Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984

Many of our followers know of the George Orwell novel titled “1984”, and many of you have read it. It has been said time and again during the Obama presidency that Orwell’s novel was meant to serve as a warning, not an instruction booklet.

Virtually all cell phones on Earth can be geographically pinpointed with the right technology, a new report suggests, and the tools that enable this tracking are becoming increasingly all too affordable.

Reuters / Zoran Milich
Reuters / Zoran Milich

Products that can locate a handhold phone within a city block from any corner of the globe are nothing new — the intelligence documents disclosed by former United States government contractor Edward Snowden last year have proved that the US National Security Agency is in the business of not just finding cellphones, but eavesdropping on those call and sometimes even infecting those devices.

“The technology works by exploiting an essential fact of all cellular networks: They must keep detailed, up-to-the-minute records on the locations of their customers to deliver calls and other services to them,”Timberg wrote. “Surveillance systems are secretly collecting these records to map people’s travels over days, weeks or longer, according to company marketing documents and experts in surveillance technology.”

Throughout history, mankind has and continues to be its own worst enemy.

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