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Credit CardsWere you under the impression that your credit card transactions are private?  If so, I am sorry to burst your bubble.  As you will see below, there are actually multiple government agencies that are gathering and storing records of your credit card transactions.  And in turn, those government agencies share that information with other government agencies that want it.  So if you are making a purchase that you don't want anyone to know about, don't use a credit card.  This is one of the reasons why the government hates cash so much.  It is just so hard to track.  In this day and age, the federal government seems to be absolutely obsessed with gathering as much information about all of us as it possibly can.  But there is one big problem.  What they are doing directly violates the U.S. Constitution.  For those that are not familiar with it, the following is what the Fourth Amendment actually says: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."  Unfortunately, the Fourth Amendment is essentially dead at this point.  The federal government is investigating all of us and gathering information on all of us all day, every day without end.

Many Americans have never even heard of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but Judicial Watch has discovered that they are spending millions of dollars to collect and analyze our financial transactions...

Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) revealing that the agency has spent millions of dollars for the warrantless collection and analysis of Americans’ financial transactions. The documents also reveal that CFPB contractors may be required to share the information with “additional government entities.”

Judicial Watch was able to obtain some absolutely shocking documents thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request that it filed in April.  The following is a summary of some of the things those documents show...

  • Overlapping contracts with multiple credit reporting agencies and accounting firms to gather, store, and share credit card data as shown in the task list of a contract with Argus Information & Advisory Services LLC worth $2.9 million
  • A provision stipulating that “The contractor recognizes that, in performing this requirement, the Contractor may obtain access to non-public, confidential information, Personally Identifiable Information (PII), or proprietary information.”
  • A stipulation that “The Contractor may be required to share credit card data collected from the Banks with additional government entities as directed by the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR).”

How do you feel about the fact that the government has contracts with "multiple credit reporting agencies and accounting firms to gather, store, and share credit card data"?

How do you feel about the fact that your credit card data and other "non-public, confidential information" may be shared with "additional government entities"?

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton put it very well when he said that this "warrantless collection of the private financial information of millions of Americans is mind-blowing.  Is there anything that this administration thinks it can’t do?"

But of course the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is not the only one keeping records of your credit card transactions.

We have also recently learned that the NSA is doing it too.  The following is from a recent Time Magazine article...

Networks are most likely giving the government “metadata.” That is, the credit card issuers could provide the NSA details such as an account or card number, where and when a purchase was made, and for how much. Even though the exact items purchased aren’t revealed, Brian Krebs, who blogs at KrebsOnSecurity.com, says “merchant category codes” in such data give clues about what was bought.

If the NSA is collecting data at the processor level, “at that point the transaction gets cleared and posts to an account, so, yes, you can track it down to a person,” Aufsesser says.

The NSA conceivably could — and probably would — be able get the names of individual account holders from banks issuing credit cards. ”I don’t see how you would anonymize it,” says Al Pascual, senior analyst for security, risk and fraud for Javelin Strategy & Research.

We are rapidly becoming a "Big Brother society" where the government tracks virtually every move that we make.

And don't think that you can escape this by not using credit cards or by staying off of the Internet.  The truth is that we are being tracked in hundreds of different ways.

For example, have you heard of automated license plate readers?

They are being installed on police vehicles all over the nation, and the amount of information that they are gathering on all of us is frightening.

A computer security consultant named Michael Katz-Lacabe asked the city of San Leandro, California for a record of every time that these license plate readers had scanned his vehicle, and what he discovered absolutely stunned him...

The paperback-size device, installed on the outside of police cars, can log thousands of license plates in an eight-hour patrol shift. Katz-Lacabe said it had photographed his two cars on 112 occasions, including one image from 2009 that shows him and his daughters stepping out of his Toyota Prius in their driveway.

That photograph, Katz-Lacabe said, made him “frightened and concerned about the magnitude of police surveillance and data collection.” The single patrol car in San Leandro equipped with a plate reader had logged his car once a week on average, photographing his license plate and documenting the time and location.

At a rapid pace, and mostly hidden from the public, police agencies throughout California have been collecting millions of records on drivers and feeding them to intelligence fusion centers operated by local, state and federal law enforcement.

Most Americans do not even know that these devices exist, but they have been "collecting millions of records" and feeding them into law enforcement databases all over the nation.

In San Diego alone, more than 36 million license plate scans have been fed into a regional database just since 2010...

In San Diego, 13 federal and local law enforcement agencies have compiled more than 36 million license-plate scans in a regional database since 2010 with the help of federal homeland security grants. The San Diego Association of Governments maintains the database. Like the Northern California database, the San Diego system retains the data for between one and two years.

“License-plate data is clearly identifiable to specific individuals,” said Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “This is like having your barcode tracked.”

Is this the kind of society that we want to become?

Do we really want the police to be taking millions of photographs of us?

Do we really want all of our financial transactions to be fed directly into federal databases?

Do we really want the government to track every phone call we make and every email we send?

As I wrote about recently, it has been documented that literally thousands of companies have been handing over customer data to the NSA.

