OPERATIONAL SECURITY 101

Tinfoil hats are not yet fashionable. And yet we live in times where an Administration willfully ignores court orders it does not like, where the White House says that it has the right to spend money not appropriated by Congress even when specifically denied by Congress, the Justice Department [no sarc tag yet, but it would not be totally out of place] openly and proudly ignores the equal enforcement of the law in favor of racial and political favoritism, and the BATFE has been caught in the act of illegally smuggling guns across the border to arm the Drug Cartels in order to justify disarming Americans. Further the Administration has decided to pretend that demands for specific documents by Congressional committees investigating specific acts of criminal malfeasance by its officials do not have to be responded to.

Add to that, the detail that the Debt Limit has been reached faster than projected. As of the 20th of this month, the national debt was 14,314,796,837,035.76 according to the US Treasury Dept. [UPDATE– that was the figure I got when I checked the figures I was given a couple of hours ago. The figure is changing. As of 1642hrs MDT, it was $14.29 Trillion. The figures were accurate as of the writing. However, pretty much any numbers the regime puts out turn out to be fiction anyway.]

The Debt limit is $14.294 trillion. Due to accounting tricks, not all the debt counts at this very moment, and we have a sum total left on our Federal credit card of $26 BILLION. That is a rounding error margin. Also according to the Treasury Department, that they have scheduled new bond sales next week of $99 BILLION.

Unless they have changed the nature of arithmetic suddenly in the 3rd Year Anno Obama; 99 is still larger than 26. It is not unreasonable to consider the possibility that the Administration is going to deliberately and with malice aforethought, throw off any Constitutional fiscal restraints from the Legislative branch. Next freaking week.

Toss in a shifting of the space-time continuum during that same year AO, in that the illegal and unconstitutional war in Libya entered into exclusively by Buraq Hussein and his cabal of co-conspirators [the Obama-esque “days not weeks” has become a month in real world terms] and the non-existence of an opposition party in Congress [see Boehner’s deliberate deception of his own base in order to preserve Democrat spending and priorities] and we have had an incredibly eventful month. And none of those events have been of the good kind, for either the country, its people, or its future.

There are descriptive words for when a nation’s Executive deliberately operates outside the Law, and the Constitution; when the Courts have no power over the Executive, and the power of the purse is denied to the Legislative. I will leave the LC’s to choose which ones that they want to use.

I may be wrong, but I suspect that more than a few of the citizens of the Empire are not going to take kindly to this situation. They might be inclined to take an action or two that might not be approved by the regime of Buraq Hussein; even if that action is only a desire to live one of the verses of Jefferson and Liberty:

“Well no Man is good or wise enough,
To rule another and disown,
The Right of every Woman and Man,
To live and let live, and be left alone.”

Thus, purely in the interest of theory, some factors to keep in mind.

Since 2005, all cell phones have been required to have E911 locator capability, defined by the FCC as the phone must provide the latitude and longitude of callers/calling cell phones within 300 meters, by either GPS or tower triangulation. Phones put out the base signal for this regardless of whether the phone is turned on or off. The only way to cut it off is to physically remove the battery. To the best of my knowledge, this is not used for routine tracking purposes; albeit one can assume that the capability is there. I know that it is used in my state by the highway department. When you see those real-time, traffic flow signs on the side of the highway saying “x” number of minutes to “y” destination ahead; it is based on automatically measuring the movement of cell phone tracking signals on that stretch of road. The capability to track an individual’s movements at will without a warrant is inherent in the system, and is something that one should be aware of.

But there is something new that should be widely known. I first got interested when it was reported that the police in Michigan had a device that they were using routinely on traffic stops to download copies of all the data in cell phones in the cars they were stopping. The ACLU [this being a government intrusion too far even for them] screamed like a ruptured Bann Sidh; and was told by the Michigan police to FOAD. Later reports include the claim by Michigan police that they of course only use the devices pursuant to warrants, and by the way, they want $500k for information about the devices and how they are used. This is going to end up in court.

That piqued my interest. And there was more. On the 20th of this month, proof was submitted to a technology conference that Apple iPhones and 3G iPads have been recording and storing the locations of the devices in hidden files on board for over a year, ever since an update to the mobile operating system was installed. When your portable device is synched, it is also stored on your desktop or network. It is unencrypted, hackable, and not an accident.

More data came out the next day and today. According to the Wall Street Journal, they have confirmed that the Apple devices and Google Android devices are not only recording their locations every few seconds; but also transmitting all the information back to the home company several times an hour.

