5 ways to survive the surveillance state

In the wake of the NSA whistleblower shedding light on the scope of the government surveillance practices, it may seem nearly impossible to maintain any type of cyber related security. But there are a few things you can do to protect your privacy, and yesterday TheBlaze reported “The Top Five Ways to Thwart the NSA and Government from Spying on You.”

“There’s a couple of things up on TheBlaze. There’s one: Five ways to thwart government spying,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “I don’t think any of them are any good, but let's count down from number five.”

While Glenn may not have been hugely impressed with the list, it does provide some feasible solutions that will help keep some of your information private.

NUMBER 5: Avoid cellphone tracking

Your cell phone company automatically records location data every time you make a call, so the only true way to avoid location tracking is to turn off your phone and remove the battery.

It is easy to think about tracking in regards to location services, but Glenn extended the concept even further – highlighting the risks associated with the microphones located in mobile devices.

“They offered a clue on how to save your cell phone, turn off the microphone,” Glenn said. “These things that we were talking about, we are talking about with the NSA, but remember, these are the things that the government's partner, Google, talked to me about. They said, ‘It's a good thing.’”

Take, for example, Apple’s Siri. “Siri will answer your questions before you even think of them. I said how is that even possible? Because it's going to read everything that you are reading, it is going to listen to all of your conversations, because it's an open mic,” Glenn explained. “When this thing is sitting here, my iPad is sitting here, your cell phone, it is an open mic, even if it is turned off, it is an open mic. The only way to stop it is to have a battery taken out of that device, which you can't do be with an Apple product.”

NUMBER 4: Secure phone conversations

Since the days of payphones have come and gone, there fewer ways to keep your phone conversations secure. Mobile encryption is one option – though when dealing with an agency as powerful as the NSA, attempts at private encryption will probably prove futile at best.

“There’s mobile encryption, but that doesn't work,” Glenn said. “I'm sorry, to say, if you are going up against the federal government, you don't have an encryption device that can really go up against the federal government.”

NUMBER 3: Encrypt, encrypt, encrypt

For companies that rely on cloud computing, encryption is key. Since companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google provide the cloud services, the federal government can court order them to turn over the data.

“Encryption, again, is good. We have talked about it here. We have everything encrypted, but encryption is not something – encryption will stop your ordinary people,” Glenn said. “But if your enemy, for instance, because I'm in the news business, because we deal with hackers, we don't even trust the encryption. We are not dealing with hackers. We are trying to protect whistleblowers. We are dealing with the federal government. I don't know how much encryption I trust.”

NUMBER 2: Keep your browsing private

Despite how disenfranchised you might feel after reading through these privacy tips, there are several precautions you can take to keep your browsing private. From private mode to hiding your IP address, there are precautions you can take.

“Now, there are things that you can do,” Glenn said. “You can shutoff cookies and everything else off. And there are browsers, for instance, you can get a browser that is on a thumb drive, that you stick it into your computer and you browse and then you pull it out of the computer and it doesn't leave anything on the computer, but even that is really not effective when you are going against the government.”

NUMBER 1: Go off the grid

This is certainly extreme, but the only way to truly ensure your digital security is to get off the grid.

“That one would work,” Pat said laughing.

At his new ranch, Glenn is completely off the grid – a feat he is especially proud of.

“At my ranch, we are off the grid. We are entirely off the grid. There is not a piece of fiber or wire that runs,” Glenn explained. “I go up to the ranch, and we are off the grid, and I watch my kids, and I recognize their life. I urge you to do it as much as you possibly can. Get off it as much as you can.”

It's not just the Twitter mobs, the Leftist extremists and the flagrant fourth-wave feminists who want ICE abolished. As we've seen, there's a growing number of politicians who want to see it as well.

Cue Alejandro Alvarez, who in his 32 years has managed to cultivate his brand as a "serial immigration violator." Alejandro has been deported 11 times. Well, he's facing deportation once again, after allegedly "slashing his wife with a chainsaw." His wife is in recovery and is expected to survive.

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Around 3:00 pm last Wednesday, police arrived at Alejandro's. When they arrived, they found Alvarez's wife suffering from "traumatic physical injuries, believed to have been inflicted by a chainsaw." The couple's three children were huddled in fear inside the home. Alejandro's wife was rushed to a nearby trauma center for an emergency surgery.

Alejandro fled the scene of the crime, but was eventually hauled in by police and booked under "suspicion of attempted murder, child endangerment, hit and run, and grand theft auto."

Sounds like the kind of guy who should be in our country illegally, right?

ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley noted that "Immigration officers have lodged a detainer against Alvarez, requesting that local authorities notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement before his release to allow them to take the man into custody."

This is the new reality.

This is the new reality. The immigration agency has to ask for permission, to file requests, to have illegal immigrants who are guilty of crimes dealt with. Luckily for Alejandro, Los Angeles is a sanctuary city, so maybe he'll get another pass and be back on the streets in no time.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Why is nobody talking about this?

