Smart Grid: Government spying targets Rural America
RFD America

March 7, 2009

I've been reading the stimulus bill. When I saw the term Smart Grid on
page 232 of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," I
stopped reading so fast I almost gave myself whiplash. If you haven't
heard about Smart Grid, listen up. Smart Grid is closely related to the
National Animal Identification System (NAIS), and both programs are
designed to spy on Americans. Even more disturbing than the purpose of
these government-condoned intrusions into our lives is the fact that the
Obama Administration feels that Smart Grid is so important that it had
to be funded in the stimulus package—which is supposed to be used for
emergencies only. What's the emergency? Why does Smart Grid need to be
implemented within 60 days of the bill passing? Here come the answers,
and none of them are good.

What is Smart Grid?

Smart Grid is part of a global initiative to manage information, all
information. This is not some dire fictional prediction; it exists right
now, right here in the United States, and thanks to President Obama, the
Secretary of the Treasury can lend the Western Area Power Administration
(WAPA), a division of the Department of Energy, $3.25 billion to
implement Smart Grid:

"(B) the Secretary shall, without further appropriation and
`without fiscal year limitation, loan to the Western Area Power
Administration, on such terms as may be fixed by the Administrator and
the Secretary, such sums (not to exceed, in the aggregate (including
deferred interest),$3,250,000,000-in outstanding repayable balances at
anyone time) as, in the judgment of the Administrator, are from time to
time required for the purpose of [...] In carrying out the initiative,
the Secretary shall provide financial support to smart grid
demonstration projects in urban, suburban, tribal, and rural areas,
including areas where electric system assets are controlled by nonprofit
entities and areas where electric system assets are controlled by
investor- owned utilities.

Ostensibly, Smart Grid is about energy efficiency and climate change.
This intelligent power grid gathers information about individual energy
use via sensors embedded in the transmission lines and in homes and
businesses. The government, via WAPA, will know what temperature you
keep your home or business at. If you keep your domicile warmer or
cooler than the temperature approved by the federal government, you pay
more. To some, this is an acceptable arrangement, until they discover
what else Smart Grid can do.

What's in your closet?

According to IBM, one of the two corporations which will receive most of
the money (the other is GE),

The world is becoming instrumented. By 2010, there will be a
billion transistors per human, each one costing one ten-millionth of a cent.

The world is becoming interconnected. With a trillion networked
things—cars, roadways, pipelines, appliances, pharmaceuticals and even
livestock—the amount of information created by those interactions grows

All things are becoming intelligent. Algorithms and powerful
systems can analyze and turn those mountains of data into actual
decisions and actions that make the world work better. Smarter.

* A d v e r t i s e m e n t
* efoods

Did you catch that? Smart Grid will allow the government to collect
information about you, your habits, and possessions. All they need are a
few sensors to know what is in your refrigerator; how long you spend in
the bathroom; if you smoke in your home; if you drink alcohol in your
home; and how many people are in your home or business at any one time.
Science fiction? Don't bet on it. IBM knows different.

And if the above statements aren't enough to get you thinking, how about

Nanotechnology e-textiles for biomonitoring and wearable electronics-
If current research is an indicator, wearable electronics will go
far beyond just very small electronic devices or wearable, flexible
computers. Not only will these devices be embedded in textile substrates
but an electronics device or system could ultimately become the fabric
itself. Electronic textiles (e-textiles) will allow the design and
production of a new generation of garments with distributed sensors and
electronic functions. Such e-textiles will have the revolutionary
ability to sense, act, store, emit, and move – think biomedical
monitoring functions or new man-machine interfaces – while ideally
leveraging an existing low-cost textile manufacturing infrastructure.

Here's the scenario: you buy a pair of socks, using your credit or debit
card (cash is already being discouraged). Because of Smart Grid, your
house will be able to read the bar code on those socks as you bring them
through the door and add them to a list it keeps of your clothes; size,
price, origin, when worn, etc. The computer that controls your home's
thermostat and lights also controls your wardrobe, budget, social
habits, and even your eating habits. The refrigerator reads the bar
codes on your food. Someone with access to that information knows when
you eat, what you eat, what you paid for it, and how long something has
been in the fridge.

If you're like me, and do a lot of canning, you're probably thinking,
"so what?" That's what my initial thought was. It can't read a bar code
if there isn't one. Hmmm. What if your home's computer believed that
based on how many people live in the home there's not enough food being
purchased? How long do you think it would take the electronic nanny to
notify child protective services or other authorities?

Again, this isn't science fiction. It's happening right now in South
Bend, Indiana, and Florida and California. Now that President Obama's
spending package has been pushed down our windpipes, effectively choking
off any opposition, look for development of an electronic super nanny by
Big Brother. This is change we can believe in? It's change alright rural
America, and it's coming for you. Notice on GE's page there are no
pictures of urban or suburban dwellings, only a rural home? An
oversight? Not according to Alan Keyes.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Keyes in the summer of 2008. He
told me then that rural people should understand that there is a
concerted effort to remove all control from rural areas and concentrate
it in Washington D.C. After reading about the billions of dollars the
White House has allocated to watching its rural citizens, I'd say he hit
the nail on the head. We are the targets; the lonely little home on GE's
website might as well have a bull's eye on the roof. Dr. Keyes told me
the Illuminati who are running D.C. are worried about rural people
because we are exposed to less media than our urban counterparts: we're
harder to control.

Apocalypse now

One of the largest components of Smart Grid is already being implemented
by the USDA; it's called the National Animal Identification System
(NAIS) it requires farmers to implant a RFID tag into the body of all of
their livestock–cows, pigs, goats, chickens, sheep, all livestock. The
NAIS threatens to destroy small-scale family farms. If you're not
familiar with the NAIS, here are a couple of resources: Downsize DC,
NAIS: Too little too late? and NAIS: Let's do some fuzzy math. Coupled
with Smart Grid, the NAIS strengthens the ability of Government
officials to control rural Americans as completely as they control
people in the cities.

Remember, President Obama believes implementing Smart Grid is urgent. He
wants the program to expand quickly, with all of us on the thinking grid
by 2011. All of us. Resistance is futile.