What You Do On Your Cell Phone Could Come Back To Haunt You

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

As far as Big Brother is concerned, nothing that you do on your cell phone is ever private.  And if the government really wants to see what is on your cell phone, they are going to get that information one way or another, even if that means resorting to physical violence.   On Monday, NBC News provided us with yet another glaring example of how the United States is being transformed into a Big Brother police state.  On January 1st, Akram Shibly and Kelly McCormick from Buffalo, New York were coming back home from a trip to Toronto, and they didn’t anticipate any unusual problems when they got to the border.  Unfortunately for them, U.S. Customs & Border Protection agents decided to take their cell phones, demanded their passwords, and kept them in custody for the next two hours as they searched for anything that might be incriminating on those phones.

You might be thinking that sounds like it should be illegal, and you would be correct, but sadly federal courts have ruled that our constitutional rights do not apply to border searches.  So authorities use this legal loophole to do pretty much anything they want at the border.

If that young couple from Buffalo would have had something illegal on their phones, they could have been immediately arrested and put in prison.

And we haven’t even gotten to the worst part of the story yet.  Just a few days later Akram Shibly and Kelly McCormick took another trip to Canada, and this time border agents physically assaulted Akram when he did not immediately turn over his phone.  The following comes from NBC News

Three days later, they returned from another trip to Canada and were stopped again by CBP.


“One of the officers calls out to me and says, ‘Hey, give me your phone,'” recalled Shibly. “And I said, ‘No, because I already went through this.'”


The officer asked a second time.


Within seconds, he was surrounded: one man held his legs, another squeezed his throat from behind. A third reached into his pocket, pulling out his phone. McCormick watched her boyfriend’s face turn red as the officer’s chokehold tightened.

Is this still America?

I can’t believe that this is what the United States has become.  When I was young I remember reading about this sort of thing in Nazi Germany, the USSR and Communist China, but I never imagined that it would happen here.  For years I have been warning about this growing “Big Brother police state control grid”, and I wish that more Americans would realize how evil all of this government surveillance truly is.

You can watch an interview where this couple from Buffalo talks to NBC News about this recent incident at the border right here

It is so disgusting that this is how we are treating law abiding people when countless numbers of drug dealers and gang members are pouring across unprotected sections of our border every single day.

Unfortunately, cell phone searches at the border appear to be rising at an exponential rate.  According to NBC News, more cell phone searches were conducted at the border during the month of February 2017 than in the entire year of 2015…

Data provided by the Department of Homeland Security shows that searches of cellphones by border agents has exploded, growing fivefold in just one year, from fewer than 5,000 in 2015 to nearly 25,000 in 2016.


According to DHS officials, 2017 will be a blockbuster year. Five-thousand devices were searched in February alone, more than in all of 2015.

And of course it isn’t just searches at the border that you need to be concerned about.

Not too long ago, it was being reported that the CIA has helped the Justice Department with technology that allows law enforcement officials to scan “data from thousands of U.S. cellphones at a time” from the safety of a plane…

The Central Intelligence Agency played a crucial role in helping the Justice Department develop technology that scans data from thousands of U.S. cellphones at a time, part of a secret high-tech alliance between the spy agency and domestic law enforcement, according to people familiar with the work.


The CIA and the U.S. Marshals Service, an agency of the Justice Department, developed technology to locate specific cellphones in the U.S. through an airborne device that mimics a cellphone tower, these people said.

So the next time a strange plane flies over your house, this may be what is happening.

Here is more on this disturbing new technology

The program operates specially equipped planes that fly from five U.S. cities, with a flying range covering most of the U.S. population. Planes are equipped with devices—some past versions were dubbed “dirtboxes” by law-enforcement officials—that trick cellphones into reporting their unique registration information.

I have a feeling that if this program was ever challenged in court that it would be ruled unconstitutional, so let’s hope that happens as soon as possible.

But then again, the NSA has been collecting and storing all forms of electronic communication for years and nothing is being done about.  We have even had a 36-year veteran of the NSA named William Binney come out and publicly admit that all of our phone conversations “are being monitored and stored” and still nothing is done to stop it.

So don’t do anything on your cell phone that you wouldn’t want the government to see, because someday they could use it to nail you.

Of course we also need to use discretion regarding the things that we know the public will be able to see.  When you post something to Facebook or Twitter, you may think that it is harmless, but it could end up costing you big time.  In fact, I just came across an article about how a number of pastors have actually been fired because of what is on their social media accounts

“It’s not fair I lost my job,” the pastor told me.


“My church members post a lot worse things than I do on social media. It’s a double standard.”


