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"We Want Information": The Database State
Imprisoned in the United Kingdom
The population of the United Kingdom are being trained like circus acts to sing and perform when any designated 'authority figure' demands they hand over their personal information in anticipation of the mandatory ID card that will weed out the subversives and block the non-conformists from using public services or being able to travel.
In the 1960's cult series The Prisoner every week Britons saw the newly designated authority figure demand the character of Patrick McGoohan hand over information. The program was an attempt at forewarning against the accelerating relationship between science, technology, and tyranny, and how it would be used to enslave a docile population concerned only with mindlessness and convenience.
The Village was a beautiful yet sinister enclave where residents were forcibly placed, kept and watched 24 hours a day by camera surveillance systems. The hierarchy of power was represented by a glowing pyramid with an all-seeing eye in the center of The Village control room.
The climax of the series saw McGoohan escape the prison of The Village and re-enter society only to discover that society itself was the prison and that, in his words, "freedom is a myth."
Another Orwellian story found its way into my inbox underlining again the enforced obsession with cataloguing every movement and action of the average British citizen.
A mother and husband were browsing Woolworths, a major UK department chain, when they noticed a young lady with photographic equipment offering to take baby pictures at the back of the store.
The mother takes up the story,
"We decided to get our daughter's portrait done
and as I was sorting her hair the lady (girl actually, looked about 18)
started asking questions and filling out a form. It went something like
She asked for my name and address so I gave it to her. Then she wanted my post code.
Then I asked her if the pictures would be delivered and the answer was NO, I have to pick them up at the shop. (I started thinking, if they're not posting the pics why all the details? Surely I just need a ticket with a number?)
She then asked for my daughter's name.
Fine, (she'll probably need that to talk her into a pose anyway).
Date of birth?
"What do you want that for?" I asked.
"Just for our records," she told me.
Suspicion was beginning to set in, so I deliberately said "she's four and a half." She looked a bit annoyed/confused at that, but gave in, and then asked me to sign an agreement. I glanced at it quickly but one of the paragraphs that struck me was, that the photos and negatives (and obviously all the info I gave about my daughter) would be kept and owned by them (whoever they are) to do with & give to whatever & whoever they wanted.
"Forget it" I said. "Bit too much like a big brother thing this, what do they do with all this info?" I asked.
"Oh they just keep hold of it for 3 years and then destroy it all." she said it like this was a normal thing to do. (maybe it is, maybe I am paranoid?)
"That's what they tell you, a bit fishy if you ask me, I've changed my mind we don't want you taking any pictures of my daughter" I said, then left, (leaving her with all our details, minus the DOB and of course, the pictures). I wonder how many thousands of kids & babies they have photos and details of? And why do they need names, DOBs etc?
They're only selling portraits, aren't they??"
Should we be surprised?
The British government has passed legislation to make every offence arrestable. Every suspect arrested, even if proven innocent, has their DNA added to the criminal database and stored forever in perpetuity.
Under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act, police can approach any person whatsoever, whether they are acting suspiciously or not, and demand they provide their full details, address and date of birth. This information is kept forever in perpetuity. 119,000 people have already had their details recorded and this figure will skyrocket after the post 7/7 figures are added.
"We want information."
The story of the baby photographer is an auderve for what is to come. Police will begin to routinely demand that citizens show their papers under any circumstance.
Tales of this nature make many Britons like myself yearn for pastures new before the real fun begins after the mandatory implementation of the national ID card after 2008. But like McGoohan in the hit 60's series, would we not just be exchanging one prison for another?
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