Is this the kind of legacy that we want to leave for our children and our grandchildren?

Fortunately, it appears that at least some Americans are waking up to all of this.

According to a brand new Rasmussen survey, 56 percent of likely voters in the United States now believe that the federal government is a threat to individual rights...

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters now consider the federal government a threat to individual rights rather than a protector of those rights. That’s up 10 points from 46% in December.

While 54% of liberal voters consider the feds to be a protector of individual rights, 78% of conservatives and 49% of moderates see the government as a threat.

Overall, only 30% believe the feds today are a protector of individual rights. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

If the American people do not stand up and demand change, the people that are constantly violating our privacy are going to continue to do so.

Sadly, the vast majority of the politicians in both major political parties seem to think that there is nothing wrong with the status quo.  So I wouldn't expect any major changes in the short-term.  But hopefully government surveillance will start to become such a major issue with the American people that the politicians will be forced to start addressing it.

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  • markthetruth

    Yep! they collect the credit card info for the ” US National Debt Clock ” for Credit Card Debt Field.
    also to track you movement . The info is used by the police force , FBI ,and Crime Investigators . Security camera’s in every in Store , Gas station , Fast food, Traffic lights , Homes , Just Everywhere . Now Drones. Also they don’t want cash transaction because of Taxes. We are becoming Human Robot’s little by little as they are influencing our subconscious mind for every Decision , movement , purchase we make. They are Playing Brain games with our minds.

    the end…

    • GSOB

      Take it easy,…. the end is not yet.

    • Graham

      Lookup “Skynet”

  • GSOB

    Well – everyone is mapped to everyone anyways.

  • Ayn Rand

    The movie “Enemy of the State” was telling us something.
    The Book “1984″ was telling us something.
    The Book “Brave New World” was telling us something.
    It is too late now though…

    • markthetruth

      Yep ! I think technology has put us beyond the ” Point of No Return “.

      the end…

      • Wonka Zonka

        That is what the Establishment would like you to believe. But it is a phony argument that is part of the scheme of the sham.

      • Joe

        Go back to cash, low tech.

        • markthetruth

          Then they can’t trace it.

          the end…

        • DownWithLibs

          Then you will REALLY be labeled a terrorist!

    • Ralfine

      Well, all that info is a bit useless.

      The bad guys can easily build a respectable reputation with their credit card purchases and use cash for anything else.

      Therefore, the government doesn’t need to monitor the credit card transactions, only the cash transactions.

      That’s the whole point. If everyone is doing the same, then only a few are different. Only need to watch the aberrations.

      It also makes a good defence.

      As a very tall guy I am easily visible everywhere. But when I sit down at a sidewalk cafe, I am suddenly invisible to anyone following that tall guy.

      So if you are a punk, you become invisible dressing in jeans and t-shirt.

    • Graham

      Don’t miss “V” for Vedetta.

      • Ayn Rand

        Love that movie.

    • peaceangel

      Hollywood has warned the people ahead of time for years as to what is coming in the US.

      Today there are tons of movies and TV programs profiling the future of the US and the world. Hunger Games, Homeland Security, Scandal, World War X, Revolution and all the zombie movies and TV shows are some that come to mind in addition to yours.

      THIS is the “dumbing down” theory of government. And it works.

      • Ralfine

        ah, you noticed, too.

    • Mondobeyondo

      It is not too late. But fewer and fewer people seem to “get it”. There are still a few people who do “get it” out there.
      But…
      If this trend continues, then yeah, we’re doomed.

  • Crony

    This stuff is freaky beyond belief. I know that we have crossed the line. How to step back, I do not know. People are making too much money, and many are too dumb or easily manipulated to grasp the seriousness of the threat.

  • JailBanksters

    It’s one thing to collect it, it’s another to join the dots, like somebody buying a half dozen pressure cookers.

    Apart from selling the Info to Namco, hey this guy’s in the Market for some pressure cookers, I don’t see the point. You can make a Bomb using all sorts of household Items. The Hardware Shop must be Mecca for Nutters.

    • BonusGift

      Sometimes the point of collecting such information isn’t so much as to use the information as to scare and intimidate; and, of course, after you decide who is the enemy of the state you can use it to build a case after the fact. Remember:
      “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”

      from Orwell’s 1984

  • Ralfine

    In China you can only blog under your real name, and e-mails and mobile phones needs to be registered with the police.

    In Hong Kong, anonymous Internet and phone use is still possible.
    The Octopus card, an electronic cash card, that can be used to pay for public transport, groceries, public swimming pools, is totally anonymous. You don’t need an ID to buy it, and can load it with cash in shops and on machines in subway stations. But if you want, you can also use your credit card to recharge it, or direct debit.
    But if you lose it, it is like losing cash.

  • wisdom

    pre paid credit cards and encrypted linux systems is all I have to say!

    • Ralfine

      In the UK you are required by law to surrender your encryption key to law enforcement agencies or face several years in prison just for non-disclosure.

      • DownWithLibs

        I say we go back to smoke signals.

