a reply to: theantediluvian
Former NSA worker here:
Your printer, your television, your computer monitor, your cell phone, your cable tv box, your game machine, your coffee maker (Keurig), even your low
energy bulbs - all have built in networking capabilities via cheap bluetooth and wireless connections. What's that PC board with an oscillator doing
inside a perfectly good lightbulb you ask?
Take apart a coffee maker and you'll even see a series of transistors and PC board attached directly the AC outlet.
What's this for you ask? Ad-Hoc networks created via AC.
Look. I'm going to burst your bubble here. Who you're screwing. What you're sniffing up your nose in your bathroom. Who you're sending flame mail
to. Does effect others. But do those overseeing this information really give a rats ass about what you do? The answer is - not only no, but heck no.
The fact of the matter is - information is money in today's day and age. Demographically, this country's been doing a #poor job from things like
censuses, to keeping our own citizens safe from things that are frankly too bizarre to even get into here. I could tell you. And historically, it's
always dismissed as fiction, so it simply does not behoove the intelligence agencies to tell you what they are keeping you safe from - because you
wouldn't believe it until it happened to you and by then it's too late.
You think you can handle the truth? ATS contains the fluff. I mean. If you were making a cake. It would be the the sash of salt that you had in an
otherwise much more complicated recipe. I'm starting to release some of this information, so if you're inclined, follow me, hold your judgment, and
take the time to understand just how downright weird reality can be at times.
This is not to say the spy agencies are saints, and they have absolutely learned to back off when necessary - I was one such person they had to back
off of (I was in the same class as Snowden).
but let's be clear. Pretty much any modern appliance - anything you plug in for that matter - passively monitors - each in very different ways.
You're information hungry, and these products are nothing more than a reflection of your own mind.
What is this information used for? anonymous marketing, mainly, The census was deemed an utter failure by Reagan, who put plans in place to replace it
with a transparent infrastructure that passively assist the intelligence community and related businesses to understanding trends - and (especially)
manage dangerous trends - such as drugs - before they become too much of a pervasive problem. That's being totally sincere.
In any case. To your post. Most printers have wifi, and actually have hard drive storage. with this, they not only passively monitor your network -
but they work on a store and forward method. They also capture and pass on information concerning forgery attempts (ie: currency), and whatever
dynamically whatever else the intelligence agencies have 'tagged' as something that needs to be kept an eye on. Forgery of legal documentation is a
BIG current one that's being monitored at the printer and computer based level - at the behest of lawyers - because they simply got tired of identity
theft and their name being used on fake documents - especially cease and desist documentation.
The 'system' is an infrastructure - an interconnected web if you will - that is not there to cause you harm. It's there to make sure you can live
your life by your own choices. Now if you are a law abiding citizen - heck - even if you're not in most cases - they quite frankly don't care.
Just remember - this is mainly about information, not only to keep the infrastructure humming along - but to also perpetuate the NSA, CORP - and
anonymous demographical information sells.
it's for that last reason is why I quit working with the NSA.
I did NOT feel it was their right to invasively leverage the mechanisms in place to capitalize on their own citizens - WITHOUT at least some
concessions - such as - returning a portion of the revenue being generated to those citizens they were generated on.
Needless to say. My protests saw me being blacklisted. Which - because of the nature of what I did - I was peaceful after all, I was informed late
last year - two years after the fact - that it was turned into a white list. Whatever the hell that means.