Britain is slithering down the road towards a police state

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The machine is out of control. Personal surveillance in Britain is so extensive that no democratic oversight is remotely plausible. Some 800 organisations, including the police, the revenue, local and central government, demanded (and almost always got) 253,000 intrusions on citizen privacy in the last recorded year, 2006. This is way beyond that of any other country in the free world.

It’s not just that Britain has monitoring cameras everywhere, it’s that those 800 agencies can request “covert access to communications records, car plate recognition cameras, mobile phone location fixing, and monitoring by credit, travel and shopping cards” without much trouble, apparently.

A report by the government information commissioner said fears that the UK would “sleep walk into a surveillance society” have become reality.

It had predicted that within 10 years, shoppers would be scanned as they entered stores, parents would secure the means to check what their children ate at school and employers would have the complete health history of a job applicant without his or her knowledge.

Sounds not unlike what the Stasi, the East Germany secret police, attempted to do.

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  1. I always feel that the surveillance in the UK has been taken far too lightly by our citizens, (though by law we are not citizens in this country we are subjects of the crown) There seems to be no outrageous anger from the public at large as the state becomes more and more intrusive. at every turn there is another form of monitoring. We are slowly moving towards compulsory biometric ID cards, a national data base of every citizen’s, (subject’s) personal information, a card that will be necessary to open/access a bank account, receive medical service, social benefits and no doubt will also be used by employers for a multitude of purposes to suit their ends. We have thousands of innocent kids with the finger prints held by the police. I doubt that the Stasi would have come anywhere near the level of surveillance that this country endures in quiet acceptance and still believes it lives in a democracy. The “War on Terror” duped the public and was used by the state to get a free hand to do what every state dreams of, total surveillance, total control, total monitoring.

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