THE PRISONER SAYS NO TO BIG BROTHER

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04-03-19 08:06:00,

THE PRISONER SAYS NO TO BIG BROTHER
4 March 2019

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John Pilger invokes George Orwell in calling on his compatriots to stand up for the freedom of ‘a distinguished Australian’, the founder and editor of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and for ‘real journalism of a kind now considered exotic’.

Whenever I visit Julian Assange, we meet in a room he knows too well. There is a bare table and pictures of Ecuador on the walls. There is a bookcase where the books never change. The curtains are always drawn and there is no natural light. The air is still and fetid.

This is Room 101.

Before I enter Room 101, I must surrender my passport and phone. My pockets and possessions are examined. The food I bring is inspected.

The man who guards Room 101 sits in what looks like an old-fashioned telephone box. He watches a screen, watching Julian. There are others unseen, agents of the state, watching and listening.

Cameras are everywhere in Room 101. To avoid them, Julian manoeuvres us both into a corner, side by side, flat up against the wall. This is how we catch up: whispering and writing to each other on a notepad, which he shields from the cameras. Sometimes we laugh.

I have my designated time slot. When that expires, the door in Room 101 bursts open and the guard says, “Time is up!” On New Year’s Eve, I was allowed an extra 30 minutes and the man in the phone box wished me a happy new year, but not Julian.

Of course, Room 101 is the room in George Orwell’s prophetic novel, 1984, where the thought police watched and tormented their prisoners, and worse, until people surrendered their humanity and principles and obeyed Big Brother.

Julian Assange will never obey Big Brother. His resilience and courage are astonishing, even though his physical health struggles to keep up.

Julian is a distinguished Australian, who has changed the way many people think about duplicitous governments. For this, he is a political refugee subjected to what the United Nations calls “arbitrary detention”.

The UN says he has the right of free passage to freedom,

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Big Brother: Geen privacy op straat, elke GSM wordt actief gevolgd door gemeentes – Lang Leve Europa!

01-03-19 02:24:00,

Zo leer je nog eens wat, met terugwerkende kracht, over je privacy en je lokale overheid:

Gemeenten stoppen met het wifi-tracken van hun winkelpubliek

Tilburg verkocht jarenlang alle wifi-gegevens van personen die binnen het bereik bevonden van de ‘gratis’ wifi hotspots van de gemeente. Dit betrof zowel actieve gebruikers van de Wifi ‘dienst’, als ook mensen met een smartphone die gewoon (passief) langsliepen.

De data die werd opgeslagen was inclusief identificerend MAC-adressen (elk apparaat met netwerk heeft een uniek en herkenbaar nummer) en de datum, tijd én locatie dat die MAC-adressen gezien werden. Je wordt dus actief gevolgd over straat.

Ofwel, als jij een GSM bij je hebt, traceert de gemeente precies al je bewegingen. En verkoopt die data aan derden!  Gemeente Tilburg is in het nieuws, verkreeg voor jouw privacy €17.000 per jaar. En je data werd vervolgens door diverse partijen geanalyseerd met commerciële doeleinden. En wie weet wat die derde partijen daarna weer hebben gedaan met data over jouw bewegingen binnen de gemeente.

En dit (gestoorde) gedrag blijkt dus heel ‘normaal’ voor gemeenten, dit gebeurt kennelijk overal.

En dat ‘stoppen’ blijkt ook nog eens heel relatief (dat wil zeggen: men gaat dus gewoon door). Trouw schrijft:

Zo zette het bedrijf Locatus, dat naar eigen zeggen op basis van mac-adressen tellingen uitvoert in twintig tot dertig gemeenten, alles voorlopig op zwart. Dat betekent volgens directeur Peter Nieland dat er nog wel data worden verzameld, maar die zijn voorlopig niet meer beschikbaar voor klanten. Stefan van Aarle verwacht dat er snel nieuwe technieken volgen die wel aan de regels van de AP voldoen. “Ik heb al regelmatig e-mails van bedrijven die dat claimen in mijn inbox.”

Nadruk die van LLE, men gaat dus gewoon verder met het schenden van je privacy.

De overheid schendt dus reeds jarenlang de privacyregels en normaal fatsoen, en dat mag in Nederland kennelijk gewoon. Je kan structurele privacyschending zelf omdopen tot bedrijfsactiviteit. Mag allemaal. En zelfs doorgaan nadat blijkt dat het illegaal is. Mag ook.

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Big Brother Digital License Plates Coming To A State Near You | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

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26-01-19 03:13:00,

By MassPrivateI

Michigan became the second state in the country to roll out the world’s first digital license plate.

