Smart Grid: Government spying
targets Rural 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
heard about Smart Grid, listen up. Smart Grid is closely related
National Animal Identification System (NAIS), and both programs
designed to spy on Americans. Even more disturbing than the purpose
these government-condoned intrusions into our lives is the fact
Obama Administration feels that Smart Grid is so important that
to be funded in the stimulus packagewhich is supposed to
be used for
emergencies only. What's the emergency? Why does Smart Grid need
implemented within 60 days of the bill passing? Here come the
and none of them are good.
What is Smart Grid?
Smart Grid is part of a global initiative to manage information,
information. This is not some dire fictional prediction; it exists
now, right here in the United States, and thanks to President
Secretary of the Treasury can lend the Western Area Power Administration
(WAPA), a division of the Department of Energy, $3.25 billion
implement Smart Grid:
"(B) the Secretary shall, without further appropriation
`without fiscal year limitation, loan to the Western Area Power
Administration, on such terms as may be fixed by the Administrator
the Secretary, such sums (not to exceed, in the aggregate (including
deferred interest),$3,250,000,000-in outstanding repayable balances
anyone time) as, in the judgment of the Administrator, are from
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
including areas where electric system assets are controlled by
entities and areas where electric system assets are controlled
investor- owned utilities.
Ostensibly, Smart Grid is about energy efficiency and climate
This intelligent power grid gathers information about individual
use via sensors embedded in the transmission lines and in homes
businesses. The government, via WAPA, will know what temperature
keep your home or business at. If you keep your domicile warmer
cooler than the temperature approved by the federal government,
more. To some, this is an acceptable arrangement, until they
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
billion transistors per human, each one costing one ten-millionth
of a cent.
The world is becoming interconnected. With a trillion networked
thingscars, roadways, pipelines, appliances, pharmaceuticals
livestockthe amount of information created by those interactions
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
Did you catch that? Smart Grid will allow the government
information about you, your habits, and possessions. All they
need are a
few sensors to know what is in your refrigerator; how long you
the bathroom; if you smoke in your home; if you drink alcohol
home; and how many people are in your home or business at any
Science fiction? Don't bet on it. IBM knows different.
And if the above statements aren't enough to get you thinking,
Nanotechnology e-textiles for biomonitoring and wearable
If current research is an indicator, wearable electronics will
far beyond just very small electronic devices or wearable, flexible
computers. Not only will these devices be embedded in textile
but an electronics device or system could ultimately become the
itself. Electronic textiles (e-textiles) will allow the design
production of a new generation of garments with distributed sensors
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
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,
house will be able to read the bar code on those socks as you
through the door and add them to a list it keeps of your clothes;
price, origin, when worn, etc. The computer that controls your
thermostat and lights also controls your wardrobe, budget, social
habits, and even your eating habits. The refrigerator reads the
codes on your food. Someone with access to that information knows
you eat, what you eat, what you paid for it, and how long something
been in the fridge.
If you're like me, and do a lot of canning, you're probably
"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
based on how many people live in the home there's not enough
purchased? How long do you think it would take the electronic
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
spending package has been pushed down our windpipes, effectively
off any opposition, look for development of an electronic super
Big Brother. This is change we can believe in? It's change alright
America, and it's coming for you. Notice on GE's page there are
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
concerted effort to remove all control from rural areas and concentrate
it in Washington D.C. After reading about the billions of dollars
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
website might as well have a bull's eye on the roof. Dr. Keyes
the Illuminati who are running D.C. are worried about rural people
because we are exposed to less media than our urban counterparts:
harder to control.
One of the largest components of Smart Grid is already
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 livestockcows, pigs, goats, chickens, sheep, all
NAIS threatens to destroy small-scale family farms. If you're
familiar with the NAIS, here are a couple of resources: Downsize
NAIS: Too little too late? and NAIS: Let's do some fuzzy math.
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
by 2011. All of us. Resistance is futile.