Prior to his abrupt resignation this week over an “extra-marital affair,” former CIA Director, David Petraeus spoke at the non-profit In-Q-Tel CEO Summit, where he advocated the expansion of the Internet beyond our computers into everyday household appliances and fixtures, where their use and their users can be monitored by law enforcement, much as our cell phones and computers are easily monitored today.

Petraeus projected that 50 to 100 billion of such random things will be connected by 2020 but the technology certainly exists for certain snoopy people to bug any number of familiar household items, using cellphone apps right now and the UK’s Daily Mail recently announced that chip manufacturer, ARM “unveiled low-powered, cheaper chips that can be used in everything from fridges and ovens to doorbells.”

Advocates of Constitutional Law and the Right to Privacy, such as Alex Jones, that the transformation of washing machines into law enforcement stealth tracking devices takes the whole idea of government power too far.

For his part, Petraeus described this new technology as “Transformational in tracking persons of interest in CIA investigations.”

In-Q-Tel of Arlington, Virginia, is a venture capital firm that invests in high-tech companies for the sole purpose of keeping the Central Intelligence Agency, and other intelligence agencies, equipped with the latest in information technology in support of United States intelligence capability.

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