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Tuesday, July 31

Speaking of a Police State

Are Americans are so afraid that they are willing to give up their privacy and freedom for the illusion of safety? According to ABC News today, 71% of us approve of the increased use of surveillance cameras. They didn't ask me.

Seniors are most apt to support the increased use of these cameras, with under-30s, least so; Republicans more than Democrats; women more than men; higher educated people more than the less educated; and whites more than African-Americans.

Through a political lens, support for increased use of surveillance systems is lowest, 62 percent, among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who support Barack Obama for president — and highest of all, 86 percent, among Republicans who support Rudy Giuliani, who made his name as New York City's crime-fighting mayor.
It's happened in the UK.
From 1984, Book I, Chapter 5 by George Orwell
"It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself—anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face… was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime…"

"The only difference between Soviet propaganda and US propaganda is that the Soviet people knew it was propaganda."

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