CELL PHONE KILL SWITCH

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Posted on 17th April 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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I’m sure our beloved government and their cooperative mega-corporations have your best interest at heart in this matter. We all know that cell phone theft is a scourge on society and must be addressed before the thousands of other crimes being committed in our Orwellian state. Virtually every adult in America owns a cell phone. At least they thought they owned it. We already know the NSA knows everything you say, text, or send on your cell phone. The outrage from the sheeple has been deafeningly non-existent. The sheep trust their keepers as they are herded towards the slaughterhouse.

Now our keepers have quietly developed a scheme with their capitalist cronies at Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Verizon and the rest of the cell phone oligarchy to kill your cell phone when the shit hits the fan. Everything they do is in the name of safety – spy drones flying overhead, militarization of local police forces, mass surveillance of all electronic communications, trying to revoke the 2nd amendment, and pretending the 4th amendment doesn’t exist.

This kill switch is not to protect you. It is to control you. It puts the government in control of your communications. They know the shit is going to hit the fan in the next few years. They desperately wanted to pass SOPA to control the internet, but have failed thus far. They want to be able to shut down all electronic communication by those they consider enemies of the state who oppose their Orwellian tactics and control. 

Know your enemy.  

‘Kill Switch’ Included on All Cell Phones Made in U.S. by 2015

Melissa Melton
The Daily Sheeple
April 16th, 2014

According to a program launched yesterday by CTIA-The Wireless Association®, an international nonprofit that has represented the wireless communication industry since 1984, all phones manufactured in the U.S. after July 2015 will be required to contain a “kill switch” system that can remotely disable and wipe any cell phone’s data.

Although the “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” is a voluntary program, apparently all the major players have already happily jumped on board: “Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft, along with the five biggest cellular carriers in the United States, are among those that have signed on to a voluntary program announced Tuesday by the industry’s largest trade group,” reported CNN.

And the supposed reasoning — anti-theft — sounds super phony, but just like everything else, it’s all for you and your safety of course:

Advocates say the feature would deter thieves from taking mobile devices by rendering phones useless while allowing people to protect personal information if their phone is lost or stolen. Its proponents include law enforcement officials concerned about the rising problem of smartphone theft. (source)

Yeah, because law enforcement really cares about whether or not your smartphone is stolen…unless it’s law enforcement stealing your phone from you in the first place because you’ve used the camera on it to protect yourself from police state activity by taking incriminating photos and videos of said law enforcement.

Well, now they won’t even have to physically take your phone from you, because apparently with just the push of a button, the phone can be remotely wiped clean of all data.

(On an aside, someone tried to break into my house and it took a whole day for the cops to even bother to show up…like they really give half a crap about whether or not your phone is stolen.)

As with every other trendy new technology advertised as making consumer’s lives just Jetsons-level awesome, there’s an obvious flipside that can be used (abused) for quite the opposite.

By the way, the 2014 CTIA Board of Directors and Officers include the higher ups (Presidents, CEOs and VPs, etc.) from many major communications companies including Ericsson, Verizon Wireless, Blackberry, AT&T, Sprint, Qualcomm, LG Electronics, Samsung, T-Mobile, Motorola, U.S. Cellular, Nokia and Apple.

So it should be no surprise whatsoever that Nokia, Motorola, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and U.S. Cellular have all signed on to the kill switch program.

And remember, many of these companies are the same ones that voluntarily joined the NSA Prism program, allowing the government to track all your online communications and populate the government’s databases with your skimmed data.

In this day and age of dwindling privacy ala 1984, you would think there would be a major market for a privacy-respecting telecom, but it takes a lot of money to set up the infrastructure for that kind of thing, and it’s no secret that the U.S. intelligence community via sources like In-Q-Tel (the CIA.’s official venture capital firm) are the real backers incubating all the new technology these days:

Founded in 1999 as a way for the U.S. to keep up with the rapid innovation in science and technology, In-Q-Tel has been an early backer of start-ups later acquired by Google, Oracle, IBM and Lockheed Martin.

“If you want to keep up with Silicon Valley, you need to become part of Silicon Valley. The best way to do that is have a budget because when you have a checkbook, everyone comes to you,” said Jim Rickards, an adviser to the U.S. intelligence community who is familiar with the activities of Arlington, Va.-based IQT.

Given the increasing importance of cyber security and big data, it is a safe bet that the U.S. intelligence community will continue to lean on private-sector development in its behind-the-scenes fight against terrorism and other geopolitical threats. (source)

But as we all know, it was the U.S. military that invented the Internet in the first place, after all.

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Contributed by Melissa Melton of The Daily Sheeple.

Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple and a co-creator of Truthstream Media. Wake the flock up!

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21 Comments
  1. T4C says:

    I wonder what the market will be for cell phones after that happens. Isn’t that kinda like cutting off your nose to spite you face? I sure won’t be buying another smartphone when this goes into effect.

    Seriously….How are Nokia, Motorola, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and U.S. Cellular not doing this to themselves?

    Nokia, Motorola, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and U.S. Cellular

    17th April 2014 at 10:22 am

  2. T4C says:

    Dammit.

