reply to post by SkepticOverlord
Great post and food for much sober thought.
The fact is, the people who are aware and wary of this surveillance are painted with the same brush as folks who are sure it's part of the biblical
prophesy and that we are ruled by a cabal of rich dudes with ties to reptoids and Satan... and really, who knows, heh... but that doesn't lend
credence to the discussion.
30 years ago, I was a stupid high school kid involved with exploration of mental vistas via chemical methods. No big money or ties to those that
had... just the usual friend-of-a-friend got something experimentation. I had my own apartment my senior year.
I find out, through nice landlords, that a DEA narc squad who were watching some serious money deals in a trailer court (caravans for the British)
next door have switched their attention to me and my fellow high school experimenters.
I notice tails on my mundane errands. I hear clicks on my phone (landlines back then). I see the camera lens pointed at me from their upstairs apt.
They must have had days of tapes of kids in '80's punk garb sitting out in the courtyard of the apts. looking at their hands. I found it more
amusing than sinister at the time.
I had DEA, federal guys, being paid to watch me, a 17 year-old nerdy kid partying with friends. I think some of the attention, after a month (or day)
and they were sure I was "harmless," came about because they were bored and there were pretty girls involved. And that was back in caveman days
with much less sophisticated tech.
Do you really think that people being people, the guys in charge of such cool surveillance won't use it for their private: amusement? blackmail?
Knowing any history and basic math will tell someone that, eventually, the people in charge won't be benevolent. I know many think the guys in power
aren't now, but I mean true jackbooted thug types.
So, since we can't stuff the Genie back into the bottle, we must change our laws. Sex and drug laws must be re-worked to allow more freedom, because
with enough laws everyone is a criminal.
And oversight... we need more "sunshine" into this world so that abuse is reported and dealt with.
I guess we need more citizens who give a crap and are informed.
In short... journalism.