Snowden Talks Cell Phone Privacy

In late 2015, Edward Snowden discussed cell phone privacy with BBC in a candid interview.

Snowden says: “They want to own your phone instead of you.” It sounds very much like he means we are being purposefully encouraged to buy our own tracking devices. That kinda saved the government some money, didn’t it?” – BBC

We think this interview is worth a watch. Some of the details of how you are being spied on may surprise you. For instance, some of the technologies used to spy on your phone are named after Smurfs. Yes, you heard correct – SMURFS.smurf spy

“these technologies are very disturbing; each one is built to spy on you in a different way:

  • “Dreamy Smurf”: lets the phone be powered on and off
  • “Nosey Smurf”:lets spies turn the microphone on and listen in on users, even if the phone itself is turned off
  • “Tracker Smurf”:a geo-location tool which allows [GCHQ] to follow you with a greater precision than you would get from the typical triangulation of cellphone towers.
  • “Paranoid Smurf”: hides the fact that it has taken control of the phone. The tool will stop people from recognising that the phone has been tampered with if it is taken in for a service, for instance.” – BBC Snowden Interview

And there are things you can do to prevent this. Immediate things you can do to make yourself more private:

  • Change your privacy settings so that your phone is not allowing tracking
  • Turn the phone off when not in use.
  • Purchase a cell phone case that blocks signals, when not in use (like a block-it pocket).
  • Add a password to your phone.
  • Don’t let others use your phone and don’t leave the phone where others might access it.
  • Download privacy apps for your phone that allow for encryption.

YouTube Documentary:

snowden interview


2nd Warning, 1 Year Later: Economic Destruction is Accelerating

I blogged on January 15, 2015 (almost exactly one year ago) that I was concerned about the American economy. Reasons were given why, such as similarities to past collapses, rising inflation, the precarious economic stance of the US Government (Think: massive debt and endless Fed money printing), demographics and the like. As we race into the economic abyss and as we stand prepared to elect another American president in the face of unprecedented tyranny, my thoughts have returned to fearing the worst of our economy. There’s an every day reminder when I pass a gas station that things are not right. Gas prices, as any American driver knows, are currently at historic lows, more or less $2 below the “normal” going price of just 2 years ago. Not to rain on the “Lame-stream” media’s continuance parade of positive news, but I actually passed by a closed gas station the other day while driving. The station must have closed sometime before the fuel price collapse, probably around the summer of 2014 when prices were near $4/gallon, as opposed to $1.60/gallon today. My memory is short and it was a shocking thing to see such high prices again!

Preparing for Economic Collapse

Preparing for Economic Collapse

My point is that I’m both pleased and terrified every time I fill up my car with gas. I’m of course pleased that I can fill up the car for less than half what it cost just a few short years ago; on the other hand, the knowledge of what is going on behind the scenes in the oil and gas industry is frightening I’m sure. Exploration rigs shut down every day, people lose jobs, and there’s a cascading effect causing collateral damage on the economy. Add this knowledge to what I discussed in my previous writing, found here: Is the Collapse of the American Economy Just Around The Corner? and it feels we are one big step closer to economic collapse.

It’s easy to put your head in the sand like the proverbial ostrich and just ignore the warnings. But I’d advise you to take a look at your life and take steps to improve your preparedness, in any way you can. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Questions you might ask yourself:

Do I have enough money saved to carry me or my family through hard times?

Do I have emergency supplies like food and water in the event of a crisis?

What would I do if the stock market collapses, wiping out my investments?

Do I have secondary skills/means that can help me earn money?

Am I prepared to defend what I have in the event of a collapse?

These are all tough questions, but we should all consider the worst case scenario. To ignore the possibility would be naive and dangerous.

If the idea of American Collapse is new to you, here are a few websites that can catch you up on what’s been going on and what you can do to help yourself and your family: ford economic collapse