Current Shamrock Missive

From the Publisher's Desk
April 2006

"Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order, to efficiency of operation, to scientific advancement and the like."

- William O. Douglas - October 16, 1898 - January 19, 1980

Coming soon to you, whether or not you want it, with love from Big Brother!

1984 has arrived, albeit 22 years late!

Big Brother's watching you on Britain's roads and coming to your area next!

Big Brother style surveillance is growing exponentially worldwide, especially in the UK. UK police will soon have the greatest ability in the world to scrutinize, control and record the movements of every automobile driver, bus, taxi and tube (subway) passenger throughout that nation. Then this mind set and technology will spread like a deadly plague worldwide.

Tens of thousands of cameras reading vehicle number plates will analyses 35 million pieces of information per day. The UK authorities say the soon to arrive "ID" cards will be "voluntary.' Yet you will be required to carry these RFID tracking ID cards on your person at all times, least you are subject to arrest and large fines. Voluntary indeed! These ID cards will have RFID chips that will track your every move 24/7 cards. Hello 1984! Goodbye Privacy!

This data will be instantly transmitted to the police and also MI5 (Britain's version of the FBI) to help hunt for suspected criminals and terrorist. The data may be kept for 5 years, but do you really believe that? In most cases, as seen in the past, the data will remain on databases forever.

This system is called ANPR - Automatic Number Plate Recognition program. The entire UK will be hooked up between the time you are reading this and the end of 2006. The network of cameras will automatically alert the authorities when it finds a car listed as stolen, with an out of date tax disk or a vehicle that is not insured. The system also raises an alarm if it recognizes there is an arrest warrant out for the driver of a particular vehicle. Even more worrisome, it can and will be used to simply track the movement of any person the authorities want to, all without warrant or notice.

In every city, town and regional police department there will be a police office or group of police officers assigned to the ANPR and they will have the authority to stop and search vehicles without warrants.

The amount of data is also to grow. By 2008 it is conservatively estimated that the system will be able to analyze 50 million pieces of information per day.

Certainly the UK is rapidity becoming a police state!

George Orwell warned us about exactly this in his classic tale - 1984!

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