Thursday, April 22, 2010 Posted by Shattered Paradigm
Whatever you feel about this growing Big Brother control grid, the reality is that nobody can any longer deny that it exists and that it is intruding upon our freedom and our privacy like never before.
Just consider the following recent developments....
*The Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice will now start using analysis software to predict crime by young delinquents, putting potential offenders under specific prevention and education programs.
*A new bill being pushed by Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman would allow the U.S. military to round up large numbers of Americans and detain them indefinitely without a trial if they "pose a threat" or if they have "potential intelligence value" or for any other reason the President of the United States "considers appropriate".
*With the stated intent of combating illegal immigration, Senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham are creating new legislation that would institute a biometric national identification card for all Americans.
*Barack Obama is backing a plan to create a national database that will store the DNA of individuals who have been arrested but not necessarily convicted of a crime.
*Just to get on an airplane, Americans will now have to go through new full-body scanners that reveal every detail of our exposed bodies to airport security officials.
*Not only that, but the Transportation Security Administration has announced that airport screeners will begin roving through U.S. airports randomly taking chemical swabs from passengers and their bags to check for explosives.
*Intel says that it wants microchips inside the heads of their customers by the year 2020.
*Organic milk is such a threat that the FDA has been conducting military style raids on Amish farmers in that state of Pennsylvania.
*Newsweek has released a major feature article that says that those who are involved with the Oath Keepers are dangerous "extremists".
*There are disturbing new reports that the U.S. Forest Service is actually spying on visitors to national parks.
*The data mining operations of the credit card companies are becoming so incredibly sophisticated that they can actually predict how likely you are to get a divorce.
*The system that officials at one school in Pennsylvania used to track lost and stolen laptops wound up secretly capturing thousands of images, including photographs of students in their homes, websites they visited, and excerpts of their online chats, says a new motion filed in a suit against the school district.
*An extensive investigation has revealed that between 2003 and 2007, that state of Texas quietly gave hundreds of newborn baby blood samples to a U.S. Armed Forces laboratory for use in a forensics database.
*According to a previously secret draft treaty made public in the past few days, Internet service providers may soon be forced to become copyright cops and requried to block access to suspected pirate Web sites.
*The MPAA and RIAA have submitted their master plan for enforcing copyright rights to the new Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement and it includes installing spyware on everyone's computers that detects and deletes infringing materials.
*A new type of speed cameras which will utilize satellites to measure average speed over long distances is being tested in the U.K.
*In Florida, students have been arrested by police for things as simple as bringing a plastic butter knife to school, throwing an eraser, and drawing a picture of a gun.
*According to FBI Director Robert Mueller, "homegrown terrorists" represent as big a threat to American national security as al-Qaeda does.
*A startup company developing "chipless RFID ink" has already tested its product on cattle and laboratory rats.
*56 percent of Americans questioned in a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll said that the U.S. government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.
*But one other recent poll found that 51 percent of Americans agree with this statement: "It is necessary to give up some civil liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism."