George Orwell (Eric Blair) began writing 1984, his novel of a dystopian future and the omnipresent Big Brother, in 1944. It was published in London in 1949 and five days later in New York. An immediate hit, the novel has remained in print, serialized on the radio, and produced on stage, screen, and television. (On June 10th, sales of 1984 were up 126 percent on Amazon.)
Despite its enormous success over the past 64 years, the unavoidable cautions presented in 1984 and its Big Brother ways continue to be avoided. Orwell’s future is upon us.
The NSA is ignoring the Constitution and invading everyone’s privacy on a massive scale. Telephone records, emails, even our credit card transactions are an open book to a government that has come to resemble Orwell’s 1984 more and more.
In just one example, the records being siphoned aren’t limited to telephone numbers, as previously stated. Surveillance isn’t restricted to those suspected of terrorist activity. It is being collected from everyone.
According to c/net, the NSA has admitted, in a secret briefing on Capitol Hill, that it can and does listen to thousands of telephone calls and read thousands of emails, daily, all without court authorization. The NSA insists that it doesn’t need it. Now, in the latest development, AT&T has raised the bar and inadvertently answered Verizon’s annoying and repetitive marketing question: “Can you hear me now?”
Orwell’s Big Brother appeared on “viewscreens,” in everyone’s home, 24/7. There was no way to shut off the broadcasts. If one was a member of the elite, one might lower the volume, but if that was done, the person doing so was subjected to reprimand or worse.
Gateway Pundit reported on Sunday that
“AT&T has begun rolling out Wireless Emergency Alerts updates for iPhone 4S and 5… You’ll receive a notification from the carrier when your update is ready, but only if you’re using iOS 6.1 or higher… Once installed, AMBER and Emergency alerts are automatically sent to your phone unless you switch them off via Settings.”
Well, that doesn’t sound so bad. The trouble is, it doesn’t stop there: “there’s no way to switch off Presidential alerts.”
Got that? In addition to the apps that iPhone users love so much, AT&T is gifting you with Obama all day, every day, whether you want him or not. This is part of a conditioning program.
Currently, this Obamination is being installed only on the iPhone 4 and 5. Remember, this isn’t a feature being prepared, it is already in production. There is no word as yet on whether other carriers are going to follow suit or if the program is going to be expanded to other brands of smart phones. But it seems unavoidable.
Big Sis has been plastered all over the news, insisting that we are NOT living in an Orwellian State. Politicker quotes the Homeland Security Oberfuhror thusly:
“I think people have gotten the idea that there’s an Orwellian state out there that somehow we’re operating in. That’s far from the case… No one should believe that we are simply going willy-nilly and using any kind of data that we can gather…”
Obama is now, thanks to AT&T, a constant, unstoppable intrusion in our lives. Liberty is no longer being eroded a bit at a time; it’s being ripped away in chunks, in the name of “security.” Big Sis insists that there’s nothing here to see. Benjamin Franklin’s caution deserves repeating: “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.”
AT&T can hear that now? The other carriers probably aren’t far behind. Big Brother is alive and well in America.