This is not good people. A friend of a niece commented that it proves that it is not the government that you have to watch. My response is that if the corporate world is working hand in glove with the government; then it is just a way to get around the need for warrants to spy on or track people. Keep in mind that Google is a major supporter of the regime and despite their “Don’t be Evil” corporate motto; they helped build the Great Firewall of China and have turned Chinese anti-government dissidents over to the Chinese secret police. They only got crosswise with the secret police when China started stealing their technology. Losing the ability to continue to make a profit off of concentration camps is where they draw the line. They have no problem with such camps themselves.

Apple and Steve Jobs threw themselves 100% into the Obama camp. There is no way that they would not rat out people on request.

In a way, it is a pity. My second computer was an Apple IIe, and I have wanted to convert from Windows to a Mac for years. Right now, I would not take an Apple device if it was a gift, and y’all couldn’t pay me to take anything from Google. Your mileage may vary, but I figure if I am going to be tracked, I am not going to pay them for the privilege.

Once again, purely theoretically; one can buy a pay as you go phone, register it as one of Obama’s fictional internet donors which gives an extremely wide span of possible alias’, insert and remove the battery pro re nata, and dispose of it after destroying the SIMM card when you are done. Just theoretically, of course, if evil times should ever come upon us.

Oh, and to all, a belated Happy Patriots Day. May we be worthy of those who have gone before.

LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An

24 comments

  1. 1
    Mao's Dog growls and barks:

    Regarding this:

    purely theoretically; one can buy a pay as you go phone, register it as one of Obama’s fictional internet donors which gives an extremely wide span of possible alias’, insert and remove the battery pro re nata, and dispose of it after destroying the SIMM card when you are done. Just theoretically, of course, if evil times should ever come upon us.

    Not necessary, you can simply put the phone in a mylar bag, or line the inside of your phone case in mylar. I would expect thinkgeek any day now to release a faraday iphone case, just like they released a faraday wallet for your credit cards.

  2. 2
    red_five growls and barks:

    I’ve never had a smart phone, but all the other phones I’ve had since I left Suncom have had the GPS locator technology on board. However, they have always been set by default to activate only on emergency calls, and otherwise shut off. There is an option to turn it on full-time for use with VZNavigator, but since I don’t use that software I keep it off. When the locator is on, an indicator appears on the top of the phone’s screen, so it’s obvious when it’s on. You can prove that it’s off by trying to load VZNavigator or other locator software; it’ll ask you to turn the locator circuitry on.

    All this to say, if you don’t have a smart phone, it isn’t likely that anyone can track you unless the locator system is explicitly activated. From what I’ve seen, the default is off.

    Oh, apparently an Apple exec said the other day that the only place that the stored iPhone tracking data goes is to whatever computer you sync it to, though it is unencrypted. I think he also gave instructions on how to encrypt that data once it gets to your PC. In other words, be watchful, but I don’t think it’s time for the tinfoil hats just yet.

  3. 3
    SoCalOilMan, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    When you see those real-time, traffic flow signs on the side of the highway saying “x” number of minutes to “y” destination ahead; it is based on automatically measuring the movement of cell phone tracking signals on that stretch of road.

    In L.A. the way real time traffic is measured is by magnetic sensors implanted in the roadway, like the sensors for traffic signals. Rate of cars. that cross X and rate of cars crossing Y = traffic flow. We had this before cell phones looked like bricks.

  4. 4
    LC Fmwoods01 growls and barks:

    Response to red_five @:

    be watchful, but I don’t think it’s time for the tinfoil hats just yet.

    These sneaky bastards take one little step at a time, kinda like a sniper in tall grass. If gaggle wasn’t involved I’d be inclined to agree with you. However, recent events give me pause. I’m saving my tinfoil for a three-cornered hat.
    If the mylar blocks the signal, wouldn’t it defeat the purpose if you have to use it?

    Of course the smart-phones would provide a little “alibi” if they are conveniently duct-taped to (use your imagination here)

    And what’s the deal with all the government phones being handed out to the blood suckers on the federal dole?

    D’

  5. 5
    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An growls and barks:

    #1 Mao’s Dog

    I am not sure if mylar would work. Do you have any data on that? The signal from the credit cards is, I believe, far weaker than a cell phone signal, but I admit ignorance on that. Also, a mylar bag, lining, or a Faraday case may be a visible tell, so they would have to be made non-apparent.

