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Surveillance Society Surging

America is more and more experiencing what citizenry in Britain has been going through for some time. The assault on U.S. privacy has been undergoing a metamorphosis for decades, but until very recently, the barriers have seemed to at least hold back unbridled Big Brotherism in this nation.

One journalist reported from England in a chapter for one of my books:

If you want to be a film star, come to Britain. We’re all on camera. All you have to do is walk through any town or drive down any road and you are watched, filmed, and monitored. When my wife, Pat, and I tour America , we feel neglected because the roadside cameras are no longer ever-present—not yet. As the world moves towards a “Big Brother” society beyond the nightmares of author George Orwell, who predicted a world in which the state watched everyone in his 1948 classic novel, 1984, it is like we are inmates of a high-tech prison. Big Brother really is watching us in Europe. The rest of the world is not far behind. (Alan Franklin, “Big Brother is Watching,” The Departure).

It seems that now Alan and Pat won’t be sensing that they are neglected when they come to America. Strides are being made–in the name of commerce—to make sure that we are all on Candid Camera.

We have been listening to the debate for some time now about the drones that have spied on, then, in some cases, hunted down and taken out high-priority terrorist targets in some places in the Middle East. Now, the drones are being seen and reported more and more in the homeland. U.S. Senator Rand Paul, some years ago warned that such surveillance is becoming akin to violating the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. That’s the one that, in part, prohibits illegal searches and seizures of private citizens and their properties.

One story around the time Sen. Paul issued the warning  outlined the technology’s invasive nature.

Planes able to photograph sunbathers in their back gardens are being deployed by Google and Apple. The U.S. technology giants are racing to produce aerial maps so detailed they can show up objects just four inches wide. But campaigners say the technology is a sinister development that brings the surveillance society a step closer. Hyper-real: 3D mapping services used by C3 Technologies (as purchased by Apple) will form the main part of the software giant’s new mapping service. Google admits it has already sent planes over cities while Apple has acquired a firm using spy-in-the-sky technology that has been tested on at least 20 locations, including London. Apple’s military-grade cameras are understood to be so powerful they could potentially see into homes through skylights and windows. The technology is similar to that used by intelligence agencies in identifying terrorist targets in Afghanistan. (Vanessa Allen, “Software Giants Will Use Military-Grade Cameras to Take Powerful Satellite Images,” Rapture Ready News, 07:04)

People have embraced their satellite-to-vehicle capabilities in searching out locations while traveling. Browsers on the Internet love sometimes taking the virtual tours down the streets of cities throughout the nation. The convenience and entertainment presented by technology continues their desensitizing effects on the American public to the dangers inherent in such surveillance advances.

Homeland security agencies–which have proliferated since 9/11 and the radical Islamist attacks—seem oblivious to complaints that they are becoming increasingly invasive. It is troubling, although thoroughly fascinating, to witness how global control, long ago prophesied by the only source who knows the end from the beginning, is coming to fulfillment in our time.

It is no longer difficult to imagine how Antichrist and his regime of absolute control will have the technological facilities to keep tabs on every victim during the Tribulation. Developments in the global monetary world are moving along the necessity of bringing about that end-times system of control. The powers that be must find a way to make all conform to a singular methodology in transacting business. There must be a completely changed economic order in order to establish even a modicum of stability to a world gone mad in terms of economic insanity.

Satan moves malevolently on the minds of mankind, as the apostle Paul told us: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

All people of planet earth must be made to cooperate with the regulations the powers dictate. This means everyone must be observed at all times, which is where this is all leading.In my view, this is the major reason for the surging surveillance society we are considering here.

 


5 Comments

  1. Susan says:

    Hi Terry: I work in a suburb of Northern Virginia which has a wonderful urban type town center which contains a multitude of businesses, housing, restaurants, shops and a movie theater. All are considered upscale. I frequent this center many times per month. Starting in about 3 weeks, they will be instituting a pay-to-park system which, while bad enough in itself since parking has always been free for 30 years, to utilize the pay-to-park system, the primary method for doing so will require you to download an app on your smart phone. This app will require you to submit license plate information, credit card information and access to your location device. They will also have cameras within the garages to photograph your license plate in case you don’t “initialize a parking session” or you get lost in the garage or what have you. To me this clearly elucidates, on a small scale, what is coming. Needless to say, the patrons are not happy and it is expected that many will not frequent this town center due to not only the fees which will be high but mainly due to this personal invasive information app. When something like this comes to a small town in America, one knows that we’re on the cusp of something major.

