Not all of us can qualify for Big Brother Africa and get rich but believe it or not we all have qualified for big brother world. And there is no prize.
The 'spy machine' as others have called it is proof that the technology is available to keep an eye or an ear at least on those that are electronically connected. For me, the debate is not whether the government wants to spy on us or whether the telecommunications companies don't want to be accountable. This is about the machine not about the motives of people in government. Is this machine capable of 'hearing' or recording phone conversations as feared by phone operators? Is it possible for this machine to 'know' if a certain phone number belonging to a certain individual is in use?
If the answer is yes, then no matter what government says their intention is, they are simply not in a position to guarantee that the machine will never be used for spying purposes. The government may very well intend to use this machine to better regulate or monitor services by these companies but somebody else in the future could use the intercept facility to spy on enemies or potential enemies or even 'friends.'
No one can guarantee that this machine will never be used for spying purposes, and the temptation for those in power to abuse this machine is arguably huge. Temptation is not sin but the bigger the temptation the stronger the character has to be to overcome it. Of course, I don't want to speculate about the character or the integrity levels of our leaders.
The technology to visually and electronically track everyone on earth is available and increasingly in use all over the world. In fact, 'conspiracy' theorists have already proved that the powers that be whether in UN or behind the scenes have already agreed to aim at electronic IDs for everyone implanted in our bodies. With satellites, GPS, CCTV cameras, computers, it is possible to envision a one world government in which "no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark of the beast" (Rev. 13:17). The beast is the world dictator "given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation" (Rev. 13:7).
The 'spy machine' could just be a prelude to big brother world. United States of Africa could be another prelude to one world government but now with 'brother leader' gone, who is going to champion the US of Africa? In many ways there are advantages for Africa to become one 'country' or even the world to become one 'country.' The main disadvantage is that the system will not acknowledge Jesus Christ but will be anti-Christ. God will not even feature as a basis for human rights, just like the European Union rejected mentioning God in their constitution. Those of us that believe the book of Revelation is dealing with future events, we better be careful not to take the mark of the beast and subscribe to the anti-Christ world system that seems to be shaping up already.
By the way, here is some shortened feedback on Gaddafi. MM wrote, "There is nothing wrong with feeling sad about Gaddafi's death. God gets no pleasure in the destruction of the wicked (Ezekiel 18 v 32) but hopes they will repent (v 23). As Christians I don't think we are supposed to celebrate the death of the wicked. For me the story of Jonah teaches us that God loves the wicked. Jonah felt the Assyrians were too bloodthirsty and didn't want them to be forgiven so he fled. At the end of the book God shows Jonah, He doesn't want the wicked to perish in sin (Jonah 4 v 3-11). Gaddafi had a chance to listen to the concerns of the protesters but he hardened his heart and was filled with pride. It's a sad ending."
FK wrote, "I want to say that I joined you alongside many other normal thinking individuals in feeling sorry for the way Gaddafi was killed. To feel sorry for despots like Gaddafi in no way does it suggest that you support his barbaric acts. I strongly feel that Gaddafi was denied the opportunity to reflect retrospectively what he has done to humanity and come to a self conclusion that he was wrong after all. He vowed to die in Libya and he kept his word to the end. Killing Gaddafi the way he was killed equates his killers to the despot himself."