Govt's world wide are only getting started!!
April 05, 2009
April 4th, 1984
Chapter 1: It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen… On each landing, opposite the lift-shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran.
The Ministry of Truth — Minitrue, in Newspeak — was startlingly different from any other object in sight. It was an enormous pyramidal structure of glittering white concrete, soaring up, terrace after terrace, 300 metres into the air. From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
As one British blogger commented, Orwell was only off by 25 years and 2 days.
Tomorrow morning, the European Union directive goes into force which will require all internet activity, emails, visits to websites and internet phone calls to be collected and retained by the government.
This is the first step in the centralized database at the heart of the Intercept Modernisation Programme [covered here and here]. As the Daily Telegraph reports today, Simon Davies, director of Privacy International, said: "I don't think people are aware of the implications of this move. “It means that everything we do online or on the phone will be known to the authorities. They are using this to produce probably the world's most comprehensive surveillance system.”
For any American citizen who doesn’t think anything like that could ever happen in the United States, they’ve been listening to too much newspeak.
The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 introduced in the Senate could dwarf the European Intercept Modernisation Programme.
It will give the President control over the internet.