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Old 12-22-2005, 07:38 AM   #1
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The State Is Not Your Friend

They take away your liberty one piece at a time
Britain will be first country to monitor every car journey
From 2006 Britain will be the first country where every journey by every car will be monitored

Britain is to become the first country in the world where the movements of all vehicles on the roads are recorded. A new national surveillance system will hold the records for at least two years.

Using a network of cameras that can automatically read every passing number plate, the plan is to build a huge database of vehicle movements so that the police and security services can analyse any journey a driver has made over several years.

The network will incorporate thousands of existing CCTV cameras which are being converted to read number plates automatically night and day to provide 24/7 coverage of all motorways and main roads, as well as towns, cities, ports and petrol-station forecourts.

By next March a central database installed alongside the Police National Computer in Hendon, north London, will store the details of 35 million number-plate "reads" per day. These will include time, date and precise location, with camera sites monitored by global positioning satellites.

Already there are plans to extend the database by increasing the storage period to five years and by linking thousands of additional cameras so that details of up to 100 million number plates can be fed each day into the central databank.

Senior police officers have described the surveillance network as possibly the biggest advance in the technology of crime detection and prevention since the introduction of DNA fingerprinting.

Is it so farfetched to imagine a time when 'V for Vendetta' type retrbution is required to combat an authoritarian British government?

With stories like these, police coverups and lies over a murdered commuter and recent comments about individual liberty being worth sacrificing for the good of the many by Blair all signs point to yes.

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Old 12-22-2005, 07:45 AM   #2
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I don't think Britain's government is particularly intrusive but yes there does seem to be a kind of nanny state tendency.

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Old 12-22-2005, 07:50 AM   #3
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Its to protect you from terrorists financeguy. Or, if you are in fact a terrorist, to protect you from yourself.
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Old 12-22-2005, 07:54 AM   #4
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I guess it's a lot easier for them to subjegate 100% of the population than to focus on the fraction of a percent that constitutes a potential threat

I have to say the ability of people to oblige to the whims of governments can be amazing, I imagine that a lot of people think that this is a good thing and that if they have nothing to hide then theres absolutely nothing wrong with it.
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