In the 1999 movie The Matrix there is a scene early on where Neo is invited via an unusual computer message to a nightclub to meet Trinity. Here is the dialogue from that scene and then I will explain why it has come to mind this week:
Neo: That was you on my computer. How did you do that?
Trinity: Right now all I can tell you is that you’re in danger. I brought you here to warn you.
Neo: Of what?
Trinity: They’re watching you Neo.
Anyone who has seen the movie knows that the it’s The Matrix – the control mechanism of a massive system – that has been watching Neo. Because of their abilities they know Neo’s every move, action and even his thoughts. How? Because Neo is plugged into the system and trying to figure out what the system is as well as what it is doing.
What appears as science fiction in popular entertainment usually becomes science fact some time later. As technology progresses the time span between fiction and fact has decreased. One of the ways The Matrix could keep an eye on and deal with “threats” were through drones called Sentinels. I was reminded of this when I read the following article:
Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress– Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s … a drone, and it’s watching you. That’s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace.
The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.
Privacy advocates say the measure will lead to widespread use of drones for electronic surveillance by police agencies across the country and eventually by private companies as well. (more)
WAASS: H.R.658 Accelerates Drone Deployment For Surveillance – Tucked neatly away in H.R.658 (and likely never read by most of our lobbified legislators) is Section 320, officially summarized as follows:
“Requires the FAA Administrator to: (1) develop plans to accelerate the integration of unmanned aerial systems [drones] into the National Airspace System, and (2) report to Congress on progress made in establishing special use airspace for the DOD to develop detection techniques for small unmanned aerial vehicles and to validate sensor integration and operation of unmanned aerial systems. Directs the DOD Secretary to establish a process to develop certification and flight standards for military unmanned aerial systems at specified test sites.”
With that exposed, a more fitting moniker for H.R.658 might be the “Skynet Surveillance Enabling Act of 2012”. (more)
And it’s not just flying drones either:
How about closer to home, like in your pocket or your car?
Obama administration wants to increase government spying on US citizens – This outrageous proposal would mandate that all online communications services use technologies that would make it easier for the government to collect private communications and decode encrypted messages that Americans send. This includes communications sent using texting platforms, BlackBerries, social networking sites, and other “peer to peer” communications software such as Skype.
Are you suddenly feeling like Neo? If not…why not?
Ben Franklin said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”
Leaving the LIGHT on…what you see is up to you…just remember what Trinity said…