Our government likes to spy on us. Not only do they like to spy on us, but even worse, they DO spy on us.
Due to § 215 of the Patriot Act the FBI can just draft a National Security Letter, without any judicial oversight, and go into your local library or bookstore and demand all of your records. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/26/politics/26patriot.htm
Fortunately the average librarian has more balls than the average congress person. Think about that. Librarians care enough about your privacy to fight for it and congress people? Ha!
Uhhh, in case you’re under 20 years old, in the old days OUR Government needed a search warrant, but that was before we were trying to protect our ostensibly free society’s freedom by chilling our very freedoms.
Or OUR Government can get a “Sneak and Peek” search warrant under § 213 of the Patriot Act, again with very limited oversight, and search your house like creepy, crawly burglars and never even notify the property owner of OUR Government’s trespass. http://www.lawsch.uga.edu/academics/profiles/dwilkes_more/37patriot.html
Or how OUR Government gets all hot and bothered listening in on all of our phone calls, checking all of our Internet activity and scanning our banking records. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1966132,00.asp Seriously man, I’m not making this stuff up.
Then Our Government takes all of these petabytes of data that Our Government collects on us and they sort it and sift it.
The NSA is in charge of the data mining program that Our Government is running on all of us citizens. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120511973377523845.html?mod=hps_us_whats_news
If you told me ten years ago what the coming decade had in store for our privacy rights I would have thought that you were out of your mind. “Never in the United States!” I would have said.
So with that simple background you’ve been warned that you are most certainly being watched, recorded and analyzed.
I know that I’m already on some lists due to my associations with some groups and believe me I’m not talking anarchists, white supremacists or militias. If you belong to any political group at all you are under suspicion. The Feds are doing it and as someone on another blog pointed out (sorry I forgot who otherwise I’d credit you) the states are doing it too.
So what to do? Just as you should never voluntarily consent to a search, no matter how nice those LEOs seem, we’re usually better off by trying to cover our tracks a bit. I mean why make it easy for Our Government to collect data on us.
I’m no computer wiz, but I know that it is easy to track my Internet history. When you access a website it’s easy to tell where you are geographically located. Every computer has an address/phone number associated with it and it’s tracked with no effort at all.
You leave little breadcrumbs everywhere you travel in cyber space.
I recommend using anonymizers. An anonymizer will help to cover your tracks a bit.
You can pay $ to buy an anonymizer or you can download a free one. Here are some free ones that I’ve used.
Shhhh and keep it moving along please. Nothing to look at here folks. Keep it moving.
Pics- Just Get Outside Everyday.
About a third of the way up (click on the pic) in the center is some hawk that we saw. It doesn’t look like a redtail to me, but I guess it could be his winter colors. This bird was maybe 18-20″ tall. That is one big MFR bird. Click on it to see him puffed up in all of his delicious raptor magnificence.