The government would never spy on us. I mean sure, the Patriot act was a step to far, but they were just collecting metadata. That was the argument that was made before Edward Snowden came forward. Now, it is common knowledge and fear that the United States government spies on its people. A country that was founded on the principles of liberty, violates liberty almost daily. How can we be sure? Wiki leaks latest dump Vault 7.
This is the biggest dump of its kind. Thousands of pages of documents were released, and this is only part one. Among the leaks was a terrifying truth; the CIA is listening in on your conversation though your smart TV. According to the Washington Post, “In the case of a tool called “Weeping Angel” for attacking Samsung SmartTVs, WikiLeaks wrote, “After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a ‘Fake-Off’ mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on, In ‘Fake-Off’ mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the Internet to a covert CIA server. The CIA reportedly also has studied whether it could infect vehicle control systems for cars and trucks, which WikiLeaks alleged could be used to conduct “nearly undetectable assassinations.” Undeniable proof, but why?
Such practices are no doubt unconstitutional and borderline legal, but what gives them the power to do so? They justify it by using a decades old argument, to combat terrorism. Some terrorist somewhere might turn on his IPhone and blame, we got him. Why U.S. citizens though? Why infest our computers with malware? There is no real reason. They do it for the slim chance that you might be a terrorist. They do it because you might be an enemy of the state. Speak out too loud about the collusion and corruption, you may find your TV isn’t actually off, your secure email isn’t so secure.
Anytime information like this surface, so does the conversation about the deep state, or shadow government. The idea that there are oligarchs behind our government making sure things go their way regardless of who is caught in the cross fire. Some parts of this conspiracy theory are too grand and supported by too little evidence for me personally to believe, but I am coming around to some aspects. The intelligence community is vast and operates without transparency. Their funding is near limitless and is unknown because it is separate from the federal budget. Who’s pulling the strings? Who’s in charge? They don’t answer directly to the president and the president has little control and access to their documents and operations. If there is indeed a shadow government, its roots no doubt lie in the intelligence community, and do to the sharing of information between world governments, could span the globe. It’s for those reasons alone that I am starting to believe in the deep state.