Paranoid? Who Is Reading You?

NSA Headquarters – Fort Meade, Maryland

Have you ever wondered who is reading you? Maybe you’re paranoid and think you are being “monitored?”. I mean, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that someone isn’t “monitoring” what you write.  Right?

I once posted extensively somewhere else and started wondering who was reading me besides those who gave me “likes”.  It all began several years ago when I put up a post about Brutus, Caesar, the Ides and moral dilemma. That post garnered some 2,000 hits. Who was so interested in a post about tyrannicide? I never did find out. Eventually I rationalized that, since it was March,  students were being required to write about the Ides and found the post useful.

After the Chelsea Manning and Ed Snowden affairs and the revelation that our government was monitoring our phone calls, photographing our mail and recording our internet activities I got interested again. Who reads me?

I was putting up posts defending Manning and Snowden as whistle blowers. I was also expressing grave disappointment in the Obama administration. Was I being “watched?”

So I found a way to find out who was reading me or at least from where the hit originated; I set up a free account with This enabled me to place a code in the html of my post while in the “edit” mode at the other place. I could then track the hits to that particular post.  I got a revelation.

I only encoded and monitored those posts I considered “controversial” – supporting Ed Snowden for example and criticizing government efforts to portray him as a “traitor” rather than someone who exposed wrong doing in the national security state.

Guess who came by to read?

Dod Network Information Center, Arlington Virginia

Department of Veterans Affairs, Silver Spring, Md.

U.S. House of Representatives, Washington D. C,

U. S, Senate, Washington, D. C.

U. S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, D. C.

Center for American Progress, Washington, D. C.

National Public Radio, Washington, D. C.

Beyond the Network America, Washington, D. C.

Think they look for key words?

In addition, there were hits from around the world, some of which I recognize but others are a complete mystery.

The encoded posts got three hits from Iraq; two from Jordan; two from Israel; two from Pakistan; two from the Palestinian Territory; one from the U.A.E. I don’t think about readers in Canada, the U. K.. Europe or Brazil – but three hits from Bhutan?

I mean, I am just an old  seventy one year old retired guy living in Florida. Of what interest could anything I write be to the Department of Defense – unless they scout for key words and look at everything – or everyone.

It’s enough to make one paranoid. Who are those guys digging in front of my house?

P.S.  Since beginning this WordPress blog I have had over 6,000 hits – from over 100 countries.  To my regular readers – thank you.  To any “gummit” readers – aren’t you bored yet?



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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9 Responses to Paranoid? Who Is Reading You?

  1. Great to know about statcounter and identifying your readers. When I get a moment, I’d like to give it a try as well.


  2. Misirlou says:

    I’ve had some visits from someone at Quantico, VA on my blog. I figured it was a horndog marine who was reading my bra post. Maybe it’s something more sinister…


    • toritto says:

      Hi V. – Nut job that I am I would always assume that if someone at Quantico is reading me, it is more sinister. 🙂 NONE of my regular readers are at Quantico and I bet none of yours are either. Bra posts or not!


  3. Clever man, Toritto. We’re very appreciative of your paranoia. 😉


  4. Reblogged this on theminstrelscitadel and commented:
    Toritto tells it like it is.


  5. beetleypete says:

    Bhutan! You too? I get regular hits from Bhutan on all kinds of blog posts, and I always wondered about that. Maybe they have a satellite switching centre there?
    I will have to start making that tinfoil hat…
    Regards from the ‘watched’. Pete.

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