CIA says: ‘Smart’ Appliances Are Spying on You





 by:  Nick Russo     November 6, 2014

There has recently been a big buzz regarding Samsung’s newest “smart TV” and its ability to listen and record your conversations as well as keep track of everything you watch on it.  These new “smart features” and, subsequent, data collection are clearly detailed in Samsung’s 46 page privacy policy which must be accepted to activate the ‘smart features’,

“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.”

This revelation by Samsung is horrifying and should motivate every citizen to take action towards getting the government and the corporations out of our private lives.

However, as reported by Paul Joseph Watson here, comprehensive total data collection of U.S. citizens has, nevertheless, been going on since at least the 1990’s in a NSA joint program called Echelon which includes the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

“Echelon was first revealed in 1999, when an Australian government high level General admitted that they were part of an NSA-led global surveillance program called Echelon in cooperation with the U.S. and Britain that could listen to “every international telephone call, fax, e-mail, or radio transmission,” on the planet.

“In addition, a 2001 European Parliament report stated that “within Europe all e-mail, telephone and fax communications are routinely intercepted” by the NSA.”

William Binney, the highest level NSA whistle-blower yet, came out with the first revelations of NSA spying in 2001.

Binney, former NSA Technical Director of World Geopolitical and Military Analysis, within the DOD, divulges that the NSA, “has the capability to do individualized searches, similar to Google, for particular electronic communications in real time through such criteria as target addresses, locations, countries and phone numbers, as well as watch-listed names, keywords, and phrases in email.”

So we have known for at least 14 years that the National Security Agency is storing ALL electronic communications and analyzing them in REAL TIME, and the federal agency has a Google-style capability to search all conversations, whether in TEXT or digital VOICE DATA, for keywords.


Now, all the adults who pay attention, know that what the NSA is currently doing is highly illegal. Consequently, the NSA came up with a plan to get around that illegality and it was announce in 2012.

In a 2012 Wired article, the CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus (now retired) explains that more and more household appliances are connecting to the internet and with the new “smart” appliances comes a great opportunity to gather data.  Just like the ‘smart television’ at the beginning of this article, with these new appliances you will be sending tagged, Geo-located data (including voice data) that a spy agency can intercept in real time.

“In 2012; Director of the CIA, General David Petraeus, announced an “Internet of Things” — that is, wired devices — at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm.

Petraeus explains,“‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused, “particularly to their effect on clandestine trade-craft.”

But here is the best part of it all. With the new ‘smart’ appliances you have to agree to a Privacy Policy  (the same type you sign but never read with your cell phone).  Within the privacy policies, it clearly states that you agreed to let your personal information (including electronic and private verbal data) be gathered-YOU GIVE THE CONSENT!

This is how the NSA will get away with breaking the law.  They will, retroactively, get the citizens to ‘agree’ to being spied on through current privacy policies even though it has been going on for decades.

In a beyond 1984 scenario, we will be spied on with devices, we will demand it, we will pay a premium for it, and we will love every minute of it!