1984 was a picnic compared to modern day leviathan surveillance cage
Recent revelations of the NSA spying on American citizens re-awakened debates
about big brother and when state surveillance of its citizens goes too far.
The fact is that the modern implementation of the prison planet has far surpassed
even Orwell's 1984 and the only difference between our society and those fictionalized
by Huxley, Orwell and others, is that the advertising techniques used to package
the propaganda are a little more sophisticated on the surface.
Yet just a quick glance behind the curtain reveals that the age old tactics
of manipulation of fear and manufactured consensus are still being used to force
humanity into accepting the terms of its own imprisonment and in turn policing
others within the prison without bars.
All over the United States, Canada and Britain, surveillance camera systems
are being installed on street corners, in public bathrooms, in residential neighborhoods,
and even in parks and forests. We are asked to trust the government underlings
who control them that they are working for our best interests as said underlings
using the cameras to spy on naked women in their homes.
In the UK, government
programs encourage citizens to spy on their neighbors and report suspicious
activity as part of a CCTV channel subscriber package.
Homeland Security funding is being utilized to fund this mass expansion of
the surveillance state in the US as city and state officials clamor at the teat
of Big Brother to milk the cash cow of the police state and win
the contracts for installing more and more sophisticated spy cameras.
The government demands to know everything about our private lives and catalogue,
file and index every aspect of our existence, yet government itself becomes
more and more secret with each passing day as it engages in escalating criminal
The warning of Rousseau, that "man is born free yet everywhere he is in
chains" has come to pass. A majority of Westerners define freedom as the
freedom to have a television and shop at Wal Mart. True freedoms, innate freedoms
are no longer understood or practiced by a majority.
The most fundamental freedom, freedom of speech, is now subject to free
speech zones. Areas that coincidentally preclude anywhere where media would
be present, any place that the speech would be heard. The message is clear,
you have freedom of speech but only if nobody can hear that speech.
body scanners that produce a photo fit of our naked bodies are being introduced
into airports and trains.
tracking tags are being added to every item we purchase, sending out a surveillance
hum back to Big Brother HQ from the warehouse to the landfill.
Toll roads that
read sensors on our license plates are taxing and tracing us across the
country. GPS Black boxes in our cars report back to the government on exactly
where we have traveled and where we are heading.
Small towns in Florida were already running scans on cars three years ago and
that program has vastly
expanded across the country.
Security blimps that are used against insurgents in Iraq are soaring high in
major cities to report suspicious activity.
Spy satellites are used by the USDA to monitor
farmer's activities and ensure they are complying with federal demands.
Police helicopters are used in Arizona to make over
flights of private property and check that owners are keeping their swimming
pools clean. If he pools are not green the owners face immediate fines and even
Londoners are encouraged by the government to report
on their neighbors via a huge poster and radio campaign organized by the
Metropolitan Police. They are urged to watch for suspicious activity that could
denote terrorist activity. Getting a refund on a credit card purchase, owning
a vehicle and living in a house are three potential terrorist red flags according
to the government.
Posters at bus terminals inform Londoners that they are 'secure
beneath the watchful eyes' of Big Brother.
Government and media establishment organs demonize
disposable phones and link them with terrorism because the phones can't
be tracked 24/7 by government spy systems.
Our digital cable boxes and TIVO
systems are recording what we watch to create psychological algorithms which
are stored on government databases. These systems track what we watch, for exactly
how long we watch it, and what our psychological score is based on those factors.
The US State Department directs
a new program that enables the Mexican government to intercept phone conversations
and online messages from every telecommunications network within Mexico.
DNA databases are instituted in Britain to record the DNA of anyone arrested.
even if they are not charged their DNA record remains in the database. Laws
are then passed with make every offence arrestable. Examples of those caught
up in the database include a schoolgirl
who threw a snowball at a police car.
Entrepreneurs, industry leaders and former government officials advocate
taking the implantable ID chip as it becomes a necessity to access VIP areas
in trendy bars and Mexican judicial workers are ordered
to take it or lose their jobs.
detectors have been developed for use initially in airports in which laser
beams are bounced off a by passer's skin to try and denote signs of stress which
could indicate the will to commit acts of terrorism. Brain scanners in Boston
Logan airport also target suspicious individuals.
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.
Orwell's 1984 was a picnic in comparison to the wielding cogs of the prison planet
infrastructure that are being put in place all around us.
The choice is ours. As we hurtle towards the end of the first decade of the
new millennium, are we content to accept the terms of our own imprisonment and
live as slaves in a high tech rat maze, or, like the ones who went before us,
will we cast off the shackles of servitude and serfdom, and reclaim our God
given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?