How much are we monitored?

@Chapman15 (1501)
United States
January 9, 2007 4:26am CST
I was messing with Google Earth and it's pretty crazy how you can zoom in on friends and familys' homes and whatnot... It was making me wonder, if they let us look at stuff like this how easily can the government look at us with all of their highly advanced survelance technologies... I'm sure they moniter places like mylot and myspace, but how much do you think the government knows about you? And how the hell can they not find all the Al Queda members?
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15 responses
• United States
9 Jan 07
The Governement does not have enough manpower to look into every aspect of every person's life. The only perople that they have the ability to look into are the people that they can deam as a threat to them, or society.
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@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
9 Jan 07
This is true, there is no way to moniter everyone, but I'm sure they have some basic info about you and could run you down if they really wanted too! I'm still curious about what they have on me!
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@runsgame (2032)
• India
9 Jan 07
well, it is nice to think in this angle. in this modern world, every thing is possible, even u amd me will also be monitored and i never thought of going in depth with this research . any how thanks for reminding and all the best
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@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
9 Jan 07
No problem...
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@diego018 (74)
• Mexico
10 Jan 07
i will use a towel next time i go naked to the pool... i dont want to think that some people enjoys watching me.. just a joke.
@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Haha, Who knows you might make them turn off the satellites!
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@allen123 (76)
• United States
10 Jan 07
please! the govermant can find a ant in a ant bed! the one they want i feel that alqueda trsh is a hoax and is bigger than we know.they could have found bin ladin his mom,his brother,and his misstress, if they were looking.come on its the united states and if i was important enough the would b knocking at my door right now!
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@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Hmmmm, so are you saying it's a conspiracy like we had with the moon? Are all those tapes we see in front of a blue screen in Hollywood? Interesting conspiracy theory!
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• United States
10 Jan 07
I think the government knows far more than they want us to know that they know. If they admitted to haveing the technology that you are talking about they would be in violaion of our constitutional rights.
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@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I didn't say that I knew they had these technologies, but I'm positive that they are capable of them... I think they made this thing called the Patriot Act that allows them to investigate anything they deem a terrorist or national threat!
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• United States
10 Jan 07
I know, what I am saying is you are right. They just will never tell us and is scarey as He**.
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@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Me too! Hopefully they are finding stuff out about the right people!
@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Omg!!! I just downloaded it and was playing with it...OMG! That is amazing. But it's also disturbing (to say the least) that it can literally zoom into your back yard. I could see everything when I pulled up my address, the color of my house, the color of my neighbors car, a little tykes toy that is in my backyard. I don't like it. I think that's just too much info to be able to access!!! And for FREE!!! Imagine what you could do with the ones you have to pay for. I think this is like an invasion of privacy. I wonder how often they take the pictures?? Wow, I'm still in shock. I think that this would make it easier for us to be attacked by terrorists also. Omg, I'm like so freaking out right now!!! What is happening to this world? TOO TOO TOO much technology...yes, I'm scared of change!!! Thanks for making me aware of this, I'm going to have nightmares now. LOl. Just kidding. GRRRRRREEEAATT TOPIC!
@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I wouldn't worry too much, the pictures on there are usually one to three years old! I'm only saying that it's pretty crazy and the government has something that is ten times better! So, don't freak out too much that's why they pass all those terrorism bills/acts so the government can use their powerful satelites to zoom in on us!
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• Thailand
10 Jan 07
With the advent of the latest technology and spy system anything is possible. Who knows maybe someone is watching us right now =) monitoring our every move.
@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
10 Jan 07
It's probably when certain keywords pop up on calls and writing like, bombs, terrorism, etc...
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• United States
10 Jan 07
Don't you watch CSI? they can actually zoom in the exact location that you are in.Pretty scary huh?
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@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
10 Jan 07
No, thre were so many crime shows on I just avoided them all! I wish they'd use all that technology for something good!
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• United States
11 Jan 07
lol, we could probably get a lot more done if they did. I am so addicted to CSI that it would be hard for me to go without the show.
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@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
11 Jan 07
lol, I get addicted to stuff easily, just like mylot!
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Every email you send, every phone call you make and every purchase with a credit card can be tracked if they so choose. Since this information here is also public domain they could track it as well. All they would need is your screen name. They could easily find that because when you registered here you did so using an email address. None of the information that you are seding is 100% confidential, but unless you give anyone reason to track you then no one will. Cell phones pose an even more interesting form of tracking. All new cell phone come with GPS and you can be tracked to within two feet of where you are standing and making a call. Of course the refresh rate for GPS is quite slow but you really can't get too far from where they can track you if they need to find you. Big brother is always watching, but don't get too paranoid, he has been for years!
