Apparently, Big Brother IS watching us. Has been for quite some time. Our President is all atwitter (pun intended) because “somebody” wiretapped [maybe] Trump Tower. The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution “Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based on probable cause as determined by a neutral judge or magistrate”. [Wikipedia]. If WikiLeaks is correct, the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) has taken the definition of reasonable to new heights. Or maybe I should say new lows.

Did you know a device exists that is capable of remotely turning on your smart phone. That phone in turn, can remotely turn on a secret microphone in your television set, thereby allowing someone to remotely listen to every conversation in the room. To my way of thinking, that's not even remotely reasonable. (And listening is a part of that prohibited search.) It is the stuff of “Mission Impossible” movies where such magical technology is planted in a roomful of ISIS members who are plotting their next attack. And maybe it has happened that way a couple of times. But MY living room? No thanks !

Did you know that Homeland Security is building “Smart Cities”? Please allow me to direct your attention to http://massprivatei.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/cia-signature-school-is-creating-smart.html?m=1. This blog site lists dozens of references for finding information about government spying on the private sector. Here are a few rather scarey direct quotes:

Pegasus Global Holdings (PGH) is working with DHS, the CIA, the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to create total surveillance Smart Cities. The University of New Mexico (UNM) and numerous high-tech companies are helping design Smart Cities that will spy on everyone. Two years ago, PGH announced their plans to spend $1 billion to build a full scale mock-up Smart City, complete with surveillance cameras, microphones, Bluetooth monitoring devices, License Plate Readers and probably Stingray cell phone surveillance equipment. 

Just two weeks ago, it was revealed that DHS, GE, Intel Corp and AT&T Inc., were installing more than 3,200 cameras and microphones in San Diego, making it the first large-scale use of Smart City surveillance. You can bet they used the mock-up Smart City in New Mexico before installing them in San Diego…  now thousands of spying street lights are being installed in cities across the country.

UNM claims to have 100% job placement programs with the .CIA, FBI, DHS.

Why, is there no mass-media coverage about CIA run Smart Cities?

According to PGH's website, they're also a prime-vendor for the U.S. government and a manufacturer of defense equipment and technologies. PGH are also experts in commercializing military tech for the marketplace and the militarizing of global commercial technologies for the DOD and other U.S. Government Agencies… What they're really saying is, PGH specializes in using military spying equipment in Smart Cities.

Corporations don't care about our privacy, they only want their piece of the projected $1.56 trillion dollar Smart City market… Drone surveillance of citizens is projected to earn corporations $8.7 billion by 2025… Smart Cities are about total government control and surveillance, period!
Amazon & Microsoft use appliances and toys to spy on families worldwide.

[Toys? Really !]… WikiLeaks reports that another team within the CIA built hacking tools that can remotely control iPhones, iPads and Android devices -- secretly taking video from the camera, listening with the microphone, and tracking your location. 

FBI Director: No such thing as absolute privacy in America.

Well, there you have it, Mr. President. YOUR Big Brother is watching you, too.

Even you, like the rest of us, are just a pawn in the big money game.

Peace be with you.

Keep praying for our nation.

(Susan Ruland is a near 40 year resident of Heber Springs. She contributes “Susan Says” each week and can be reached at susansays@suddenlink.net.)