The Big Brother conspiracy is Big government being or acting as a Totalitarian State, whether its subjects realize it or not. The name Big Brother comes from a character in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. He is both the eyes and the voice of the political leader of the Totalitarian State in which the main character Winston Smith lives. The term has been applied to modern governments, predominantly democratic.
Media outlets that depict a Big Brother scenario, usually identify it to the all-seeing eye, or the all-hearing ear of a despotic regime or police State. People often say "Big brother is watching you" in discussions about measures pressed by some authority that threatens the public's privacy.
In the United States, COINTELPRO was a series of covert, and often illegal projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting and disrupting American political organizations. They also targeted what the FBI deemed as "subversive" activist groups and individuals, most notoriously during civil rights movements.
US Cyber warfare unit
Information Operations Technology Center (IOTC) is the joint US Cyber warfare unit for Signals Intelligence (SI), headquartered at Fort Meade, Maryland, with branches around the US, including San Antonio, Texas. The US cyber divisions under IOTC include the following:
- U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM, formerly U.S. Army Security Agency)
- Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion (MCSB)
- U.S. Fleet Cyber Command (formerly Naval Security Group)
- Air Force ISR Agency (AFISRA, formerly Air Intelligence Agency)
- Coast Guard Intelligence (CGI)
- (CIA) Critical Defense Technologies Division
- (Pentagon) Special Technology Operations
- (NSA) P42 information warfare cell
We (CIA) also created, one year ago, the Information Operations Technology Center at Fort Meade, MD. The IOTC is another of our joint DoD and Intelligence Community activities, providing advice and developing techniques that can protect US infrastructure and systems.
IOTC is in-charge of PRISM surveillance program.
The term Big Brother has also been applied to global surveillance in the Digital Age. "Global surveillance" was not widely acknowledged by governments and the mainstream media until the global surveillance disclosures by Edward Snowden triggered a debate about the right to privacy in the Digital Age.
Mass surveillance is currently a global issue, often criticized for violating privacy rights, limiting civil and political rights and freedoms, and being illegal under some legal or constitutional systems.
In 2013, the practice of mass surveillance by world governments was called into question after Edward Snowden‘s 2013 global surveillance disclosure. Reporting based on documents Snowden leaked to various media outlets triggered a debate about civil liberties and the right to privacy in the Digital Age.
A growing concern is that an increase of mass surveillance could lead to the development of a surveillance State or an electronic police State where civil liberties are infringed or political dissent is undermined by COINTELPRO-like programs. Such a State could also be referred to as a totalitarian State.
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- US Cyber warfare divisions
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