@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Haha, funny you mention cell phones, me and my buddy were watching a commercial for those new phones that you can use GPS to find someone, I think that's what you were talking about, and we were saying why would you want all your friends to know where you are? I've lied to people "oh, hey, I'm uhhhh at the Grocery store!" That's the worst idea ever for a phone, but someday if I have a kid that's what they're getting lol!
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
10 Jan 07
It's funny that you mention that because I think that idea is a bit rediculous myself. GPS capabilities have been in phones now for over 5 years. In fact I had a GPS mapping program on my old phone that I could use for directions. Even without the GPS navagational software on your phone it is still possible to track where your phone is when making phone calls or sending text messages. In many phones today the GPS is always turned on so that if you want to find a particular phone you can. Companies I have worked for in the past have tracked employees that way. We fired a couple of salesmen because they were on the golf course or out of state when they told us they were in a sales meeting. We fired another employee who spent all day in a bar once instead of working. Sometimes this can be a useful tool.
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@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
10 Jan 07
lol, that's exactly why it's scary! I don't want people to know where I am all the time!
• India
10 Jan 07
its like th movie ENemy of the state!!!
@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Boom! That's what I was looking for! I couldn't remember the name of that movie!
@nuttmeg (441)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Oi, that movie creeped me out lol.
@claudia413 (4284)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Earlier this week, I was watching a film online that was very interesting. It showed some of the new technology that is now available and plans that the US has for us. Many companies are now inserting micro-chips into the small printing on their products (like the "dot" over the "i") to track who buys their products. The government is also planning to issue national ID cards to all of us by May 2008. One way may be via our driver's licenses. Plenty of stuff out there to follow us, track our buying habits, etc. There are also chips that can be inserted under the skin of animals or people to locate them. We have a family here in Florida who had the chips inserted when first offered. I don't think I'd willingly have a chip inserted. It reminds me too much of the "Left Behind" series (by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, I think). As for Al Queda members, Bin Laden's family are friends with Bush's family. He (our government) flew the Bin Laden family out of the US after 9/11, so...need I say more? Now I know they're going to be following me around. LOL.
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@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
13 Jan 07
That's interesting how they just keep knowing more and more about us, I've seen a couple things on National Geographic and Discovery about the chip on animals... I think they mainly use it for seeing where the animals migrate, live, etc. Scary to think they are going to use them on humans!
@cNotable (894)
• United States
11 Jan 07
These are difficult questions, but ones we need to be asking ourselves in our FREE nation. you know these are very important issue. Who knows how much we are watched. but I think it is probably more than we think.
@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Unfortunately we won't know and unfortunately we probably are!
@cisco1 (539)
• United States
10 Jan 07
yeah stuff like that makes you wonder, and i bet they had that technology before it even came out to the public. It crazy how you could zoom in anywhere in the world and why cant they find bin laden. maybe they dont have an adress thats why probably.
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@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
10 Jan 07
lol! Hopefully one of the tabloids will get ahold of his address somehow!
@nuttmeg (441)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Hehe...don't get me started. I'm always wondering about this stuff, whether I'm yapping and running my mouth off on phone, surfing the net to getting ready to board a plane, wondering if I'm about to be searched for some asinine reason lol. That's not to say I've done or am planning some conspiracy, but you have to wonder if you could get caught in someone else's drama or having false assumptions made about you. For instance, someone off another board I go to is a webmaster and runs her own business. The FBI showed up at her door not too long ago in their shiny black sedans. They weren't after her, but rather one of her customers had been caught doing something he shouldn't have done, and they wanted to "checkup" on her to make sure she wasn't in on it too or encouraging these actions, just beause they knew they'd had spoken together via AIM because AIM showed records. Makes me wonder how many people will get pegged for something they had nothing to do with, other than innocently walking into the situation. Sheesh. I was also watching a show on HGTV, which my mom's been torturing me with for weeks now, and it was on hi-tech things. One thing they showed that had me raising any eyebrow were these little DataDots that you can stick on things to track them as a form of security, that are about the size of a grain of sand. Found that a bit creepy. As far as Al Queda, I think they know where they are already lol, but that's me.
@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
10 Jan 07
It's good not to trust everything that happens! I'm a paranoid person. Your story reminded me of when my buddy got pulled into a bad situation with some not to nice characters in New Jeresey... He did some bad things and saw some bad things running with some portion of the mafia... He somehow got out, and really doesn't talk about it much, probably becasue he can't. He said one day they came to his door in Palm Springs where he was living at the time, just to tell him that they still knew what he was doing! Pretty crazy, but he was a crazy guy himself, and if the mafia can monitor something like that I'm sure they are watching us in one way or another!
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• South Africa
10 Jan 07
When it comes to the government there is no such thing as Right to Privacy!!
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@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
10 Jan 07
True that!