Something peculiar happens to people who cherish their liberty when machines effect its abridgement: They cease caring. In London, where almost 8,000 closed-circuit television camerasspy on the population without rest or interruption, the people appear to be wholly unperturbed.
Even an advertising campaign for the surveillance campaign with the tagline “Secure beneath the watchful eyes” elicited little complaint in the land of Orwell, outside of advocates professionally obliged to be vexed by such things. But it did not escape everyone. In recent years, “One Nation Under CCTV” has become a popular piece of Britishprotest graffiti.
It might be in America soon, too. In February, the president ordered the FAA to begin permitting unmanned aerial vehicles to operate in U.S. airspace, prompting the agency to predict that within ten years there will be upwards of 30,000 drones in use around skies above the lower 48. For this measure, a recent poll revealed a worrying level of support. Almost 65 percent of Americans surveyed claimed to be comfortable with drones being employed to patrol the border and to track down criminals. And 80 percent were happy with their being used in a search-and-rescue capacity. Still, the American public would not be the American public if it didn’t engage in some doublethinkon a major issue.
The very same poll showed that a significant majority of those asked were either “concerned” or “very concerned” about the privacy implications of drones with high-resolution cameras, cameras of the sort necessary to render roles in border patrol and criminal pursuit possible.
Concerned they should be. One cannot walk around London — or most of the U.K. for that matter — without being………………
- Talk of US drone patrol spawns anxiety (kshb.com)
- Doublethink in the ‘LA Times’ (mondoweiss.net)
- Is a Military Drone Base Coming to Your Hometown? (newsworldwide.wordpress.com)
- Talk of drones patrolling U.S. skies spawns anxiety (washingtontimes.com)
- Unconstitutional Uses of Drones Must Stop (sgtreport.com)
- 10 brain-twisters from the universe of Doublethink (biasbreakdown.com)
- This Is What Misguided Idiots Look Like, Or “Cognitive Dissonance Much?” (captainwhitebread.com)
- Talk of drones patrolling US skies spawns anxiety (amarillo.com)
- Talk of drones patrolling U.S. skies spawns anxiety (ctv.ca)
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