According to an article in The Car Connection, the state of Michigan just approved Reviver Auto’s digital license plates called the “Rplate.”

Reviver Auto boasts that a total of five states have already approved their digital license plates.

Our innovative, multi-functional digital license plate, the Rplate Pro, will be on the road in California, Florida, Arizona and Texas in 2018. (Source)

George Orwell could never have dreamed of a world where license plates became a tool for more government surveillance.

Digital license plates are a privacy nightmare for motorists.

No longer will law enforcement have to run your license plate to see if you paid your taxes and insurance, because now your license plate will display a big “X” notifying everyone that you are a violator.

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Digital license plates are the epitome of Big Brother surveillance

According to an article in WIRED, Rplates will turn vehicles into rolling Big Brother billboards that display Amber Alerts and much more.

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Ready for Big Brother? Americans increasingly accept unrestricted facial recognition tech

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09-01-19 08:22:00,

Americans are increasingly embracing Big Brother, according to a recent survey that found only one in four want restrictions on the use of facial recognition technology by governments – a marked change from two months ago.

Just one in four Americans want strict government limits on the use of biometric technology – with opposition shrinking further if such technology would help law enforcement, reduce shoplifting, or speed up security screenings at the airport, according to a national poll conducted last month by the Center for Data Innovation. Opposition to biometric surveillance decreases with age, and women are more accepting of the technology than men, the poll results show.

Half of respondents oppose restrictions on biometric tech if the scanners are used to stop shoplifting. Just three months earlier, half of Americans were still against facial recognition for theft prevention purposes, according to the Brookings Institute. Only a quarter of them would oppose retail use now.

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Google wins lawsuit, can continue to use facial recognition tech on users without consent

What changed? Have Americans chosen convenience over dignity? Biometrics executives put their heads together in November to figure out how to sell biometric surveillance to the citizens, worried about numbers that revealed as many as half of Americans opposed use of the tech in the retail sector and believed law enforcement’s use of the technology should be strictly limited. But only three percent of the population were “vocally opposed,” even then – meaning everyone else could be convinced to stop worrying and love Big Brother.

Almost two-thirds of respondents support the use of biometrics when the software is right 100 percent of the time, but that number drops to 39 percent if the results are incorrect for one out of five scans. Perhaps unsurprisingly, coverage of the government’s adoption of biometric surveillance has focused on its accuracy: US Customs and Border Protection has caught 26 “imposters” in airports using the technology, and stories of Chinese authorities catching fugitives in the middle of large concerts using biometric tech paint a picture of an accurate – if dystopian – crime-fighting tool.

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Get the feeling you’re being watched?

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How Big Brother Grips Americans’ Minds To Support Invasions

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10-12-18 08:48:00,

Authored by Eric Zuesse via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

On November 29th, Gallup headlined “Democrats Lead Surge in Belief U.S. Should Be World Leader” and reported that “Three-fourths (75%) of Americans today think the United States has ‘a special responsibility to be the leading nation in world affairs,’ up from 66% in 2010. The surge is driven by Democrats, whose belief in this idea has increased from 61% eight years ago to 81% now.”

This finding comes even after the lie-based and catastrophic U.S. invasions of Iraq in 2003, and of Libya in 2011 (and of so many others, such as Afghanistan, where the U.S. and Sauds created the Taliban in 1979). Americans — now even increasingly — want ‘their’ (which is actually America’s billionaires’) Government to be virtually the world’s government, policing the world. They want this nation’s Government to be determining what international laws will be enforced around the world, and to be enforcing them. Most Americans don’t want the United Nations to have power over the U.S. (its billionaires’) Government, but instead want the U.S. Government (its billionaires) to have power over the United Nations (which didn’t authorize any of those evil, lie-based, U.S. invasions). 

Not only would doing this bankrupt all constructive domestic functions (health, education, infrastructure, etc.) of the U.S. federal Government, but it would also increase the global carnage, as if the U.S. Government hasn’t already been doing enough of that, for decades now.

The leadership for this supremacist craving comes straight from America’s top, not from the masses that are being sampled by the Gallup organization, who only reflect it — they are duped by their leaders. Here is how U.S. President Barack Obama (a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2009, for nothing at all but his ‘kindly’ but insincere verbiage when he had been a candidate) stated this widespread delusional American belief in American global moral supremacy, when addressing the graduating class at West Point Military Academy, on 28 May 2014: 

The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. [Every other nation is therefore ‘dispensable’;

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