THIS WEEK IN SURVEILLANCE

BIDEN INTEL HEADS GRILLED FOR ILLEGALLY TARGETING U.S. CITIZENS. Americans are being spied on and targeted for their political beliefs and activities. That’s the news out of a contentious House Intelligence Committee hearing last Thursday involving Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and NSA Director Paul Nakasone.

Ranking Republican Devin Nunes called out the intel community for “characterizing wide swaths of American citizens, particularly Republicans and conservatives, as politically suspect, politically violent, and deserving of government surveillance.” 

The FBI and the National Intelligence Council have both issued recent reports characterizing political conservatives and anti-authoritarians – but not radical Antifa and BLM-backed riots and networks – as threats to the country. Wray, for example, declined at an earlier hearing in the week to disclose whether Antifa was organized enough to coordinate and fund their efforts, though the answer is obvious from publicly available video footage of many of their activities.

During the House hearing, Nunes warned the intel heads that attempts to overstep their legal authority would result in “severe repercussions” by Republican lawmakers and the American people. Nunes said,

“I remind those assembled here today that our intelligence community exists solely to counteract foreign threats… History shows that major abuses occur when our intelligence capabilities are turned inward to spy on our own citizens, from the FBI spying on Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1950s and ’60s to its surveillance of Republican Party members in 2016. This is a red line that simply cannot be crossed. In fact, this committee was created in large part to ensure that that line should not be crossed.”

Chris Stewart also took the Biden administration officials to task, asking whether they were statutorily empowered to spy on Americans with “no foreign nexus.” All three answered no.

But during questioning of Haines, Stewart raised a copy of the report put out by her office as an example of the unauthorized domestic intelligence gathering.

“It’s very clear the IC has no authority to turn your tools or your resources on American citizens,” Stewart said. 

Haines sought to deflect Stewart’s charge by parsing words and characterizing intelligence in the report as being “received” as opposed to “collected.”

"Your analysts helped prepare, you did an analysis on this," the Utah Republican countered, concluding that Americans "should be deeply troubled" by intelligence agencies politically targeting its citizenry.

EMPLOYEES MICROCHIPPED BY WISCONSIN COMPANY. The lead of a USA TODAY story this week asked “Welcome to the future?” in describing how a Wisconsin company will implant microchips in its employees.

Three Square Market, a company that provides tech solutions for break rooms and micro-markets, will use the RFID chips to allow employees to pay for items, and access the building and their computers, via hand scans.

The USA TODAY article assured its readers that “whether or not to get a chip is up to the employee to decide.” 

The subject of government tracking and the constitutional rights of Americans has been a prominent and controversial topic in the age of COVID. Many Americans are currently refusing to take various so-called “vaccines” based on experimental technologies. The shots are different in fundamental ways than traditional vaccines.

In a corollary, Americans are bristling against “vaccine passports,” a scheme that would reward vaccine takers with promises of being able to move about and attend events and venues in "freedom" and restrict people refusing vaccines.

Recent articles in the Trends Journal have covered how companies like Amazon and Rekor Systems are forcing workers into a surveillance regime. The forced implantation of microchips has been consistently labeled a conspiracy theory by technocracy-controlled media. But, increasingly, authorities are revealing plans for smart cities and pervasive surveillance and control.

Three Square Market’s CEO Todd Westby sounded almost like a parody of “conspiracy theorist” warnings, enthusing about microchipping: 

“We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals. Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.”

As the USA TODAY story itself suggests, invasive technology pushed and pressured by the government, private employers, or both working together, ignoring Constitutional limits, is not a future prospect. It's a present-day reality. 


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