Surveillance is becoming big business, so to speak, as government technology is overtaking the awareness of the average person. I mean, the average person has probably heard that the NSA is reading their emails, and they have probably bought into the whole idea that we are being watched for our protection (Do you feel safer now? Me, neither.).
However, even among people who are aware of how much of a police state that we live in, this new method to keep an eye on the populace may be a surprise:
Yes, I know that you’re thinking that this is a big joke, that you’ve been taken, that I’m playing an April Fool’s prank on you. It’s not April (It’s July as I’m writing this), and I’m not joking. Mike Adams gives us the details:
“By now, you’ve probably heard of Pokemon Go, the new ‘hybrid reality’ mobile app game that overlays real world geographic locations with virtual monsters that are collected for points.
“What you may not yet know is that the game was actually developed by a CIA-funded software front group for the purpose of using all the mobile device cameras of the brain dead public to conduct what I call ‘mass redundant surveillance’ of any area requiring immediate video documentation by the CIA or NSA. It’s essentially a CIA spying machine pretending to be a game.
“To accomplish citizen-assisted spying, the game’s puppet masters simply plop a virtual monster into any desired surveillance location, and hoards of totally brain dead apocalyptic zombie humans instantly converge on the scene, all pointing their mobile cameras at the virtual ‘monsters’ so they can earn their virtual ‘points.’
“As this is happening, the video from selected players’ cameras is being streamed to the CIA in real time, along with precise GPS coordinates of the players’ locations. The more people the CIA wants to converge onto an area of interest, the higher the monster value they place at that location. As these photos show, when high-value monsters appear in such locations, hoards of Pokemon players rush to the scene via bicycles, taxis, automobiles and even on foot… all pointing their cameras at the high-value target and upstreaming real-time video to the CIA.”
Is Adams just being paranoid? While that is a distinct possibility, is it really too much of a stretch to think that the CIA and NSA are using real time apps that interact with the real world to spy on U.S. citizens? It’s already known that the CIA invests in technology companies (yes, like Google). The only logical reasons that I can think of that a government agency would invest would be to keep up on the technology and also to have an influence on how the technology is used and what it can do. I can’t recall a single Federal agency actually trying to get a monetary return on investment for anyone except crony insiders and lobbyists.
In light of this, I would recommend using extreme caution before downloading Pokemon Go or letting your children do so. It really could be used in ways that have huge negative consequences (besides walking into traffic, which has already happened).
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