by Jeff Davis
Since 2008 and the advent of the Obama dictatorship, America has accelerated down the road to becoming a “surveillance state.” This was defined by George Orwell’s classic novel “1984.” The definition of a surveillance state is a society where the secret police do their best to watch everybody, all the time. The object is total control of their citizens’ lives, every waking moment.
I used to think that a total 1984-style surveillance state was impossible even given the great strides in modern technology, but it looks like the Obama dictatorship is giving it a try.
A CBS news article reports: “Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed.”
“Imagine standing at a bus stop, talking to your friend and having your conversation recorded without you knowing. It happens all the time, and the FBI doesn’t even need a warrant to do it.”
“Federal agents are planting microphones to secretly record conversations. Jeff Harp, a KPIX 5 security analyst and former FBI special agent said, ‘They put microphones under rocks, they put microphones in trees, they plant microphones in equipment. I mean, there’s microphones that are planted in places that people don’t think about, because that’s the intent!’”
“FBI agents hid microphones inside light fixtures and at a bus stop outside the Oakland Courthouse without a warrant to record conversations, between March 2010 and January 2011. Federal authorities are trying to prove real estate investors in San Mateo and Alameda counties are guilty of bid rigging and fraud and used these recordings as evidence.”
“Harp said, ‘An agent can’t just go out and grab a recording device and plant it somewhere without authorization from a supervisor or special agent in charge.’”
Oh, well, that’s a relief! I mean, surely the average FBI agent’s supervisor is a wise man or woman who will respect the Constitutional rights of others. Won’t they?
The article continues “The lawyer for one of the accused real estate investors who will ask the judge to throw out the recordings, told KPIX 5 News that, ‘Speaking in a public place does not mean that the individual has no reasonable expectation of privacy…private communication in a public place qualifies as a protected ‘oral communication’… and therefore may not be intercepted without judicial authorization.’”
“Harp says that if you’re going to conduct criminal activity, do it in the privacy of your own home. He says that was the original intention of the Fourth Amendment, but it’s up to the judge to interpret it.”
Imagine all the things that the government may decide to eaves-drop on. Let’s say you’ve got a problem Black employee (imagine that) who’s been stealing things around the office, not doing a good job and who needs to be fired. Who knows how many federal laws you might be violating should you attempt to secretly discuss the “Tyrone problem” with other people in your office.
We found out that the NSA was recording virtually all electronic communications of all Americans as noted here. Now we’re finding out that the government may be listening in as we wait for a bus or have a hamburger with friends.