You may not have heard much about Wikileaks’ Vault 7 in mainstream media reports, but it is perhaps the biggest news story of our generation. It makes Edward Snowden’s leaks look relatively minor by comparison. It shows that the CIA has pretty much eviscerated our privacy rights.

Last week, Julian Assange of Wikileaks gave us the goods on the CIA’s hacking capabilities. What they can do would have made George Orwell do a double-take. Here are the highlights from that dispatch courtesy of tech journalist Milo Yiannopoulos:

1. The CIA can masquerade its malware as belonging to a foreign intelligence agency.
2. The CIA stole hacking malware from the Russian Federation for their own use.
3. The CIA is hacking everyone, including US citizens.
4. Every microphone and webcam is remote controllable.
5. The CIA’s exploits have been leaked internally and can be used by unauthorized people to gain access to virtually anything.
6. CIA malware can infiltrate iPhones, Androids, Windows Phones, and even your smart TV.
7. The U.S. consulate in Frankfurt is a covert CIA hacker base.
8. The CIA created air gap jumping viruses that infect CDs, DVDs, flash drives, etc.
9. The CIA created malware that specifically evaded certain anti-virus programs.
10. The CIA can hack cars for “undetectable assassinations”
11. CIA malware can infiltrate your macOS and Windows computers.
12. CIA malware infiltrates your smartphone to read messages on encrypted apps, before you send them.
13. CIA malware can infiltrate Linux and routers.
14. The CIA was supposed to reveal major vulnerabilities, but instead, hoarded them for their own use.
15. Notepad++, a popular text editor, has a DLL hijack.
16. The CIA steals saved passwords from Internet Explorer
17. CIA can bypass Windows User Account Control
18 .CIA has Android malware that makes Android phones bulk-spy on WiFi networks around them.

While this may seem overwhelming and daunting, we shouldn’t become paralyzed with fear. Remember, our forefathers faced daunting odds when they fought a bloody revolution against the British Crown. They didn’t give up when they were down. They fought until the bitter end, and they ended up victorious. We must follow their heroic example when facing off against the surveillance state.

We may have to fight a real war against Big Brother in the future, but now we must fight through legislative measures. The Founding Fathers created the American Republic for the purposes of restraining government power. James Madison said in Federalist #46 that “should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand.”

The means of opposition are at hand in Michigan. Rep. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake) introduced House Joint Resolution C (HJRC) to put before voters a state constitutional amendment to protect electronic communications and data from the prying eyes of state and local law enforcement. The amendment would also effectively block a small but intrusive practical effect of federal spying within the state. The bill must pass the Committee On Law And Justice to receive a vote in the full House.

PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS to support this important bill.

1. Call the House Committee On Law And Justice Chair, Klint Kesto. Strongly, but respectfully urge him to move this important bill forward to a vote in his committee. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
Kesto:  517-373-1799

2. Call the rest of the committee members. Again, be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bills forward and vote YES on HJRC.

John Sytek Vice Chair (R) (603)893-8889

Peter Lucido (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 36th District – 517-373-0843

Joseph Graves (R) 51st District – 517-373-1780

Martin Howrylak (R) 41st District – 517-373-1783

Brett Roberts (R) 65th District – 517-373-1775

Lana Theis (R) 42nd District – 517-373-1784

Thomas Albert (R) 86th District – (517) 373-0846

Stephanie Chang (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 6th District – (517) 373-0823

Rose Mary Robinson (D) 4th District – (517) 373-1008

Vanessa Guerra (D) 95th District –  (517) 373-0152

Frank Liberati (D) 13th District – (517) 373-0845

Robert Wittenberg (D) 27th District – (517) 373-0478

3. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Make sure to follow-up. If they say YES, be sure to thank them and, if possible, announce their committed YES vote to email and social media contacts. If they say no, politely ask them why. Get the information from them and contact us.

4. Call your representative. Make sure they are aware of HJRC, and make sure they will support the bill when it comes up for a full House vote. You can find their information here:

While this measure may seem like small potatoes, it is the first step in our pushback against Big Brother. This will be a many year battle to defeat the Surveillance State. As the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” We have to take those first steps, and be the trailblazers. Please help get the word out about HJRC by sharing this blog and encourage others to take action steps.

Shane Trejo
State Director
Michigan Tenth Amendment Center

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