Skip to comments.Maybe the Most Orwellian Text Message a Government's Ever Sent
Posted on 01/22/2014 6:55:01 PM PST by TigerClaws
Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.
That's a text message that thousands of Ukrainian protesters spontaneously received on their cell phones today, as a new law prohibiting public demonstrations went into effect. It was the regime's police force, sending protesters the perfectly dystopian text message to accompany the newly minted, perfectly dystopian legislation. In fact, it's downright Orwellian (and I hate that adjective, and only use it when absolutely necessary, I swear).
But that's what this is: it's technology employed to detect noncompliance, to hone in on dissent. The NY Times reports that the "Ukrainian government used telephone technology to pinpoint the locations of cell phones in use near clashes between riot police officers and protesters early on Tuesday." Near. Using a cell phone near a clash lands you on the regime's hit list.
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Is it wrong that I actually found that kind of funny? You can just imagine that message being read by an AOL lady or HAL.
I dare someone to say that this will never happen here.
going off grid is looking increasingly reasonable.
I have a simple answer to all this crud.
I DON’T USE A CELL PHONE!
Never had one, never used one, don’t need one.
Still in touch. Still connected. Still know what’s going on.
CB radios. All that’s old is new again.
Your base are belong to us?
The know when you’re awake, they know when you’re asleep, they know when you’re good or bad, and when you on your smartphone keep!
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
Don’t take your cell phone when you’re joining a riot. Or if you do get caught up in a riot, take out the batteries.
what is funny is i was preregistered as such as a senior in high school 1979...there is a paper, ketchup, mustard, green beans, hot dog, french fries... trail...
just dont own a cell phone
“Hey Bill, can I borrow your phone?”
They’re more honest than our gummint —they DISCLOSED to the people that they had that capability and the will to use it.
Our Criminals are considerably more devious, as they’ve been doing this for *at least* 10 years. They simply haven’t actually TOLD us.
How many investigative turns (for nothing) have taken place regarding OUR MEMBERS, using this same technical capability...? We don’t know, but the number must be very high.
Our guv regards a healthy civil interest in politics as SUSPICIOUS —we are threats.
We’re supposed to be gnashing our green teeth at tractor pulls and Nascar events, or maybe WWF events with baroque characters like The Undertaker.
The government view is that STUPID IS NORMAL AND GOOD.
I felt a great disturbance
“I DONT USE A CELL PHONE!”
Ditto - but I am afraid an upcoming promotion will put an end to my rebellion!
For those of youse who don’t own a cell phone, there is a government program that will provide you with one free of charge, it’s called Obamafoam.
Steal a government official's cell phone and take it to the riot. Leave it on. Respond to the text with threats. Return it to the official's office/home later.
Judge Dredd was unavailable for comment after justice was dealt to those resisting arrest.
~~~I felt a great disturbance in The Force~~~
Yeah, me too. Then I realized it was just a spicy bean burrito.
An aluminized Mylar bag might make a good cell phone accessory. Batteries aren’t removable from many.
Good idea. I was thinking of my old flip phone. It was easy to access the battery on that phone.
But almost impossible.
Unless you've got the wilderness skills of a Bear Grylls or a Les Stroud, it's damn near impossible to completely unhook from the gubmint matrix.
Yet you post to Free Republic on a computer which has a unique IP address, that can be traced directly to your street address, and YOU.
It’s nice that they acknowledge that you have properly registered to joint the protest...
Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!
To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...
It'll never happen here…
Ok, I can't even type that with a straight face.
Have a brochure I made on interacting with government agents:
Stop, Drop, and Cower
File this as reason #439 not to carry an electronic pacifier.
Love the brochure. Sadly, some of my coworkers would believe everything in there.
If the protesters are even modestly creative, they won’t need cell phones to oganize, act, or whatever. I can also see:
Dissident to Mom: Please take my cell phone with you today to (location 10 km away from the protest.)
Dissident now has “proof” he or she was not at the protest.
Those bags are for static shielding during shipping or storage. Are they proof against remote activation?
Put a phone in the bag, fold the top over, and try calling the phone.
If it doesn’t receive the call, the bag works.
you have been notified now we kill you
It ought to kill RF.
Put your cell phone in one, on, and see if you can call it.