        • Ralfine

          They only work in clean air.

  • Dave Webb

    I started computing on an IBM 1130 that took up a lot of space and used primitive 8 level paper tape to program. It cost a bundle of money for the company using it. Since then I have had hands on experience with a lot of computers including PCs, Radio Shack Color Computers, MACs of all kinds, Linux, All levels of Microsoft Windows, and the list goes on. My point is I am qualified to see what is going on.
    The banks have been in bed with the government concerning your “private information” for an incredible long time. It doesn’t even stop there.
    What is going on is a processing problem. The amount of data is so large that no one can do much with it. The question becomes why do anything with it at all?
    I question the need. We are looking at a terrible expensive intelligence gathering device that is really very ineffective in producing the information that the various agencies need in a timely manner.
    Otherwise 9-11 would not have occurred. It would have been easily stopped before it happened.
    But it wasn’t and the result was a very expensive war. I think that war should have been won and forgotten about a long time ago.
    It should never have gotten to the point of bankrupting the country with expenses.
    The government and various agencies are literally drowning with data.
    The true criminals never use anything remotely connected with this data. They know better.
    If it is so effective how come . . .
    Gangs run rampant in major cities.
    Drug Lords effectively control so much territory.
    Our so called intelligence agencies have such a hard time figuring out what our enemies are doing like in that destroyed embassy.
    Detroit and its problems of an illegal nature.
    Kids make a joke of this intelligence gathering.
    War Games was a fictional movie about a very real problem with genius level kids able to play very dangerous games with national security.
    Catch Me if You Can was a true story of the FBI and its failing efforts to catch a kid using the system.
    They made monkeys out of the entire system.
    As far back as Cuba and Kennedy we have had a very frustrating experience with Intelligence gathering and it is far from over.
    Wars are won and lost on logistics and accounting.
    A side effect of this unfortunately has been a very expensive lesson in gathering useless data on everyone.
    I maintain we have lost war after war since the 50s because we do not hold our military and their toys accountable. We make weapons far too expensive to do the job right. Tell me that one Navy Aircraft Carrier doesn’t cost a mint and can be disabled and destroyed by much less expensive weapons.
    Some genius out there is going to have to determine what is necessary intelligence and what is useless data gathering if we are to win the war of information.

    • Ralfine

      The whole point of your army isnt to win wars, but to make tons of profit.

      • Louise in MO

        Might have been nice if the President had allocated some of that money to protect the desperately needed security in Benghazi. Instead he went to bed so he could be ready for the fund raiser in Las Vegas.

        • Ralfine

          As I said, that isn’t the point of the army. The purpose is to use up ammo so more tax money can be funnelled to the ammo manufacturers.

          And as long as there is some “security” issue, people don’t ask too many questions.

  • WarriorClass III

    Perhaps it’s time we returned the favor and started tracking every politician, federal, state and local government employee, making note of their home and work address, what vehicle they drive, who their family members are & where they live, and what they do every day of the week. And then share that information with other concerned citizens.

    • Ralfine

      Need to be careful, though. You could face terrorism or conspiracy charges and up to ten years in prison. However, if you plead guilty, that could be reduced to just 8 years.

    • Louise in MO

      Great idea! It would involve a lot of time but defintely worth it!

      • Ralfine

        Yes, put on the Internet all times they go to the loo, and to whom they talk to there, how much paper they use. They have nothing to hide?

  • Syrin

    I’ve been warning my friends about this for years now, sending out an e-mail entitled “YOU ARE being watched”. WHy did it take everyone else so long to catch up?

    • Louise in MO

      I think part of the reason for people taking so long to finally admit the government wasno longer on their side is due to a desire to keep the “good” feeling of being an American.

      For so long we were the “shining city on the hill” To admit we no longer are was difficult to get a handle on. People are now eginning to catch on; it may be too late!

  • Stephanie S

    “We know what house you were at on Tuesday at 4:15. You visit her regularly, don’t you? I’m sure your wife enjoys hearing about the visits. Now, about that contract that’s coming up for renewal…” Another reason.

    • Ralfine

      Blackmailers LOVE to be exposed, because they don’t know that the visit to “her” is just a trap for “them”. LOL

    • DownWithLibs

      This may explain why our Justices have turned on us. Maybe blackmail?

    • Robert (qslv)

      Stephanie, were you taping Chief Justice Roberts discussing Obamacare with Eric Holder?

  • Cincinnati Dave

    I agree with Ayn – it IS too late now. The American people are not going to be able to stop this and the entire surveillance apparatus is going to continue to grow. I am 58 years old and this country is NOT the country I grew up in. I am deeply saddened to have witnessed the decline of what was once a wonderful country to call home. Our ONLY hope is the soon return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are rapidly approaching a time of terrible tribulations. Look around and be depressed OR look UP and be encouraged!

  • FounderChurch

    And don’t blame Technology, technology is neutral. if is like the rain that God makes to fall on the just and the unjust.

    Stop constantly trying to blame others for YOUR failings. All losers do this. Blame yourself for the conditions in this country.

