It has been a week for security news here in UKplc.
We have had the 'breaking' news about fake mobile phone towers, the police declining to comment, Anderson release the results of his security review and just now I sat and listened to Mz May, who runs the Ministry of Love, tell us about her NEW bill to provide the protection the population needs by removing what few rights to privacy they have left.
I could say I was frightened, I could say that icy fingers went down my spine as I listened, I could say feelings of doom and gloom overwhelmed me. But nothing of the sort happened. Because this has become like a tired old horror film series. The monster rises, people die, much horror and screaming then finally the monster is slain. Only to rise again, more death, more screaming till the monster is finished off again.
Then up that poor old monster rises again and again and again. You reach the point where the horror is gone, the screaming is restricted to top heavy US coeds, the rest of us just sigh when the news reaches us that the monster has risen yet again. We reach for the list, beheading, nope, drowning, nope, burning to death, nope, shot twenty times, nope. Ok let’s try electrocution this time and then weld the body into a thick steel box and put it in plain sight surrounded by signs warning people DO NOT OPEN THE BLOODY BOX YOU IDIOTS !
So the snoopers charter is coming back again, clawing its way out of its grave with the inevitability of a horror movie that has gone past its second trilogy.
But like a certain hockey masked monster it will not die, it cannot be killed, until the police state mentality that drives it is killed off.
There is no point complaining about the snoopers charter and trying to get MPs to vote against it this time or the next time because Cameron and May and the rest of the Tory political elite who deny us permission to see what they do but want our entire lives to be available to the security services will simply gather in the darkened cellars of parliament and perform another dark sacrifice to raise it from the dead once more.
But even if it is killed this time it will still return, under a new name, hiding behind a new mask or just split into a score of little monsters that sneak into other bills by looking harmless until some fool feeds them and by then it’s too late.
The problem is not the bills and the laws. The real problem is that a culture of fear, paranoia and suspicion has been created in order to justify control by the state. Enemies are created in order to force the population to, willingly, cast aside rights and privileges in return for protection from the latest threat or enemy. An enemy that changes year by year as old foes are proved to be no real threat and new ones arise to threaten us.
We Have Always Been At War With Eurasia. Eastasia Has Always Been Our Ally!
The recent Anderson review of the situation reported that:
The government and security services monitoring of the population is undemocratic, unnecessary and in the long run, intolerable.
Sums up the situation fairly clearly. And pointlessly. As we read the report and the newspapers and TV news programs talk about it we have already had Mz May, head of the ‘Ministry Of Love’ tell us how much more monitoring and snooping and spying is needed and will be bought in.
We don’t even know how many laws and bills and rules there are in place to allow for the loss of what little freedom or privacy we have left. There are at least 65 acts of parliament that cover conditions and circumstances where the security services can and do monitor every aspect of a person’s private life and communications they can get to. That’s just the acts of parliament, who knows what has been decided under the cloak of ‘National Security’ in secret meetings we will never hear about.
After all we are talking about a group of politicians that are so determined to control us that they will go to any length no matter how foolish, even trying to delete the past if it records them making promises they behave since broken. Deleting old speeches that have since been proven to be nothing more than empty lies for example.
Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past
You can see how bad the situation is when you listen to the words of our leaders coming from the lips of fictional villains and they seem a natural fit.
The basic problem here IS NOT the snoopers charter of whatever it is called this time, the problem is the security services who are vilified for failing even once and so demand ever greater powers to snoop from the very politicians that hold them to unreasonable standards.
Laugh all you want about me comparing the constant attempts by our Government to remove ALL rights and privacy s from us and leave us living in a nation that has become 1984 the novel. But it doesn't matter if you have done nothing wrong or have nothing to hide, do you honestly want every detail of your life to be in the hands of the security services, the government and whichever lowest bidder private sector corporations the politicians have hired???
Oh a note to people worried about the fake mobile towers. No they don't listen in you your calls, they don't need to. The security services either have agreements with your service providers or they are tapping the international cables.
What those fake mobile towers do is track mobile phones by the contact handshaking that they do with regular towers to check for messages and maintain services. Several of the fake towers a few hundred meters apart with the right software can pinpoint your location to within a meter as long as your phone is turned on.
Along with the phones of anyone close to you. They can see you stop for a meal and see who is at the surrounding tables, IF YOUR MOBILE IS CONSTANTLY ON.
So stop worrying about your calls being listened to, that happens anyway, worry more about your every move being tracked. Go to a demonstration in London and even with a mask on if you have your phone with you they can identify you. Discretely meet a few friends, are your phones turned on, if yes then its not so discrete.
Welcome to the 21st century, the information age, where it's your information that is an open book.