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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Doesn't anyone care?

New Body Screeners in use in London:
We are living in a dystopian nightmare

Steve Watson - January 12 2006

A high-tech body scanner for detecting would-be terrorists has been unveiled at London's Paddington station ahead of a four-week trial, the BBC reports.

Passengers will be randomly selected to pass through the seven-metre box at the Heathrow Express platforms, while baggage is also screened.

Other technology being tested includes advanced closed circuit television systems programmed to sound an alarm when they spot suspicious behaviour.

The implementation of such technology represents a giant leap into a total surveillance Big Brother society. People are faced with walking into booths raising their hands above their heads like they're a criminal and being electronically scanned by a machine that produces a naked image of their body.

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"It's one of those things we have to endure these days" comments one man. "Anything to make us feel safer" whimpers an elderly lady whilst giving the most naive bootlicking smile you can imagine. And this is precisely the point, the general public will accept any level of intrusiveness so long as it gives the IMPRESSION that they are safer, in reality it doesn't make anyone safer it just eliminates your liberty.

Rest assured there are more loving schemes in preparation, as Transport minister Alistair Darling comments "We want to test various types of screening equipment, we want to see whether or not they work in a large railway station. In future we'll be testing other things on the London Underground".

To me this is remarkable because at my local tube station the escalator has been out of order for around a year. So They cannot work a set of moving stairs yet they can quite easily implement electronic state of the art naked body screening equipment.

The reporter announces that the same technology is being used in Jerusalem to prevent suicide bombers getting on buses. Since when did the UK become Israel? We've had one small scale attack on the transport network and suddenly London is being compared with Jerusalem where bombs have been going off on busses almost daily for the last two decades.

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See the rest of this article here: info-wars

My Comments:

It truly amazes me how little the majority of people seem to care about losing their civil liberties nowadays.  And their privacy come to that – up till now the nearest most of us got to having our bodies scanned was in the privacy of a hospital consulting room.  Now it seems that our bodies are to be on show for all to see in the name of ‘anti-terrorism’.  Has the elderly lady mentioned in the article not thought of that?

When I first read Orwell, I was a pre-teen and treated his book rather like a science fiction tale.  As I grew older, I realised that Orwell’s vision was produced by his genuine fears for society.  But I thought, unwisely I know now, that people would have more sense than to be fooled into letting the state take over their lives without putting up a fight.

How wrong I was.

Are people ever going to wake up and notice what is happening?  How their human rights are being eroded before their unblinking eyes?  That all it has taken to do this are the combined efforts of a cowboy (albeit a very rich cowboy), his obsequious British deputy and their backers, with their ‘fear campaigns’ and their blatant lies?

I truly despair of the cynicism I thought existed in the hearts of the British people.






posted by summersun70 at 4:16 PM

1 Comments:

Blogger Michael said...

I like your style and agree with your item about the effectiveness of body scanners in London and the threat to civil liberties.

People do care about their civil liberties. Who controls these systems and are they a cost-effective way to deter potential terrorism threats?

You've written a very thought-provoking piece here and echo many of my own sentiments on the subject. Who is Big Brother and will the data being collected in it?

9:35 AM  

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