The concept of privacy may have become a thing of the past. Your cell phone is tracking you, there are spies on Facebook, streetlights are eavesdropping on us, and even the TOYS we play with are spying on us!

The newest military plan is to build mind-reading sensors that can forecast wars BEFORE they start (if we’d been able to peer into that apartment in Hamburg, Germany, when 9/11 was being planned, we could have avoided a national tragedy).

But is being forewarned worth losing a major portion of our freedom?

In, Noah Shachtman quotes researcher Mark Maybury as saying, "The Air Force and the Navy in this and other countries have a history of developing Sonar to see through the water, Radar to see through the air, and IR (infrared) to see through the night. Well, we also want to see into the hearts and the minds of people." He calls this "social radar."

There’s no single technology that can do this, of course, but the first step is to comb social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, for indications of the kind of deep frustration and planning that can lead to terrorist attacks. The 911 planners emailed back and forth in code and after that, law enforcement agencies began combing emails, looking for specific words and phrases.

Shachtman quotes Maybury as saying that "just as radar needs to overcome interference, camouflage, spoofing and other occlusion, so too Social Radar needs to overcome denied access, censorship, and deception."

The trouble is, once the average non-terrorist is aware of this, there will be a strong tendency to self-censor all social media messages, meaning that all we’ll be sending each other is "happy talk." If we want to deliver an innocent message that we think might set off alarms, then WE’LL have to communicate in code.

Meanwhile, East Orange, New Jersey plans to cut crime by beaming a red light on suspects BEFORE a crime is committed, using nearby streetlights. The police will spot these would-be perpetrators by monitoring closed-circuit cameras around the city. Imagine if, unbeknownst to you, someone is about to mug you or steal your purse or car and you suddenly see them bathed in red light.

On, Aaron Dykes quotes East Orange police chief William Robinson as saying, "Whereas London has talking cameras, we’re about to deploy light projecting cameras, better known as light-based intervention systems. The message to criminals is, we’re observing you, the police are recording you, and the police are responding."

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