Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 9:21:53 AM by scottfactor
Years ago when I was a kid, I read George Orwell’s terrifying futuristic novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. I must have buried most of my memories of it (and with good reason), because when I re-read the book this past week, it was brand new to me again.
We still see many references to this novel in our modern day. Big Brother is still watching you! Or, as Michael Savage coined it: Big Sis (Napolitano) is now watching you.
George Orwell was the pen name of Englishman, Eric Blair, who lived a short life and died at the age of 46 of tuberculosis. He died in 1950, the year after Nineteen Eighty-Four was published, so he never got to fully see its success and the way it became an icon of dystopian horror that chills us to this very day.
Among various jobs, Orwell worked quite a bit as a journalist, but he is best remembered as a novelist, and his two most famous books are Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. As I re-read Nineteen Eighty-Four, I asked myself what it is that makes the book so unnerving, aside from the obvious brutality of it. Part of it is that since the book was published, we have watched our world march steadily to the place where Orwell’s fictional country of Oceania is a reality within the reach of those in power–yes, already even in their grasp. Totalitarian police states of the past did not have at their disposal the amazing technology that we possess today. I know our Department of Defense has technology that we can only imagine. Just look at what we do know about. Take Global Positioning System technology–GPS–for instance.
I have long been suspicious of the proliferation and popularity of GPS satellite surveillance. I hear the radio commercials for the automotive manufacturer-installed GPS units for your vehicles, and I notice the way the ads play on everyone’s fears–from fears of car wrecks and other medical emergencies to the fear of car theft or even just locking your keys in your car. The ads portray your vehicle’s GPS as the wonderful savior in those bad scenarios with the ever-present and helpful operator standing by to speak to you from your ever-listening, ever-watching dashboard, and of course there are many positive uses for GPS systems. But, do you notice…
the ads never point out the possible police state-type uses for GPS, as well?
John W. Whitehead, constitutional attorney and founder and president of the Rutherford Institute, recently wrote a column titled, “GPS and the Police State We Inhabit: Living in Oceania.” In the piece, Mr. Whitehead recounts the recent court decision in United States v. Pineda-Moreno wherein the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found in favor of a lower court which ruled that warrantless tracking by GPS is constitutional. In other words, the court found that it’s A-okay for authorities to sneak onto your property in the dead of night and affix a GPS device to your vehicle for the purpose of tracking your movements without your knowledge. I guess that assumes that your vehicle does not already have a hardwired GPS unit that authorities can tap into. I don’t know–maybe that would actually require a warrant.
In writing about the court’s decision, Mr. Whitehead states,
“Indeed, we are already living in George Orwell’s totalitarian state known as Oceania, where the all-seeing government sees and tracks everything we do. … [T]he Ninth Circuit didn’t necessarily break any new ground. Rather, they merely confirmed what we have suspected all along: that the concept of private property is dead and along with it, the right against unreasonable searches and seizures once protected by the Fourth Amendment.”
Mr. Whitehead goes on to point out how eagerly Americans ate up the idea of personal-use GPS as he writes,
“For example, consider how enthusiastically we welcomed Global Positioning System (GPS) devices into our lives. We’ve installed this satellite-based technology in everything from our phones to our cars to our pets. Yet by ensuring that we never get lost, never lose our loved ones and never lose our wireless signals, we are also making it possible for the government to never lose sight of us, as well.”
That’s where we are–and worse. A recent story came out that the United States government has been in contract with American Science and Engineering Company for the purchase and maintenance of a huge fleet of Z Backscatter x-ray vans.
These units had been touted as being used in war zones like Afghanistan and Iraq for anti-terrorism purposes, but the U.S. government and American law enforcement agencies have purchased several hundred of the mobile x-ray vans for use right here on our own American streets and highways against us!
“Federal authorities do not concern themselves about the flood of illegal immigrants and drugs crossing the border every day, they’re more worried about radiating American truck drivers at internal checkpoints with mobile scanners that shoot dangerous x-rays through both vehicles and passengers.
… [T]he federal government has acquired hundreds of backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in vans that they are now using to randomly scan vehicles, passengers and homes in complete violation of the 4th amendment and with wanton disregard for any health consequences.”
Each day we move further into the world of Orwell’s Oceania, as our government increases the level of surveillance of each of us. There is virtually no one who is under the radar, so to speak. If you have a cell phone, it likely has a GPS unit in it. Your vehicle is likely equipped with GPS or other data-recording equipment—the “black box,” if you will. Our computers also contain a wealth of information about us. Every single keystroke is laid bare to the data miners of Homeland Security.
Why is the government so obsessed with watching our every move? For power and control, of course. Why were the citizens of Oceania watched every moment of their lives, awake or asleep? The Big Brother state had to keep a tight clamp on the thoughts, attitudes and actions of the citizens in order to maintain the power of the Party. Many people will laugh off my words as being silly or paranoid, but as a Christian, I’ve read about the future, and I know from the end times prophecies of the Old and New Testaments that there will come a day when the fictional Oceania will be almost a reality in our world. How could all people of the earth (except those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life) be compelled to take the so-called “mark of the beast” and worship the beast without some extremely high-tech wizardry involved? All this increase in the knowledge and powers of technology that we see makes perfect sense when you consider what is to come soon in the last days.
As I re-read Nineteen Eighty-Four, it finally hit me what makes the book so thoroughly bone-chilling; it’s because it shows a world utterly without God, without a single drop of hope and no salvation possible for anyone, even the protagonist, Winston Smith, and his beloved Julia. There is the result of pure evil in action. That is Oceania. The one way in which Oceania will never fully be a reality in our world is that where God was missing from Oceania, he is not missing from our world, and one day when our coming Oceania is in full-atrocity mode, the one true God is going to come back and send Big Brother packing into the abyss.
Thank God for the hope we have!