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Britons Wake Up. Too Late.

Ever-Present Surveillance Rankles the British Public

Successive U.K. governments have gradually constructed one of the most extensive and technologically advanced surveillance systems in the world.. The development of electronic surveillance and the collection and processing of personal information have become pervasive, routine and almost taken for granted.”traffic_cam

This NY Times article is an important read. It seems that people in England are discovering that giving one’s government too much power might not be such a good thing.

It has become commonplace to call Britain a “surveillance society,” a place where security cameras lurk at every corner, giant databases keep track of intimate personal details and the government has extraordinary powers to intrude into citizens’ lives.”

All I can say is.. isn’t it a little late to think of that?

This article features one woman’s experience in a striking example of abuse of power, and it is a glimpse at our future.. unless we get smart now, and stop buying into the “it’s for your protection” (aka “combats terrorism”) lie. Surveillance is NOT necessarily a good thing, people.

Please read, Ever-Present Surveillance Rankles the British Public

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  1. Thanks for this Paul.
    We need to have this info.
    While we are aware of the surveillance, this sort of “sits in the back of our minds” with us not paying enough attention to what is happening out there – until there’s another camera on our street corner.
    That woman’s experience is pretty scary.


    Comment by Gaia | October 26, 2009 | Reply

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