Fingers. Eyes. DNA. X-Rays. Behavior. Rubbish. Spending. Habits. Meal Choices.
The barrage of invasive police state measures of surveillance have, of course, been ongoing with the pace of technology. Yet, in the UK the eyes and ears piecing together a total 'electronic footprint' has accelerated furiously-- and with a frightening sense of inevitable entrapment.
BRITS NOW STAND COMPLETELY SURROUNDED...
The entire citizenry are now surrounded by nearly omnipresent surveillance by way of 4.2 million+ cameras in the streets of London, some of which now have microphones to eavesdrop on conversations and even speakers to shout back at individuals in an effort embarrass and correct behaviour. Not to mention a phasing in of face-scanning cameras and other monstrous technology. AND THAT IS ONLY THE BEGINNING...
The steady stream of eroding privacy has been outdone now by a landslide of announcements-- all at once-- that are clearly meant to overwhelm any sense of individuality, freedom, self-respect, trust in society or sense of involvement in any part of government-- beyond being a comprehensive profile in a paranoid database.
Of course, the UK has repeatedly told its citizens they will be 'microchipped like dogs' within a decade.
If the subjects of the digital crown have any nerve to buck the tyranny closing in around them, they had better reach their breaking point soon; if significant dissent doesn't stop some surveillance and slow down even more, it may simply be too late to prevent an absolute surveillance society-- backed by an army of computers and other sophisticated technology beyond control.
Only in the last week and a half, British news has revealed that its people have been taken from ALL sides:
MANDATORY DNA DATABASE EXPANDING
THOUGHT-CRIME LIST OF POTENTIAL CRIMINALS
GIVING 'THE FINGER' A MUST FOR COPS, FLIGHTS, BARS, CAR RENTAL, STUDENT EXAMS & MORE
-- Motorists will have their fingerprints taken on the roadside-- for now on a voluntary basis-- as a means of verifying identity. Supposedly, some 60% give false identity when pulled over, necessitating the new system.
Any driver who does not convince police of their identity will have to either voluntarily fingerprint on the spot or be taken to the station for mandatory fingerprinting.
Here are the key quotes of the article this comes from:
-- Renting a car will also mean a required fingerprint identification.
--At the same time, speed cameras are used in an absolute crackdown on any offense that can be criminalized. The technology scans license plates, of course, so it knows who it has caught. The same technology is used in patrol cars, as in the above scenario.
MPs are loving the use of these speed cameras and have called for even more of them to be put in use.
-- There was also support for the increased use of “alcolocks”, which would immobilize a car if the driver had been drinking.
--In the U.S., Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently called for breathalyzers in every car. More of the 'guilty until proven innocent' routine.
AT BARS, IT'S FINGERS DOWN BEFORE BOTTOMS UP
-- FINGERPRINTING BEFORE THE BIG TEST...
A Government-backed report recommends "tougher measures such as fingerprint or retina scanning" to prevent students cheating on exams or posing as someone other than themselves.
Furthermore, the report also calls for "widespread trials of 007-style detectors to trap pupils using mobile phones to cheat in exam halls."
In the name of stopping the horrible epidemic of testing malfeasance, the concept, of course, goes on:
This shocking example has to be the grossest imbalance of prevention vs. problem since the reaction in airports and elsewhere to the false and extremely exaggerated War on Terror.
-- OF COURSE, AIRPORT SURVEILLANCE IS WELL KNOWN, BUT UPGRADING...
Airline passengers are now to face routine fingerprinting. Of course, it won't be required just yet, but those who voluntary will benefit by way of convenience.
Heathrow airport began-- today-- biometric trials. Those who agree to fingerprint get to jet ahead of notoriously long lines. Luddites will have to wait patiently, and with increasing suspicion. Of course, the invasive terror-prevention system is being billed quaintly with P.R. terms like "electronic key"-- which makes everything faster and more secure.
Or maybe its just the mobile age we live in:
-- Where Thumb printing fails, X-RAY Body Scanners Will Prevail
MEANWHILE, THE WAR ON TERROR, STILL FOCUSED ON AIRPORTS, GETS MORE RIDICULOUS:
-- WHAT 'WORKS' FOR AIRPORTS WILL WORK FOR SUBWAYS AND TRAINS
--CCTV, Body Scanners, Thumbprints, Iris Scans et. al ad nauseam to be REINFORCED BY RFID AND E-PASSPORT
HAND-IN-HAND WITH OUTRAGEOUSLY-OVERDEVELOPED SURVEILLANCE COMES THE IMPOSED MORAL STANDARDS OF THE NANNY STATE
ACTUALLY, QUITE A BIT IS BEING DONE IN THE NAME OF PREVENTING 'ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR'
This overview is in no way exhaustive-- what our nations face is even worse. The examples from only the last two months of oppressive surveillance and imposed decisions is simply far too voluminous to include here. Obviously, it is a reluctant phenomenon that has been a long-time coming.
Society had better take a long, sober look at its surroundings. It had better act quickly and forcibly if intends to stop or even slow down the trends sinking us all into an absolute surveillance society.
Big Brother has indeed arrived with certainty in the UK.
The United States is only slightly buffered from the current UK state-- mere months, or at best years behind. Most of the technology that threatens to swallow up humanity is already there as well-- what isn't yet is definitely finding its way in.
The last vestiges of the autonomous individual with free will have done more than eroded slowly over time. What naive, well-intentioned average citizens have allowed their elites to bring in during the cover of night and on flimsy, over-general pretenses is appalling. We face the absolute undoing of personal rights and even human dignity.
Henry Porter, of the London Observer says, "There's just no escape from these snoops." Big Brother has announced that he is watching, listening and shouting at you. Information Commissioner Richard Thomas has warned, "Machines will rule if we don't curb surveillance." Steve Connor, of the London Independent, has concluded that the growing DNA database is "turning Britain into a nation of suspects." Jason Bennetto, of the London Independent, reports that "We are waking up to a surveillance society all around us."
With every particular of a human's life watched, scanned, verified, encoded into 1's and 0's and flung into an abysmal and unending database, humanity itself is undone.
A man is no longer a man, but a mere sum of his parts.
That which was once intriguing about intelligent life was the synergy of thought, of trial and error, of common bonds, of personal attributes. Life is supposed to be more than law and order, but also honor, honesty and lies, risk and security fought for with personal planning and sacrifice.
What man has built to keep track of himself has degraded into that absolute low-point in the cycle of societies-- the metaphoric and literal 'mark of the beast,' where none can buy or sell-- or board an airplane or drive a vehicle or dispose of waste or walk down the street unless he bears the mark.
May God help us all when the sub-dermal chipping begins...
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