10 Examples Of How "Big Brother" Is Steadily Creeping Into Our Daily Lives

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The American Dream blog,

Virtually everything that you do is being watched.  Do you drive a car?  Do you watch television?  Do you use a cell phone?  As you do any of those things, information about you is being recorded and tracked.  We live at a time when personal privacy is dying.  And it is not just governments that are doing this.  In fact, sometimes private companies are the biggest offenders.  It turns out that gathering information about all of us is very, very profitable.  And both government entities and private companies are going to continue to push the envelope when it comes to high tech surveillance until people start objecting to what they are trying to do.  If we continue down the path that we are currently on, it is inevitable that we will end up living in an extremely restrictive “Big Brother” police state where basically everything that we do is very closely watched, monitored, tracked and controlled.  And such a day may be much closer than you think.  The following are 10 examples of how “Big Brother” is steadily creeping into our daily lives…

#1 Our cars are rapidly being transformed into high tech “Big Brother” surveillance devices.  In fact, a push is being made to require all new vehicles to include very sophisticated black box recorders

As if the government wasn’t already able to track our movements on the nation’s highways and byways by way of satellites, GPS devices, and real-time traffic cameras, government officials are now pushing to require that all new vehicles come installed with black box recorders and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, ostensibly to help prevent crashes.


Yet strip away the glib Orwellian doublespeak, and what you will find is that these black boxes and V2V transmitters, which will not only track a variety of data, including speed, direction, location, the number of miles traveled, and seatbelt use, but will also transmit this data to other drivers, including the police, are little more than Trojan Horses, stealth attacks on our last shreds of privacy, sold to us as safety measures for the sake of the greater good, all the while poised to wreak havoc on our lives.


Black boxes and V2V transmitters are just the tip of the iceberg, though. The 2015 Corvette Stingray will be outfitted with a performance data recorder which “uses a camera mounted on the windshield and a global positioning receiver to record speed, gear selection and brake force,” but also provides a recording of the driver’s point of view as well as recording noises made inside the car. As journalist Jaclyn Trop reports for the New York Times, “Drivers can barely make a left turn, put on their seatbelts or push 80 miles an hour without their actions somehow, somewhere being tracked or recorded.” Indeed, as Jim Farley, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Ford Motor Company all but admitted, corporations and government officials already have a pretty good sense of where you are at all times: “We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you’re doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing.”

#2 A new Michigan law will ban thousands of preppers and small farmers from owning farm animals.  What are they going to do next?  Ban us from growing our own food?

#3 Have you ever collected anything?  If so, the FBI might swoop in and grab your collection someday even if you have not committed a crime.  If you think that this sounds crazy, you should consider what happened to a man named Don Miller recently

FBI agents Wednesday seized “thousands” of cultural artifacts, including American Indian items, from the private collection of a 91-year-old man who had acquired them over the past eight decades.


An FBI command vehicle and several tents were spotted at the property in rural Waldron, about 35 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

The FBI did not have any evidence that a crime had been committed prior to seizing the collection, and Mr. Miller has not been arrested or charged with any crime.  The FBI says that it is going to catalog the collection “to determine whether some of the items might be illegal to possess privately”…

The aim of the investigation is to determine what each artifact is, where it came from and how Miller obtained it, Jones said, to determine whether some of the items might be illegal to possess privately.

#4 A father of a 4-year-old girl has been told that he will no longer be allowed to send healthy homemade lunches with his daughter when she attends her pre-kindergarten program because they conflict with federal guidelines.

#5 Do you watch television?  Well, if you have a newer television there is a very good chance that your television is watching you as well

In November, the British tech blogger Doctorbeet discovered that his new LG Smart TV was snooping on him. Every time he changed the channel, his activity was logged and transmitted unencrypted to LG. Doctorbeet checked the TV’s option screen and found that the setting “collection of watching info” was turned on by default. Being a techie, he turned it off, but it didn’t matter. The information continued to flow to the company anyway.

#6 A plan that is being proposed in Fairfax County, Virginia would ban “frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes“.  This would include parties, scout gatherings and home Bible studies.

#7 At a public school in Florida, a 12-year-old boy has been banned from reading the Bible during “free reading time”…

A Florida schoolteacher humiliated a 12-year-old boy in front of an entire class after she caught him reading the Bible during free reading time.


