When I joined the USAF, I never knew that there were people who would be interested in what I said, but I quickly learned there are many people in the world that just love to listen to you talk. On your phone, on your mobile phone, for you that are radio “hams”, there is always someone in the world that is listening to you.
The first communication between different groups of people was with talking while moving from one area to another. Then they learned to use drums. They taught each other what certain beats meant and they taught others and so forth. Next they used signal fires, but was limited in its ability to communicate what was really happening.
Next they used a flag and by holding it at different positions they could send words. Then someone said why not use two flags and we can send complete messages a long ways off (within the line of sight). And they couldn’t see each other at night. So they came up with signal lanterns for night-time communications. But again if the weather was bad you still couldn’t see each other and limited to the line of sight.
Morse came up with a way to talk to long distances using wires and a code that he invented. But it would only work on land. It was the discovery of the radio that finally allowed ships to talk with other ships and land without being physically connected. It also let others listen in on what was said, so each company created their own codes as did all the military establishments around the world.
In the beginning it was only the military listening to the other military as most of the orders sent from the high commanders were sent down to the lower echelons by radio or land line. Long before that there was only written messages, but they were easily intercepted, read, copied if necessary, and sent on. Of course that required that you stop the messenger and kill him so he couldn’t tell the “enemy” that the message had been read. Most of the time they never knew that a message was sent, so it could not be acted upon.
When they started to use radio or Morse code, then the “enemy” could listen in and read what was being said. This led to encryption such as the famous Enigma machine used by the German U-boots in the Second World War. That it had been broken, was never discovered by the Germans until after the war. But this started everyone else to think of using better encryption methods using the new fangled thing called a computer. The harder to break codes were built using the best and newest computers so that meant the countries needed to develop bigger and faster machines to help break the codes. And on and on it goes.
Now they have the ability to listen to your phone calls using satellites. But they can’t listen to every call so they have programmed computers to listen and flag calls that use certain “key” words. Like: spy, nuclear, bomb, drug or drugs, etc. I think you get my drift. This is why most the drug dealers use only code words and keep changing them so that they hope the governments don’t understand what they are talking about.
So as long as you just talk about your normal everyday lives, you will not be bothered. But try to talk about something that a government might be interested in and your voice will be recorded and analysed. And who knows, one of these days there will be a knock on your door and lo and behold …….
The people of Egypt, China, and other countries have learned that their government “listens” to them on the internet. Watching their blogs, e-mails, mobile phones, telephone’s; and they proved it by closing down the communications to the outside world, after they shut down the internal connections. By this they hope that the information between the people will be disrupted and not be able to co-ordinate between each other, but humans have a way getting around the blockages one way or another. If nothing else maybe we should go back to using the drums as the way to communicate.
- Ham Radio Not a Viable Option for Egypt (pcworld.com)
- A New Spin on Samuel Morse (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Michele Hewitson Interview: Mike Lee (nzherald.co.nz)
- How has the radio impacted society im a negitive way (wiki.answers.com)
- Bob Walsh: We Must Listen Before They Stop Talking (huffingtonpost.com)
- Ourang Medan (alpup.blogspot.com)
- Numbers Stations: Without A Trace… (echovar.com)