  2. Scrutinizer says:

    Periodically, various types of perceived overreach of a group like the NSA is made public. These government entities expect this, and may even plan the contrived clash with the public as a diversion. What much of the public does not know, is that these departments are already well beyond the “issue made public.” The dumbed-down public believes that the NSA or others are brought back in line and all is good. The public, with its short attention span, moves on to the next issue of the day. Then departments like the NSA continue to ramp up their intrusions and surveillance even more. They are basically beyond control of even a President or any politician, and in reality are unaccountable. If you don’t believe this, see what happens if a President attempts to fully shut them down. Hang on the for the ride, use your brain, look beyond the obvious, look for well crafted deceptions and expect the rapid erosion of your freedoms and constitutional rights. In the past, people tried to shoehorn events into Biblical Prophecy. Today, you just sit back in awe. It is frustrating that the vast majority are totally oblivious to the 100% accurate unfolding of Biblical prophecy. One final thought – isn’t interesting that the more “security” provided by government, the more dangerous the world becomes.

  3. Lou says:

    We have known for some time now, because Our Father lovingly warned us, these days were coming. Our Father has never been wrong, no, not once. His Righteousness, Y’ Tsid’Kenu, gifted us with His son, Y’shua, whose sons Hebrew name, of a certainty, means: God delivers; so, yes, God saves through Our Messiah. I said all that to say this: consistently read these Olive Tree Views, after, first, daily, meditating upon Our Father God’s Word, so as to keep up on the signs of the times. God’s word instructs us to pray, pray specifically. He has provided us these particular handmaidens in the Lord, Jan Markell and Terry James, to awaken us to the truth about what is coming upon the earth, in an understandable way. Our Father God is not the author of confusion. Make no excuse, you have abundant truth here to specifically communicate with Our Father about. Allow Him ever more access to your heart and mind so you can literally hear His VOICE, also, an acronym for: Views On Issues Concerning Everyone. He is always broadcasting to us, one way or another. So stay tuned in. Hold your head up high and know your deliverance draws nigh (near). Don’t worry, be HAPPY, also, another acronym for: His Ancient Path Prospers You, and/or, His August’s Prune Prospers You. Do not give into emotion, do not grow faint out of fear over the expectations of what IS COMING upon the earth. Do not forsake the gathering of yourselves together, with like-minded people, as some are accustomed. Our Father God DOES WANT TO lovingly take your mind captive, to renew it, so you become like-minded with Him and His people. The words I speak here can be discovered in His Word. Look up key words located, in what I say here, in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, keyed to the King James Bible, then look up the scriptures in any Bible. Some scriptures, I paraphrased here, have been relegated to obscurity, intentionally or not so willfully, yet nevertheless. Get to know the entirety of God’s word, He will not disappoint you. He will take you as deep as you are willing to go. One more thought: Fear and Pride operate together. Pride comes before a fall. Never be anxious. You’ve likely heard the expression, “the whole world is a stage.” It is. This world is nothing but stage propping. Ask Our Father for eyes to see and ears to hear. Dare to look behind the facade (props) and you will see the emptiness (vanity) we have all, at one time or another, let deceive us. Only God is real. Only God holds reality in his hand. He holds His hand out before you now. Are you willing to take His hand, to get to know who and what is real, so you are more capable to stop being distracted by, and, trying to hold onto, all that amounts to nothing? Take a bigger leap of faith into Our Father’s LIFE. He wants to reveal to you what real LIFE is. When you dedicated your life to Him, did you, really, mean you gave him all this false world has to offer? Do not risk suffering the multiple repercussions that may come from not letting go and letting God. May His real peace be with you, now, and, forever.

  4. Lou says:

    Whomever talked these business entities into thinking this modern, so called, improvement would enhance their bottom lines deceived them. Does the public have an alternative? Sure they do. Will they give in though? Will they discipline themselves, enough, to not take part in the parking fiasco, even if it may lead to less entertaining times, or, even possibly standing by as the business entities become defunct? I have witnessed businesses agree to promises of better times, once they agree to certain improvements, only to essentially be forced out of business because the public was too inconvenienced due to the improvement process. Each of us are being squeezed to surrender God’s will or stand against the encroachments, and suffer the consequences of such stand. Remember, the (modern) road that leads to destruction is broad, and many chose to take it, and, the (ancient) path that leads to life grows evermore narrower, and fewer and fewer people choose to take it. The love of the greater number cools off, the LORD’s word informs us. We must encourage one another to hold onto the hope (the assured expection) this is but for a little while, in comparison, to all the LORD has to offer. Hold onto Our Father’s hand, and do not let go for any reason, as he quides us through these complexities of storm like magnitude, we have never witnessed the likes of before now. We are promised, even to die (to self) is gain, and, to live is Messiah (Christ). I have never found in God’s word a verse that promises us the old things will not pass away. What I have discoverd in His word is talk of “a new thing” and, that all else goes away with “a hiss.” Our Father is LOVE, and, an all consuming fire. Take courage in Him, through His son. We have all been asked to willingly give up all this system of things has to offer. Do not be deceived into thinking we can drink from both streams. Ask for His guidance, in each and every decision.

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