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Traffic Surveillance Cameras To Monitor Personal Behavior
Orwell's telescreens arrive in Britain
Not satisfied with over 4 million CCTV cameras already spying on British citizens, the government is now floating proposals to turn the country's 14,000 speed cameras on drivers to monitor their personal habits.
The London Guardian reports,
"Mr Gifford said expanding the use of technology for tracking the movements of cars could lead police to people who had committed other offences in the same way that Al Capone was eventually caught through his income tax evasion. He claimed that for greater safety and "the greater good of society", most people would be prepared to accept "a slight reduction of our liberty"."
As we have warned, the agenda of the expansion of surveillance cameras is not just because the government wants to record your actions.
The fundamental goal is to ram it down people's throats to the point whereby they think they are constantly under suspicion 24 hours a day, resulting in the self-regulation of behavior, a self-imposed prison without bars.
This helps mould a repressed society that shrinks from asking questions, protesting and demanding answers from its government. It redefines the very nature of the intended function of government, to act as a servant to the people. We the people are supposed to watch government like hawk, not the other way around. The abuses of the state throughout history, killing 200 million in the last century alone, have always massively outweighed any threat to the fabric of society from crime, which in itself is largely a product of the state's action.
The blanket smoking ban and ASBO legislation also send the message, we are your bosses, you are the children and you better play nicely because Big Brother is watching at all times.
The age of the telescreen is upon us as surveillance cameras that festoon our streets, shopping malls and airports are now moving into our private homes as the panopticon prison is erected.
The surveillance cameras are there to make a statement. We are the prison guards, you are the prisoners.
As George Orwell described it in 1984,
"The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard."
"There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live -- did live, from habit that became instinct -- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized."
This is the prison without bars. This is the panopticon, a prison so constructed that the inspector can see each of the prisoners at all times, without being seen. This is a portrait of the accelerating movement by western governments to erect giant, powerful, all-pervading mass surveillance, tracking and control grids that will keep all populations firmly under the baleful and watchful gaze of Big Brother.
Liberty, the group supposedly tasked with defending privacy rights in the UK, revealed itself to be a shill of the establishment in refusing to oppose the measures.
E mail Liberty and complain about their decision not to oppose the measures.
E mail PACTS and tell them you will oppose measures that violate the basic right to privacy.
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