By Fahim A. Knight-El
Facebook: the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security Agencies, state and local law enforcement agencies and the judicial systems are not waiting to ascertain and utilize this valuable and massive stored collection of data that is voluntarily being provided and ascertained from social media sites for future purposes (the strategy and tactic of immediate utilization is taking place in real time). There have been various criminal cases in the United States where Facebook accounts and social media information have been subpoena into courts of law and acquired information has been used by the government to convict people for alleged criminal misconduct. I have law enforcement friends and they tell me that the larger police departments around the country have cyberspace taskforces who principle responsibility and duty is monitoring the social networking sites. Why wouldn’t they be interested in this massive data base and the wealth of personal and private information being shared?
What makes Facebook and social networking sites valuable to the law enforcement community, is that this information is not part of a hardcore surveillance operations or some covert counterintelligence operation, but it is unsolicited information, which is voluntarily being given by Facebook users. Thus, ranging from photos (valuable identification of persons who might be a present person of law enforcement interest or perhaps a future person of interest)—this gives the government readily identification intell and based on your friends acceptance data that you have provided, it possibly broadens you’re list of family, friends and associates who also post their ‘confidential’ information on your Facebook page. It connects us to perhaps various links to people who know you and visa versa (of course most friends we accept on Facebook doesn’t fit into that category of ‘friend’—they are cyberspace strangers). We provide in other instances some of most intricate details about every aspect of our personal lives, who we are connected to in various locations and capacities, who our employer may be, what gangs, social clubs and civic organizations we may belong, who we are disputing with, etc., are routinely entered on people’s Facebook pages. People who are in domestic disputes are hiring cyberspace private investigators to find and locate incriminating data against spouses; also there are those who uses social media to commit scams in which the Nigerians are masters of cyberspace crimes—conmen exemplars. No, this isn’t data that is waiting for some future misuse or perhaps waiting to fall in the wrong person’s hands, it is too beneficial in the here and now.
I do not think that most people know and understand how serious the world we live in and the times that we are living under. Their orientation to the world is overly consumed with social mediums and they are not often engaged in anything relative to critical thinking and are not aware of the social, political and economic trends around them. They are not reading information that will heighten their conscious level and are not a part of any movements or study groups where good information is being disseminated. They do not follow the various so-called counterterrorism legislation and laws that are being enacted by Congress, U.S. Courts and by presidential executive order. Most of us do not realize that we could immediately come under the U.S. Enemy Combatant laws—where our so-called due process is stripped from us and we find themselves facing long term incarceration because of what appeared to be an innocent or not so innocent Facebook posting—image or language that allegedly compromises U.S. National Security and/or making statements in support of United States external foreign enemies as a post on Facebook; moreover, this could prove troublesome for American citizens under this new reactionary course that our government has taking.
They do not realize just like the so-called Al Qaeda terrorist that have been held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since the 9/11 hoax and the Iraq War; and has been legally stripped of all of their rights as prisoners of war, this could easily be any ordinary American citizen. The National Defense Authorization Act (passed by President Obama on December 31, 2011) has broadened the United States Justice Department powers and legality to place United States Citizens in off shore custody prisons and incarcerate them in places like Guantanamo Bay, which is designated throughout the world. Our young social media networking brothers and sisters (our children) are having fun and do not have a clue that there is a sinister force paying attention to their postings and they are not looking to have fun. We as parents, family and elders in the community are going to have to find better ways to get our young people properly informed about the danger of social media. If not the U.S. Patriot Act, National Defense Authorization Act, and Military Commission Act, etc., will be facing them, which is designed to feed them/us into the prison industrial complex. This is why in some of my recent Blogs, I overly stressed the importance of SHARING wisdom and Knowledge. My personal conscious journey or personal awaken started when I was a 13 year old teenager and various conscious groups and individuals helped to facilitate leading me to thinking outside the box and developing a conscious level. This eventually led me to Los Angles, California where I met Dr. Maulana Karenga and Ashra Kwesi they too helped to connect me to Pan-Africanism, Nationalism and the importance of developing an African centered mindset. It was these and other collective experiences that have had that helped to shape my worldview. The Path that I am on today is by no means coincidental, it was those experiences that led me to this time and space. I do not perceive that social media will lead our young people into developing a meaningful worldview.