    As far as removing and destroying the SIMM card, that card has the record of all the calls you have made or received, and any contact list you have built up. Once you are done with the phone, destroying both card and phone is good opsec. Might want to save the battery so as to have a spare, but once the SIMM card is gone even if the phone or its remains falls into hostile hands it cannot be used against you. Purely theoretically, of course.

    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An

  6. 6
    Mao's Dog growls and barks:

    I’ll check out the mylar thing. The faraday phone case would be discreet, no one would know you have it. Of course, you would not be able to receive inbound calls with it but you would still have a phone with you in case of emergencies. I hate talking on the dumb things myself but carry it for emergencies.

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    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An growls and barks:

    #2 red_five

    Oh, apparently an Apple exec said the other day that the only place that the stored iPhone tracking data goes is to whatever computer you sync it to, though it is unencrypted. I think he also gave instructions on how to encrypt that data once it gets to your PC. In other words, be watchful, but I don’t think it’s time for the tinfoil hats just yet.

    That was the other day, and I think Apple was in CYA mode trying to minimize the news. Below is a quote from the WSJ article which is newer. I am somewhat dubious about the “intermittent” and “every 12 hours” given the state of the technology and what Google admits doing.

    Wouldn’t have a smart phone. All I want is to be able to call someone when I need to. Also, I tend to be a believer in worst case planning.

    Apple, meanwhile, says it “intermittently” collects location data, including GPS coordinates, of many iPhone users and nearby Wi-Fi networks and transmits that data to itself every 12 hours, according to a letter the company sent to U.S. Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) last year. Apple didn’t respond to requests for comment.

    #3 SoCalOilMan, K.o.E.

    That may be how they do it in LA. How long ago was that system put in? The ones I was thinking of are along highways here and they just popped up with no tearing up the roadway. I got the details from a Dept. of Transportation type, and supposedly it is being adopted back east too.

    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An

  8. 8
    Samsapeel1 growls and barks:

    I do not own a cell phone of any sort. I never have, and I never will. When I don’t want to be found, I don’t want to be found by anybody , including friends, family, employers, etc..

    As a loosely related side note: I’ve been trying (slowly) to stockpile food & other goodies in the event of … well, anything really. So, I was on Amazon.com looking for items for a “bugout bag” in case of flood, fire, or foes, when I saw “lists” made by others for “survival” [apparently of some impending – unbeknownst to me – pandemic of zombie-ism or some such]. I noticed much in the way of camping equipment, and compasses. I also noted the recommendation by most of some GPS for navigation.
    This raises two questions in my mind:
    1) In the event of fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake, or nuclear meltdown; WHO decides to go camping for a week?; and,
    2) If they are forced into the wilderness; who, exactly is forcing them? And how do they propose to elude their hunters while keeping said enemy posted on all of their movements and locations on a continuous basis?

    Just a curiosity related to potential warrantless government tracking of its citizens.

  9. 9
    LC Ogrrre growls and barks:

    Samsapeel, long before there was GPS, there were topo maps and compasses. If you become proficient in navigating by map and compass, you don’t need GPS, and there would be no electronic tracking possible.

  10. 10
    Shaitana growls and barks:

    Never understood why people thought it was so hard to use a map… When I was in the military, it was painfully obvious to me how to do it, yet so many seem to be clueless..

  11. 11
    Tallulah growls and barks:

    I switched to Startingpage.com a couple of months ago. It doesn’t track your IP address.

    Just because. I don’t like NOSY PARKERS.

  12. 12
    Tallulah growls and barks:

    As far as the Government/Corporate snoopers are concerned (hey, fascism, anyone?), no, I don’t believe that No Such Agency is listening in on my phone calls to Aunt Minnie in Brooklyn. BUT: once the government draws a bead on you, they can then use the tech to ferret you out.

    Like Red China has done. Stick your nose out of your gopher hole, and they’re able to pounce — if they so decide. That’s WAY too much power for any government to have, let alone ours.

    Like that guy Charlie in that Star Trek episode who had the power to make people disappear? the Elders of his home planet said, “He has the power. He will use it.” Corny, maybe, but true of human nature. No weapon has ever been made that has not been used.

    Ever.

  13. 13
    LC TerribleTroy growls and barks:

    Having worked for ATT as tech support for their cellular service I can confirm that ALL cell phones “ping” the network on a regular basis whether in ON or OFF mode. There is no way around that except to remove the battery. Each cellular provider has a specific dept that handles LE liaison. In general cellular providers do not store SMS messages, (texting comprises the MAJORITY of communications for all providers not voice, which makes storing the data for extended periods prohibitive). The majority of phones have a factory reset option that will wipe the device.

