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Surveillance

On any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears. 

With all branches of the government stridently working to maintain its acquired powers, and the private sector marching in lockstep, The Rutherford Institute is sounding the alarm in an effort to warn the American people about the ubiquitous surveillance state.

Whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, is listening in and tracking your behavior. This doesn’t even begin to touch on the corporate trackers that monitor your purchases, web browsing, Facebook posts and other activities taking place in the cyber sphere.

"The electronic concentration camp, as I have dubbed the surveillance state, is perhaps the most insidious of the police state’s many tentacles," says John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institue. "It impacts almost every aspect of our lives and making it that much easier for the government to encroach on our most vital freedoms, ranging from free speech, assembly and the press to due process, privacy, and property, by eavesdropping on our communications, tracking our movements and spying on our activities."

Key Cases in Surveillance:

“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment...You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard." — George Orwell, 1984.