Within the SL Blogospher several people are writing about the NSA listening to players in Second Life™ and other games like World of Warcraft™. Well, they are listening to our phones, reading our emails, tracking our Internet use (notice how often Google comes up in the results) and tracking our GPS locations. It should be no surprise that they are inside our games and listening to us.
I’ll paint you the really dark picture of what is most likely happening.
The security teams are looking for any way that terrorists and bad guys can communicate. If that was all the information was used for, it would not be a problem. But, they are limited by law in the USA and they are breaking it. If they are willing to break one law for a supposed good reason, they will have little if any resistance to breaking others for what they consider good reasons. But, they are still breaking the law, something politically active citizens shape.
We are currently seeing our governments misuse the information obtained for the use of the in-power political party’s advantage. In America we are seeing scandal after scandal on the misuse of government agencies. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has leaks from whistleblowers that are talking to Congress about faked unemployment statistics used to influence elections, the IRS has more lower level employees testifying how the agency is used to target political opponents, the same is happening over at the Labor Board, to prevent leaks the CIA is conducting MONTHLY lie detector tests of everyone involved in the Benghazi’s attack that killed Ambassador Stevens. Still CIA whistleblowers are talking to Congressional oversight committees and may blow open one of the worst sandals in American history. And Snowden is revealing more and more NSA transgressions on like a weekly basis. Most recent is the game thing.
Both political parties have skeletons in their closets and numerous reprehensible acts. The severity and lawlessness of the political elite is increasing. Anyone that trusts large government and career politicians is nuts. So, even listening in games is a problem for the citizens because of what it represents.
But, NSA listening in games is just 1-year-olds playing in the crib.
Now comes Google making the suggestions for: microphones in you ceiling and chips in your head. The idea is coming. If you are watching James Wood on the Science channel in the show Futurescape, you have an idea of what is coming. Machines that can read our thoughts are in development. Something like a hybrid cross between the Minority Report, a Tom Cruze movie – trailer below, and Person of Intertest, a TV show – promo below, may well become reality. The Person of Interest scenario is being built in Utah now. The NSA PRISM program was the predecessor to what is being built.
Imagine Google selling all the convenience of the Internet in your head… while working hand-in-hand with the NSA. And this is with the ability to read thoughts in the works now. Remember. The natural progression of government is NOT toward granting citizens freedom. The natural progression is toward total dominance and control. Every law passed reduces personal freedom.
Misuse of the government’s ever growing power is an obvious, or should be obvious, problem.
- We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
- The candle of liberty has always been kept lit by a vigilant few. – Russell Pearce
- We in the United States should be all the more thankful for the freedom and religious tolerance we enjoy. And we should always remember the lessons learned from the Holocaust, in hopes we stay vigilant against such inhumanity now and in the future. – Charlie Dent
If you are not politically active, the government may grow to have so much control over us we cannot control it. Remember. Germany, prior to the Socialist take over in 1930, was a socialist leaning democratic republic won by a civilian revolution 1918-1919. That lasted until the great depression of the 30’s. Unemployment and a poor economy lead to the National Socialist German Worker’s Party’s (NAZI – it is worth your time to read this linked tp article) dominance of the government via anti-business, anti-bourgeois (anti-1%), anti-capitalist (anti free market) and the scientific development of propaganda as a political tool. Via Hitler’s charismatic personality and ability to persuade people with emotional propaganda Hitler took over the government in 1933; when he was given the power to write law, like a king, without the oversight or consent of the Reichstag, the German Congress. Historians consider this a major step in Germany becoming a one party government, in other words a group dictatorship. Bye-bye minority’s rights and free speech.
Those reading history will see the similarities of the past in today’s politics, especially in the USA. Neither major political party has your best interest in mind. Only now while you still have some freedom can you control the government. Letters, faxes, and especially phone calls to representatives’ offices have tremendous influence. You also must be well enough informed to vote in your best interest and be well informed enough to see through the propaganda and news omitted by a biased media.
So, this small thing of the NSA listening to you play a game is nothing… but, our acceptance of it is paving the way to far worse. So, it is something to be seriously concerned about and to do something about. Take action.