Intelligence: Tyrants Learn How to Love Cell Phones


September 25, 2007: Intelligence agencies, especially those in dictatorships, have found cell phones to be a major asset. The basic advantage is that people use phones more frequently once cell phones are available. These devices have an addictive quality about them that few can resist. Moreover, it's usually possible to determine where a person was each time they used a cell phone. Police love this feature, which makes it easier to nail criminals. But police states find these capabilities useful simply to keep track of their citizens. Moreover, if anyone gets out of line, their cell phone service can be cut off, or monitored.

Because cell phones are so addictive, police states find that their control of the cell phone networks to be a powerful tool to keep control of the population. While cell phone users can communicate more easily, this is not without risk, as many cell phone users in dictatorships are discovering.


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