Alabama law enforcement officials say that an illegal immigrant and an immigrant in the United States on a green card are responsible for the brutal murders of a grandmother and her 13-year-old special needs granddaughter in what investigators say is violence related to Mexican drug cartels.

The Purple Heart is reserved for those wounded or killed during battle. Awarded by the President, the medal has George Washington's image right there on the front of it. Make no mistake, it is reserved for heroes. True heroes. Men and women who've faced death and still persevered. Soldiers who fought in battle at the cost of their limbs, their lives, or their inner peace. John F. Kennedy earned a Purple Heart for his heroism as a gunboat pilot in 1944. John McCain received one for, well, we all know his horrific story. Colin Powell. Roughly one million Purple Heart medals have been awarded to veterans, all of whom were determined to have fought valiantly, with courage and heart.

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So it was a bit of a head-scratcher to hear comments from Democratic Representative Steve Cohen from Tennessee and self-appointed "Leader in Effort to #ImpeachTrump." During a House Oversight Committee hearing questioning Peter Strzok, Cohen said, perplexingly, that Strzok deserves a Purple Heart. You know, because he's injured by all those mean text messages that HE sent?

As we've seen, other than Cohen's fanboy praise, Strzok hasn't gotten off easy. Thankfully. The Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General wrote: "We did not have confidence that Strzok's decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the [Anthony] Weiner laptop was free from bias."

Lack of confidence. I believe that's one of the criteria for a different medal. Not a Purple Heart, though. Sorry, Strzok, you'll have to get your trophy elsewhere.

Time mgazine is back at it again, reporting the real news, doing the proper journalism. One of their latest articles is sure to earn them a Pulitzer. Surely. The article is titled, "Women Are Buying Up Plan B Because They're Terrified of the Future Supreme Court."

Here's how the article opens:

Within hours of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement last month, Emily Hauser was standing at a drugstore counter asking a pharmacist for two packages of Plan B. At age 53, she didn't need the emergency contraception pills — in fact, she wasn't sure who would, or when. But Hauser bought them anyway.

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I like that the article sets up Kennedy's retirement as an apocalyptic event. A recurring theme in the mainstream media, now that I think of it, especially lately. Here's the gist of it:

Across the country, Americans are stockpiling emergency contraception in light of Justice Kennedy's retirement and President Donald Trump's Monday nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. The nation's highest court is on its way to having a conservative majority, making threats against Roe v. Wade seem more dire than ever.

A good article includes backstory. History. The context. Here's what Time had to say about the sudden influx—some would say panic—in birth control:

To understand the interest in buying up Plan B, you need to brush up on Roe v. Wade. Some background: The court handed down the 7-2 decision in 1973, confirming that a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy is covered by the Fourteenth Amendment. Progress has been rocky since then.

Of course they reduce the issue to a series of strawman fallacies.

Ah, yes. Of course they reduce the issue to a series of strawman fallacies. At this point, it's impossible for those inflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome, and now Kavanaugh Derangement Syndrome, to have a civil conversation. They certainly aren't going to budge in their opinion. Our main goal, obviously, is to connect to them as fellow human beings, living in the same chaotic world, and, hey, maybe along the way they'll admit that, maybe, they're a little more biased and deranged than they previously realized.

If all you knew about American politics came from The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, or MSNBC, you'd think that a "Blue wave" is about to swamp the country, with hip, millennial geniuses like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez surfing the crest of the wave. In fact, you would already think Ocasio-Cortez is the greatest hope for America since Barack Obama.

America is a very large country, and reality is usually more complex than the media lets on. But, since the media already has their narrative and superstar Ocasio-Cortez set for this November, there's no room for another young, minority, female, child of immigrants, political outsider, from the ultimate blue-wave state of California, named Elizabeth Heng. Well, there probably would be room for a story like that, except that she's a conservative.

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Thirty-two-year-old Elizabeth Heng is running for Congress against Democrat Jim Costa, in California's 16th district. It's been 40 years since a Republican won in that district.

In the early 1980s, Heng's parents fled the violence in Cambodia and immigrated to the U.S. In 2008, after graduating from Stanford where she was student-body president, Heng opened several cell-phone stores with her brothers in the central San Joaquin Valley. Running her own business and managing 75 employees opened her eyes to a not-so-dirty secret about capitalism trying to survive the virus of progressivism. She says, "I saw firsthand how government regulations impacted businesses negatively. I constantly felt that from Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, they were saying that I was everything wrong with our country, when all I was doing was creating jobs."

That's when she decided to venture to Washington, D.C., where she worked for six years learning the ins and outs of legislation and campaigning. She ended up working as a director for President Trump's inauguration ceremony, a job she managed while also finishing her MBA at Yale.

Fiscal responsibility isn't quite as sexy-sounding as free college for everyone.

One of the biggest lessons she learned working in Washington became the platform she is now running for office on: fiscal responsibility. She says, "In a family or a business, we don't suddenly act surprised when a budget comes up for the year. We get it done."

What a concept.

Still, fiscal responsibility isn't quite as sexy-sounding as free college for everyone. So, don't expect Elizabeth Heng to replace Ocasio-Cortez as the media darling anytime soon.