posted on Nov, 14 2009 @ 05:03 AM
If I followed my local MP everywhere he went, sat outside his house watching and photographing his every move, where he went, who he met and bugged
his phones and internet connection, I'd be locked up. Yet that is, in effect, what they want to do to us. This has absolutely bugger all to do with
security but everything to do with the government (not only our own!) wanting to mark out those dissenters in society.
This is already happening, where people have been stopped by armed police and threatened with arrest under "anti-terrorism" laws, simply because
they went to a peaceful demo outside an arms manufacturer / exporter. Their vehicle license plate was logged and then the police ANPR system used to
flag them up as terrorist suspects when they subsequently took a drive to London.
That is an abuse of the system and had absolutely no justification whatsoever, except for the government and it's police stooges to intimidate people
who had commited no crime or broken any law.
The crazy thing is, the government's own data registrar - the authority on use of any government held data and it's privacy issues - has no
jurisdiction over the police use of a lot of this collected information, and in a recent interview referred the interviewer to the Home Secretary for
answers on data use and privacy (who then referred the inteviewer back to the data registrar and waffled a lot trying to wriggle out of the issue).
Bottom line - they are collecting data for the sake of logging us all and nothing more. As mentioned already, the bad guys will always find a way to
mask their online activity or use low-tech methods of communication, thus rendering the expensive blanket surveillance useless.
Of course, there is also the monetary aspect, and who gets the contract for setting up and maintaining the system. Like any other government IT
project, it'll be months / years late, cost at least double what we are told and prove to be useless.
But it'll swell the coffers and stock
portfolio of those in the know.