Specifically (and keep in mind that early information in huge media events often is subject to change), the suspect was photographed dropping off two packages at a Fedex office in Austin. He was wearing a hat and wig, reportedly, so no facial identification was possible, but police were able to use cell phone tower data to identify everyone who was in the area with a cell phone turned on. Evidently, the individual in question was already on some sort of police lists, and that identified him as a strong suspect. From that point, getting to his location was inevitable. Some reports indicate police were able to trace his Google searches and identify the hotel where he was staying. But if he had the same cell phone on his person, tha coiudl ave led police to him, also.
No doubt some of this information will prove mistaken, but the underlying point remains sound. If you have a cell phone on your body with the battery in it, the police probably can know everywhere you have been and where you are now. And with the proliferation of security cameras, they can see you, and what you are wearing.
This is called the “panopticon” state that can see you everywhere. China is spending a lot of money and devoting intellectual resources to becoming the most thoroughgoing panopticon state in human history. But, if you think you are not subject to constant surveillance and keep a cell phone with you, the police can find out where you’ve been and where you are now, in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
The demise of the presumptive perp in Austin is an upside of this situation. The downside has yet to be fully plumbed here, but in China it is clear that it is a foundational element of twenty-first century tyranny.
Prepare yourself for further information on the suspect’s motivation. Leftists are hoping he is some sort of rightist or racist, giving them moral bragging rights. Conservatives are hoping he is a leftist, for similar reasons. If the leftist hopes are realized, expect a huge wave of accusation leveled at everyone to the right of Lindsey Graham dominating the mainstream media. If he was a lefty, expect the mainstream media to change the subject.
Meanwhile, people in Central Texas have to still worry about other packages that may be somewhere in the delivery systems of any provider of such services.
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