Friday, 28 August 2009

Britain pushing for CCTV in private homes


WIRED reports;

As an ex-Brit, I’m well aware of the authorities’ love of surveillance and snooping, but even I, a pessimistic cynic, am amazed by the governments latest plan: to install Orwell’s telescreens in 20,000 homes.

£400 million ($668 million) will be spend on installing and monitoring CCTV cameras in the homes of private citizens. Why? To make sure the kids are doing their homework, going to bed early and eating their vegetables. The scheme has, astonishingly, already been running in 2,000 family homes. The government’s “children’s secretary” Ed Balls is behind the plan, which is aimed at problem, antisocial families. The idea is that, if a child has a more stable home life, he or she will be less likely to stray into crime and drugs.

The state continues to entrench itself into every aspect of peoples’ lives, to monitor and regulate everything.

Today, the Daily Mail reports (my emphasis);

Furious tenants say security cameras have turned their flats into a huge Big Brother house.

It comes after a housing trust installed up to 112 CCTV cameras in their eight three-storey blocks and pointing towards residents' front doors.

And people wonder why abolition of private property is always pursued by totalitarian regimes/ ideologies…

People living there say the move is an invasion of their privacy and fear they will be spied on 24 hours a day.

Tenant Phillip Mays, 44, was one of the first to be affected after a camera was installed outside his flat.

He said: 'They'll be able to sit watching who comes and goes into each of our flats 24 hours a day.

'If we were in prison we could expect security like that, but not in our own home.

It isn’t security, it’s surveillance. How does it make you more secure? Criminals will cover their faces. Only the law abiding will have their behaviour recorded, just like only the law abiding will be affected by draconian laws.

And again, the same old ‘fighting anti-social behaviour’ excuses are trotted out. Disruptive behaviour by feral brats, which just so happens to be the direct consequence of the welfare state and the governments’ war on families.

This is how these bastards operate. They destroy any and all institutions of independence, companionship, support that people naturally form and maintain, whether that be communities, real policing, nuclear families etc. The resulting chaos can then be then be used as part of the problem-reaction-solution for justifying more tyranny and restrictions.

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