I know that, I have some recent conversations with other Bloggers and outright strangers about my resistance to Facebook; I wrote this piece on Facebook last year titled, “Facebook: The New Cointelpro: What Do You Mean By No Snitching? here is the link for those who might be interested. http://fahimknightsworld.blogspot.com/20… . But I know I/We live in the age of the U.S. Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and I will be intentionally and repetitively mention these Acts throughout the Blog because of their significance relative to our civil liberty. This young generation does not know nor understand the complexity of the world we live under. Their lack of understanding can render them and even some of us ‘old heads” vulnerable, unless we fully understand that there has been a social, political, and economic paradigm shift even in how law enforcement view criminal science and we might get caught up out of sheer ignorance. I think the visible evidence relative to Facebook is clear; people are divulging huge amounts of information about themselves on this public social networking forum. I do not think that point can be argued and whether or not Zuckerberg could be covertly working in the interest of the intelligence community is questionable and perhaps debatable, But here is a the New York Times Internet article dated December 15, 2010 titled, “Person of the Year: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg” that raise a very interesting thought:
“The door opened, and a distinguished-looking gray-haired man burst in — it’s the only way to describe his entrance — trailed by a couple of deputies. He was both the oldest person in the room by 20 years and the only one wearing a suit. He was in the building, he explained with the delighted air of a man about to secure ironclad bragging rights forever, and he just had to stop in and introduce himself to Zuckerberg: Robert Mueller, director of the FBI, pleased to meet you.”
“They shook hands and chatted about nothing for a couple of minutes, and then Mueller left. There was a giddy silence while everybody just looked at one another as if to say, What the hell just happened?”
I think this gesture or non-gesture spoke volumes relative to FBI director Robert Mueller coming to visit Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook. Thus, to me the visit could have implied that thanks to you and Facebook intelligence gathering on people have become easier and more accessible. The masses have been made blind, deaf and dumb; many are having fun and do not have a clue that they could be contributing to a covert government espionage operation, which the collection of this massive data will eventually be used against them and others by the government.
I do not think we can overlook the sinister reality of Cointelpro (FBI counterintelligence program that was enacted by J. Edgar Hoover in the 1950s-1970s) as something of the past. I am providing the forum with the Wikipedia link defining and explaining Cointelpro: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO. I have actual copies of FBI documents (thanks to the Freedom of Information Act) and books on the United States Government detailing how our government illegally spied, illegally wiretapped, printed false stories in newspapers, planted agent provocateurs in leftwing and rightwing organizations, staged assassinations, created internal confusion in organizations, etc. Facebook in my opinion is a social experiment whereas people are voluntarily providing the government with their own personal dossiers (in this manner there are no compromises relative to the question of civil liberties or constitutional rights).
Although, people have choices (I think this term has been deduced to a cliché), but they are not able to combat the propaganda and disinformation campaigns and therefore, we are constantly made pawns in the game. So, I do not trust Facebook and no one can convince me that 12-30 age groups are responsibly posting and they understand all the legal and technical ramifications that could come in the play. Big Brother is no longer watching us; he has been given a formal invite and received and accepted as a Facebook “friend” just click and accept. Moreover, and start sharing.
I really do not think there was anything new relative to President Obama constructing this recently talked about memo dealing with the possibility of “Internal Treats” and how the government was going to deal with government officials who would compromise sensitive and classified information that would bring into question our national security. The Obama Administration wrote some directives of how they are going to deal with ‘Insider Threat’. I think myself and many other conscious persons over the last eleven years since 9/11 have been sounding the alarm about False Flags and the negative affect that the 9/11 hoax has had on the American people and the globe. Many of these initiatives had been put in place by President George W. Bush right after 9/11 in which he began dismantling how our government was structured based on the three levels of government, i.e., the Executive branch, Legislative branch and the Judicial branch—our government was structured this way to ensure Democracy and to add a dimension of checks and balances with the separation of powers.
