Thursday, February 12, 2009

They want to know where you are, at any time

They want to know your every step.

In yet another move towards an Orwellian state the British government is compiling a database to track and store international travel records. Computerized records of all 250 million journeys made by individuals in and out of the UK each year will be kept for up to 10 years.

The pretexts are the usual and pathetic smoke and mirror game, concerning terrorism, crime and illegal immigration, all three very useful in implementing oppressing laws and rules.

Since Tony Blair and «New Labour» came to power in the nineties Great Britain has speeded up the process towards a complete Orwellian society. This is merely yet another step in that regard.

Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling from the Tories says that «the government seems to be building databases to track more and more of our lives». The Tories were quite fond of oppressive laws themselves when in power, but let’s hope they’ve come to their senses.

The Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman Chris Huhne says that «this is another example of an intrusive database without any public debate about safeguards on its use. We are sleepwalking into a surveillance state and should remember that George Orwell's 1984 was a warning, not a blueprint».

Others are also questioning whether or not Britain is a free society, especially after all the intrusive and oppressive laws and rules implemented since 1996. It’s good that some people are waking up, but far more should wake up. There should be massive protests in the streets, and anywhere, really.

But there isn’t.

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