He’s right. It is a double standard. But it’s reality. And, with greater frequency, more pastors and church staff are losing their jobs because of what they post, particularly on Facebook and Twitter and, to some extent, their blogs.


By the way, churches will not always tell the pastor the specific reason for the firing. But, once we begin to infuriate our church members with our posts, many will find a myriad of reasons to give us the boot.

Like the title to this article says, what you do on your cell phone could come back to haunt you.

For many Americans, cell phones have become an essential part of modern life, but the truth is that those little electronic devices can also destroy our lives if we are not careful.

So if you are going to use them, use them wisely, because people are watching.

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Giant Meteor's picture

Sounds about right ...

Boot, stomping , face, forever ..

We Are The Priests's picture

Cell phones were not a part of my life until I was 36, so it wasn't that hard to quit using mobile devices of anykind 2 years ago.

HRClinton's picture

It's a good thing that I am who I am, that I have several cell phones, and carry a cloth to wipe these phones and iPad.

Spungo's picture

If you're really concerned about privacy, do not enable finger print unlocking on your phone. You can also set the phone to wipe itself after 10 failed password attempts.

Codwell's picture

The courts have ruled that you can be forced to provide your finger to open a phone, but they can not force you to reveal a password to open a phone.

Schmuck Raker's picture

"What You Do On Your Cell Phone Could Come Back To Haunt You"

Good. I hope it gets worse too! I'll feel safer. The Government screws with everything else anyway. The important thing here is: STOP USING A CELL PHONE WHEN YOU DRIVE!!!

stacking12321's picture

Important to whom, to you?
Who are you, and why do your opinions matter?
There are inattentive and sloppy people who shouldn't use a cell phone while driving.
And there are experienced drivers who can safely divert a small part of their attention to a cellphone safely while driving, who don't cause accidents.
I could care less about you "feeling safer".
Want to feel safe?
Stay home.

adr's picture

Yet the people protest over a legal ban of immigration. 

The snowflakes on mainstream sites claim that foreigners are entitled to constitutional rights and that separation of church and state prevents Trump from enforcing the ban. 

I was going to clue them in,  but realized they are too far gone. 

consider me gone's picture

This is hypothetical of course, of course, but what do you think the Federales position on BJ porn is? I mean, hypothetically speaking, do you think they look unfavorably on multiple women? I have a friend and he's very concerned.

Karl Danneskjold's picture

Your 'friend' *cough* is probably ok...

Catahoula's picture

Hit the WiFi and wait for the sound of single engine plane above. Then hit airplane mode. Once it leaves hit WiFi again. Repeat cycle as needed 

Catahoula's picture

Hit the WiFi and wait for the sound of single engine plane above. Then hit airplane mode. Once it leaves hit WiFi again. Repeat cycle as needed 

RovingGrokster's picture

Might be interesting, but what makes you think airplane mode is incommunicado? First of all airplanes don't need it for safety, and second, why do you think modern smartphones have built-in batteries - some part of it never sleeps!

A small cookie tin with a tight-fitting lid might be more interesting.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Mar 15, 2017 10:01 PM

Good ol Michael Snyder never misses a chance to stuff 'nazis' into a narrative. He should ghost write for Steven Spielberg or Rob Reiner.

HenryHall's picture

Don't use a "smartphone" is obvious. The people who develop applications for American smart phones are not honest or honorable people, it is as simple as that!

If you really must carry a "smart" phone then also carry a decoy dumb phone. And a decoy wallet.

MuffDiver69's picture

says this started a year ago..Lots of cheap shots on Trump in the interview and they throw in a liberal senator..OK for Obama,but he was special

Ms No's picture

No it is not America anymore.  It's a Bolshevik gulag.  They just haven't figured out how they will finish subjugating the most armed population on earth.  They may pick a fight so that we get bombed into submission by China or someone else.  They may pull the plug on our financial Ponzi to make the hungry concede to them.  Either way, no politicians seem too eager to expose this.

I figure they know exactly who I am and I am fine with it.  Hiding wont save anybody.  You stand up for the last of free humanity or get on your knees like a bitch.  I for one, would rather be targeted with extreme prejudice then be a slave spreading my butt cheeks for the spirit cookers.  If the US goes down so will the last Americans.  Everybody else will deserve the tyranny they live in.  If they take me out you can have my lotion in the bathroom.  I also have some olive oil above the stove.  You might need it. 

Speaking in hushed voices wont fix this.

skinwalker's picture

You almost make me wish I were single.

Thank whatever gods may be that my wife feels the same.

Clowns on Acid's picture

Wow Ms NO...always knew you were there. There are at least 10MM like us. Its just the deval of USD thats preventing the obvious.