Some would argue that the United States Congress, the elected officials of the people who were involved in passing the United States Patriot Act and establishing the office of Homeland Security gave the Executive Branch of government to much power (in unchecked Executive Orders, law enforcement powers, and was the Patriot Act essentially a violation of our Constitutional Rights?) and did this legislation actually upset the balance of powers we have in our three branches of government.
The Patriot Act, Anti-Terrorism Bill and other anti-Civil Rights policies gave the United States Government and the United States Department of Justice unprecedented authority; in particular over American citizens and the citizens the world-over in general. The Justice Department can now detain, conduct unwarranted searches and seizure acts (Illegally eavesdropping on private citizens without due cause), illegally arrest, concoct indictments via grand jury, seize real and personal assets, impose long term prison sentences, etc., if the government label you as a terrorist (this label could now be applied to ordinary citizens), the government has the right to treat you in any manner they deem acceptable and in many cases deny American citizens basic civil rights.
The American people have giving the United States Government this type of authority over them in the name of fighting terror. The Justice Department has developed terms such as “Enemy Combatant”, which allows them the legal ability to extradite American citizens who commit acts of terrorism and/or are in collaboration by way of a conspiracy with foreign dissidents on international soil (they even reinterpreted the Geneva Convention and rights giving to prisoners of war). They even have massive laws to deal with what the U.S. Government calls ‘Homegrown Terrorist’. The government now can use various legal and military techniques (specifically under the Military Commissions Acts of 2006) in its arsenal when it comes to so-called fighting terrorism. The have expanded the military powers of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to function beyond the scope of natural and manmade disasters; it now has the capability to function as a military arm who acts at the pleasure of the president and is on call just like the U.S. National Guard.
For example, wiring tapping, detaining suspected terrorist individuals without due process (violating the14th amendment), monitoring dissent activist and speeches (violating the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution), monitoring suspected violators banking transactions by expanding the powers of the United States Treasury Department. But many view this massive legislation, legal, and law enforcement build up and guidelines giving under the Patriot Act as being essential and necessary in the United States efforts to fight and combat terrorism and to secure its boarders and secure its international interest in the area of foreign policy and national security.
The Patriot Act redefined how immigration would be viewed and in the name of National Security and as a result, many new offices were founded and existing law enforcement office (FBI, CIA, ICE, DEA, ATF, IRS, INS, federal, local and state law enforcement agencies, federal, state, and local courts) were giving expansive authority in the name of so-called making the American people safer in this era of fighting terrorism. Thus, perhaps in doing so the question that remains is, did we compromise too much of our civil liberties in allowing the passing of the Patriot Act in 2001 and the Anti-Terrorism Bill and the Military Commission Act just as the citizens did in 1798 allowing the passing of the Sedition Acts?
The conservative Talking Heads appears to continually overlook the massive reactionary Executive Orders and legislation and laws that Bush enacted during his tenure that has brought us to this space and time. Bush and his administration waged some of the greatest assaults on American’s civil liberties under the guise of the U.S. Patriot Act and under the Office of Homeland Security. So to lay this Big Brother and eroding of American civil liberties totally on President Barack Obama is a little disingenuous, but no doubt he has been as equally and or if not more dangerous than President George W. Bush. But make no mistake about this, Obama’s policies are only a continuation of what Bush started, which was a war on the American people.
The former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura wrote about the False Flags and war against the civil liberties of the American people in his book titled, “American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies that the Government Tells Us”. So I think some of these pundits have hidden ulterior motives and many of them backed Bush in 2001 because they were duped into believing that we were at war with Islam and that Bush Doctrine (either you are with us or against us) had a motive of ridding the world of the “Axis of Evil” and crushing the so-called “Rogue Nations” thus, this type language was the epitome of Western imperialism. Americans applauded that we had attacked the defenseless nation of Iraq and Saddam Hussein and never thought twice that they were putting Executive Orders and laws in place to attack the ordinary American citizen.