The teacher at Park Lakes Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale ordered Giovanni Rubeo to pick up the telephone on her desk and call his parents.


As the other students watched, the teacher left a terse message on the family’s answering machine.


“I noticed that he has a book—a religious book—in the classroom,” she said on the recording. “He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.”

#8 In the USSA, a young child cannot even build a tree fort with his friends without the threat of being confronted by the police state.  Just consider what happened to one little fifth-grade boy down in Georgia a few weeks ago

A fifth-grader says he was terrified when a police officer pointed a gun at him and his friends while they built a tree fort.


Omari Grant, 11, said he and his friends often play in a wooded area behind his home and were building a fort when a neighbor in the next subdivision called police to complain about what the boys were doing.

But no one anticipated what Omari and his mother say happened next.


“I guess the release of tension was like, ‘Mom, he had a gun in my face, Mommy. Mommy, he had a gun in my face,’” said Janice Baptiste, Omari’s mother.

The officer reportedly used very filthy language as he pointed his gun at the boys, and he forced them to get out of the tree and lay down on the ground

“I was thinking that I don’t want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said,” Omari said.


Omari said the officer holding his gun also used foul language and made him and his friends lay down on the ground.


“I learned that they’re supposed to help you not make you feel scared to even come outside,” Omari said.

#9 People like to joke about “the eye in the sky”, but it is no joke.  Technology that was originally developed for “blanket surveillance” during the Iraq war is now returning home

Persistent Surveillance Systems has developed a surveillance camera on steroids. When attached to small aircraft, the 192-megapixel cameras record the patterns of the planetary life they fly over for hours at a time.


According to the Washington Post, this will give the police and other customers a “time machine” they can simply rewind when they need it. Placed strategically at the highest points of any town or city, these cameras could provide the sort of blanket surveillance that’s hard to avoid. The inventor of the camera, a retired Air Force officer, helped create a similar system for the city of Fallujah, the site of two of the most violent battles of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. It’s just one example of how wartime surveillance technologies are returning home for “civilian use.”

#10 Have you ever purchased storable food?  If so, you should know that it is now considered to be “suspicious activity” in some areas of the country.  Just check out what is happening in New York state

1-866 SAFE NYS is part of Safeguard New York, an NY State counterterrorism program that uses promotional material to encourage citizens to report people for engaging in “suspicious activity….which makes them stand out from others”.


An accompanying letter provided by the state trooper listed such “suspicious activity” as the purchase of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), flashlights, weather proof ammunition, night vision equipment, match containers, or gas masks.

For even more examples like this, please see my previous article entitled “19 Signs That America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Giant Surveillance Grid“.

Sadly, most Americans are totally oblivious to all of this.

Most Americans are so addicted to entertainment and to their electronic devices that they have no idea what is going on in the real world.

I came across the following video entitled “Look Up” on YouTube earlier today.  I think that it does a great job of showing what our obsession with our electronic devices is doing to us.  Watch it for yourself and see what you think…


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Four chan's picture

i grew up in the 60s and 70s, today is a police/nanny state no question about it. militarized local police and all.

Soul Glow's picture

Can Snyder write an article without making a list?  That is the question.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

#11 Cameras at intersections (guilty unless proven innocent), just a scammy Stealth Tax Increase.  More details once I know "The End"...

zerozulu's picture

How can someone blame .gov for all this?. People asked for it and they got it.

Anusocracy's picture

Psychopathy is a spectrum disorder.

medium giraffe's picture

Full spectrum dominance disorder.

Anusocracy's picture


My definition of psychopathy is the manipulation, control, and use of other people as objects without their consent.

nmewn's picture

As the statist-vegan-atheistic-paranoid-exhibistionist I am, I welcome our new tyranical overlords ;-)

FreedomGuy's picture

Suddenly the Middle Ages don't seem all that bad. We may get to high tech serfdom once again.

TrumpXVI's picture

At some point, people will have to wise up and go back to the tried and proven Medieval practice of forming secret societies; out of local networks.

royal's picture

Mmmm...tig ol bitties.

TrumpXVI's picture

I work in a research instititute which has recently become a subsidiary of a major university.  Everybody who works here (including our volunteer staff) is now being fingerprinted (electronically) and backgound checked.  They require a list of all residences back to 1975 AND a list of everyone you LIVED with!  The fingerprints go to the FBI to be checked against a sex offender database.

