Loss of Privacy

Keeping you informed on recent losses to privacy and civil rights worldwide.

You really can’t deny that the UK is turning into 1984.  It’s no longer a conspiracy theory by fringe elements.  Placing CCTV cameras in people’s homes is Orwellian.

The Children’s Secretary set out £400million plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV super-vision in their own homes.

They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.

Private security guards will also be sent round to carry out home checks, while parents will be given help to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

Around 2,000 families have gone through these Family Intervention Projects so far.

But ministers want to target 20,000 more in the next two years, with each costing between £5,000 and £20,000 – a potential total bill of £400million.

Anyone who reads this story and doesn’t believe that this is a huge invasion of privacy, really doesn’t understand the implications of such a program.  This is a huge intrusion onto a family who won’t be allowed to make small, simple mistakes while being monitored, without some government agency pointing a finger at them.

The UK sat back and did nothing to prevent the mass spreading of CCTV in public, now, they will sit back again because these are “only chavs and scum who probably did something wrong anyway.”  Once everyone gets used to having them, they’ll be implemented everywhere.

If you need 24/7 supervision of your kids, you’re doing it wrong and the kids should be taken away from you.  Monitoring people to make sure their kids are put to bed on time is asinine and it will never work.

EDIT 1: Please also note, that this article is from the Daily Express, which is known to exaggerate quite often.  However, the scheme does already exist.  You can read all the details of it, including where it states that the CCTV is the top tier and is used as an alternative to using the police and child support interventions.  That means your children would be taken away and you could end up in prison.

EDIT 2: It is also not mandatory.  The Telegraph and Daily Mail have articles covering the story as well, however, they do not include anything about CCTV.  The Daily Mail claimed last year that the program does not work and we’re just throwing money away.

Whether compulsory or not, monitoring your personal behavior is wrong.  If you can’t take care of your children, you shouldn’t have them.  If you have failed at raising your kids that badly, no amount of supervision, CCTV or not, is ever going to change that.

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This is the newly released surveillance video from the July 9th incident in Salt Lake City.

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The Air Force has now decided that they want to try to police the internet.  Yeah, it’s evil and you can head over to the article on Wired and read about whether it’s a good idea or not.  I can’t seem to get past the picture of granny on the page and what the hell she has to do with the story.


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Isn’t forcing someone to believe what you do under the threat of violence Anti-American?  Having your own beliefs and telling people about them is about the most American you can get.  At least the guy spewing forth the words for this sign got that part right.

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I will vehemently defend anyone’s right to practice their chosen religiion in a free and democratic society. However, I absolutely WILL NOT be forced to respect the religion itself and nor should I.

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