Monday, February 20, 2006

Surveillance Camera in your Home...

Straight out of a George Orwell nightmare, it's not enough that Americans are being spied upon by their government, now some police misfit wants to install police "surveillance cameras in apartment complexes, downtown streets, shopping malls and even private homes to fight crime during a shortage of police officers," according to the Houston Chronicle via Latino Pundit.

Yes, boys and girls, no longer is your castle your home; it's for your safety, of course.

So give a warm welcome to Big Brother and smile for the cameras above your bathroom door. And whatever you do, don't be naughty or you'll be have to answer to the great surveillance gods of the post-9/11 order.

"I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?" Chief Harold Hurtt told reporters Wednesday at a regular briefing.
Heavens to Murgatroid, do we not see the danger of chucking civil liberties for the Big Lie?!? The Big Lie told to dupe the masses into accepting "temporary evil" to thwart an ever bigger evil, which only encourages more curbing of freedom with more "temporary evil," until we have no liberty at all?

First public surveillance, then a peek inside your purse, next your shoes, then your book reading and video habits, then a tap on your phone, followed by a search of your Internet use, now your home, what's next? Is there anything sacred anymore?

Scott Henson, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Police Accountability Project in Texas, called Hurtt's building-permit proposal "radical and extreme."


For the head of a major city police department to even consider such a scorch-the-earth proposal is truly terrifying.

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