In the paperwork we are told that the fingerprint files will be deleted and not stored, not by the private company conducting the data collection nor by the FBI..........really??  Really, really???


NoDebt's picture

Just ten?  Hell, I could do that standing on my head.  What we need around here are more lists with like 37 things on them.

DirkDiggler11's picture

The only metal that matters is Lead. "collect it" or become a slave. It's that simple.

atomicwasted's picture

"I think that it does a great job of showing what our obsession with our electronic devices is doing to us.  Watch it for yourself and see what you think…"

Says the guy posting a story.  ON THE MOTHERFUCKING INTERNET.

Jesus, guy.  Come on.  You had a good set of stories and then blew it with luddite bullshit at the end.

Georgiabelle's picture

I watched the video. It's excellent, and totally on point. The author is not suggesting that you never again use electronic media. He's just urging us to look up and make eye contact with the world every now and then. There is so much we are missing because our heads are always down, eyes glued to the screen. 

Overfed's picture

More lists of things that piss me off! As if my blood pressure wasn't high enough!

cherry picker's picture

Over five decades ago I built a treehouse, rode a bicycle home without a helmet, at lunch at school my mom prepared, built snow forts in the winter and participated in snow ball fights, built soap box cars and rolled them down country roads, went tobaganning in the winter, worked in the garden, helped my father build a house, went fishing and lived free.

Nowadays my parents would be sent to jail for raising me the way they did.

NoDebt's picture

I know.  Me, too.  But, probably like you, I was the only one of 14 neighborhood children to make it to adulthood because government hadn't child-proofed the world yet.  

I loved my friends, but now I love big brother even more.  Thank you, big brother.

If we could only save ONE MORE it would all be worth it, no matter the cost financially or to our freedom.

Grande Tetons's picture

I remember as a kid in the 70s and 80s we would bike around and hunt for girls to hit on. We did this riding piece of shit bikes, no helmets, cigarettes hanging out of ouir collective mugs and another fucking kid doubling on front of the handle bars...behind was a no no...less you wanted to be called fag all day.   

Every once in a while the kid doubling up front had a couple of cold ones tucked away. 

Nothing ever happened. We just had fun. 


Edit...when, by the way did it become necessary to look you are training for the Tour de France to ride a bike in the fucking park. 

NoDebt's picture

I know.  Banana seats, "ape hanger" handlebars, metallic purple paint.  It's just such a shame that only 1 child in 20 lived to adulthood back then.  Be honest, most of your friends died riding bikes without helmets.  Or eating "pirate food" that had the old skull-and-crossbones poison warning on it.  

The government says this is how it was back then and as I look back, I have to admit it's true.  We only remember the fun parts.  We forget about the bodies of all our dead childhood friends we stepped over on the way to the playground.


Grande Tetons's picture

Remember that scene of Wilhem Dafoe in Platoon where he gets filled full of lead while rasing his arms to heaven? Yep, that is what not wearing a helmet can lead to. 

It is the ones we left behind...without helmets. 

Oh regional Indian's picture

Nice, relentless sarc-ing there nodebt.... :-)

Anusocracy's picture

I want to live in a world that is a cross between the wonderful worlds of Demolition Man and Idiocracy.

billhilly's picture

and discipline....

Growing up in the 50s, 60's 70's in a nice middle class neighborhood myself and all my friends were disciplined by way of the belt on a bare backside.  Inside, outside, it didn't matter, if you did the wrong deed you took the punishment.  It was always given fairly and with the sentiment of love but it also taught the lesson needed..

Today, you'd have the cops at your door if you strike a child.  My neighbor was watching his 8 y.o. grandson who then decided to start fire to the carpet in the house.  After putting it out the grandfather proceeded to dish out some well deserved punishment with his belt.  Well, the kid decided to call the cops, who filed a report, and at 3am a knock came on the door.  CPS took the child from the home (he was staying a few days with the grandparents) and held him until the parents returned.  I don't believe there were charges pressed on the grandparents. 

Cripes, if I ever tried that shit as a kid my father would have given me another licking when he got home. 

I always ask, "why does a child not put their hand on a hot stove for the second time"?  Because it hurts too damn much.  The same with discipline.  There needs to be a measure of discomfort for it to be effective and enlightening.  Just my two cents.

billhilly's picture

and the cops back then were your friends too.  Our local cops would ride through the neighborhood and always stop and talk friendly to you.  Often they would pass by and throw out some pieces of candy. And heck, they knew most of us by name.

