English vs. American Creeping Police State

Freedom is slowly taking it right between the legs in England, which is gradually turning into a paternalist police state, complete with Orwellian video surveillance of public places in order to guarantee behavioral compliance of the “little people.”

The U.S. is by no means immune to the issue, but our various foibles will cause DeToqueville’s prophecy to come fully true in a different manner. An American who’s violating the Panopticon’s views of decent behavior isn’t going to stand for some voice speaking out of a camera “will the gentleman in the red shirt please pick up his can of soda and put it in the nearest trash bin, thank you” with any other response than an upraised middle finger.

When the security happens, it’ll be something that makes people actually feel safer, rather than something that makes people feel like a bunch of control freaks are getting their jollies. Something much more like this:

[Camera Check] –License Plate Scanned

[Minimum One Occupant Corresponds to Plateholders? Y/N] — YES.

[# Of Occupants] — 2

[Total Occupants Correspond to Plateholders? Y/N] — YES.

[mm-Wv Interior Scan] — ***WEAPONS DETECTED.***

[# of Weapons Detected] — ***4 CIVILIAN WEAPONS DETECTED***

[Tool Exemption on Weapons?] — **2 WEAPONS EXEMPTED** [PENDING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY]

[Reason for Exemption] — PROBABLE POCKETKNIFE(S) [Art. 397.14.3.28]

[Non-exempt Weapon Loc. Deployable? Y/N] — ***YES***

[Weapons Legal in Deployable Loc? Y/N] — YES. CHL# -[MASKED PENDING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY] CHL#-[MASKED PENDING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY]

[Flag Law Enforcement on WeaponDetect? Y/N] — NO [PENDING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY]

[Itinerary: Logged — Purpose of Itinerary] –SHOPPING; SC’S WITH LOGGED COORDS.

[**Weapons Detected.** Itinerary legal with WeaponDetect? Y/N] — YES

[Legal for occupants to alter itinerary?] — YES

[Track and Append if Itinerary modified?] — YES

[Flag if Itinerary Modified? (Y/N)] — NO [PENDING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY]

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6 Comments

  1. Sounds suspiciously like the fictional security apparatus from my stillborn novel, actually.

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  2. Great thinks mind alike.

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  3. It cannot be emphasized to strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.

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  4. Um…. was this the right thread?

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  5. More for the comment on the linked blog entry, I think, than this one.

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  6. Happycrow

     /  April 25, 2007

    Oh, for Samizdata? Okay.

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