Just finished reading “Black List”, a fiction book by Brad Thor, the #1 New York Times bestselling author.
The books started with a quote by Senator Frank Church (D-ID) more than three decades ago, on August 17, 1975 in which he said, “[America’s intelligence gathering] capability at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left. Such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide.”
The story develops around the intricate nature of many governmental agencies and their non-governmental organization (NGO) counterparts working together to accomplish specific tasks. Through technologies and many unconstitutional policies drawn up during crisis (remember who recently said, “You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste; it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid….”? Answer: Rahm Emanuel) the government via its many tentacles keep track of every citizen’s digital “bread crumbs”, such as e-mails, telephone conversations, social media posts, credit card transactions, (energy) smart meters, etc.
These surveillance tracking activities then fell into the wrong hand who seek nothing but his own profit, and through total control of surveillance data of his enemies he then plots to kill all of the people who get on his way to overthrow the government.
The story is intense and be warned that it becomes graphic in many parts.
In light of the many scandals that are happening at this very moment in the government (e.g. IRS scandal, AP and Foxnews reporters surveillance scandal, the questionable death of award-winning reporter Michael Hastings, etc.) this is one of the “must read” books that will lead us to the realization of the monstrosity of the government as well as the evil it is capable of doing.
In Chapter 15, there are paragraphs that worth paying attention to:
In the 1930s, International Business Machines (IBM) began working with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis to help organize and utilize population data on a scale never before seen. It was a taboo period in the company’s history, and one that IBM desperately wanted to forget…..
Through a proprietary system of punch cards and punch card sorting machines, IBM assisted the Nazis in every stage of their persecution and eventual genocide of the Jewish people. It began with sorting census data to identify Jews in order to keep them out of particular fields of endeavor and eventually led to identifying where every Jew lived and how many family members they had so that they could be evicted from their homes and forced into the ghettos.
The IBM partnership helped make the Nazis and incredibly efficient killing machines, far more efficient than they ever would have been on their own, and there was nary a facet of their operations that IBM didn’t have a hand in. As Hitler sought to expand his Third Reich, IBM had salivated at the opportunity to gain even greater market share.
Just when I finished reading this book, I received the questionnaire from US Census Bureau dubbed as “American Community Survey”. Many, if not all, of the questions contained in the survey are offensive and intrusive. Click here to see the questions. It is, I strongly believe, another form of surveillance form on citizens.
If you are concerned with all of the many scandals currently happening under the current administration, I strongly recommend this book so that you can be aware of the far-reaching capabilities of the government’s intelligence gathering. In the words of Mr. Church’s, “…. no American would have any privacy left…” and “There would be no place to hide.”
Brad Thor, the author, also includes a note in the beginning of the book in which he writes, “All of the technology contained in this novel is based on systems currently deployed, or in the final stages of development, by the United States government and its partners.”
Grab the book, read it, enjoy it, and be amused!