Quote of the day: I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. — Thomas Jefferson
Song of the day: For What It’s Worth
Artist: Buffalo Springfield
Album: Buffalo Springfield
George Orwell’s 1984 wasn’t too far off. Big Brother is watching us, especially in the post-9/11 paranoid regime of King George. I have yet to see any sign that the presence of Big Brother has diminished under new leadership nor that it will. The government, at all levels, has massive amounts of information on all of us. There are surveillance cameras everywhere, watching us as we shop, do our banking, and buy gas. More and more intersections have cameras to catch us speeding or running a light. In the future, surveillance will become ubiquitous, so common that we’ll hardly notice it.
Presently, our only saving grace is that the various databases and surveillance devices and the agencies who operate them, don’t talk to each other. But it’s only a matter of time before they do. As technology advances, it will become cheaper and easier to connect all of these disparate systems. And as they are networked, there will be more inter-agency cooperation and more government agencies will be combined under one umbrella. King George started the ball rolling with the Department of Homeland Security. Although presently a cumbersome and inefficient monolithic conglomeration of once semi-efficient organizations, with the aid of advancing technology, it will expand and become more powerful and obtrusive. That’s the nature of bureaucracies.