A previously localized trial of CCTV cameras that allow local
government officials to monitor people in the streets and shout
orders at anyone they deem to be acting in an anti-social manner
is to be enforced nationwide across the UK. In a bizarre psychological
move the cameras will speak in a child's voice.
In an incredibly Orwellian move, loudspeakers are
to be fitted to surveillance cameras throughout major cities,
allowing CCTV operators to bark commands at people who drop litter,
act in an aggressive manner or loiter.
Last October we
reported on the trial scheme of these cameras in Middlesbrough.
At the time we predicted "The voice of Big Brother has already
echoed across several major cities and the program will no doubt
be unfolded nationwide once the salivating control freaks in council
offices have their way." Now this has indeed come to pass.
Council workers in a control centre can monitor
pictures from 12 talking cameras in the town, and communicate
directly with people on the street at the flick of a switch.
Communities are being coerced into adapting existing
cameras with the offer of nearly £500,000 in grants.
Home Secretary John Reid has denied that the plans
were "Big Brother gone mad", stating "This is a
hugely popular scheme in Middlesbrough and the vast majority of
the people here are right behind it."
Sadly it seems Reid is right as once again the simpering
jellyfish-like people of the UK have not reacted in protest to
a control freak's dream come true scheme that surpasses any methods
that were ever employed by the state in the Soviet Union or currently
in Communist China.
The BBC has put out a new report on this loving
Note the terroristic "skater boy" who
will soon have cease and desist orders barked at him. No longer
are skate boards cool and fun, Bart Simpson may still have one,
but now they are the tools of evil and must be clamped down upon
by the state.
The shouting cameras have been on the table for
a long time and were spotted in London, along with large black
megaphone apendages, up to one
In an even more frightening and conniving move it
has today been revealed that the bureaucrats behind the cameras
recordings of children's voices to discourage any adult they
target from dissenting and shouting back at the cameras.
As tech web site The Register today put it:
Using recordings of children's voices will make it harder for
those in opposition to the surveillance society to be defiant
of the talking cameras. Moonies and rude gestures will most definitely
be a no-no.
Children will be recruited from schools to take part in the scheme
and will be shown round CCTV operating rooms on school trips,
learning how wonderful the big brother state is and how forcing
people to behave in a certain way in public is the essence of
a free society.
The use of children's voices to control adult behaviour is all
out psychological warfare when you consider that it constitutes
a total reversal of social norms. The government knows this full
well and justifies it by suggesting that some people in the UK
are now so devoid of morality that there is no way of setting
that right other than by ritualistic public isolation and humiliation.
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What does it say about the state of a society in general that
the government has given up on a portion of people and has decided
that the best course of action is to extradite them and label
them as fair game for methods of control that wouldn't look out
of place in a horrific dystopian science fiction film?
The current divisions within society are frightening. We have
reached the point where the general public is willing to accept
massive invasions of their own privacy in order to deal with people
they consider to be a bit of a nuisance from time to time.
It would not be surprising at all to see some people reveling
in the control, egging on the shouting cameras and engaging in
a proverbial "two minutes hate" against those they no
longer dare stand up to themselves because they, quite rightly,
fear for their own safety if they were to do so.
The most dangerous form of tyranny is one that has the consent
of the people.
At the other end of the social divide the "louts" and
"yobs" that are the primary target of such control mechanisms
feel so divorced from society that their only means of articulation
is to resort to acts of violence and vandalism.
How is it possible that further alienating these people, and
almost rubbing their faces in the fact, is going to solve the
Because modern day government is so obsessed with short term
appearance over long term reality we are witnessing the literal
unraveling of society as each problem is provided a solution that
in turn engenders an even worse set of problems.
In short, such surveillance state methods are greasing the skids
for the police state. As the general public cry out for more and
more state intervention in society, and the dropouts become more
and more alienated and reactionary, there is only one place we
are all going to end up.
In a culture where people are not instilled with internal limiters
on their behaviors, increasing external limiters is demanded and
thus must be provided. Welcome totalitarianism.
Behind Winston's back the voice from the telescreen was
still babbling away about pig-iron and the overfulfilment of
the Ninth Three-Year Plan. The telescreen received and transmitted
simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level
of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so
long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal
plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was
of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at
any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought
Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was
even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But
at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted
to. You had to live -- did live, from habit that became instinct
-- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard,
and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.
"Smith!" screamed the shrewish voice
from the telescreen. "6079 Smith W.! Yes, you! Bend lower,
please! You can do better than that. You're not trying. Lower,
please! That's better, comrade. Now stand at ease, the whole
squad, and watch me."
- George Orwell, 1984.
Post script - Only by standing up
and saying no to such schemes will we be able to continue to live
in a truly free society. If shouting cameras come to your area start
petitions, lobby your local council, organize protest events, and
most importantly send us the details!