors, even relatives. It was a messy system but it served the purpose of preventing any “unwelcome” political views from taking hold. No one was allowed to criticize the policies of the government without facing reprisals.

Sadly, that is where we are headed.

Our advanced technological age provides opportunities for surveillance that even the most enthusiastic East German intelligence operative could not have dreamed of. No longer does the government need to rely on nosy neighbors as informants. The NSA has cut out the middleman, intercepting our communications – our very thoughts – at the source. No one who calls himself an American patriot can be happy about this development.

Not even the President is safe from the surveillance state he presides over! According to a news report last week, federal investigators monitored the phone lines of President Trump‘s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, even when he was speaking to his client – the president!

An all-powerful state that intercepts its citizens’ communications and stores them indefinitely to use against them in the future does not deserve to be called the leader of the free world. It is more the high-tech equivalent of a Third World despotism, where we all exist subject to the whim of those currently in political power.

Edward Snowden did us all an enormous favor by risking it all to let us know that our government had come to view us as the enemy to be spied on and monitored. If we are to regain the liberty that our Founders recognized was granted to us not by government, but by our Creator, we must redouble our efforts to fight against the surveillance state!


Contributed by Ron Paul via ronpaulinstitute.org

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By Jayson Veley | Natural News | May 1, 2018

Even on the other side of the world, big brother is alive and well.

In an unprecedented move that has civil libertarians horrified, India has created an identification system that scans the fingerprints, eyes and faces of its residents and connects the gathered information to everything from welfare benefits and entitlements to cell phones. The program, called Aadhaar, is being viewed by many as something straight out of George Orwell’s famous book 1984. It is Big Brother on steroids, and the potential for governmental abuse in India has seldom been higher than it is right now.

Already, the people of India are starting to feel the negative effects of the intrusive Aadhaar program. For Adita Jha, for example, Aadhaar has caused nothing but trouble. Adita was forced to wait in line three times only to sit down in front of a computer that photographed her face, her irises, and recorded her fingerprints. The data failed to upload three times, and it wasn’t until the fourth time that the program worked properly and she was thrown in with the other 1.1 billion Indians already in the system.

Adita explained that it almost feels as though life is going to stop in its tracks unless you register with the government, given the fact that becoming part of the system is a requirement for hundreds of public services, including opening up a bank account and even taking exams at school. (Related: For more news on the police state, visit PoliceState.news.)

But this Orwellian style of government is not a problem that is unique to just one or two countries; rather, it is a plague that appears to be spreading across the entire globe. Last December, for instance, the London Assembly voted to “arrest and prosecute” pro-life Christians, as reported by Breitbart.

“The London Assembly has been called ‘illiberal’ and Orwellian after voting to call on the mayor ‘to clarify the powers available to [police] to arrest and prosecute’ pro-life campaigners who pray near abortion clinics and offer support to mothers, accusing them of ‘harassment,’” Breitbart News explained.

The motion, which was originally proposed by Labour members Dr. Onkar Sahotam and Fiona Twycross, referred to pro-life activists and Christian women’s support groups as “anti-choice campaigners” and accused them of participating in “obstruction, intimidation and harassment.” If using the law to penalize individuals based on their Christian and pro-life viewpoints isn’t something that seems like it came straight out of 1984, then what is exactly?

The United States is not immune to the effects of Big Government, either. A few weeks ago, it was reported that the liberal state of California was considering legislation that would ban the sale of Christian books, including the Bible, on the basis that they perpetuate beliefs on sexual morality that are not consistent with the progressive ideology.

Assembly Bill 2943 would make it an “unlawful business practice” in the state of California to participate in “a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer” that advertises or engages in “sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.” (Related: Even Supreme Court Justice Breyer has warned or an Orwellian government in the past.)

The bill goes on to define the term “sexual orientations change efforts” as “any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.” Because the Bible condemns homosexuality and defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, many fear that Assembly Bill 2943 would ban the sale of the Bible.

It’s impossible to deny it – big government is growing bigger, and it’s affecting all corners of the globe in one way or another.

Read Tyranny.news to stay informed of the latest assaults on human freedom by big government.


Contributed by Jayson Veley of NaturalNews.com, where this article was originally published.


