Ministry of “Love”

In the novel 1984, George Orwell wrote about an all powerful government with 4 branches, one of which was the Ministry of Love.  The Ministry of Love’s “job” was to identify, monitor, arrest, and convert real and imagined dissidents.

In September 2013, in Bluffdale, Utah, the National Security Agency will complete work and kick off operations on the largest cyber security and monitoring  center in the world.  It will house four 25,000 square foot halls of servers  and 900,000 square feet of technical support and administration at a cost of around $2 billion.  It will monitor “the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.”according to Wired magazine.  An official involve with the program said “everybody with communication is a target.”

Just to get you up to speed, the NSA had been doing unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping on American citizens starting before 2001.  Much of what they had been doing was made legal under the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.  Currently they are spying on more than a billion and a half phone calls a day.  Pretty much every shred of data that ATT or Verizon generates or that passess through their systems  is now being monitored, without a need for a warrant, by the NSA.

So if someone in the government decided that someone in America represented a threat of some sort, even if it was a threat to a re-election,  information is now available on virtually every smidgen of electonic information that the threat generates.

I can remember when reading 1984 in grade school and wondering how a population could live and tolerate the continual invasion of privcacy and manipulation that was going on in that fictitious country.  And here we are already there.

Consider yourself nudged.  Big Brother intends to be watching.

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About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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