British authorities unveiled an ambitious plan to log details about every Web visit, email, phone call or text message in the U.K ... the surveillance proposed in the government's 118-page draft bill would provide authorities a remarkably rich picture of their citizens' day-to-day lives, tracking nearly everything they do online, over the phone, or even through the post. All that data would be kept for up to a year ready for browsing whenever anyone in authority wanted it. In some cases, the bill envisages monitoring the information in real time.Stunning as it is chilling.
How have the bureaucrats been able to finish off the individual's final remaining liberty, their right to privacy, like this? In exactly the same manner as Big Brother employed in 1984 - manufactured fear:
... the nation's top law enforcement official accused those worried about the surveillance program of being either criminals or conspiracy theorists.From the Home Secretary, who should resign for being as naive and stupid as this:
Home Office Secretary Theresa May said in an editorial published ahead of the bill's unveiling that only evil-doers should be frightened.
The free air of classical liberalism was polluted by an out-of-control state so long ago, Rousseau's social contract thrown back in the faces of free men, that despite the valid fears of a few wise souls in Britain, dissent will be ignored:
Yet plenty of people were worried, including a senior lawmaker from May's governing Conservative Party.
"This is a huge amount of information, very intrusive to collect on people," David Davis, one of the proposal's most outspoken critics, told BBC radio. "It's not content, but it's incredibly intrusive."
Human rights defenders were aghast. Privacy group Big Brother Watch said the proposal risked turning Britain into a "nation of suspects." Civil rights organisation Liberty said the law would mean the "indiscriminate stockpiling of private data."
This is the age of Big Brother. There is such a dearth of philosophical thinking left in the West after Gramsci has done his work through the state education system, that the tyranny of the majority vote this offensive nonsense in, laughing all the time moronically at the state-built gallows of their lives. So of course this will be made law: it's a certainty.
I would say that there should be just one exam before anyone is allowed to enter a state sector job: that they must read Orwell's 1984 ten times, and pass a two hour examination on the principles that a free country would take from it. Though that would be pointless, as the ones conducting the exam would now be reading Big Brother as the damned hero, Winston Smith as 'the criminal' - they would be on the wrong side entirely of the narrator.
The novel I'm writing at the moment (albeit I still need to get permission from Orwell's agent) puts all the major characters of Orwell's 1984 into a New Zealand tax audit, and I don't have to change any of our tax administration laws. The same would now apply in Britain under their surveillance laws (and I don't kid myself our surveillance laws are only three to five years off this.)
I get so angry when I read this offensive garbage, and frustrated that so many of us just 'don't get it'. All is gone. I have no choice but give the government of New Zealand my money, per my blog byline above, otherwise they will squash me like a bug. But I do have a choice about giving these thugs in Britain any of my effort: when this legislation goes through, I will never darken the shores of their grey and loathsome little police state, and I urge all freedom lovers around the world to do likewise. And from now on, all references in this blog to Britain, will be to Oceania, which rather makes the coming Olympics an uncomfortable echo of those games in Berlin ...