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By Dawn Luger | The Daily Sheeple | April 16, 2018

Police have used a photo sent through the app “WhatsApp” to get a fingerprint and used that fingerprint to secure drug convictions against eleven people. If part of your finger is showing, cops can now use that small bit as fingerprint evidence.

This new and  “groundbreaking” technique of matching fingerprints found in photos “is the future” of how cops will catch “criminals.” It’s changing how law enforcement looks at social media images for potential evidence.

According to CSO Online, police have long used fingerprints in criminal investigations, in a new twist, cops used one photo sent via WhatsApp and a “pioneering fingerprint technique” to ultimately secure drug convictions against 11 people.

It all started with a drug bust.  The bust resulted in the police getting hold of a phone that had a WhatsApp message and image of ecstasy pills in a person’s palm. The message read: “For sale – Skype and Ikea-branded ecstasy pills…are you interested?”

The phone was sent to South Wales Police where the photo showing the middle and bottom portion of a pinky was enhanced. As for fingerprint identification, the BBC reported that “a search of the national database did not bring a match” as “when offenders give fingerprints, it is just the top part taken — with the middle and bottom part only occasionally left.” A different BBC article stated that “other evidence meant officers had an idea who they believed was behind the drugs operation.”

Dave Thomas of the South Wales Police’s scientific support unit told the BBC, “While the scale and quality of the photograph proved a challenge, the small bits were enough to prove he was the dealer.” But how did they determine who they were looking for, to begin with?  It’s all a little confusing, and cops don’t come out and tell us they are violating our rights, even though, for all intents and purposes, that’s exactly what happened here.

According to the South Wales Police press release, “A boastful drug dealer” was “caught red-handed after a pioneering technique was used to identify his fingerprints in a photograph he sent showing off his supply.”

Detective Inspector Dean Taylor told the BBC, “We knew Elliott was handling drugs of a similar type, but we didn’t know who was holding the bags in the photograph. He was linked by his fingerprint which also linked him to the messages and showed he was sending the supply.” But as mentioned earlier, Elliott’s prints were not on file, so he was assumed to be the dealer.

Staff from the unit’s specialist imaging team were able to enhance a picture of a hand holding a number of tablets, which was taken from a mobile phone before fingerprint experts were able to positively identify that the hand was that of Elliott Morris.

This is all just a little too Orwellian and Big Brother for our taste.  It certainly seems like, in order to make sure that that hand was Morris’, police would have to have had him in custody.  “Despite being provided with only a very small section of the fingerprint which was visible in the photograph, the team were able to successfully identify the individual,” said Dave Thomas, forensic operations manager at the Scientific Support Unit.

Thomas pointed out that 80% of people have mobile phones and use them to snap photos that the cops can “download and enhance.” Other cops are now looking through social media images, as well as images in seized phones, for potential fingerprinting identification evidence.


Contributed by Dawn Luger of TheDailySheeple.com

Dawn Luger is a staff writer and reporter for The Daily Sheeple.


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By B N Frank | Activist Post | April 8, 2018

In December 2016, Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 331 (aka “The Petland Bill”) which had originally been written regarding puppy mills and the humane treatment of animals.  At the last minute, several completely unrelated clauses were added to it.  One of them eliminated municipal governments’ ability to stop telecom companies from installing small cell tower infrastructure wherever they wanted – including in front of homes, in public rights of ways, historical districts, etc.  This violated the Ohio Constitution’s “single subject rule” and many immediately cried foul.

On March 20, 2017, press conferences were held in Cleveland and Central Ohio to announce that 80 Ohio municipal governments had filed lawsuits against the cell tower clause in this bill.  Eventually 90 Ohio municipal governments filed lawsuits.

Much has happened since then.  Some judges ruled in favor of the municipal governments.  Telecom companies appealed and new judges overturned rulings.  Some municipal governments who filed lawsuits seemed to have given up.  Some municipal governments embraced the idea of small cells before the bill passed and then again after the bill passed.  Some were identified early on as being difficult.

Because of all of this, Ohio elected officials decided to create a brand spanking new bill – one that proudly gives telecom companies the right to do whatever they please:  HB 478:  Small Cells Expansion Bill.

It’s still being opposed.  But it’s also being voted on this week.

