Monday, 23 April 2007
WATCHING ME, WATCHING U, BUT WHO'S WATCHING THEM?
4 Million CCTV cameras to keep the streets of Britain safe. Micro chips in our rubbish bins to see if we are recycling enough. Tagging the elderly to see that they don't come to any harm. Satellite navigation systems to make sure no-one gets lost when driving. CCTV systems to protect our homes from intruders. The first line of defence when the state uses one of the 266 laws at it's disposal to enter our homes. By buying into these the consumer has helped legitimise the use of surveillance as social control, and with the state playing on the publics fear of terrorism a climate has been created where this control goes unquestioned. Expect more of the same; as the new head of MI5 is a former terrorism expert, but at least we will be safe in the hands of the state and it's trusted guardians; the politicians and peers.