The strangest thing happened to me this week. A series of events that I am sure are completely unrelated and coincidental but none the less, strange enough to make a person take pause. Now I am not a big conspiracy theorist, but I have my fair share of thoughts on the capabilities of intelligence agencies and their ability to gather information in a Casper the ghost type fashion. The technology is vast and abundant and we have given the powers that be the ability to track our every move since the inception of the internet and the creation of wireless web.
I don’t in any way think I am important enough to be of any concern to our U.S. and national intelligence agencies, but it is a good possibility that this week I may have come under scrutiny due to a few phone calls and some web-based research. So let me tell you a little story.
Recently, I found myself needing to confirm information I received with several military organizations. So in order to do so, I reached out by telephone. An overseas call to NATO then the International Security Assistance Forces, a second call to the Department of Defense, a few emails later and visit to the Afghan Interior Ministry webpage to obtain a released statement, and it all begins.
While I am on my computer checking my email for replies from the various organizations I contacted, my cursor breeds a life of its own and begins opening all my emails one at a time but at a high rate of speed. Virus check — nothing attacking my computer. What is going on? So I restart the computer and all appears to be well, for a little while.
I get home that evening and low and behold, my wireless network is gone. My phones won’t connect to the wifi, my Apple TV is inoperable, the Xbox 360 is down and out, so I call my internet provider. They show no outages in my area so we go through the standard actions to determine the problem, which none appear to be fixing the broken network. So the technician on the other end of the line attempts to remote connect with my system to do an analysis for repair. You guessed it — access denied.
So a few days later a technician shows up at my house, checks out the equipment and viola — it’s fixed. Network name had changed and the password was different — that’s all! Hello — who changed my network name and my password. I was assured the changes were most likely a corporate action and not to worry.
I am sure it was probably just a series of unfortunate events that just oddly enough happened moments after my first contact with an overseas military installation.
It’s enough to make you go Hmmm.
Kim Ross is editor of the Poteau Daily News. Write her at P.O. Box 1237, Poteau, OK 74953 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org .