A ROOM WITH A VIEW

I seem to be continuing on with my ‘Summer Scary Blog Series’.  Hopefully I got you ‘chewing on’ the dangers about GMO foods, and ‘checking’ your wallet for the ‘Mark of the Beast’.  Now onto another creepy conspiracy theory type tale.  In 1949 George Orwell wrote the novel 1984.  In it he envisioned a world controlled by some despotic entity named Big Brother that could watch every citizen, every minute of the day through closed circuit TVs.  I remember when 1984 finally came and we laughed off the Orwellian prediction this way; “Big Brother isn’t watching us, we’re watching him.  Ha ha”.  A reference to the amount of TV we watched.  Of course we still watch our fair share of TV but we have dumbed it right down to watching hours of completely and utterly mindless reality TV.  Instead of going outside and actually ‘doing something’, we sit at home and watch someone else ‘do something.’

I have always found this trend incredibly perverse and have the personal distinction of having never watched even a single episode of Survivor.  I have no idea who Richard is… and I don’t care.   Wouldn’t you have liked the badge of honor of being able to say you never watched an episode of The Brady Bunch?  But you can’t do it can you?  And I bet you can still name who played Marcia Brady?  Yup, you got it, it was Maureen McCormick.  Can you name the rest of the gang?  Lord help us if you can!

Big Brother is out there, but HE has more to do with the Internet and the telephone than TV.  We even know where he is.  He’s in room 641A…  of the AT&T building located at 611 Folsom, San Francisco, CA.  In 2003 NSA (The National Security Agency of the US) put a machine in this room called the Narus STA 6400.  Sounds benign enough.  I have a cell phone that has almost the same model number.  But what the Narus does is frightening.  The NAS ran a series of fiber optic cables from the AT&T Internet hub in this building, which serves millions of AT&T customers, to this machine.  This information splitter essentially syphons off all email and phone messages that normally run through the hub, which of course is millions per day.  The NAS then has a duplicated record of every one of those messages, to do whatever they like with.  They claim they are merely monitoring them for possible terrorist threats against the United States and not really ‘listening in’, but does it really matter?  It is a huge breach of privacy. 

Frontline did a fantastic piece on the story in 2007.  Here is the link.  Episode 3 deals specifically with room 641A.  

You can watch the rest of the series by visiting here.     http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/homefront/ 

Maybe there actually is some good stuff on TV…  Oh Yeah, I’m on TV.   The story was brought out by AT&T technician Mark Klein.  He worked in the building and saw what was being done and felt the public had a right to know.  He claims there are sights like this all over North America.  Even under the sweeping powers of the Patriot Act, what the NAS is doing is illegal.  I have noticed that when I tell people about this most of them don’t believe me.  “Right Mark, and I bet you also believe their are little green men in flying saucers from outer space spying on us as well?”   Of course not!  They’re not really green, that’s just ridiculous. 

This is some disturbing stuff to say the least.  I’ve barely scratched the surface here concerning the electronic surveillance that is going on out there.  Everyday our personal freedoms are being stripped from us and most people either don’t know or don’t care to know.  I won’t even get into the amount of information people willingly volunteer on Facebook.  And who knows what Google knows?  They are gradually gobbling up the internet.  They own Youtube, Feedburner (A RSS feed sevice) and 71 other related internet companies.  You have no idea how much access they have to you and your internet activities. Ever wonder how the Google ads seem to target your area of interests?  What else could they be doing with it?  Has the NSA taped into it too?  I know you don’t care, that’s the problem.

Maybe the Beast isn’t a ‘who’ but a ‘what’.  Maybe the Internet… that we have become so addicted to… or some aspect of it, will one day rise up and try to ensnare us all.  “Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.”  Rev 13:11

Maybe George Orwell had it right in 1984 all along… except for maybe the timing.

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