Browsing through Apps available for my Android device was mind boggling to say the least. It was amazing; literally thousands upon thousands of downloadable Apps, many of them free. The carpenter’s level caught my attention, not that I have a lot of need for one; but visually the inner kid in me had to have it; best of all it was free.
There was an App that turns your cell phone into a remote listening device, Eavesdropper; however, upon following the link it revealed, “This app is unfortunately no longer available on Google Play.” Can you imagine being able to turn you cell phone on and listen in to someone else’s conversations or intercept private messaging; my goodness that could become interesting, couldn’t it?
While following related functions there was a site called NoSuchApp. I thought it was a play on words, making fun of a government agency so secretive it’s often referred to as No Such Agency (NSA). According to the information supplied, and details were sketchy at best, the purpose of the App is to run down unknown links that are associated with regularly used Apps.
“The app is not available on Google Play currently but plans have been made to publish it on the site in the future. For now, it is only available directly on this address. (which takes you to, “Error 404”, in other words, a dead end)
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So, the government may or may not have an android device App for field agents which can do remarkable things. As mentioned, the site was only viewable for a brief few moments. Did I imagine this or was it real?
Fingerprint Recognition: Scan targeted query, either direct or lifted. This App automatically searches all known data base files; local, state, federal and Interpol for recognizable matches. It can also be used to add individuals to the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) or commonly referred to as the Do Not Fly List, effectively avoiding judicial processes which are time consuming and require documentation. Can they do that?
Another function of Fingerprint Recognition was to access the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the government list of folks who are prohibited from purchasing or owning firearms. Again, operatives with the necessary clearance level had the option of automatically adding individuals to the list without going before anyone to provide documentation. Voiding an individual’s 2nd Amendment rights, the dream of any totalitarian régime.
“Under current law, the Department of Veterans Affairs – part of the executive branch – simply forwards the names of any veterans it deems incompetent or mentally ill to the FBI. The FBI then includes their names and Social Security numbers in a federal database. If a veteran on the list tries to buy a firearm, he or she will fail the background check. Gun dealers are prohibited from selling them a firearm.” (fact)
“The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that since customers give up private information to their cell phone companies, which are a 3rd party, this data is public knowledge and not protected under privacy laws.” (fact)
I was about to read how operatives could select Lethal Drone Target when the link to this site went quiet and my computer locked up. My guess is the government didn’t expect anyone to casually view the information and certainly had no intention of sharing this with the general public. There was an article about the executive branch of government obtaining a legal opinion on using drones to take out American citizens. (image courtesy of Fox News and the Hannity Show)
“The condition that an operational leader present an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future,” the memo states.
Instead, it says, an “informed, high-level” official of the U.S. government may determine that the targeted American has been “recently” involved in “activities” posing a threat of a violent attack and “there is no evidence suggesting that he has renounced or abandoned such activities.” The memo does not define “recently” or “activities.” (fact)
Before blowing this off as a paranoid delusion you may recall the Obama administration’s decision to list folks who are politically aligned against his attempts to Transform America, to classify them as potential terrorists. At least one article raises that specific question, Revealed: Obama Administration classified conservative Americans as terrorists.
“Are Barack Obama's IRS and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) working together to classify and profile conservative Americans as terrorists?
A 2012 study by DHS characterized Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.” (fact)
This article has been cross posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & The American Constitution”.