    The definition of Bigotry is holding an opinion ignorantly, And Blaming others is nothing but total bigotry. Look to yourself for the problems of this world. Where are your children. Dead at your hands. Your fault starts right there.

    You need to get out of the demonic church you are in and join FounderChurch at Gmail. It is the only true church.

    • BonusGift

      “Stop constantly trying to blame others for YOUR failing and the Country’s failings. All losers do this. Blame yourself for the conditions in this country.”
      You must be kidding? You would blame a victim for a crime, but let the criminal go? The problem with the country is that as a general rule psychopathic criminals are running things, not that the victims haven’t blamed themselves enough.

      • FounderChurch

        But you are the devil government because you elect them. Everything they do and every law and regulations they pass has your signature at the bottom. This is the responsibility you took on when you ask for the vote. if you give up the vote and give power to a dictator then you can ccomplain you are a victim.

        • BonusGift

          This is a constitutional republic not a democracy. No law “has my signature at the bottom.” Saying something or writing it doesn’t make it true.

          • FounderChurch

            When you accepted the vote and other freedoms your implied consent was the the price you paid for it. It was not free no way. Nothing is ever free. So you better see that they stop doing things you don’t want your name signed to. I didn’t say we were a democracy. You must have dreamed that along with your others substance induced imaginings. You are like all losers wanting to blame others for your own failings.

          • Redwoods Gal

            You call yourself an individual of Christ wanting people to join your church but yet you go against what the bible says to not do.. WHICH IS,,, DO NOT JUDGE OTHERS, WHo are you to judge by calling others looser’s All I see is you for the last couple post have put people down.. What God do you worship? Like this remark ( Where are your children? Likely dead at your hands through Birth Control. Your fault likely starts right there.) WHO ARE YOU??? We have one and one only true judge at the end.. AND I CAN SURELY MAKE A BET and win 100% that it ISN’T YOU.. So maybe start looking in the mirror and see your not GOD, YOU ARE IN FACT FLESH BODY AND A CHILD OF HIS , WITH HIS LOVE IN THY HEART..JUST LIKE US ALL..EVEN THE ONES THAT DON”T BELIEVE IN HIM YET, HE LOVES THEM ALL AS HIS..HE KNEW WE WOULD ALL BE OF SIN, THAT’S WHY HE WALKED THE EARTH FOR THAT TIME PERIOD AS JESUS CHRIST AND WENT THROUGH THE TORTURE DEATH ALL FOR THE NAME OF LOVE, SO WE CAN HAVE INTERNAL LIFE WITH HIM IN HIS KINGDOM .. So try and be a little more respectful, for people.. Rather you like what they say or not.. As he said as well in the bible, If one is to slap you on the right side of your cheek then turn your head and offer the other cheek..Do you remember that in the bible? Rather you like it or not people are having a discussion about the government and how they feel about it.. But don’t belittle people calling them loser’s and then offer them to join your church.. That’s the kind of thing right their that gets people not wanting to turn to god nor join some church.. God prefer’s you to pray in private with him anyway, and like he said two or more gathering at home is same as church to him.. So be kind to others and god bless you…

          • FounderChurch

            . Your comments are a mishmash of misinformation about the Bible.you clearly are not educated.the Bible does not say for us not to judge. It says go ahead and judge but just be sure that you were willing to be judged by the same standard you apply to others.I am very willing to be judged by the same standard that I use to judge others.

            So you see you have the Bible quote it all wrong. It says judge not lest ye be judged.you can go ahead and look it up but when you do read it very very carefully and find out exactly what it says. Don’t go around miss quoting the Bible that’s a deadly sin all by itself.

            I appreciate you’re taking the time to answer my post but I would pray that you get your facts a little more straight. One of the biggest sans possible is to miss interpret the Bible. I think you do it out of ignorance and so it is more forgivable than those who do it and know that they are doing it. That is what the Pharisees did. And what they did was an unforgivable sin.

          • Redwoods Gal

            wow and you call me uneducated I see.. Well maybe you should reread what you wrote about judging.. ( Romans14 1-13) As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. …

            “Ummm , What were you saying about me sinning for a misquoting of the bible FOunderChurch???”

          • Redwoods Gal

            Again reread what you put at beginning .. He did not say we can judge others, he clearly says don’t judge unless be judge back..It’s like telling a kid to not eat that piece of candy til after dinner, Or you will be punished. Kid says I don’t care and eats that piece of candy. What do you do to the child? You punish the child like you said.. Why because you didn’t give that child permission to eat the candy before hand… Same thing here God is not giving us permission to judge but he is saying if you do don’t get upset when they judge you back.. and by the way your welcome for me being so ignorant as you said….

            2Timothy 2 – 24-26
            And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

            ” They did not know what the turn out would be when they were voting and such things.. They wanted to trust what they said they were going to do, but yet like majority of people we get caught in their lies and don’t even realize it til sometimes it is too late, But to call them loosers for that really upset me then you tell them to join the church after calling them names.. It’s like for real? ” But anyway, I am done, just one more thing.. Don’t underestimate ones intelligence!

