There are a lot of things we have to consider as we prepare to survive the coming times, including our own safety and security. We make plans to guard our property and our lives by buying guns and ammo, installing heavy duty security hardware on our doors and windows, buying safes and more, but there is much more to consider as we degrade into the next phase of humanity as a nation. For instance, do you know who is watching you prepare?

Everybody is aware of the fact that people with evil intent practice the fine art of surveillance upon their intended victims, often resulting in great harm to the victim, and great profit to the perpetrator of the crime. We also know that we are being watched by our internet providers and advertising, but did you know that everyone from your bank, your favorite retailer and even the government is keeping an eye on all that we do?

How are they doing that? In lots of ways, actually. Most of which we have no idea of when it occurs. Online shopping, even just window shopping can be incredibly detrimental to your security health. When we stroll around the web we can leave cookies as we look at various advertisements and visit various websites. Most people are not aware of the fact that these cookies can be used to develop a profile of your online life. Targeted advertising uses these profiles to load the screen with advertising based upon what sites and advertisements you visit while web surfing.

Based upon these profiles, a fairly good picture of who and what you are can be developed, and with that picture you could become a target by various entities. Those entities could be advertisers trying to sell you a 72 hour go bag, a crook intent upon cleaning out your bank account, or a government agency that thinks you pose a risk. But there’s more bad news at hand too. That news comes from above.

I don’t mean God here; I mean the government agencies that are more and more turning to aerial surveillance to keep an eye on what you are doing. We’ve grown up under the false impression that everything law enforcement and other government agencies do is for our safety, for our own good. That may have been true in Mayberry USA, but not in today’s world of terrorism and corruption. Today, there are some people in power that believe people who live the prepper and survivalist lifestyle are a threat to this nation, in spite of the fact that most of us can be viewed as nothing but patriots to our country.

You might remember a few months ago that a furor arose over one community’s use of aerial photography to spot and fine violators of the towns zoning ordinances. Photos were used to document the existence of swimming pools and outbuildings on properties where permits were never obtained to do the work. There is a growing use of aerial photography to keep tabs on what we are doing on our own property. Law enforcement claims they are looking for criminal activity, but what is really happening is an invasion of our privacy, and that can mean some serious problems may lie ahead for those of us adapting out property for long term survival of the coming times.

Secrecy needs to be part of your overall preparedness planning. Why? If you are truly prepared for the long haul, then you have a veritable department store ripe for the picking on one hand, and on the other you have a source of irritation to those who prefer the government be the provider of all things, including what you have accumulated as part of that planning. Along with the growth in government sponsored surveillance of us the taxpayer we also see an increasing number of officials that consider our planning as nothing more than selfish and immoral hoarding. They see your long term food storage plan as something to share with the rest of civilization, and they will take your resources whether you like it or not.

For those of you that live in the Miami-Dade area, that reality is on your doorstep. According to a WSVN report, MDPD purchased a drone named T-hawk from defense firm Honeywell to assist with the department’s Special Response Team’s operations. The 20-pound drone can fly for 40 minutes, reach heights of 10,500 feet and cruise in the air at 46 miles an hour. “It gives us a good opportunity to have an eye up there. Not a surveilling eye, not a spying eye. Let’s make the distinction. A surveilling eye to help us to do the things we need to do, honestly, to keep people safe,” said Miami-Dade Police Director James Loftus. (Article and video here.)This is just the beginning. Eventually, as costs come down and more communities get on the bandwagon, we’ll see drones that can stay aloft for days snapping shots and taking video of the local goings on.

The DHS is already utilizing the Predator B Drones to patrol the Mexican border and want to expand their use to the Canadian border and both coastlines as well, forming a visual fence that can see everything we are doing in those areas. But even though drones are a ways off from today, many community agencies use helicopters and planes to keep an eye on us. So, word of warning, when you adapt your property, make sure you do it right, and make sure it is unobtrusive.

And don’t forget that as we move closer to being a cashless society, it will be easier and easier for those in power to keep tabs on where we shop, what we buy, and how much.


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