Posted by: Witch Doctor | October 8, 2008

The Diary of the Death of Freedom

For reasons only known to The Witching Community, 2 October 1984 is a very important date. That was also the fictional Orwellian Year. To mark this occasion, here is a diary to document the Death of Freedom in this great nation of ours starting on 2 October 2008 – the 24 anniversary of that important witching date.

Freedom will be lost only because of The Humankind’s inability to recognise creep, or if recognised, to be paralysed by it.

WEDNESDAY 8 October 2008

MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS 3

“We are rapidly approaching the most snooped on and intrusive society ever, and Jobbing Doctor is worried.”

THE ALL SEEING STATE IS ABOUT TO END PRIVACY AS WE KNOW IT

“You might suppose that the economic tornado hitting Britain would cause the government to focus its energy and resources very tightly on the political projects that are of undoubted value. This is not, after all, the moment to be wasting either political or financial capital. But you would be wrong. Faced with a crisis that it patently can’t control, the government is instead seeking to exert power where it still can: over us.

The state’s latest plan to watch us makes every other imminent intrusion seem limited. Next month’s Queen’s speech will contain a brief reference to an innocuous-sounding communications data bill. But what this means is the development of a centralised database that will track, in real time, every call we make, every website we visit, and every text and email we send. That information will then be stored and analysed – perhaps for decades. It will mean the end of privacy as we know it. “

TUESDAY 7 October 2008

DATABASE NATION

” My grandparents escaped the Soviet Union to get away from state prying. Now it looks like I’ll be leaving the UK for the same reason”

MONDAY 6 October 2008

LETS HELP THE GOVERNMENT SPY ON US

“No, I don’t believe there should be a backlash – I think we should help them out.

I propose we send them, from today, a daily record of our browsing habits and a copy of every email we receive and send. By post and email.”

SUNDAY 5 October 2008

MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS 2

“I know the phrases ‘Police State’ and ‘Orwellian Nightmare’ are cliches, but we have the potential for all our clinical information to be available to anyone who chooses (provided that the Government sanctions it), we have ID cards coming with DNA being taken and kept on more than 5,000,000 people (without their consent or wishes), and now all our electronic traffic can be monitored.”

GOVERNMENT WILL SPY ON EVERY CALL AND E-MAIL

“Ministers are considering spending up to £12 billion on a database to monitor and store the internet browsing habits, e-mail and telephone records of everyone in Britain.

GCHQ, the government’s eavesdropping centre, has already been given up to £1 billion to finance the first stage of the project.

Hundreds of clandestine probes will be installed to monitor customers live on two of the country’s biggest internet and mobile phone providers – thought to be BT and Vodafone. BT has nearly 5m internet customers.”

SATURDAY 4 October 2008

CONCENTRATION AND PLURALISM IN THE MEDIA

“We can chat to each other in the pub. We can chat to strangers. We don’t have to reveal who we are before we open our mouths. We could post anonymous pamphlets through letter boxes if we could be bothered. So why shouldn’t we express our views in our personal blogs, anonymously or otherwise, without let or hindrance from the superstate European Union?”

THURSDAY 2 October 2008

UK MINISTER LOOKS FOR DELETE KEY ON USER GENERATED CONTENT

“Mr Burnham is not a fan of the user-generated side of the internet. In a a speech to the Royal Television Society last week, he appeared to take another swipe at user-generated content, contrasting it unfavourably with opinion delivered by traditional channels.

“The internet as a whole is an excellent source of casual opinion,” he said. “TV is where people often look for expert or authoritative opinion.”

While the internet contains much that is tawdry and second-rate, at its best it is also more than capable of leading the way for the rest of the world. The main difference is that government can regulate broadcasting – but at present has no such luxury over the internet.”


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