Good stuff girl! Love it. 

Chupacabra-322's picture

"Parallel Construction." As William Binney has explained it should have everyone concerned. Chilling to say the least.

monoloco's picture

Trump is outraged about "obama tapping his wires" but he has no problem with this intrusive practice.

directaction's picture

If the government says we are safer if the Bill of Rights no longer applies, 
... then we should do as we're told. It's for our own good. 
We should gladly fall in line, fully support this.
Rights are so yesterday, so old-fashioned.
The government knows what's best.  

consider me gone's picture

I don't think it matters too much. If the government wants you, they can make you out to be anything they want you to be,  be it pedophile or dwarf tosser.

Chazz Nova's picture

Sucks, but you're way too correct.  If they can kill Kennedy, they can get you too if they want...

rent slave's picture

Trac Fones are all what anyone needs to call Triple A.

francis scott falseflag's picture


Is this still America?


       You ain't seen nuffin yet

quasi_verbatim's picture

Reset to 1860. Pity about Abe. Woulda made a great Prez.

RovingGrokster's picture

Ah yes, Abe.
No price too high to pay to preserve the Union.
And the left calls Trump a tyrant??

aloha_snakbar's picture

There is NO WAY I am taking the clown porn off of my phone.... FREE BOBO!!!

Dog Will Hunt's picture

So?  You bunch of pussies weren't complaining when Spicer and his assclowns basically did the same thing to an entire roomful of staffers.  But then, it's okay when Cheeto Jesus orders it.  


Clowns on Acid's picture

Wow...you are a very dumb mfucker. Manage a Bowl a Drome and watch CNN all day? You will never understand until you are face down ...fuckface.

Ben A Drill's picture

Am I spending to much time on ZH? I don't have a smart phone. I leave my cell phone powered off only until I need to make a call. Then powered off again.

I have no FB account, no Twitter account. No Instagram account. I do have a email account so nobody's perfect.

quasi_verbatim's picture

ZH is the opium of the masses.

skinwalker's picture

I bet you a silver eagle that 99.999% of the masses have never heard of zero hedge.

AGuy's picture

"I have no FB account, no Twitter account. No Instagram account. I do have a email account so nobody's perfect."

Now we know who your are: You're John Connor! Watch out for those terminators! /sarc

Seasmoke's picture

ZeroHedge ??? No Officer I've never heard of it. 

scoutshonor's picture

I would try that but I fear that the big zero with an H inside burned into the top of my screen would be what they call a "tell."

Lost in translation's picture

< Michael Snyder is a paid actor and part of the system, himself.

< Michael Snyder is mildly mentally retarded.

tahoeguy's picture

Get over it, we all know the USA is dead as we knew it.  You are nothing more than a subject.

silverer's picture

That's what you get for bringing a "smartphone" along. Not so smart, is it? Next time, bring along a cheap $25. flip phone. What do you suppose they'll find in there? Nothing much. See ya later.

roddy6667's picture

Exactly. Get a burner phone from a dollar store. Don't carry valuable or personal information on your laptop or tablet. Ever heard of the cloud? That's where all that stuff should be. And encrypt it yourself before you upload it. If you don't know how to do these things, maybe you should have a rotary phone and a pager.

Sledge-hammer's picture
Sledge-hammer (not verified) Mar 15, 2017 10:45 PM

I use a Dixie cup and a long string.  Let's see them find anything on my phone except floral prints.

NoWayJose's picture

You can easily 'reset' your phone - no contacts, messages, or photos. Then after the checkpoint - resync with your cloud storage.

There's picture

Don't share pix of your Junk with your girlfriend.

VideoEng_NC's picture

"It is so disgusting that this is how we are treating law abiding people when countless numbers of drug dealers and gang members are pouring across unprotected sections of our border every single day."

Correct, but unless you're Mr Garrison you're talking about the wrong border.
U4 eee aaa's picture

The worst part is that what would be found on the cops phones would be far worse than anything they find on ours

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

The author is a fool. We are the Nazis. At least we are what we claimed the Nazis were, the Hitler and the Germans were correct in their views during the era of WW2, they were objectively the good guys. They did nothing we didn't do other than be more merciful towards their foes. That's one reason they lost.

PitBullsRule's picture

Maybe, but I hadn't heard that we built any Zyklon B Death Showers yet.  I don't think we killed 6 million Jews yet.  I doubt we've done any Mengela style human experiments yet.  And, last but not least, we haven't attacked Russia and gotten stuck in the snow yet.

roddy6667's picture

Just wait. America is right on track for all the things you mentioned.