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Enabling the Surveillance State

June 9th, 2009

For the record: the omniscience offered by red-light cameras, or mall security cameras networked together and available to State agents upon demand, is horribly frightening, and yes, the general apathetic reaction to the surveillance state likely means it’s going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better.

Case-in-point:

You feel like Big Brother’s watching. I just hope he is.

—Kim Gold, 48, Wilmington, DE resident. [Virtually Everywhere You Go… They’re Watching]

Ms. Gold, I think you need to re-read George Orwell’s 1984, or if you prefer, watch the movie. Because if you had even the faintest fucking understanding of what “Big Brother” actually is — the symbol of the omnipresent totalitarian State, where thought is crime, the end of human dignity and the death of liberty — I pray to whatever god you believe in, that you’d be singing a far different tune.

Apologetics and rationalizations, like those offered by Gold, or her fellow Wilmington resident Joann “If-you’re-not-doing-anything-wrong-you-don’t-have-anything-to-worry-about” Smagala, don’t rile me anymore. What I find most dreadful (and ironic) is not the degree to which most people apathetically accept these encroachments, but the degree to which they’ve been gone willingly with the program.

Multi-megapixel cameras tucked neatly inside cell phones and PDAs the likes of which would make Maxwell Smart go ga-ga, each containing a tracking device able to give more-or-less precise GPS location at practically any time, and each capable of keeping a more-or-less permanent record of our interpersonal communications, combined with all the transparency and openness of Teh Interweb (Facebook, MySpace, etc.) — hell…

“Big Brother” doesn’t need clandestine operatives to spy on the people, doesn’t need to install cameras on every street-corner, or televisions that watch us. We are already providing, for free and without question, far more information than we’d ever consider giving up if we thought we were really being watched.

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  • Zach S. says on: June 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm

     

    I think overall, people (this is in general and is the majority of people) enable the state/federal government to do whateever it is they are doing. In my experience, most individuals just do not take the time to properly think through their own, personal life decisions. What makes us think people would take the time or even HAVE the time to properly inform themselves of what the repercussions of the law and all the pork added on to it. They only learn what the media and the government big wigs want people to really know.

    I propose all new laws entering the house/senate floors should have a 1-5 page summary written by an Independant source (i.e. a CPA firm, etc) detailing the facts of the incoming law. At leas then people would have some oppurtunity to see whats really going on behind the scenes.

  • Brad says on: June 10, 2009 at 1:56 pm

     

    Nice Maxwell Smart reference.

    • nothirdsolution says on: June 10, 2009 at 3:23 pm

       

      I couldn't decide between Maxwell Smart or Inspector Gadget.

      • Zach S. says on: June 11, 2009 at 1:24 am

         

        Well if we base it off the originals, I definitely would prefer Maxwell Smart. The more I think about their voices though, I almost feel like they were the same person.

        • nothirdsolution says on: June 19, 2009 at 4:16 am

           

          voiced by Don Adams. Don Adams played Maxwell Smart in the TV show.

  • drawer86 says on: June 12, 2009 at 2:26 pm

     

    Kim and Joann live for the moment, as most people do these days. The have no memory nor any concept of tomorrow.

    Neither of those two automatrons are guilty of anything *now* but with their encouragement they will be in the future – but remember, they have no concept of the future.

    Thus they, and us, will become victimized by their (lack of) thought process.

    They, as votists, are our (my) enemies.

    They know not what they do……

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