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    17th April 2014 at 10:23 am

  3. harry p. says:

    the copfuks will love this “feature”

    17th April 2014 at 10:40 am

  4. AWD says:

    IBM reported atrocious earnings yesterday, mainly due to collapsing sales in the BRIC countries (China, Russia, Brazil, India).

    NSA fascism is wiping out business for American tech companies, who should have fought the NSA, but instead rolled over and took it up the ass, and thereby ass-fucked every American.

    Obama’s got an internet “kill switch” under his desk, which he’ll be pushing after he declares martial law, right before the elections.

    17th April 2014 at 10:43 am

  5. Bostonbob says:

    T4C,
    That picture is cringe worthy. I would have to agree with the telecommunications companies cutting of their nose despite their collective faces. The true oligarchs on the highest levels do not care about the shareholders or customers though as they have amassed their fortunes and have them carefully stashed as not to alarm the peasants. The slow but obvious drip, drip, drip of the government stripping away the rights of us common folk goes unnoticed by most of our brain dead brethren. Unfortunately many of us will be in the same boat when TSHTF. Only some of us will be better prepared than others.
    Bob.

    17th April 2014 at 11:26 am

  6. Persnickety says:

    Several times in the last year Karl Denninger has been railing about this issue – but FOR this type of kill switch, saying that cell phone theft is a big problem, that the carriers won’t act because they make money when someone’s phone gets stolen and has to be replaced, and that other countries require the ability to disable a phone if stolen. So this is not the one-sided Big Brother threat it’s being portrayed as here.

    All that said, I can easily see how LE might use this feature to wipe all video taken of their abuses, prevent calls or texts being sent from a protest area, etc.

    17th April 2014 at 11:28 am

  7. TJF says:

    They are confident that the American populace is too lazy, ignorant, distracted, misled, unaware and/or uncaring to fight this and I believe they are correct.

    Some people used to worry that they were going to implant a chip in each of us, or brand us with a number and most people thought they were nuts. Now, even though we are not implanted or branded, we voluntarily carry around our own tracking devices.

    I’m guilty of it. With access to my phone, they know where I go, who I talk to, who I text with, who I email, what bank I use and how much is in my accounts, what airline I travel on for work and where and how frequently I travel. It’s all on my electronic leash and I willingly submit to it. I can come up with various rationalizations of why I have gotten myself in such a position, but that doesn’t change the fact that I have.

    This kill switch for phones, the planned internet kill switch, all the ammo purchases, the MRAPs, etc. all point to a government that is preparing to defend itself from the people. Dark clouds on the horizon for sure.

    17th April 2014 at 11:29 am

  8. Stucky says:

    The day I don’t see people incessantly talking or typing into their fucking phones, well, that will be one of the Most Glorious Days ever.

    Kill the motherfucker now.

    17th April 2014 at 11:30 am

  9. Hope@ZeroKelvin says:

    Severa solutions – and it is MORE than time to get cracking, guys:

    1) Immediately after taking a picture, blast email it o all your friends, sympathetic media outlets, your local police department, any decent military you know, and, in an act of supreme irony, all 535 members of CONgress. Surely it is worthwhile to put these numbers in your phone or computer for just such a contingency, as well having some “spare” email accounts that can’t be traced to you. (See #3 below about what kind of phone to do this on.) Or maybe better yet, let the world know it was you and keep your status known on something like Twitter so you can’t be “disappeared”.

    2) Save the pix on your phone’s data card, not the phone itself. You can then take the card out of the phone and download to any computer with a thumb drive (there is a $15 converter you can buy to do this).

    3) Have several prepaid cell phones standing by, bought with cash in a different city in which you live and activated with a phone number that would be difficult to trace to you. It would also be great to have a spare small laptop bought under the same circumstances and never used in your usual places.

    Do this prep NOW before the hammer comes down any further. Good comm is essential to any resistence. The forces of evil LOVE the darkness, so shine a light here!

    Guys, we don’t have the $$ or firepower of the fed.gov or the big tech companies. What we do have is numbers, guts, guns, junk-yard-dog meaness and our BRAINS. Plus being sneaky and totally and completely pissed off will certainly help.

    Get cracking.

    17th April 2014 at 11:35 am

  10. Iska Waran says:

    If this works as well as Denninger and Sen.Amy Klobuchar hope, rendering smart phones worthless to thieves, thieves won’t have anything to steal. Not many people outside of the ‘hood carry cash these days. They can steal each other’s Gucci belts, I guess.

    17th April 2014 at 11:36 am

  11. Administrator says:

    Denninger is full of shit. There are 328 million cell phones in use in the United States and 1.6 million are stolen per year. That is .49% of cell phones stolen. Does that sound like an epidemic requiring a kill switch in all 328 million cell phones?

    Next will be a kill switch in every car. Do you support that too?

    17th April 2014 at 11:41 am

  12. Administrator says:

    The government does not need to be involved whatsoever. This kill switch is to benefit the government alone. The free market already addresses the issue:

    There are a number of apps you can download that allow you to track your GPS-enabled cell phone, lock it remotely, remotely erase your private data, and so on. Plateau customers have reported that the following are a few apps that have worked for them.

