Special Report: Operation “Magic Lantern”
Vol: 2 Issue: 23 Friday, November 23, 2001
The FBI is developing a kind of trojan horse software that they can use to intercept voice-over-net communications. Presently, they can tap phones, and they can capture computer keystrokes, but they can’t listen in to voice communications over the net. Enter the “Magic Lantern”.
It’s part of a wider FBI project called “Cyber Knight.” Cyber Knight would allow investigators to secretly install over the Internet powerful eavesdropping software that records every keystroke on a person’s computer, according to people familiar with the effort. Magic Lantern would let them listen in to voice over data communications.
Magic Lantern could be installed over the Internet by tricking a person into double-clicking an e-mail attachment or by exploiting some of the same weaknesses in popular commercial software that allow hackers to break into computers. That is what a “Trojan Horse” is.
Criminals, Terrorists and Foreign Spies
At least one antivirus software company, McAfee Corp., contacted the FBI on Wednesday to ensure its software wouldn’t inadvertently detect the bureau’s snooping software and alert a criminal suspect. The FBI software could be used with a court order against criminals, terrorists or foreign spies.
Who would qualify? According to a flyer issued by the FBI, someone who fits a terrorist profile would include “Doomsday Cult-Type Groups”.
Fitting The Profile
The FBI identifies what it calls “Super Patriots” and describes as “‘defenders’ of the US Constitution against federal government and UN” as being among those who fit the terrorist profile. That is where this gets scary. I fit the profile. I am a fundamentalist. I believe we are living in the last days. I am a patriot who believes in the Constitution. I believe the UN is the forerunner of the global government of antichrist.
It Couldn’t Happen Here
The Apostle John describes the government under antichrist. He says it will be global. [Rev 13:8] It will derive its power from control of a global economy. [Rev 13:17] It will slaughter all those who believe in Jesus. [Rev 13:7]. It will practice a form of counterfeit Christianity [Rev 13:11] that Paul describes as ‘having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof’ [2 Timothy 3:5].
The United States is not the whole world. It is actually only a tiny part of it, representing less than 5% of the global population. But America has always served as a benchmark for individual liberty and a restrainer of those who would steal that liberty.
A Christian Nation, Despite the Naysayers
Despite what the liberals say, America is and has always been a nation that functions under Christian principles, even when called by a different name. Less now than at its foundation, but still, America remains the most Christian nation on the face of the earth.
Even if it falls far short of what it could be, it is still head and shoulders above any other on that score. Most Americans reading John’s description of one world under antichrist dismiss it as something that ‘can’t happen here’. And it couldn’t, even a decade ago.
What It All Means
America has steadily been eroding those elements of our freedoms that would have presented a stumbling block to the antichrist. The reasons sound noble enough. Eliminating terror and terror networks worldwide is a noble cause. It seems right. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death,” wrote Solomon under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Proverbs 14:12. And that same Spirit felt that one fact important enough to repeat in Proverbs 16:25.
The Evolution of America
This is America — still the freest nation the world has ever known. But it is evolving, forced into compromising those freedoms by circumstances beyond its control. That evolution is embodied by such things as the Operation CyberKnight, Operation Magic Lantern, Project Echelon, Project Carnivore, the Inslaw Project and others.
A Tracked Society
Those projects are transforming us into a tracked society. A society in which membership in the ‘wrong’ group, adherence to the ‘wrong’ values, belief in the ‘wrong’ theology can mean social death. How close is it? Consider what would happen if your social security account was closed. Without a Social Security number, you couldn’t work, have a bank account, get a mortgage, or even rent an apartment. You couldn’t earn a living. In short, you would be socially dead.
The Specter of Social Death
Membership in the wrong group today — in America! — can easily result in social death. Under antichrist, John says membership in the wrong group — those who do not join his system symbolized by accepting a “mark” become socially dead. “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” [Rev 13:17]. It couldn’t happen here only a decade ago. For 1900 years it couldn’t happen anywhere.
John was writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God Who knew it would happen everywhere, one day, in a single generation, somewhere in time. This generation. It isn’t here yet. But it is fast approaching. You’d have to be blind to not see it coming. If it is this close, the Rapture of the Church is even closer. Where do you stand with Jesus?
Time is running out.