          • Gay Veteran

            just another troll

          • BonusGift

            Voting is not a freedom; and you comments show you to be at a minimum confused and at a maximum insane. Again, writing something and repeating it doesn’t make it true.

          • FounderChurch

            Don’t talk to me anymore. You are too immature to be saying anything, so I won’t be answering anything you say from now on.

      • Ralfine

        Every people has the government they deserve.

        Somebody in Europa said that a few hundred years ago.

        • BonusGift

          The quote/translation is: “In a democracy, people get the government they deserve”. The U.S. was not a democracy, it was a republic. One reason for having a republic is to try to avoid having a government populated by tyrants and scoundrels.

          • Ralfine

            (Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite.)“
            Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821)

            That’s the original quote.

            North Korea is a republic, China is a republic, Russia is a republic, the USA is a republic.

            Well?

          • BonusGift

            You can call yourself anything you want it doesn’t make it so. With the possible exception of Russia (i.e., today), the other three are hardly republics.
            Well?

          • Ralfine

            Well, they are not a monarchy either, except maybe North Korea.

          • Ralfine

            If the USA is not a democracy, why do you send armies around the world to spread democracy?

            Shouldn’t you start with yourself?

    • Gay Veteran

      “Where are your children? Likely dead at your hands through Birth Control”
      yeah, just what people need is some wannabe ayatollah ranting about birth control

      • FounderChurch

        “Gay Veteran” is an oxymoron IMO. In other words there is no such thing.

        Of course people who are self castrated are hostile to anyone telling them to have children. That is a no brainer.

        Sorry, but you come across as a religious bigot as hating both Islam and Christianity, as well as hating children.

        • Gay Veteran

          “”Gay Veteran” is an oxymoron IMO. In other words there is no such thing.”
          then you’re an idiot
          and sorry, but I have not self castrated
          Islam and Christianity? make up your mind.
          and no, I don’t hate children

          • Louise in MO

            Do as I do….scroll through his comments.

  • jaxon64

    I can’t believe some of the people who reply here with a “so what” attitude- as if this is no big deal
    I actually have acquaintances who say things like, ” If I’m not doing anything wrong, then why should I care if they are spying on me ( reading emails, listening to phone calls etc)….
    Listen folks, it is quite simple. They, aka TPTB, are not datamining to catch terrorists or perform a drone strike on a house in Yemen or Pakistan. There are seriously advanced networks of sattelite devices, feet on the ground and informants within those countries to root out suspected terrorists.
    All of this data gathering of private citizens is for one purpose–creating a political dissident list. When the SHTF, they are going to know where the “sovereign, liberty minded folks” are.
    Credit cards show silver purchases ( yes, your VISA debit card records too)…they show those 3x 20 lb bags of rice or that you bought 5 cases of veggies at a time. Ammo purchases, propane cylinders, books on survival, christianity or constitutional education will be red flags. Bulk purchases are flags…are you buying gasoline at a retreat you have in the hills or country?–they know you have a bug out location…..
    Seriously, if you don’t think this info is useful to them or has practical applications or purpose—then let me come read your mail, scan through your cell phone, email and computer records and look up all of your purchase history and financials–I promise it is just for marketing purposes……….

    • usedtobesupermom

      you are correct…to make matters worse this data mining is very PROFITABLE!
      These for profit private contractors can do ANYTHING THEY WANT with the information they collect.

    • Randy Townsend

      Fairly common attitude at this site, but you forget one thing: The majority of the population willingly gives up any and all of this for the pretense of security and safety. You will never see concentration camps in America – the government won’t have to do that. A vast majority of the people will give up their liberty if asked nicely and promised conveniences.

      • peaceangel

        There are more than 800 fema concentration camps already in operation in the US. THEY are easy to find online—the best info will be gained by googling AMERICAN CONCENTRATION CAMPS in caps and that should pull up a site with that title and tons of pictures and videos of the camps and a list of all of them and what improvements have been made to them to make them red zones and HOW many people are already living in them.

        THERE are pics and videos of the German and Chinese and UN armies who have rehabbed and refurbished old bases and hospitals and abandoned armories and airports, etc that have been made into identical facilities named red zones. You can see these images on thousands of websites but not all are this well documented.

        On an episode of Conspiracy Theory you can see children playing in a red zone and you can see on other episodes the mass grave buckets and on the ARMY website you can get a job as an “internment guard.” The job description is to imprison US citizens who have not been accused of a crime or had a trial or an attorney and to imprison them forever. The ARMY has been hiring internment guards for a decade and using them to round up US citizens and refurbish the camps.

        They passed the NDAA act of 2011 which names 400 reasons you can be a domestic terrorist and that include list can and does include everyday things all of us do or have done. IF you are accused of being a domestic terrorist for exercising free speech on the internet you will end up in the camps.

        THAT is where they were taking Brandon Raub when 5 federal agencies abducted and disappeared him for two weeks. According to the NDAA act ALL our returning war vets are domestic terrorists and “enemies of the state” and “psychotic” and “a danger to the public.”

