posted on Jul, 3 2013 @ 04:02 PM
Originally posted by ecapsretuo
Holy Moly. imagine if they could instantly call up one of those visualizations for anyone! The potentials for abuse are huge.
Could you imagine them doing that for a suspected drug dealer? If you catch someone with drugs in their pocket, you could analyze tracks and tangents
of tracks and pretty much get an understanding of the whole organization and all involved.
Or any organization. 'Dissident' groups, political rivals, celebrities.... blackmail material could be (has been) amassed, and now may be used, sold,
or disseminated by whomever controls the data.
Going back to your drug dealer, yep, they should be able to do this with all the information that they have and yet they apparently don't or else we'd
be facing news stories of massive drug busts hitting the news on a daily basis. Considering the presented justification and classified nature of it,
busting drug rings was not on the table as it would likely provide knowledge or access to police department staff about the level of surveillance,
which would be considered highly sensitive. They didn't want people to know. Additionally, drug organizations aren't that stupid and engage in
practices that basically minimize the level of phone tracking that can be done. While the drug dealer on a corner may be using a burner phone acquired
by cash, the methodology that the upper hierarchy uses after being contacted by the drug dealer for a "stock" order would be surveillance evasive by
nature. The operation of their organization would depend on it.
Dissident groups, political rivals, celebrities, and blackmail--those are far more likely uses. In fact, one of the things that were re-examined in
the media was an interview with Shia LaBeouf from a few years ago where he alleged that a FBI agent played the embarrassing content of a private
phone conversation that he had had with another individual. Pre-Snowden, the audience laughed at the claim. Everybody knows that celebrities are
Crazy or not, they are individuals in positions of power with the public. They have a tremendous audience as do politicians.
With dissident groups, I recall reports of law enforcement agencies using twitter to track movements and locations of protesters in Occupy. That
information, through tweets, was publicly available so not quite the same. I know that there has been a lot of disclosures obtained through FOIA
requests pertaining to the FBI's surveillance of Occupy Protests across the nation that have hinted at a very heavy surveillance.
One more thing...if the justification for this level of surveillance was to prevent terrorism within the US, then the elephant standing in the room
would be the Tsarnaev brothers. The FBI has admitted that Russia warned them about the brothers years ago and that the FBI questioned them and deemed
them to not be a threat However, all this surveillance that they had at their disposal in addition to a tip from another country did nothing to stop
the Boston Marathon Bombing. That's a really big elephant.
edit on 3/7/13 by WhiteAlice because: added the "one more thing"