posted on Feb, 4 2009 @ 12:17 PM
Originally posted by wintermarches it doesn't matter that we're not the UK. We need to watch what happens in other countries
(especially the UK), because our government takes their research results and then implements them over here.
First off, thank you for posting the citations for these figures. I always like to get the "facts" first before continuing.
Ok....again, what's happening in the UK is happening in public places, so there is still no correlation to invading and spying on people in the
privacy of their homes. You're assuming that this type of monitoring is nefarious to begin with, and extrapolating from this assumption to assume
that home surveillance will be next. People tend to get paranoid about the idea of being recorded....which I understand to some degree, but there's a
point where you really have to ask yourself, so what? Are you worried that some state official may see you picking your nose or pulling out a wedgie?
Do you really think the government is that interested in your personal life? Or might it be more likely that such surveillance is meant to be both a
deterrent for crime, and a potential source of evidence should a crime occur?
Incidentally, you willingly take this chance every time you step into virtually any store today. It's really no different.
Now let's turn to the reasoning behind "what's happening in other countries will be implemented here". Do you have any concrete reason to believe
this, or are you extrapolating (making assumptions) again? I doubt very much, from a technological perspective, that there is anything about what the
UK is doing that the US cannot already do right now. So again, just because the UK is doing it doesn't mean the US will. There is no causal support
for this whatsoever.