14 August 2012

This Bodes Well

Hello, Big Brother:
The technology is so incredibly effective that, in November 2011, its inventors were subcontracted by In-Q-Tel to work with the US Department of Homeland Security. In-Q-Tel is a company founded "in February 1999 by a group of private citizens at the request of the Director of the CIA and with the support of the U.S. Congress." According to In-Q-Tel, they are the bridge between the Agency and new technology companies.

Their plan is to install this molecular-level scanning in airports and border crossings all across the United States. The official, stated goal of this arrangement is to be able to quickly identify explosives, dangerous chemicals, or bioweapons at a distance.

The machine is ten million times faster—and one million times more sensitive—than any currently available system. That means that it can be used systematically on everyone passing through airport security, not just suspect or randomly sampled people.
So, the government will be able to read every little detail about what people have eaten, touched, processed, sniffed, or even been in the proximity of.  Of course, this will help to fight the war on terror, because as we all know, random citizens were responsible for 9/11.  At any rate, it looks like Orwell’s prophecy is coming true; Big Brother is alive and well, and coming to a city near you.

At the risk of bringing a visit from my local DHS agent, I would like to simply point out that a simple EMP will effectively shut down these machines, as will disruptions to the power grid.  Thus, it would seem that the only way to avoid or destroy the coming tyranny is to embrace the destruction of technological advancement and the attendant poverty that will bring.

Incidentally, I tend to doubt that the American people will rise against the government for some time.  The only way to prevent tyranny is to embrace poverty, and I don’t see the current set of Americans doing that at this time.  The comforts of this age are such that people will not give them up (e.g. who would want to live without the internet?).  As such, it will not be until the totalitarian federal government extends its grip to such an extent that the poverty of revolution is not much worse than the poverty of the status quo.  But such a status is a long way away.

UPDATE: Borepatch provides a link debunking the Gizmodo story.  The moral of the story:  don't trust Gizmodo because, like all MSM entities, its "journalists" are too lazy to check a story.  The other moral of the story:  verify stories for yourself.


  1. Actually, I think this story is busted.


    I posted about it too, and the Czar of Muscovy pointed out that the pelt of my wookie suit was overly luxurious that day ... ;-)