“It’s an order; a job’s a job.”
In a world where actions are dictated by interest, and morality takes a backseat to frugality and egocentricity, the level of impudence that could adequately describe the actions of governments, corporations, and individuals alike has become increasingly brazen, and the public continues to get less surprised. Snowden reveals the level of US government espionage on its own people, Four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian have been charged with hacking more than a dozen major American and international corporations, stealing and selling at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars (click here for the article), and most recently, we find that the British government, had been listening through Princess Diana’s phone, and very likely had been doing so the night of her death, at the very least.
According to a new investigation, British spies have likely recorded the last moments of Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed by bugging their mobile phones. Now the security source, a specialist operative who has engaged in “black ops”, is alleging that Diana’s phone was accessed remotely, even when switched off.
“There is no doubt that this technology was used on Diana and all around her, and for very human reasons she was regularly listened to live in the moment,” said the source.
GCHQ operatives spent a great deal of time recording and listening live because she was a priority intelligence target and a direct threat to the Crown, he said.
“More than that, she was an icon and the most famous woman in the world at the time and analysts are vulnerable to curiosity as much as anyone else and would have wanted and had the capacity to listen live to the conversations in the car as it sped away from the Ritz.”
As well as these claims, there are suspicions that CCTV cameras were tampered with on the night of the crash. Pascal Poulain was the commander of the Paris Information and Control Centre which was ultimately responsible for the Alma Tunnel camera that night. Interviewed by British investigators, he said: “In view of the scale of the accident, we tried to see the scene of the accident, using the camera situated at Place de l’Alma.
“That was impossible. In fact the screen showed only a blurred yellow light. We tried to manipulate the camera, that is to use the zoom and manoeuvre it, in vain. We did not have the control. By that I mean that another section must have been using the camera and manipulating it and must have not released it. It had remained under remote control on another section’s control panel. But it could also have been due to it being out of order.”
Since the days that we first stood upright and walked out of our caves, man has been subject to the dangers of his environment. These dangers have changed throughout the years, from saber-toothed tigers to harsh winters, and from the swords of other clans to the warships of other nations. While the dangers we face change in size and complexity, they are no less real and often require more diligence to the awareness of our surroundings.
While the single mother at home has a very different set of circumstances that require her attention to needs differing dramatically than those of a corporate executive at the office, they share that same common humanity that intertwines us all in the preservation of our species; that devotion to a common good that would not allow the atrocities mentioned above to happen, or at least do what we can to mitigate the evils of a world that’s bugged, trapped, eavesdropped, and spied on by those who do because they can. And that’s why we do what we do – making the world a safer place, where privacy reigns, safety is paramount, and security never sleeps.