    As far as tradecraft. If It was me, I would handle the issue by:

    Purchasing using cash, and activating a Go Phone (pick your flavor) well away from my operational area. Once activated and loaded, pull the battery, use the device as a one time device, and thats all.

    One thing not touched on is that many vehicles nowadays have built in GPS. All the On Star, and Tom Tom devices etc etc.

    Three can keep a secret if two are dead….

  14. 14
    irish19 growls and barks:

    Response to LC Ogrrre @:
    Absolutely! Low tech whenever possible. Every single bell or whistle is just one more invitation to Murphy.to do what he does best.

  15. 15
    LC/IB PrimEviL growls and barks:

    Thanks for the info, Subotai. I was aware that the tracking device was imbedded, but not
    that it worked in the off mode also. *sigh* Time to look for some copper wire
    screen, I guess.

  16. 16
    mousseman growls and barks:

    Specific for iPhones, there are now tools around that wipe the location db on a regular base, so in case you have the jesus phone, at least snooping will be a little more difficult.

  17. 17
    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    Tallulah:

    No weapon has ever been made that has not been used.

    Ever.

    Uhhh–hydrogen & neutron bombs?

  18. 18
    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    Bonus feature: if you know how your equipment may be used to track you, you can turn it into (a) component(s) of a deception plan.

  19. 19
    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An growls and barks:

    UPDATE:

    More news about which Apple devices are tracking the users. Note that they have already admitted that they download this logged information to Apple Corporation twice a day [see #7 above].

    iPhones, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone4, iPads, Mac computers running Snow Leopard, and all Windows computers running Safari 5 are being watched by Apple.

    http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/137432/20110423/apple-we-must-have-comprehensive-user-location-data-on-you.htm

    I see no reason to trust anything from Apple at this point, software or hardware.

    Nor Google. And expect that Microsoft will be caught soon doing the same thing.

    LC Subotai Bahadur

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    Teufelhunden_JD growls and barks:

    In a similar vein, Progressive insurance wants to black box your car, and use the info on the box to adjust your rate. http://www.progressive.com/auto/snapshot-how-it-works.aspx How long before everyone else figures out this garbage, and tries to make it mandatory?

    Time to get out the Olds 442. Something tells me most of the people pushing these things have never seen a carburetor before.

  21. 21
    LC MuscleDaddy growls and barks:

    Hee-hee!

    They laugh – LAUGH – at my old, faded-numbers Nokia brick from 2004 – doesn’t open, doesn’t do pics, barely does digital…

    Who’s laughing now?

    Me… and they can’t tell from where.

    – MD

  22. 22
    Bill H, Resident Car Guy growls and barks:

    Uhhh–hydrogen & neutron bombs?

    Been used, Xystus, but as a rather serious deterrent, not as a shot fired in anger.

    In a similar vein, Progressive insurance wants to black box your car, and use the info on the box to adjust your rate. http://www.progressive.com/auto/snapshot-how-it-works.aspx How long before everyone else figures out this garbage, and tries to make it mandatory?

    Time to get out the Olds 442. Something tells me most of the people pushing these things have never seen a carburetor before.

    Speaking as a long-time custom car electrician, let’s play! :em95: And I DO like your choice of bug-out transport…

  23. 23
    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An growls and barks:

    ANOTHER FREAKING UPDATE

    Apparently, MIT is using tracking data from cell phones for predictive purposes. I am especially interested in their theories of tracking how political ideas spread by what they call “Social Contagion”. I’m sure that a number of entities are also interested. Those entities are not necessarily friendly.

    From the WALL STREET JOURNAL:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704547604576263261679848814.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read

    Having dealt with MIT people, if anyone can do this, they can.

    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An

  24. 24
    Teufelhunden_JD growls and barks:

    Bill H, Resident Car Guy says:

    Speaking as a long-time custom car electrician, let’s play! And I DO like your choice of bug-out transport…

    Why thank you. I felt like the Impala, GTO, and Malibu were overdone, and I just can’t bring myself to drive a Fucked Over Rebuilt Dodge (even dad’s ’69 mustang). Not all original, and it’s going to need a crate motor, but I know a guy who knows a guy at Proformance who swears he can have me at 500 HP drop-in ready before forced induction.