Originally posted by ms_Bhavn
[...] Not sure what Elbonian Secret Police are?? [...]
I must apologize: I have a penchant for obscure humor. "Elbonia" is a fictitious country that appeared in the Dilbert
series. A very poor country that had little more than mud as a natural resource, the clever Elbonians lifted themselves to stunning wealth by
marketing their mud as a beauty product.
In this context, I'm (obliquely) referring to the possibility that if you are being monitored, that it is not necessarily by the U.S. government.
As it happens, every single government on earth (as well as thousands of businesses and non-governmental agencies) employs and deploys intelligence
agents, investigators, informants, collaborators, moles and contractors of every stripe. There are millions
of these fish swimming in the sea
of human society at any given moment, have been for a very long time, and their numbers are swelling exponentially.
The skills, methods, technologies and resources available to these operatives varies substantially. At the top end are the ultra-secret covert
agencies sponsored by wealthy nations, while at the bottom are poor nations and shoestring organizations with little training and more resourcefulness
than resources. Some are laughably inept, others are dangerously inept.
Don't forget that there are many private investigators in business throughout the world, and their resources also vary substantially. They do a great
deal more work than most people know, from tracking cheating spouses to extralegal evidence gathering.
Bear in mind, surveillance techniques can be as simple as flashing a badge to your neighbors and asking them questions and as complex as neural
implants (and even more exotic stuff than that, not that I would know, of course).
But regardless of all this (and believe me, it is a fascinating topic in itself), the bottom line is that if nobody is interested in you or what you
are doing, nobody is going to bother monitoring you.
And that's a reassuring thought.