Once I got caught by them doing something I shouldn't have been, and they actually apologized to me for having to take me home to my parents...and yes, the belt taught me to NEVER do that again !

Someone below this comment called them "officer friendly" and that brings back strong memories because this is exactly what we called them. We, as kids, truly looked up to the cops and respected the hell out them...they did indeed "serve and protect"  Don't let anyone ever say times haven't changed that much !!!

intric8's picture

Yer not from around these parts, now are ya boy? Nice stories and all, but dont disparage us billyhilly. zh is not a bunch of inbred, confederate flag waving yayhoos who have barely finished highschool. I will use my beauty to offset your unfortunate choice of avatar though, fair enough?

Flux's picture

"zh is not a bunch of inbred, confederate flag waving yayhoos who have barely finished highschool..."

I'm not entirely sure about that, Intric. I suspect a large percentage of the Zero Hedgelings haven't finished high school, and/or are unlikely to.

Not that there's anything inherently wrong with being an inbred, confederate flag waving, child-beating uneducated yahoo.

Oh wait ...



nmewn's picture

Right, as opposed to, US flag waving, heavilly pierced yahoos who actually did graduate high school, yet can't balance a checkbook, have no idea where the Ukraine is cept "over there", were taught law is a late model car with lights on top of it, think economies are static things and had to take remedial reading before being accepted into college to study poetry which they thought was a sure thing to put bread on the table.

And the great thing is, we get to hear the laments of "government teachers" everyday blubbering that there will never be enough of other peoples money deposited into their bank accounts to remedy any of these inequalities.

But keep it coming anyways ;-)

billhilly's picture

Tolerance intric8, tolerance.  No disparagement intended.  I don't place the ZH crowd into any particular categories.  All points of view are welcome...and appreciated. 

The article is on how big brother encroaches into our lives more and more.  My points are strictly to show that the militarization of the police and the reach into our doors and windows by which they even try to tell us how to raise our children (California wants to outlaw spanking I believe) is growing insidiously day by day.  I cannot think of a greater threat to our freedoms than the growth of, and strangulation by, our government.

It also used to be that finishing high school, even barely, was considered a very good start.  Trade school afterwards and/or an apprenticeship is an excellent way to learn skill and responsibility.  It also makes for a wonderful middle class...you know, the backbone of great nations. 

As for the avatar, well I guess I missed the guidelines about how they must conform to beauty standards...btw, which Gov't manual were those rules in again?

intric8's picture

Hear! we all know all aspects of our lives are being tweaked, and we are being increasingly conditioned to accept a reduction in our liberties. As you pointed out, a decline in traditional values may indeed be directly proportional to a decline in the amount of good ole fashioned butt whippings that so many kids could use these days. Its the destruction of the family unit that is key to the advance of any socialist state. What better way to accomplish that by a refrain in discipline? Or the promotion of the idea that youth should rely on their own knowledge and ideas, and discard the learned experienced ways of their backwards parents? That will invariably lead to a breakdown in the family unit, in most cases. The more infighting and distraction across the spectrum of the population, the easier it is to rob liberties right under their noses. keepin the population dumb sure helps too. Your admirable temperment has me impressd billy boy, though your pic kinda indicates otherwise. Everyones perty in their own way i supposes. Cheers.

billhilly's picture

I appreciate your kind words and wisdom.

..."destruction of the family unit" also comes from within the family itself.  Lack of adequate, understandable guldelines/rules, lack of enforcement of consequences, lack of sound moral example, all these create an atmosphere where disrespect and delinquency can occur.  It used to be a family unit could survive, even prosper to a degree, on one parental income.  While one parent was away doing "bread" labor, the other was in home maintaining/creating a supportive and ethical environment.  This is so very much more difficult to attain in today's world.

After school in my day there was a bit of time for play but then it was time for homework.  If it wasn't completed by dinner then it would cut into the 1 hour of TV time allowed in the evening.  Today it's video games, computer time, cell phones and the minimalization of parental oversite which erodes from within. 

