Electronics expert & counter-surveillance specialist, Roger Tolces returned to discuss the increase in wiretapping and his work in assisting victims of electronic harassment. He commented that in the era of the Patriot Act and increased government surveillance, now more than ever, our society has begun to resemble George Orwell's 1984.
The NSA's surveillance of US citizens involves a staggering amount of "data mining," in which both phone and computer communications are scanned for key words, he reported, adding that the major telecoms allow the NSA to eavesdrop on calls without providing any warrants.
Electronic harassment typically involves using an electronic device for the purpose of causing mental or physical harm or stealing information, he noted. Among the more unusual technologies he's seen used, include "dream insertion"-- in which a specific dream state is projected into a person's consciousness and "remote sexual attack" which can be instigated by a directed energy device. One of the first steps he takes with victims of electronic harassment is to get them to stop sleeping on beds with metal springs, which he explained, can act like an antenna for unwanted transmissions.
First hour guest, numerologist Glynis McCants presented an update. She commented that the recent passing of the date/time 1:02:03 04/05/06 was not highly significant, but that these numbers do indicate drama and the celebration of life and energy. She also noted that we are in the "4" month—April, which is a good time to learn new things, and that Katie Couric, now moving into the CBS anchor position, shares the identical numbers as Barbara Walters.