There has never been a more important time to get off the grid and become a ghost than now.
With the election of Donald Trump, the expanded executive powers were borne out of the George W. Bush administration and then were put on steroids under Barack Obama. These powers are now in the hands of Donald Trump. There is always a danger when one branch of government purports they “need” expanded powers to “protect” the country. These powers were born after 9/11 with the Patriot Act under the auspices of protecting America. Proponents claim the Patriot Act has stopped numerous attacks but can not specifically cite one instance where it has, it can not be argued though that these powers have curtailed the personal liberties of every American. If I don’t want you reading my emails and tracking my movements, you shouldn’t be able to.
The great danger in keeping these policies in place is that one day America would elect a tyrant. We have.
If Donald Trump does half the things he professed during the campaign personal liberties will be in shambles. It’s up to you to be prepared on the best ways to fight.
I hear people say all the time. “I have nothing to hide, I don’t care what they see, I have nothing to hide.” That is a great response to which I always respond, “that is great, if you have nothing to hide here is a piece of paper I want your passwords to all your email accounts because I would like to read your emails.” I have never had one person hand over their passwords. They trust their government but they don’t trust their buddy ole pal.
While most of us are not revolutionaries and have nothing to hide, some of us don’t want the government snooping on some of our most inane of discussions. It’s not a matter having things to hide, it’s a moral standing and making sure we are living under the laws and protections our framers envisioned.
There are 59 NSA centers around the nation collecting data on every American and sending the data to the new 8 billion dollar data center in the desert of Utah. This metadata is analyzed, logged and stored. No one knows how an authoritarian regime will use this information so if you have ever been critical of our leaders, it’s important to know what the government has their disposal….EVERYTHING.
Keywords, codes and passwords are all being logged. Any negative thing said about anyone, everything is being logged. The game has now changed with an ego-maniacal authoritarian in a position of power. Nonsensical Twitter and Facebook posts, blogs and essays are being logged and no one knows how this totalitarian and his minions will operate with so much information.
Now that the Authoritarian age is upon us here are some things all of us should consider if we want to small snippets of independence.
- Get encrypted email. Preferably from an overseas source. Switzerland is a great choice. Their protections for individual liberty and privacy are some of the best in the world.
- Get a VPN service. A Virtual Private Network. This service will take your online conversations off the social grid. If you want to post so everyone can see you, you won’t need it. If you want to share documents, strategize or just rail against the authoritarian regime now in place VPN is essential. DO NOT get VPN services based in the United States, the UK, Australia, Canada or New Zealand. These countries are bound by the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence. The former NSA contractor Edward Snowden described the Five Eyes as a “supra-national intelligence organization that doesn’t answer to the known laws of its own countries”. If you get VPN “based” in any of these countries, you are wasting your time if you don’t want the NSA snooping on your activities. The joint surveillance doesn’t stop there. There are also agreements in place with the NINE EYES group that includes Denmark, France, Netherlands and Norway. When you throw in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden in the 14 EYES conglomerate, one can see how far-reaching the tentacles of the NSA reaches. These subsidiary groups to the FIVE EYES have agreements with the Big Five, but are thought to have homegrown safeguards in place that prevent blanket surveillance. But, still good to know the 14 countries that are working in concert.
- Virtual Private Networks used in conjunction with the Tor Browser are the strongest protections one can use against the oppressive practices of authoritarian regimes. Never use a free VPN service. Pay for the service and don’t leave a trail or purchase. Use bitcoin of some other unidentifiable payment method. Remember, everything can be tracked, but if you use an anonymous payment method to purchase an anonymous and undetectable service, with verification sent to an encrypted email, it will be very difficult to track your moves, especially if you plan on organizing a resistance to President Trump. These protections must be staples to organizational mechanisms.
- DO NOT LISTEN TO APPLE AND MICROSOFT…….This morning according to the Associated Press the two tech giants along with other tech companies urged their customers to use their fingerprints, faces or eyes as digital keys for their devices. DON’T DO IT. Law enforcement can make you unlock your devices with fingerprints, faces or eyes, but they can’t make you hand-over a password. Make sure your passwords are long, complicated, have upper and lower case letters, have numbers and symbols. Preferably at least 6 or more digits. If the authorities want to open your phone they can get it. But, the more you educate yourself in how to take control of your device and how to wipe it clean……FAST they will be stuck.
In closing, if authorities want your information they can get it. The resources available to the National Security Agency are unimaginable. But, if you plan to fight against the current Christian theocracy and United State regime, you must do it away from prying government eyes.
The storm is coming, you need to be prepared. Once you realize its here, it will be too late.