Saturday, 27 December 2008


Following on from the Taking Liberties video posted last Saturday, here’s two more that focus on Police State Britain.


Since Tony Blair's New Labour government came to power in 1997, the UK civil liberties landscape has changed dramatically. ASBOs were introduced by Section 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and first used in 1999. The right to remain silent is no longer universal. Our right to privacy, free from interception of communications has been severely curtailed. The ability to travel without surveillance (or those details of our journeys being retained) has disappeared. Indeed, as Henry Porter (the Observer journalist famous for his recent email clash with Tony Blair over the paring down of civil liberties) reveals in this unsettling film, our movements are being watched, and recorded, more than ever before

Is Big Business the Real Big Brother?

Monitoring and surveillance of employees and customers by big business is now commonplace. Money Programme presenter Max Flint with the Personal Shopping Assistant computer, as used by customers at the Metro Future Store in Rheinberg, Germany Some German shoppers already have their purchases tracked It's increasingly a feature of our daily lives, because businesses have found that it makes good business sense. But is corporate snooping out of control? In Britain, we are all familiar with the CCTV cameras that have sprung up across our city centres and transport networks. We generally accept that they are there to counter crime and help monitor traffic flows on our busy roads. But how many of us realise that when we travel about, each of us is captured, on average, 300 times a day on CCTV, and should we be concerned? Of course, if we look up, we can see the CCTV cameras. We know they're there. But are they just the visible tip of a much larger and more deep-rooted surveillance society? Microchip RFID surveillance society big brother NWO orwell 1984 patriot act freedom tracking GPS mega corporations scanning

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