        I do agree that after the test run at Katrina that many Americans in an emergency WILL follow the government onto the trains and into the camps during an emergency situation. The trains were former cattle cars and have been refurbished to haul humans and they are all over the internet also and do NOT look like cattle hauling cars anymore.

        Katrina proved that our military will imprison US citizens and refuse emergency services to them with one order from the POTUS. The victims of Katrina were imprisoned for 8 days while gang rape went on inside on the very young and very old and people died from lack of RX medicines, food and water and hundreds on street drugs were in withdrawal and screaming and tons of babies were conceived from the stranger rapes. And our troops held the Red Cross back for the same time period and refused to allow them to bring food, water and drugs to the people in the dome.

        An Oklahoma National Guardsman did a documentary in which he related he was the commander of the first boots on the ground and their ONLY orders which he questioned for an entire day, were to disarm the NOLA ppl and initiate martial law. He argued they were there to help the folks in the water and trapped in their homes and he believed he was on a human rescue mission, BUT that was not the military game plan ordered by BUSH and he related that no one was allowed to rescue anybody for many more days, which is WHY it took days for the big parade to hit NOLA on the news. THIS man’s orders were to “kick in” the doors of the ppl. in the middle of the night and to take all their guns and run them for warrants. He related that they were working alongside what was left of the NOLA police department who he said were also raping the women and children alone in their homes during the disarmament process.

        THEY did the same thing in Boston. THEY kicked in the doors of 20 houses and disarmed innocent ppl and hauled ppl away on warrants and initiated martial law.

        • Patriot

          I’ve known about the camps but this site is absolutely horrifying.

        • Louise in MO

          Please tell me this isn’t true!

        • Freakout

          duckduckgo is better, they don’t track you like google does.

      • Mondobeyondo

        What is security? And what is safety?

        Are they both one and the same?

        • Randy Townsend

          A distinction without a difference, my friend.

    • Louise in MO

      I absolutely agree with you. The datamiing says we are not invisible to the powers to be. I agree about the dissidents list etc. Be cautious with whom you discuss your plans. Be careful with whom you discuss government issues, especially the negative ones.

      This is not going to be easy!

      • Ralfine

        That’s easy. I do not even discuss things with my partner, as he
        isn’t interested in such things. He is so much immersed in facebook I
        have to fight with him NOT to put pictures of ID documents and passports
        online.

        As I rotate food, I don’t buy in bulk. And as I only use
        cash for grocery shopping and slip in one or other longlife extra, it
        is hard to detect a pattern.

        If you have a holiday in Hong Kong,
        check out the electronics and second hand markets in Sham Shui Po.
        Especially on the second hand market they prefer cash payments. And
        their phones are still cheaper by magnitudes than on second hand markets
        around here. In Hong Kong you can also buy phones with sockets for two
        SIM cards. They are favoured with travellers between Hong Kong and China
        to save roaming costs, and the hassle each day to change the cards at
        the border, or to take two phones or forget to bring the other one.

        And
        if you need glasses, check out the opticians. They have more frame
        styles, an eye check is included, and they offer all modern features,
        for a fraction of the price in England. The savings on glasses already
        financed my air ticket.

        And if you are not queasy about having
        your shower over your toilet bowl, and only chinese tv, you can have a
        hotel room with ensuite just for yourself for $30 in the city centre.

    • Gay Veteran

      plus the contractors (part of the military industrial complex) are being paid $BILLIONS to spy on us

      • DownWithLibs

        Don’t you just love having your own taxes come back to bite you?!

  • JB

    Mark, any opinion on what the pyramid and the all seeing eye on the dollar means?

  • Marty

    What good is all this information, congressional investigations and the like if no one is going to do anything to turn the situation around?

  • chaporules

    That’s why El Chapo only uses Cash…

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Eso es cierto, güey. El Chapo Guzmán solamente usa efectivo. El jefe del cartel sinaloenese no tiene nada que ver con tarjetas de crédito. Órale!

  • piccadillybabe

    They track our every move, every transaction, phone call and purchase yet they cannot find Snowden with his 4 laptops. They have no clue where he is but they know where the rest of us are and what we are doing. Anybody find that odd?

    • Louise in MO

      Also, why did the Boston marathon bombers slip through the cracks? They were buying pressure cookers, fireworks, pipes, etc. hey had info from Russia etc.

      Actually with all the data collecting and they missed these two, perhaps we don’t have quite so much to be concerned about.

      • Graham

        They weren’t missed at all. Now you know what “patsies” are.

        You obviously have looked closely at all the available data, and as don’t mean the stuff put out by the MSM.

      • ENFP

        We have even more to worry about. False flags! Those bombers were set up, which is why they had to be killed, muted,

      • piccadillybabe

        If you really believe those brothers are guilty of the Boston Marathon bombings, you haven’t a clue. How can you even compare the 2 stories?

    • Robert (qslv)

      Putin is busy insreasing Snowden’s rectal diameter at the airport hotel. When he’s done, Snowden will be ready to go to his next “handler” in Uruguay.