Outside of Ohio, consumer groups, doctors, environmentalists, municipal governments, and scientists have been fighting similar state bills.  Because of this, they have not passed.

Firefighters have fought cell towers being installed on station property for many years already due to health concerns.

There are also 50+ federal bills being discussed which will eliminate municipal authority regarding cell tower placement.  These are also being fought.

The Nation recently published an article about cell phone safety and 5G technology.  The Wireless Industry is being compared to “Big Tobacco” and “Big Oil.”  Those of us who have lived long enough understand that this isn’t a compliment.

The article has been recirculated by other publications such as Democracy Now.Last week, NPR also featured the article and topic for discussion during their On Point program.

So what does Dr. Oz have to do with this?  Controversy regarding cell phone and wireless radiation is nothing new.  In 2009, he spoke about it on Good Morning America.

On February 9, 2018, he featured a segment on his show called “The Rise of 5G Cell Towers.”  According to his introduction, these cell towers are being installed everywhere so Americans can “binge-watch, surf and post online” at faster speeds without their screens freezing up or being disconnected.

5G is new technology.  But there is still firm research there is more potential harm from it than 4G wireless.

The human body has between two million to four million sweat ducts. Dr. Ben-Ishai of Hebrew University, Israel explains that our sweat ducts act like “an array of helical antennas when exposed to these wavelengths,” meaning that we become more conductive.

Sweat ducts acting like helical antennas = MORE SWEATING.  Of course, 5G may also increase your metabolism.  But it still means being a sweatier than usual 24/7.   That’s not sexy.

Of course, 5G cell towers are going to affect children and pets, too.

But let’s get back to the binge-watching.  Encouraging and enabling Ohioans to “binge-watch, surf and post online” seems particularly inappropriate considering there is already a rampant opioid addiction problem in the state.  Attorney General, Mike Dewine already filed lawsuits with several pharmaceutical companies and claimed “Drugmakers got Ohioans addicted, raked in profits.”

So how again is it a good thing for elected officials and telecom companies to encourage and enable digital addiction when it’s a bad thing to encourage and enable opioid addiction?

Many Ohioans also enjoy nature and wildlife in the Buckeye State. 5G isn’t good for nature or wildlife. In fact, none of this wireless stuff is or has ever been good for them.  All of this is being installed to accommodate humans – even when we’re trying to enjoy nature and wildlife.

In 2014, The Wall Street Journal published an article about how 1 in 10 cell towers violated current RF safety standards.  The Federal Communications Commission also wasn’t making sure this was being corrected.  “The Race for 5G” means even more cell towers which means there will probably be more cell towers in violation of safety standards.

5G small cell towers are also a key component in connecting everything together a la “The Internet of Things (IoT).”  IoT already has a 75% failure rate due to hacking and more.  This is a threat to your privacy.  Therefore, IoT is really only cool if you like being hacked and having your privacy violated.

Security experts like Huffington Post’s Bruce Kushnick can’t say enough BAD things about IoT or 5G.  He’s referred to it as taxpayers being forced to bailout the telecom industry.

If none of this still bothers you, small cell towers being installed in front of homes and in neighborhoods will also reduce property value.

Cell towers can also catch fire or collapse.

Over the past few months, many media sources including CBS News have been encouraging us to be more careful with our cell phones and other personal wireless devices and electronics.  Many have also encouraged parents to limit how much their children use these devices.  Tech inventors already have been doing this for several years. Maybe it’s because they knew that no “safe” level of cell phone or wireless (WiFi) radiation has still been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women.

Unfortunately changing your habits won’t help much when 4G and 5G small cell towers are installed everywhere

Ohio elected officials don’t seem to care about that.  Or maybe it’s just that their brains have been too scrambled by all of this already.

What’s worse – since 2010, most Ohio utility companies have also installed digital or wireless “Smart” utility meters on homes and buildings throughout the state.  Ohio Senate Bill 181 “Smart Meter Consent Bill” was introduced in 2013 and endorsed by the ACLU.

It didn’t pass but many Ohio utilities eventually started offering “opt-outs” because of all the complaints.

All over the world, these meters have caused enormous problems already.  Many have already been replaced because of fires, explosions, malfunctioning appliances, measurement errors, general failure, and depreciation.   Many Ohioans now seem to be footing the bill to replace their old crappy “smart” meters with new crappy “smart” meters.

