According to Marcus Thomas, former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico, the FBI has been able to covertly activate a computer’s camera without triggering the indicator light that lets us know it is recording for a number of years and has used that technique “mainly in terrorism cases or the most serious criminal investigations.”
The keyword in the above paragraph is mainly. What I would like to see is some examples of cases when the FBI or other government agencies may have turned our computer cameras on to watch or listen in on our every day lives – and some examples of what they have seen and heard.
How many times, for example, has the FBI flipped my computer camera on and caught me making contorted facial gestures as I try and get a good kill streak going in “Call of Duty: Ghosts?”
How many times has the FBI listened to streaming audio of me snoring in my recliner?
How many times has the FBI watched my face as I read the morning news and another ten news stories on how bad Obamacare is turning out to be now that Congress has, as Nancy Pelosi once suggested, passed the bill for us ”to find out what is in it?”
Has the FBI ever watched my boxers wandering about in the house looking for something to destroy when I’m away? If so, do they have any video evidence concerning which one of my beloved canines plucked two Christmas tree ornaments from the tree this morning and chewed them to bits? If they do, would they be willing to share said evidence so I can scold the party responsible? I’ve interviewed both suspects thoroughly and no one is talking – or barking.
And lastly, now that we know the FBI may be flipping our computer cameras on now and then, isn’t it our responsibility as American citizens to ensure any unwanted intrusion into our personal lives by the federal government is at least good viewing entertainment for our government overlords? I think so. That’s why I’m going to make it a point to be a bit livelier at my desk and throughout the day!
If the FBI is watching ME? I want to give them a good show!
Now I’m watching YOU!
You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry. Well, maybe you would. Most days I’m not all that angry.
What would the FBI see if they tapped into your computer camera? Post a comment, make a blog post of your own on the topic and throw a link up to this post, make a video and post a link to it in the comments section here. Be creative. Or not. This is, after all, a free country. Sort of.