  • FounderChurch

    Join founder church. Contact founderchurch at gmail dot com. Or stop complaining.

  • condaggitt

    So how do they Track Ghetto people who have no cars, and who pay cash for the metro cards…..no credit card nothing is registered in their name? OK the EBT card which is used for food and most people draw out the cash asap..

    • ENFP

      They don’t need to track them. No benefit.

    • Dan C

      Obamaphones are used to track them.

      • Ralfine

        I guess food stamps is a sort of debit card and not cash?

  • usedtobesupermom

    Another excellent article. I hope this wakes up the American Sheeple.

  • ARIZONA

    EVERYONE misses the BIG PICTURE HERE,they want a massive civil war in america,the only thing THEY miss is,THEY LOSE,we win,the foreign troops are here and ready to attack,the submarines are off every coast,the chinese are on the southern border,the russians are everywhere in canada and america,THE WAR will be starting soon,THE police gangs are trained to attack you,the military is ready to attack you,and all the federal agents are ready to attack you,BUT they forgot something,THE LORD,they all took and OATH TO GOD and did LIE,zacharias chapter 5,the lord will destroy them,thats why they lose………..did you train your children to worship lucifer? HE GETS ALL THE LOSERS you know,aren’t you glad………………

    • Anonymous

      Watchman’s Cry:

      News from the Wall Program #15

      “The Approaching Civil War!”

    • Shmeggle Marxist

      LMAO

  • JAS

    This is why I pull out all of my retirement pension as cash except for what I need to pay a couple of online utility bills. I pay for everything else that I possibly can with cash.

  • Louise in MO

    Well, this isn’t a particularly encouraging article. The enormity of the collection of personal information is breathtaking when you consider it. With all of the data you have collected, Michael, it does not seem possible to stop the process nor undo what has already been done.

    So what do we do at this point? If both parties are complicit with these crimes against the American public where do we go from here?

    Of your numerous articles regarding the economic problems we face, this particular essay seems even more problematic.

    If we are gathering what would be needed to survive for an extended period of time, this article seems to suggest that they would know what we have and where we are. Doesn’t sound safe to me.

    Are we learning all of this, bit by bit, on purpose? Is our government actually letting us know that we don’t have a chance of a snowball in hades of doing anythingg that they don’t know about? Are they attempting to psychologically trap us? Are they inessence saying “give it up, you can’t do anything about it?”

    • ENFP

      Of course they are. And not only us but every congressman and significant policy leader up to and including the President.

  • Mary

    Would this also include debit cards?? Perhaps their observation of my purchases would be that I need more resources.

    I feel more secure paying fiat.

    I think I am making some sort of reputation with politicians as I voice my opinion whenever they are up for a vote. Ah a voice of one merits so little but they at least know I am here.

  • Veritae

    This is nothing new. Any electronic transaction can be stored accessed and retrieved. It’s been going on for years. Survivalists and preppers have been advising to use cash for years.

    • FounderChurch

      Any technology can be countered and defeated by other technology. That is where we need to head. We need privacy laws terribly. No supplier of any sort or even the government needs ANY information on you.

      Start with your bills you pay. Not one of them needs to know even your name, much less anything else. All they need to know is the bill gets paid, and that they are to continue to supply whatever it is you are getting from them.

      Of course if you don’t pay your elec bill you get no elec but they need to know exactly NOTHING else about you, only that they supply elec to this house and the bill gets paid.

      Just extend this to everything else in society that touches you, and that would be a good start. Get it?

      And forget cash they are going to get rid of it, and should, and you don’t need it with the right technology to protect you.

      FounderChurch at gmail.

  • JS

    The author of this site oversimplifies every point he tries to make. The economy is not static in nature and is extremely complicated. Because of this, someone like the author can rant and rave about an impending collapse and most people that can’t form their own opinion will believe it. Enough with this fear mongering. If people were a bit more optimistic, then perhaps their true potential will emerge and will take a position to build a strong economy for tomorrow. We need engineers, scientists, researchers, etc. But instead we have a bunch of gullible people that will collapse this nation because no one can think for themselves anymore. Any sort of optimistic news is idiotic in their minds, and that is when I become skeptical of their analysis. Being 100% confident is arrogant. Being open to the idea that you may be wrong is when I can take someone seriously.

    Not to mention this is all written by a man who believes a first century carpenter can hear our prayers and loves us very much. He obviously doesn’t feel the need to be skeptical of that belief, why would his other opinions be different? People… think for yourself!

    • Tommy Gun

      Bravo JS. You sir have finally helped me make my decision to stop reading this site.

      • FounderChurch

        This site if fine, even wonderful, and a great patriotic contribution to this Country, and to the world we should all be thankful for. It does what it can. What do you add to anything? Certainly nothing to this site.

        • Tommy Gun

          there is no god asshole. keep believing that if it makes you feel warm and fuzzy… same as the analysis on this site..