The 9/11 hoax was used to compromise the United States Constitution and to strip the American people of any constitutional rights that were guaranteed to protect us as U.S. Citizens. They in particular wanted legal measures to offset our right to due process under the law (set forth in the 14th Amendment). They used fear and scare tactics to get us to accept and believe that Islamic Terrorist was coming to get us and that the Islamic so-called extremist had compromised our National Security interest. No, Bush and Barack were coming to get our assess.
Yet, we are now moving toward 2013 and 85 percent of the American people are still sleep and have no knowledge of what is going on around them (I do not feel sorry for us anymore, the handwriting has been on the wall for a very long time). President Obama in my opinion had sealed the deal with implementing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which has given him unprecedented and unilateral authority to bring the hammer down in any direction that he chooses. It is not about defining new legal perimeters to controlling internal threats and/or espionage—those measures are already in place.
I think those of us who live in the United States probably need to care about the course of action that our government has taking, because if the notion of dissent is going to be interpreted as treason, then just the idea along violates the legal ramifications and the bases of our jurisprudence system, which is the United States Constitution and will continue to give more way to the undermining of our Civil Liberties and our so-called basic rights granted to us as American citizens. Now, if we accepted the overall mood of our nation, it doesn’t have any real political enthusiasm and/or gives us any optimism to resist. But those of us who live inside the United States of America should care because of the reactionary and dangerous public policy that has been enacted against the freedoms of the American people since 9/11. I think it is our God given right, as well as our constitutional right to continue to advocate and fight for Freedom, Justice and Equality. So, I disagree with those who desire to be silent and passive and not demonstrate dissent: I do not have far to look when it comes to justifying my disagreement and position with those who choose to be apolitical: Here once again are a few examples that should have all of us alarmed: The U.S. Patriot Act, National Defense Authorization Act, Military Commission Act, Anti Terrorism Act, that you are well aware, etc., and there are many more Executive Orders and Judicial legislation that has already been enacted against the American people. And eventually no one will be safe any place in the world.
David Icke Stated: “The human mind is the ‘stadium’ in which the global conspiracy is being played out minute by minute every day. That’s the biggest prize of all for the Control System – to dictate what we think and so how we behave and perceive self and the world.”
“Yes, you can control people physically in some situations if you have enough uniforms to do so, but you can’t do that en masse because of the fantastic inequity in numbers between oppressor and oppressed. For the ultimate human control you need mind control.” “There are so many ways that this is being done today and conscious awareness of that is the most effective defense from these external influences targeting the individual and collective psyche …”
What gives the Hidden Hand and the Invisible Rulers power and authority over humanity is their ability to implore various strategies and tactics such as subliminal seduction. The dumbing down process in reality is so overwhelming and yet we believe that we have “Freewill”, but we are often unconscious active participants in our own duping and very few have demonstrated the intelligence or discipline to exercise the type of Will that might have halted this neo-servitude status in which we find presently confronting all of humanity.
I do not think the freewill theory holds up when you look historically and presently at humanity’s active participation in their own demise. Yes we have choices, but even the choices have been systematically and covertly arranged for us where the outcome is already predetermined to benefit the status quo often to the detriment of the individual and society at-large. I know people think they have the right to exercise freewill, but that doesn’t mean they even understand some of the choices and decisions that they make. I also, know that there are many in Blog Sphere who are very informed but being informed (is not a light weight disposition) is not the rule, but the exception to the rule. Thus, the majority of society functions from a position of ignorance
Perhaps the largest population who is engaged in the social network site of Facebook is between the ages of 12-30—however the ages of Facebook users have considerably expanded in the last decade to a much larger demographic. However, the younger users have not acquired enough life experience and have not studied alternative perspectives to even know that covert danger could be lurking under the guise of Facebook and social networking. I just do not know, if they understand the principles associated with freewill versus naively and innocently dispersing personal and private information with little understanding of the possible negative backlash or consequences. Many full aged adults cannot adequately and responsible arrive at a happy medium relative to how much information should be shared on a public social networking forum.
Fahim A. Knight, Chief Researcher for keeping it Real Think Tank located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-EI can be reached at fahimknight@ yahoo.com.
Stay Awake Until We Meet Again,
Fahim A. Knight-El