Innocent victims of surveillance, raising eyebrows when pressing loved ones to understand their persecution and seemingly unheard when urging Congress to act on their being stalked or spied on by people using cell phone technology to track them, had a note of hope Tuesday when Matthew Olsen, new head of the National Counterterrorism Center, admitted it is possible that the USA PATRIOT ACT gave the federal government powers to use cell phone data to track Americans inside the United States, according to the general counsel for the National Security Agency (NSA).
“There are certain circumstances where that authority may exist,” Olsen told the Senate Intelligence Committee at his confirmation hearing reported The Wall Street Journal.
Such “revelations of illegal NSA surveillance activities are no surprise to a growing number of people whose lives have been disrupted and destroyed by the high-tech CoIntelPro styled efforts of America’s intelligence communities,” stated Magnus Ollson who studied Promotion Marketing Micro/Macro at Harvard University.
After Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. asked Olsen whether the government has the authority to “use cell site data to track the location of Americans inside the country,” using a similar reply to the question of whether an individual is in a relationship, Olsen said, “It is a very complicated question.”
The intelligence officials are working on a memo with a better answer for the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. wants that memo for the Committee’s first hearing in September.
When carrying a cell phone, it constantly sends signals about where its owner is, as Time U.S. reported in September 2010:
“It “pings” nearby cell-phone towers about every seven seconds so it can be ready to make and receive calls. When it does, the phone is also telling the company that owns the towers where you are at that moment — data the company then stores away indefinitely.
“There is also a second kind of locational data that phone companies have, thanks to a GPS chip that is embedded in most smart phones now. This is even more accurate — unlike the towers, which can only pinpoint a general area where you may be, GPS can often reveal exactly where you are at any given moment within a matter of meters.”
“There are some good reasons for this, which is why the government is actually forcing the phone companies to do a better job of knowing where you are. In the name of improving emergency services, the Federal Communications Commission will require phone companies to meet benchmarks in 2012 for how closely they can pinpoint a caller’s location.
“About 90% of Americans are walking around with a portable tracking device all the time, and they have no idea,” said Cristopher Calabrese, an American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington office lawyer said.
In July 2008, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit urging a federal court to order the Department of Justice (DOJ) to turn over records related to the government’s use of people’s cell phones as tracking devices.
Surveillance issues expert and author of Satellite Tyranny, Paul Baird says even more Americans are unaware of other advanced satellite surveillance and the related “harassment” technologies available to covert government agencies and organised crime syndicates.
Aside from violating privacy human rights, and what was illegal domestic spying possibly until the USA PATRIOT ACT (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001) and President Obama’s Executive Order for Targeted Killings of individuals in the U.S., high-tech technology historically ends up in the hands of criminals, embedded in the system or operating independently.
Tracking, be through cell phones, RFID chips or other technology, is not a passive activity. There is little need to simply know whereabouts of an individual. For a garden type criminal or a government assassin assigned to target and kill a person, the criminal or law officer must be able to ascertain where that individual, the Targeted Individual is. Cell phones simplify this part of the job.
Even to just injure through continual stalking by a single stalker or by group stalkers as this intrucive behavior does, or to injure with other types of assaults such as with weapons, the perpetrator must know where the target is.
“Recent revelations of illegal NSA surveillance activities are no surprise to a growing number of people whose lives have been disrupted and destroyed by the high-tech CoIntelPro styled efforts of America’s intelligence communities,” stated Magnus Bill Ollson, a Swedish Targeted Individual advocate and editor of Mind Control.
Tracking also simplifies home intrusions, thefts and destruction as these can be conducted by perpetrators who know whereabouts of the phone owner and thus, when the resident is away from home.
Wyden and Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said in May that they feared the Justice Department had interpreted the PATRIOT ACT in a way that enabled domestic surveillance.
Nevertheless, on May 26, 2011, with little pre-media fanfare and thus opposition, President Barack Obama signed a four-year extension of three key USA PATRIOT ACT provisions: roving wiretaps, searches of business records (the “library records provision”), and conducting surveillance of “lone wolves” — individuals suspected of terrorist-related activities not linked to terrorist groups. The latter group includes up to 350,000 innocent Targeted Individuals, collateral damage in the PATRIOT ACT “war on terror.”
According to Baird, the USA PATRIOT ACT “protects governments and connected criminals from criticism and/or detection and prosecution.”
“Under this act, anyone whistleblowing or fighting the system on a major concern is arbitrarily deemed unpatriotic (when it’s the criminals they criticise who betray us). They can then be listed (by a senior politician or at the request, through them, of a connected criminal) as a security risk and harassed covertly; using secret technologies.
“Over 20,000 satellites currently target and silence countless people worldwide (est. 500,000 plus) as a result of such bad laws. The victims are not openly confronted, as that would remove any feigned excuses and leave the perpetrators open to all manner of accusation. Instead, the methods used are covert; employing high tech’ to remotely torment and deceive victims without leaving evidence.
“Often targets are tricked into believing they are having psychic, medical, psychiatric, religious or even alien experiences (which they are not). This leaves them discredited as they vainly seek help from ignorant or complicit authorities (police, MPs, doctors, media, etc). This leaves them neutralised, and possibly even silenced on the issue they originally raised. This, along with various research aspects, is the purpose of the exercise.” (SurveillanceIssues.com)
“Americans would be alarmed if they knew how this law is being carried out,” Senator Udall had said in May.