Thank you, Suzanne. I think I will go and buy that signal jammer and maybe they will throw in the internet jammer too. And while I am at it, order some memory pills because I thought that Canada was that big cold country north of the US, kind a mild mannered Americans with moose and those great waterfalls as well as those French-speakers. But the fellow above seems to be describing Iraq or at least Sri Lanka. I'm very confused.
Coming in very late here, Dan ... Canada is indeed that big country north of the US but it has had a very right-wing government for a few years now (sorta like our new one but don't get me started on that).
Toss in the fact that a lot of the nasty stuff is cross-border. If the US is perfectly okay with killing people by drone-strike in countries it is not even at war with, as it is, then I think we can assume that the non-lethal stuff is even more pervasive.
Toss in the huge increase in computing capacity. Someone here (IIRC) mentioned how "they"
were able to identify the Boston bombers from video footage within a day or two, and the implications for own own privacy, but we have an example much closer to home: a woman was walking down a suburban Melbourne street one evening a few months ago and after she was attacked, police strung together footage of her last fifteen minutes from surveillance cameras in the shops she passed.
Toss in the fact that retailers are now using, or planning to, GPS signals from customers' phones to see which parts of the store attract their attention and encourage them to buy.
Paranoid? Me? No, but only because I don't do stuff that I need to hide.