Spying On Us: “As I pointed out, four years ago . . . .”

 Big Brother is Watching you

Joke: Four years ago, I wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pointing out that widely availably technology called “IMSI catchers” were being used to intercept cell phone signals, locate people, spy on their calls and insert malicious software in their phones.  I asked the FCC to put an end to that.  And as the Washington Post then reported, the FCC promised to take action.

(That’s the joke.  That the FCC promised to take action.)

Punchline: But it didn’t.  And now, there is evidence of IMSI catchers all through Washington, DC, even right outside the White House.

Did I mention that Donald Trump uses an unsecured personal cell phone?

I’m sure that someone, somewhere, will ask me “how did you know that these IMSI catchers would be used to institute pervasive spying throughout Our Nation’s Capital”?

To which I will be tempted to reply: “How could you not know?”  Any time that there is a supply of spying devices, there will be a demand.  The boys always play with their toys.  Big Brother is watching YOU.

I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so.  And now I have to remind the FCC that it’s time to round up all the horses – four years after it left the barn door open.

There is a long and growing list of unfinished business that I have to attend to in Washington, DC.


Alan Grayson is a Congressman from FL, USA running for reelection.


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