You may not have suffered any consequences yet from these “smart” meters.  But if you end up with a small cell tower near your home you’re basically being double-fried by microwave radiationAy, oh, way to go, Ohio.

Have you ever asked yourself, “If Wireless Radiation Exposure Is No Big Deal, Why Do Manuals for Cell Phones, iPads, Wi-Fi Routers, Etc. Include Guidelines and Warnings?”

Maybe you should ask that of your elected officials if they have.

Ohioans, if you don’t want this installed all over your state, start calling your senators today and tell them to VOTE NO on HB 478:

Senate President

Mr. Larry Obhof

(614) 466-7505 – KILL HB 478

Senate Public Utilities Committee

Bill Beagle                    (614) 466-6247

Chair

Rob McColley              (614) 466-8150

Vice Chair

Lou Terhar                  (614) 466-8068

(Local Cincinnati Senator)

Frank LaRose             (614) 466-4823

Sandy Williams          (614) 466-4857

Sean O’Brien              (614) 466-7182

Vernon Sykes             (614) 466-7041

Dave Burke                (614) 466-8049

Rob McColley              (614) 466-8150

Vice Chair

Lou Terhar                  (614) 466-8068

(Local Cincinnati Senator)

Frank LaRose             (614) 466-4823

Sandy Williams          (614) 466-4857

Sean O’Brien              (614) 466-7182

Vernon Sykes             (614) 466-7041

Dave Burke                (614) 466-8049


Contributed by B.N. Frank of ActivistPost.com where this article was originally published.


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Isabella Z. | Natural News | Jan. 21, 2017

Just when you thought connected devices couldn’t get any more intrusive, Amazon steps in and takes things up a notch with its Echo Spot, which is already available in the U.S. and soon to launch in the U.K. With its “smart alarm” feature being heavily marketed, the internet retail giant is hoping you’ll place it next to your bed – most likely facing it directly as this is the most obvious placement for alarm clocks.

Of course, this is much more than an alarm clock. It is equipped with a microphone and camera, and it actually hears people talking all the way across the room, even when music is playing. In other words, it’s always listening to you. What it’s doing with all that highly personal information, however, is anyone’s guess.

In fact, Amazon wants you to place one in every room of your house, a move they are encouraging by making the devices work together. For example, its multi-room music feature allows people to play music throughout their home by placing Echo Spots in each room – all while Amazon watches and listens to their every move.

Would you willingly place little spy devices throughout your house?

Each Echo Spot is essentially a little spy device, constantly collecting information about you. Amazon might argue that it’s just trying to offer you a more personalized experience, but where does it stop? Even if their intentions were entirely wholesome, what happens when hackers and others with ill intentions get a hold of your most sensitive conversations or video footage of your private moments?

Amazon says that they take customer privacy seriously, and that measures have been taken to make it secure. The microphone, they say, is just listening out for you to utter the keyword to activate it, but there have been cases of these devices activating unintentionally in the past.

Amazon points out that there is a mic/camera off hardware button. However, to turn off the camera, you also have to turn off the microphone, which means you can do very little with the device and really defeats its purpose. It seems like this feature was added just so they can say they give people privacy options; it’s far from practical if people want to actually use the device as intended.

They also say that communications are encrypted and that third-party app installation has been disallowed on the device. However, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and it won’t be long before clever hackers are able to turn on the Echo Spot’s camera and see what’s going on inside your bedroom. Hackers have already found a way to make the regular Echo device into a live microphone. If you willingly bring this device into your home, you have to understand that this could very well happen to you and accept the consequences.

People are being conditioned to give up privacy

Despite how outrageous all of this sounds, the product could do well for Amazon. Many people are becoming frighteningly accepting of the presence of so much monitoring in their lives, slowly but steadily giving up every remaining bit of privacy they have. It’s a price that some people will be willing to pay for the convenience the device offers. With features like video calling, displaying song lyrics, showing news clips, keeping you informed about the weather, and waking you up in the morning, some people won’t think twice about what they have to give up. For the rest of us, however, there remain plenty of ways to find out the temperature and get up in time for work without giving Amazon such an intimate view of our lives.

See PrivacyWatch.news for more coverage of privacy vs. technology.


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