Wednesday, April 4, 2007
A previously localized trial of CCTV cameras that allow local government officials to monitor people in the streets and shout orders at anyone they deem to be acting in an anti-social manner is to be enforced nationwide across the UK. In a bizarre psychological move the cameras will speak in a child’s voice.
In an incredibly Orwellian move, loudspeakers are to be fitted to surveillance cameras throughout major cities, allowing CCTV operators to bark commands at people who drop litter, act in an aggressive manner or loiter.
Last October we reported on the trial scheme of these cameras in Middlesbrough. At the time we predicted “The voice of Big Brother has already echoed across several major cities and the program will no doubt be unfolded nationwide once the salivating control freaks in council offices have their way.” Now this has indeed come to pass.
Council workers in a control centre can monitor pictures from 12 talking cameras in the town, and communicate directly with people on the street at the flick of a switch.
Communities are being coerced into adapting existing cameras with the offer of nearly £500,000 in grants.
Home Secretary John Reid has denied that the plans were “Big Brother gone mad”, stating “This is a hugely popular scheme in Middlesbrough and the vast majority of the people here are right behind it.”
Sadly it seems Reid is right as once again the simpering jellyfish-like people of the UK have not reacted in protest to a control freak’s dream come true scheme that surpasses any methods that were ever employed by the state in the Soviet Union or currently in Communist China.
The BBC has put out a new report on this loving scheme:
Note the terroristic “skater boy” who will soon have cease and desist orders barked at him. No longer are skate boards cool and fun, Bart Simpson may still have one, but now they are the tools of evil and must be clamped down upon by the state.
The shouting cameras have been on the table for a long time and were spotted in London, along with large black megaphone apendages, up to one year ago:
In an even more frightening and conniving move it has today been revealed that the bureaucrats behind the cameras will use recordings of children’s voices to discourage any adult they target from dissenting and shouting back at the cameras.
As tech web site The Register today put it:
Using recordings of children’s voices will make it harder for those in opposition to the surveillance society to be defiant of the talking cameras. Moonies and rude gestures will most definitely be a no-no.
Children will be recruited from schools to take part in the scheme and will be shown round CCTV operating rooms on school trips, learning how wonderful the big brother state is and how forcing people to behave in a certain way in public is the essence of a free society.
The use of children’s voices to control adult behaviour is all out psychological warfare when you consider that it constitutes a total reversal of social norms. The government knows this full well and justifies it by suggesting that some people in the UK are now so devoid of morality that there is no way of setting that right other than by ritualistic public isolation and humiliation.
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What does it say about the state of a society in general that the government has given up on a portion of people and has decided that the best course of action is to extradite them and label them as fair game for methods of control that wouldn’t look out of place in a horrific dystopian science fiction film?
The current divisions within society are frightening. We have reached the point where the general public is willing to accept massive invasions of their own privacy in order to deal with people they consider to be a bit of a nuisance from time to time.
It would not be surprising at all to see some people reveling in the control, egging on the shouting cameras and engaging in a proverbial “two minutes hate” against those they no longer dare stand up to themselves because they, quite rightly, fear for their own safety if they were to do so.
The most dangerous form of tyranny is one that has the consent of the people.
At the other end of the social divide the “louts” and “yobs” that are the primary target of such control mechanisms feel so divorced from society that their only means of articulation is to resort to acts of violence and vandalism.
How is it possible that further alienating these people, and almost rubbing their faces in the fact, is going to solve the problem?
Because modern day government is so obsessed with short term appearance over long term reality we are witnessing the literal unraveling of society as each problem is provided a solution that in turn engenders an even worse set of problems.
In short, such surveillance state methods are greasing the skids for the police state. As the general public cry out for more and more state intervention in society, and the dropouts become more and more alienated and reactionary, there is only one place we are all going to end up.
In a culture where people are not instilled with internal limiters on their behaviors, increasing external limiters is demanded and thus must be provided. Welcome totalitarianism.
Behind Winston’s back the voice from the telescreen was still babbling away about pig-iron and the overfulfilment of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. 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.
“Smith!” screamed the shrewish voice from the telescreen. “6079 Smith W.! Yes, you! Bend lower, please! You can do better than that. You’re not trying. Lower, please! That’s better, comrade. Now stand at ease, the whole squad, and watch me.”
– George Orwell, 1984.
Post script – Only by standing up and saying no to such schemes will we be able to continue to live in a truly free society. If shouting cameras come to your area start petitions, lobby your local council, organize protest events, and most importantly send us the details!