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(en) Freedom 6320 19th Oct. 2002 - You are being watched

From FreedomCopy@aol.com
Date Wed, 30 Oct 2002 07:09:55 -0500 (EST)


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The Ministry of Defence is funding research into new
technology that will allow existing mobile phone technology
to be used for even more intrusive surveillance purposes
than are currently possible. The new system could
effectively mean that each of us who owns a mobile phone
will be carrying the equivalent of a personal CCTV camera.
Receivers attached to mobile phone masts will be able to
convert radio-wave emissions into an image, viewable on a
small portable unit, which will allow people's movements to
be tracked hundreds of miles away in 'real-time'. It is hoped
that X-ray capability will follow, allowing the system to 'see'
through walls.
Needless to say, Leviathan is getting itself into a hyperactive
fidget at the prospect. The Ministry of Defence is 'very
interested', and the police have not been slow to recognise
the obvious potential. Following hard on the heels of plans
for identity cards, it takes our custodians, ever-vigilant on
our behalf, another step closer to establishing a statewide
spy network, this one having the additional benefit of
doubtless being invisible. Minutes from MoD meetings on
the matter are, as is only fit and proper, classified.
The same hoary old threats have been invoked to justify this
latest intrusion, spanning the gamut from the 'war against
terrorism' to being 'tough on crime'. All worthy causes
some would doubtless argue, but it would be easier to
believe that the state was serious about protecting its
citizenry from crime and terrorism, if it were not so diligent
about creating the conditions whereby property crime is an
absolute necessity and terrorism an utterly predictable last
resort. Any system founded on the dubious principle of
global redistribution of wealth and power from the poor to
the rich will inevitably give rise to the violent expression of
frustration.
The state's approach to these problems is primitive. Doctors
in the Middle Ages would only treat symptoms, rather than
addressing the causes. The methods of the modern day
ministers to the health of the body politic would seem not to
have progressed much beyond that. So long as our
guardians are unable or unwilling to evolve, they are holding
us back. Someone once said that governments were like
nappies: they should be changed often. Anarchists might
add: they are something we should be looking to grow out of
entirely.
Anton Pawluk






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