The dumbing down of youth, and adults too, is indeed an epidemic which needs addressing.  Apathy can do just as much damage as can drugs and alcohol.  To inspire our young, through morality and good example should be goal number one.  Tolerance, compassion, and loving kindness are far too absent in our modern world especially from our national and business leaders.  These are the true foundations upon which stability, prosperity and happiness are constructed.

We could be too late to make any appreciable reversal in our path.  It may consist of demolishng the existing structure any starting again from scratch.  Messy as it might be, it likely needs to be done.  The promise through all this though is the beauty and wisdom that can be seen in some of our young people.  Youthful eyes can be bright and wide open and I see much light coming from within them.  I have faith and hope.



TrumpXVI's picture

Bring back LAWN DARTS!!!

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

My dad tells a story of him and his friend going fishing with his friend's father when he was around thirteen. They had a beer or two and on the way back dad drove the truck into a ditch. His friend's father was the chief of police for the town. I'm sure they all had a blast that day. That was the seventies. Shit like that would be a national travesty today.

Tom Terrific's picture

I grew up on a farm during the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  What I did then would place me in a NDAA sponsored FEMA camp now.  I had my own chemistry lab stocked with chemicals bought through the mail order places I found in the back ads of Popular Science.  Chemicals that now would get you thrown in jail if you even thought of ordering them which BTW you can no longer get.  I made rockets and b*mbs.  I actually by accident blew off a couple fingers when I was 16, taken to the hospital, made the local papers, but no one even concieved that you could maybe be arrested for something.  It was essentially just being a somewhat out of control kid, but nothing nefarious as it would look today.  We made home made wine.  We experimented with organic extractions of local plants.  We raised whatever animals that we wanted.  We had guns and no one thought anything about it.  We could set the back pasture on fire to burn off the weeds and it was no big deal, except that the town fire department came out to put it out.  There was no arrest or fine.  You could make whatever your heart desired as long as you didn't hurt anyone.  We built tree houses.  We drove cars in high school like lunatics.  We had a sense of freedom that can't be described to any of the young kids now.  It was a great time to be alive and by doing things like we did we also learned things and lessons.  Now we live in a police nanny state that will send the pigs out and possibly kill you despite doing nothing wrong.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Wonder how we all survived riding bicycles without helmets back in the day. Doing that now in many municipalities will get you a ticket from Officer Friendly.

Grande Tetons's picture

I was in Canada for a couple of years...Grad School. I actually got a speeding ticket on my bike! No shit! 

i_call_you_my_base's picture

They treat kids like criminals these days too. It used to be you got into a fight and were suspended. Now you get cuffed and booked.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Nah, it wasn't even like that. My grandfather used to coach high school in rural GA, he would give them boxing gloves and let them have at it. And after they had their fist fight, that would be the end of it. He said sometimes they would be friends again when they were done. Often they had guns in huntingracks on their trucks that they drove to school. many had pocket knives, etc. but the idea of shooting or stabbing anyone didn't occur to them. Now days of you forget you have a filet knife in your vehicle from a fishing trip and the school finds out, you are expelled and probably arrested. Progress, bitches.

Wahooo's picture

We had rock fights. And that was among friends. LOL

i_call_you_my_base's picture

Or rock-in-the-snowball fights.

We also used to have BB gun fights. But "only five pumps."

A Lunatic's picture

LOL! We got our BB's taken away for that. Our folks should have taken the guns becasue it was not long before we discovered that soaked barley would serve for ammunition in a pinch. It's a wonder no one lost an eye. We had lots of dart fights too, OH YEAH!!

A Nanny Moose's picture

You'll shoot your eye out kid!!!

IridiumRebel's picture

Yessir! You got 5 pumps and ten seconds we'd say. Couldn't shoot at the head though. Body only. I graduated early 90s too.

Boozer's picture

Still have my Crossman 760 my dear ol dad bought me.

We had a two pump limit.  Also have scar from well thrown rock

above my eye...good times indeed.  My 15 year old son can't believe

the stuff we got away with and the fun we had with guns, fire, m-80's...

Zymurguy's picture

My boys constantly beg me to tell them stories from my childhood in the 70's and 80's... shit I can't tell them 1/2 of what I did.  From teh BB gun fights, real fights, tormenting neighbors, forest explorations, secret forts, bike stunts(crashes), etc. to later all the real B.S. we did once we could drive... heck, I sure hope the statute of limitations has run out on all that stuff!