Your cell phone is a government issued tracking device

Old-Thinker News | Feb 1, 2012

By Daniel Taylor

Mobile phones have become a major part of our modern civilization. These hand-held computers have reached a level of sophistication that allows us to instantly communicate through text, voice and video. This same technology is also being used to amass a situational awareness and sensory system that will track you and the world around you. You and your cell phone are nodes in a grid of sensors that paints a virtual picture of the world.

We are offering a huge amount of “human intelligence” to whoever is watching. In days gone by, this information was uncovered by finding the right paperwork and other hard intel. Now that the public has become acclimated to social media, advancing technology and a lesser expectation of privacy, we are collectively offering freely and openly information that is valuable to corporations, marketers, and especially governments. Cell phones are a nexus point for all of this information. As the Economist reports,

“…imagine [your cell phone] being able to aggregate this sort of information from large numbers of phones. It would be possible to determine and analyse how people move around cities, how social groups interact, how quickly traffic is moving and even how diseases might spread. The world’s 4 billion mobile phones could be turned into sensors on a global data-collection network.”

You post facebook updates from your phone, you post tweets, and you send texts. This information is being used to track social movements, predict crime, and build psychological profiles on individuals. Some phones are even being made that act as breathalyzers.

We have all likely heard about the NSA wiretapping of phone calls, but cell phones and mobile devices offer an entirely new level of real time information. “Social awareness” and geolocation, i.e. the “tagging” of your location with the popular Foursquare app is an example. Police are also scanning cell phones with wireless devices during routine traffic stops. The device can retrieve all photos and video from a cell phone and “…works with 3000 different phone models and can even defeat password protections.”

The Air Force is developing a “Social Radar” that will track social developments and aid counter insurgency operations. An earlier model was developed by the Pentagon called the “Sentient World Simulation” that predicts “…how long you can go without food or water, or how you will respond to televised propaganda.” In 2010 Dr. Mark Maybury, an artificial intelligence specialist, wrote his paper on the proposed Social Radar for the MITRE Corporation. Wired magazine’s Danger room reports,

“Using sociometrics, it will pinpoint groups. Facebook timelines, political polls, spy drone feeds, relief workers’ reports, and infectious disease alerts should all pour into the Social Radar, Maybury writes, helping the system keep tabs on everything from carbon monoxide levels to literacy rates to consumer prices.”

The NSA is developing an artificial intelligence system called Aquaint (Advanced QUestion Answering for INTelligence). James Bamford, who helped expose the NSA’s illegal wiretapping under the Bush administration, covered the story in 2009. Bamford quotes one researcher who worked on the system – and quit after finding out how intrusive the technology was – as saying, “Think of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the most memorable character, HAL 9000, having a conversation with David. We are essentially building this system. We are building HAL.” As Bamford reports, this system will use  “…phone calls, credit card receipts, social networks like Facebook and MySpace, GPS tracks, cell phone geolocation, Internet searches, Amazon book purchases, even E-Z Pass toll records…”

Not only can the government monitor your cell phone, it can now seize control of it through mandatory chips installed in new phones. Most major cell phone providers have signed on to the government program. Terror alerts, Amber alerts, public safety and presidential messages can now be sent to your phone. “Users can opt out of any of the alerts except the presidential messages,” notes the New York Times. An unannounced test of this system caused panic in New Jersey in December of 2011 when Verizon customers received an alert warning of a civil emergency.

 

11 Responses to Your cell phone is a government issued tracking device

  1. I personally oppose the idea of the Navy using some sort of radar to track cell phone activity. This is classified as going against the right to privacy.

  2. Tall Tom says:

    The paranoia is amazing.
    Paranoia is just a heightend state of awareness.
    Go back to sleep.
    Big Sister and Big Brother have got everything under control.
    You are safe.
    No terrorist are huding in your closet.
    The boogeyman is not going to get you unless you have been very naughty and broke the laws…
    Wait…disregard that last statement.
    Big Brother and Big Sister are NOT the boogeymen…
    NOW GO BACK TO SLEEP…NOW.

  3. Robin Datta says:

    The bigger the footprint, the easier to track.

  4. Lance says:

    Did you know that a constellation of 24 US Air Force “military” satelites, calibrated by ground stations located all over the earth, are used to determine each tracking and locating devices, your communication devices, exact position? So, who is it that are being “empowered” by using these devices? YOU? If you believe that lie then I got a bridge in Babel, Iraq, to sell you!

  5. Lance says:

    There are patented “silent” communications technologies piggybacking on “carrier frequencies”! They can be, no, they are, used to effect people!
    A “subliminal presentation system” is broadcasting signals used in manipulating the brain states of people in proximity to the wireless broadcasting equipment in airports, and in handheld wireless devices. How many people carry a cell phone? Put it up to your head and you have a short range communications link that is used to relay subliminal subconcsious thoughts that can effect peoples mental states. Why do you think that the North Korean’s don’t want people to use cell phones in their country? Now you know why!

    These are two of the more common methods used to deliver “signals”. One is direct microwave induction into the brain, short or long range. Another uses radio and television carrier frequencies. Ever heard of Silent Sounds Subliminal System, or SSSS. Ever seen the SSSS on a boarding pass at an airport? Voice commands, e.g., as an adjunct to security systems. Beneath the musical broadcast that you hear in stores and shopping malls may be a hidden message which exhorts against shoplifting. And while voice commands alone are powerful, when the Free-market uses for this technology are the common self-help tapes; positive affirmation, relaxation and meditation tapes; as well as methods to increase learning capabilities.

    In a medical context, these systems can be used to great advantage to treat psychiatric and psychosomatic problems. As a system for remediating the profoundly deaf, it is unequalled. (Promises, promises. This is the most common positive use touted for this technology over the past 30 years. But the deaf are still deaf, and the military now has a weapon to use on unsuspecting people with perfectly normal hearing.)

  6. Lance says:

    Just read a news article posted on Yahoo News about how Facebook is goint to “exploit users” in order to make even more money! The new capitalists have been taught well the game of MONOPOLY!

  7. Pat Ormsby says:

    For health reasons, I’ve never had a cell phone. People say they feel sorry for me. I look at their lives, and I can’t feel sorry for myself. Sooner or later, though, the government is apt to consider me a suspect because I don’t have a tracking device like everyone else. To torture me, all they will have to do is thumb away.

    • Lance says:

      I’m sure you’ve noticed how those of us who don’t have a mobile communictions device, nor rely on one, are becoming more and more “suspect” just because we’re not part of their group. Am amazed at how zombie-like people are who use their mobile communications devices. Is it possible that a direct connection to the brain is made just by holding the device in your hand? Ah-hah!

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  9. Lance says:

    Just keeps getting better and better!

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