Hey Big Brother, Do You Know Where I Am?
Can the government track you on a handheld GPS to find you, if they were so inclined? Hmmm, what are you worried about if you don’t owe any back taxes and haven’t engaged in any criminal activity recently? Perhaps you were in the wrong place at the wrong time and now you “know too much." Or maybe the possibility of a government that has this capability, without your knowledge, is a little disturbing, and justifiably so. On the other side of the coin though, it could be that this tracking ability could conceivably save a person’s life if they were lost or injured in a remote locale. But what do they really need to know about where your handheld GPS unit is if they’ve already secretly installed a chip in the back of your neck that automatically tracks your location no matter where you are? Okay, perhaps that last hypothetical scenario is the result of one X-Files episode too many, but this question is still a curious, and important one, as there are many issues regarding an expectancy of privacy at stake.
Is the truth about this supposed capability of the government really accessible to the average citizen though? We can’t answer with absolute certainty because the U.S. government has been known to hide the proverbial ball from time to time. And when I worked for the government, as a combat infantry grunt with my esteemed and revered fellow ground-pounders, we weren’t exactly in the know; but rather far outside of the higher up’s circle of trust. The poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson, summed up our role best, in the vast scheme of things, in The Charge of the Light Brigade; "Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die." But since that role is over now, I’ll ask all the questions I want; thank you very much. If you’re still reading this article, you’ve probably got at least a modicum of interest in conspiracy theories, so maybe you’d also be interested in learning Where and Why Are there Blacked Out Patches on Google Earth?