Fahrenheit 451 and “How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs” both give detailed situations on how the government in their society is abusing their technological powers. Guy Montag in Fahrenheit 451 goes through receiving an ear piece called the Seashell, which makes your curious thoughts disappear. Beatty is the official in the town, which he then took into play. Knowing everything about books, he doesn’t want society to out smart him, in a way. This is now isolating his competition. Beatty has made this earpieces for everyone in order for him to remain on top. Guy removes his ear piece and Beatty gets suspicious “first I thought you had a seashell. But when you turned clever later, I wondered.”(pg 112) Tadrae McKenzie went through a similar situation like this in “How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs”. He part took in a robbing scandal of marijuana and was sentenced to prison. How the police found the evidence was interesting. They used what’s called a Stingray to investigate. Stingrays are devices that behave like fake cellphone towers. By tricking phones, cops can determine a suspect’s precise location, calls, and even listen-in on a call or see text messages. This is private information, and “some courts have ruled that the devices do in fact violate the Fourth Amendment.” The government abuses the technology they have for their own purpose, while affecting others, and it’s not going to stop any time soon.