    • FounderChurch

      You take the prize for being world champion “head in the sand” fool. You love everything the way it is, and are a religious bigot on top of it. You would fit right in in a Fascist or Communist Government. Pathetic….FounderChurch at gmail.

      • JS

        Founder,

        You call me a fool, and in the next breath make false assumptions about myself. I do NOT love everything the way it is. I wish this nation were built on the minds of free thinkers and those who want to tackle the world’s grand challenges. Rather, my fellow Americans would rather prep for the end of the world and contribute nothing. 99% of those who read this blog most likely have no clue how a modern day economic system works, and yet they believe every skeptical notion the author writes. The author himself only accepts and then writes about pessimistic hypothesis regardless of the amount of research conducted that points to a more optimistic future. This is called confirmation bias, an unfortunate trait the author and his readers have.

        As for my religion comment, perhaps you’re right in that I should have left that out. But my point stands. It seems ironic to me that most of these sites I find are written by the religious who to me are the ones with their “head in the sand”. My intent was not to offend, so for that I do apologize.

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    Ray Gano of Prophezine has started doing podcasts again. In fact, I was a guest on his latest show. We discussed a wide range of issues, and you can listen to the broadcast right here…

    http://traffic.libsyn.com/prophezine/pzradio-06-28-13.mp3

    Michael

  • Ralfine

    Amendment 1 to be repealed in America:

    “Last year, heavily-armed “domestic terrorism” commandos raided Occupy Wall Street protesters’ homes in Washington and Oregon, using battering
    rams and stun grenades. The commandos were authorized to seize all
    “anti-government or anarchist literature or material.””

    Last week, Massachusetts high school student Cameron D’Ambrosio was arrested and charged under “terrorism” laws merely for posting lyrics on
    Facebook that make reference to the Boston Marathon bombings. He faces 20 years in prison.

    Justin River Carter was arrested on February 14 of this year in Austin, Texas and charged as a “terrorist” for a post he made on Facebook. He
    faces up to ten years in prison.

    His mother: “It’s like they are running out of people to put in jail, and now they are turning to teenagers.”

    (source: wsws dot org, )

    • FounderChurch

      I’m a Conservative Religious Believer, and I have to say, I agree with you on this. I think all of us, left, right and center, and other, need to find some common ground before they put all of us below ground. FounderChurch at gmail.

  • Ralfine

    America has said, they consider hacking a sort of war declaration.

    Now we find the NSA was hacking European governments.

    Shall we start bombing Washington?

  • frank1569

    The giant unanswered elephant question in the room:

    Why? Why all the illegal spying? Clearly it has nothing to do with ‘terrorism.’ Or keeping us safe. Or whatever propaganda our government PR firms spit out.

    What’s the plan? And please don’t respond with any variation of ‘we gonna be rounded up and put in dem work camps and forced to pick strawberries or whatnots dagnabit.’

    Part of me believes our government actually has no plan. They’re only sucking up and storing all this data because they can, not because they have any actual use for it.

  • Gay Veteran

    “…American patriots, who feel that they should be on “their” government’s side regardless of the facts, would do well to remember what true patriotism is. For Americans, patriotism has always meant allegiance to the Constitution, not to the government. The oath is to defend the Constitution against enemies domestic and foreign. The Bush and Obama regimes have proven themselves to be the Constitution’s worst enemies. It is not possible for a true patriot to support a government that destroys the Constitution. The United States is the Constitution. Our country is not the Obama regime, the Bush regime, or some other administration. Our country is the Constitution. The Constitution is our country….”

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/06/28/washington-is-driving-the-world-to-the-final-war-paul-craig-roberts/

    • FounderChurch

      Nothing wrong with what you say here. I hate to say it, but I applaud it, and endorse it. Surprised?

    • geauxgeaux

      Amen, GV.
      Constitution, constitution, constitution.
      Unconstitutional laws and acts are nullities.
      The only problem is surviving the steroid pumped stormtroopers enforcing these “nullities”.

  • Gene Baugh BBA

    I was never under the impression that a credit card transaction was private. It is in essence a documentation of a transaction,

  • Jayd

    Everybody knows the constitution is being violated- problem with that? nobody cares. We all have screamed we have rights, but what is anybody doing about it? our current Admin. should be disbanded and impeached. Not ONE THING is being done about it.

  • DownWithLibs

    I see you watched “Hitman”, too. :)

    • Ralfine

      No, I see the youth in the streets, with hoodies, hunched over and only looking down at the street.
      Can’t see their eyes.

  • Mondobeyondo

    “1984″ is indeed an eye opener. I haven’t read it cover to cover since, well, 1984.. But it’s still relevant 29 years later.

    Wake up: The Two Minutes Hate is coming up soon…

  • Jakob Stagg

    “Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.”

    –Albert Einstein

  • Jonestown

    Sheeple should think about this. Have you ever met someone who had absolutely nothing to hide? I haven’t.

  • MrGreenThumb

    Its not to late…. we are Americans; are we really going to just sit here and watch this happen…. tell everyone you know if they dont already, we need a shift in thinking, we need to gain an opposite momentum!!!!

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