There are three types of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA):
- Presidential Alerts: about news of national authority concern
- Imminent Danger Alerts: Severe and Extreme alerts about weather events and threat levels
- Amber Alerts: about the disappearance of persons (minor or otherwise)
You may change settings within your device to opt out of Imminent Danger and Amber Alerts, but you may not opt out of Presidential Alerts. ~VerizonWireless.com
“I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.” ~ Hal, 2001 ASpace Odyssey
Technology is great, as long as users are in control of how they use it and if they use it at all.
Consider if Facebook was no longer optional, if government required each citizen to have a Facebook account in order to vote, in order for the Government to monitor daily activities. What people choose now for fun, would automatically become an egregious perversion of authority. The fact that people signed on to the technology willingly at the start and got used to it over a period of time, even when they began to understand that their information was being sold to marketers, made it much easier for a mandated program to be implemented (forcibly) down the road.
Come now the Smartphone, everybody has one, and when I say everybody, I mean everybody. It appears that folks on disability, on food stamps, or with a low income, can get one for free in Ohio…. perhaps in return for a promise to vote a certain way?
These new smartphones are now mandated by the federal government to carry an alert system, most of which can be disabled simply by opening up the stock Messaging app and from its menu, selecting ‘Emergency Alerts’, and unchecking all the unwanted alerts.
Not so though, the Presidential Alerts, as the app is buried deep in the settings file, and in order to delete that particular function, the entire stock Messaginng app would have to be deleted too, which causes missing functionality, and functionality is what users pay big bucks to get with the phone in the first place.
Something is wrong with our country. Something is seriously wrong.
In the name of “safety” we’re felt up by TSA agents, monitored via satellite, street cameras, online ads and billboards – kids are even tracked by computer chip in the hallways of their public schools.
But this latest little trick being pulled, the “National Alerting Program”, what is it, really, besides a blatant attempt to implement a centralized system of control over all communications?
Is it really about our safety?
Imagine a text message sent in error, and what could happen if terrorists intercepted and resent a message alert – the ensuing rush would probably cause mass panic, and the terrorists wouldn’t even have to set off a bomb. Don’t we already have systems in place to alert people — the same ones we’ve relied on for years – aren’t sirens already installed in every town enough?
Some think this is “part of the wider move on behalf of Homeland Security to create a public environment dominated by a pervasive sense of fear and paranoia, a context in which the safe exercise of constitutional freedoms doesn’t normally thrive.”
Especially considering that the “emergency alerts are eventually designed to be incorporated into the Intellistreets system which turns all street lights into surveillance hubs that can record conversations and broadcast messages.” More from Infowars:
For the first time ever the feds will have a direct line to the millions of Americans who use cell phones and be able to use the messages to transmit whatever they like, whether that be genuine safety information, fear mongering about spurious terror alerts, or political propaganda.
Obama has already threatened to be in “constant conversation” with us in a second term…..
Our technology is smart — and we are stupid.