Sunday, June 17, 2007


Orwell's neighborhood covered in spy-cameras

I wrote about George Orwell on 2007_jan_21 on behalf of his birthday.
I just read an article how true his novel 1984 has become !

Big Brother is watching George Orwell
The cameras crowd George Orwell's former London home

Dozens of private and public spy-cameras surveil the streets, walls and windows of the area around George Orwell's apartment. Britain, the nation that "sleepwalked into a surveillance society," has created the landscape that Orwell envisioned, a world where every step is recorded from every angle. Is there any among us whose movements aren't suspicious under the wrong circumstances?

On the wall outside his former residence (flat number 27B) where Orwell lived until his death in 1950, an historical plaque commemorates the anti-authoritarian author. And within 200 yards of the flat, there are 32 CCTV cameras, scanning every move.
Orwell's view of the tree-filled gardens outside the flat is under 24-hour surveillance from two cameras perched on traffic lights.
The flat's rear windows are constantly viewed from two more security cameras outside a conference centre in Canonbury Place.
In a lane, just off the square, close to Orwell's favourite pub, the Compton Arms, a camera at the rear of a car dealership records every person entering or leaving the pub.
Within a 200-yard radius of the flat, there are another 28 CCTV cameras, together with hundreds of private, remote-controlled security cameras used to scrutinise visitors to homes, shops and offices.

Go to ThisIsLondon to read the complete article !

it's the same here in "the land of the brave and the home of the FREE"
camera's at traffic lights to record license plats numbers of people running traffic lights, camera's that record automobile speed and license plate numbers of speeders. to cameras all over town to try to catch drug dealers and users and other criminals. a famous american once said "a nation that is willing to sacrafice it's freedom for security deserves neither"

Dylan Thomas
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