Strange Brouhaha

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Holy. Crap.

Government surveillance cameras at private homes? "Sure!" says the Chief of Police in Houston (what a surprise...the heart of Bush country).

Note how the article sneaks in the word "reasonable," which is a direct stab at the Fourth Amendment.

Here's some reading from 1984:

The voice came from an oblong metal plaque like a dulled mirror which formed part of the surface of the right-hand wall. Winston turned a switch and the voice sank somewhat, though the words were still distinguishable. The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely....

The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live -- did live, from habit that became instinct -- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

Winston kept his back turned to the telescreen. It was safer, though, as he well knew, even a back can be revealing.


  • But *honey,* it is to keep the good people of Houston *safe.* Everybody *knows* that surveillance keeps you *safe.* Besides, as the man said--if you're not doing anything *wrong,* why would you *care* if eyes are watching you? And watching you. And watching you. And watching you. And...

    By Blogger Savannah, at 11:36 AM  

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