Below is an excerpt from the episode of Frontline showing the lengths that government agencies have gone; to be able to keep an eye on not only what’s going on internationally, but also what’s going on at home as well.
The documentary gives us a glimpse into exactly what’s going on behind the scenes and how “Big Brother” has become a reality with a million or more people working for corporate national security firms studying and monitoring the moves of every day Americans. With the use of satellite imagery, wire tapping, wireless tapping, CCTV camera, etc. a full network of studying American citizens every move is alive and well and growing larger year after year.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has spent billions of dollars giving state and local police departments equipment that allows them to monitor the populous 24/7. From on-board cameras to automatic license plate readers, local municipality feeds are heading directly into large corporate and government facilities that are allegedly attempting to catch would-be terrorists before they strike.
The network is so big and so vast that the DHS will not release exact figures on what is being spent on domestic security with these corporate firms. It hides behind the guise of national security in wanting to keep all information in regards to these actions Top Secret. Anyone who dares to get answers as to why American citizens are being watched like they are is immediately shut show and any Freedom of Information Act requests have any critical data redacted from the documents.
While national security is important, we have to wonder how technology is being abused already and how it might be abused in the future. In the Frontline documentary, mention is made that not all security agencies are even knowledgable of what new technologies certain agencies might have. Sometimes not known for years. With the technology we know about, it’s only safe to assume that surveillance technology is much more advanced than we know about.
It looks like after decades in being chastised, conspiracy theorists are finally right. Big Brother is watching. Not only is he watching, he is listening, monitoring, and recording our every move. This should be a concern to all American citizens.