Ever since the attacks on September 11, 2001 by Islamic terrorists, our overlords in Washington have been working overtime to find new and improved ways to destroy liberty, including the use of technology.
For example, in a manner reminiscent of George Orwell’s novel 1984, Democrats and Republicans created Big Brother-styled agencies like the Department of Homeland Security who used new technology to launch the Biometric Entry/Exit project. The project uses facial-recognition technology in airports and certain border areas to conduct surveillance operations in the name of “safety.”
Following the recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH, Washington has been busy coming up with new liberty-killing ways to address what they are now calling “domestic terrorism.”
We’re hearing more and more lately about the need for universal background checks, expanding and federalizing red flag laws, and the need for “pre-crime” laws like Marco Rubio’s TAPS Act where people determined to be psychologically unfit can be denied their Second Amendment rights even though they broke no laws.
Big Brother agencies like the NSA already use electronic technology to spy on Americans in the fight against international terrorism, but now we’re about to see Big Brother use electronic technology to spy on Americans in the fight against domestic terrorism. And the scary part is that millions of American households already have this technology in their homes.
Hello, Alexa! Are you listening?
In his televised statements following the recent shooting tragedies, Trump adopted the liberty-killing, anti-Second Amendment proposals being bandied about and ordered the Department of Justice to work with social media companies to develop “tools to identify mass shooters before they strike.”
Along these same lines, Trump announced last week that he is considering a proposal to use technology such as Apple Watches, Amazon Echo, and Google Home to spy on people in their homes and collect data to identify individuals who exhibit characteristics of mental illness that could lead to violent behavior.
This proposal is part of an initiative to create a Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA), which would operate inside the Health and Human Services Department. The new agency would have a separate budget, and the president would be responsible for appointing its director.
HARPA is the brainchild of the Suzanne Wright Foundation whose founder, Bob Wright, maintains a very close relationship to Donald Trump. Wright wants to use HARPA to launch the Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes (SAFE HOME) project to develop “breakthrough technologies with high specificity and sensitivity for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence.”
HARPA is modeled after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency, as stated on their website, dedicated to making “pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.”
The president who routinely attacks the First Amendment is preparing to further destroy the Constitution by conducting non-consensual electronic searches (Fourth Amendment) to deny gun rights (Second Amendment) without due process (Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments).
Hey, Alexa! What did freedom look like before we lost it?
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative.
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