    •Norton Mobile Security: This app allows for remote GPS tracking and locking, rendering phones useless if someone tries to change the SIM card and lets you remotely erase data ($19.99/yr).

    •LookOut Mobile Security: Locate your Smart Phone on a map, activate an alarm, lock your phone and wipe out data. Plus it has SCREAM which emits a loud siren so you can find your lost device, even in the thickest couch cushion (Free).

    •AVG for Android: AVG Mobilation Free combats viruses and malware, and also provides loss and theft protection through the ability to track and control your smartphone remotely if you should become separated from it. (Free & Pro)

    •iHound: Protect your cell from damage, sound a loud alarm, wipe your data and locate your Android or iPhone ($3.99/year).

    •McAfee WaveSecure: If a thief tries to take out your SIM card, this app locks your phone and renders it useless. You can log onto the WaveSecure site to locate your phone on a map and swipe data like contacts, texts and media ($19.90/yr).

    •Android Lock Options: Depending on your Android version you have a few ways to lock your phone.
    Android 4.0 | Android 2.3

    17th April 2014 at 11:46 am

  13. Iska Waran says:

    If I was inclined to support a cell phone kill switch, I think you just talked me out of it. If there were an option where only the owner of the phone could “kill” it, that might make sense. Not sure if that could work without the gubmint also having “kill” capability.

    17th April 2014 at 11:48 am

  14. Administrator says:

    HZK

    You should be the star of your own TV show. You’re a badass.

    17th April 2014 at 11:50 am

  15. Administrator says:

    Why don’t we just have a 1-800 number directly to the NSA to find out where our stolen cell phones are?

    17th April 2014 at 11:55 am

  16. T4C says:

    Not sure what thread to put this on but I guess it could be called a citizen ‘kill switch’.

    17th April 2014 at 12:35 pm

  17. AWD says:

    “The day I don’t see people incessantly talking or typing into their fucking phones, well, that will be one of the Most Glorious Days ever.”

    I’m with Stuck. I’d pay top dollar to have my own kill switch. You walk into a restaurant, and everyone is staring at and fingering their phones. They don’t talk to each other. Mothers abandoning their children for their phone, and the kids running wild and screwed up in the head as mom perpetually ignores them in favor of updating her facebook status every time she takes a shit. Kids are social retards, and text each other even if they’re in the same room. There’s always some twunt, texting and driving, swerving around the road, putting on makeup, you wish she’d drive off the road and hit a tree. I’d wear out that kill switch in a week or two.

    17th April 2014 at 12:44 pm

  18. NIck A says:

    T4C – How much would a “functionally and cosmetically good repair” of that injury cost in the USA? Assuming there’s no underlying neurovascular pathology (Diabetes, etc), and there’s no post surgical infection problem. Seems a healthy foot otherwise (no obvious signs of vascular insufficiency), so I’m guessing a few thousand dollars? Or would a few tens of thousands be nearer the mark??

    As for independent communications, the choice is wide and the costs (at entry level) not particularly prohibitive.

    Short range? “Off the shelf” Family Radio System handsets – the cheapest option. Reliable, decent range (on the higher wattage units), and no licence required.

    Medium (local) range – the traditional CB 27MHz set is ideal, and there are so many out there you’ll be spoilt for choice. TONS of useful accessories and handbooks too, so another “entry-level” option. Similarly, Marine VHF – “off the shelf”, and the antenna systems are designed to be durable and rugged.

    Following the Marine concept – next one up would be HF, then MF radios. Not cheap, and only a few good suppliers, BUT if the S does really HTF, remember that ALL Commercial vessels have to have at least an HF set, and most (if not all) transoceanic freighters will have MF as well, so there will be a source of very well cared for “pre-owned” equipment should things become interesting.

    For a “right now” long range affordable solution – consider becoming a Ham Radio Operator. The courses are affordable, the exam isn’t that difficult (however neither is it a cake walk!), and there’s a LOT of well cared for pre-owned equipment out there. The big advantage of doing the Ham Radio Operators courses is that they teach you the principles of system operation and design, fault detection, and repair, so you are provided with the knowledge tools to maintain your equipment.

    Tools that will become VERY valuable should Societal Problems occur for whatever reason.

    17th April 2014 at 8:02 pm

  19. Zarathustra says:

    Can they please kill all blackberry phones so I can get a one that isn’t a complete pain in the ass before our company annual contract is up?

    17th April 2014 at 8:20 pm

  20. Zarathustra says:

    Something to keep in mind is that the Iran protest of 2009 was called the “twitter revolution.” This might make a nice soundbite but it’s bullshit. It was a texting revolution. I don’t know how many Iranians have access to the internet but many millions have cell/smart phones. Texting is how they managed to organize millions to gather at first peacefully and later on to battle cops and the para-military basij day after day for months. It almost worked too…For awhile, the supreme leader had a jet standing by to whisk him and his family out of Tehran if things got totally out of control.

    17th April 2014 at 8:50 pm

  21. Maddie's Mom says:

    Are any cell phones made in the US?

    18th April 2014 at 10:41 pm

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