Since I have an i-Phone, when I heard about Dropoutjeep I was upset about it, to put it mildly:
DROPOUT JEEP is a software implant for the Apple iPhone that utilizes modular mission applications to provide specific SIGINT functionality. This functionality includes the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device. SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection. All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted.I've raged about similar invasions of privacy over the past year as news of them has become available, yet as the list grows ever more incredible and loss of privacy nearly universal, nothing much of anything has been the consequences.
Here's the way it works. An aggressor will provoke his victim for either of two purposes. To achieve a material advantage, and/or to discover what the victim will do in response. First the bully demands the victim's lunch money—material advantage—then he requires ever more humiliating concessions from the victim to the endless delight of the bully's circle of admirers.
The provocations of the Nazi regime prior to WWII are a textbook example of tiny provocations that grow larger as consequences are held in abeyance. Tiny, discreet, minor, these words hardly describe a ravenous pack of wolves at the door, yet at first, ostensibly, Americans are led—by the mainstream media—to believe that what the NSA and the CIA and the IRS have been doing are nearly painless and mostly trivial peccadilloes that for the most part are serving the greater good.
The typical mealy-mouthed justifications presented in response to my outraged objection go like these: "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about. It's done in the name of improving national security. If it catches terrorists then it's worth it.
As the bully pushes you and provokes you just a little bit further every day, when—if ever—do you fight back? Unfortunately the usual answer is never. It's a pattern that's been repeated over and over since the dawn of civilization and yet somehow the victim never sees it coming!
Logical people with years of university education under their belts might immediately protest that I'm describing the proverbial slippery slope argument, and that this argument is more often than not fallacious. Maybe, but when a provocateur is actively spraying the precipitous slope your standing on with a garden hose, it's a good bet he's not looking out for your own best interest.
By the time the people who can actually do something about this slow-motion coup d'état, wake up and actually start doing something, well you guessed it. The judicial branch and the legislative branch have a duty which they are failing to fulfill. The Democratic party is indulging in the grossest and most conspicuous abnegation of their own power and prerogative I've ever imagined, and apparently all the Republican Party can do is moan that they've fallen and they can't get up. the takeover is nearing completion. Do you truly expect this tyrant to step-down on January 20, 2017? He's got three more years to spin his webs of deceit, to wield executive orders to remove every restraint on his power, to install complaisant cronies in every vacant judicial seat, to outrage the populace to the breaking point, and beyond...until...martial law becomes "The Law."