Shhh! You’re being watched…

Former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt once said,

“…if you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, said,

“The age of privacy is over.”

Scott McNealy, former chief executive officer of Sun Microsystems said,

“You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.”

As evident from the quotes above, corporations use propaganda just as dangerously as governments do. These are misleading statements that crony capitalists and government bureaucrats believe is you should accept as truths. Not so.
Your best defense is, as is so often the case, knowledge. Improve your awareness and share the enduring value of privacy with your loved ones, friends, and neighbors:
“The right to be let alone – the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.” – Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Olmstead v. U.S., 277 U.S. 438 (1928)

TSA Makes Texans a “Deal They Can’t Refuse”

The Texas House unanimously passed a bill (138-0) making it a criminal offense for a security agent, such as TSA agents, to perform any search that would be offensive to a reasonable person by inappropriately touching travelers on the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breasts.
TSA  Patdown
This was a popular bill, especially among those who’ve been on the receiving end of an invasive groping – just for going on vacation, visiting loved ones, or rushing on a business trip to make a living.
Unfortunately, TSA and Department of Justice intimidators derailed it by threatening to shut down all Texas airports if the bill passed. In response, the Texas Senate took the “deal they couldn’t refuse” and withdrew the bill without even bothering to vote on it. It’s not as if their lives were threatened, yet they gave in to pressure and ignored the desires of their constituents.
“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”
Many people attribute the above quote to Thomas Jefferson; however, Monticello historians haven’t been able to find this direct quote in his works. The bottom line is, it’s up to you to protect your privacy and help your friends, neighbors, and loved ones gain the awareness of what privacy means and the value of safeguarding it. Corporations, the feds, and criminals are not going to do it for you.

“People Change Their Behavior
When Being Observed…”

The headline above is an abridged explanation of the “Hawthorn Effect” in psychology. Typically, it has a beneficial effect in a business or industrial setting, because employees tend to do better work when they know they’re being watched.
The dark side is you (and almost everyone you know) will change your behavior because you are, or think you are, under surveillance. This is a dangerous practice for a free society. Looking back at history, we can see the oppressive outcome of societies under surveillance, where everything is recorded and kept on file.
The American Library Association (ALA) states its position on privacy well, “The right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others…. Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association….When users recognize or fear that their privacy or confidentiality is compromised, true freedom of inquiry no longer exists… best practice leaves the user in control of as many choices as possible. These include decisions about the selection of, access to, and use of information. Lack of privacy and confidentiality has a chilling effect on users’ choices. All users have a right to be free from any unreasonable intrusion or surveillance…”

Raise the awareness of those around you so they don’t “drink-the-Kool-Aid.” There are many steps that you can, in fact MUST, take right now to lower your profile.
As your faithful servants in the realm of maintaining and expanding your self-reliance, my editorial team members will always be here to alert subscribers to government and corporate power grabs, advising them of effective and legal countermeasures whenever possible.