Monday, April 2, 2012

21 Signs That The UK Is Being Transformed Into A Hellish Big Brother Surveillance Society

Michael Snyder, Contributor
Activist Post

Why would anyone want to live in the UK at this point?  Well, if you enjoy having every little detail of your life dictated to you by elitist control freaks then you might like living there.  But most of the rest of the world is absolutely horrified that the UK is being transformed into a hellish Big Brother surveillance society.

The UK truly is on the "cutting edge" when it comes to implementing liberty-killing rules and regulations. Many have pointed out that the United States is becoming a Big Brother police state, but the truth is that the UK is even worse.

The madness going on in the UK is where the rest of the world is headed.  Right now, there are more surveillance cameras per capita in the UK than anywhere else in the world.  If you accidentally drop a couple of potato chips in public, or if you whisper a phrase that is not politically correct in a restaurant there is a good chance that you will be hauled into court.  In the UK, the public has been sold the lie that society will be better off if everything and everyone is constantly monitored.  But instead of improving society, what all of this surveillance is really doing is turning the entire nation into a very frightening version of George Orwell's 1984.

Sadly, most of the rest of the globe is going down the exact same path that the UK has gone.  The UK is several years ahead of most of the rest of us, but eventually almost every nation on earth will be just like them.

The following are 21 signs that the UK is being transformed into a hellish Big Brother surveillance society....

#1 A new UK law will allow the government "listening agency" to openly monitor all phone calls, all emails, all website visits, all Facebook status updates and all text messages.

The following is from a recent article in the Telegraph....
Under legislation expected in next month's Queen's Speech, internet companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the Government's electronic "listening" agency – to examine "on demand" any phone call made, text message and email sent, and website accessed in "real time", The Sunday Times reported.
#2 Police in the UK use advanced software that enables them to track the "digital footprints" of virtually anyone that they want to investigate.  The following is how one news report in the UK described this software....
The Metropolitan Police has bought Geotime, a security programme used by the U.S. military which tracks suspects' movements and communications and displays them on a three-dimensional graphic.
The software aggregates information gathered from social networking sites, GPS devices like the iPhone, mobile phones, financial transactions and IP network logs to build a detailed picture of an individual's movements.
#3 In the UK there is a "three strikes" rule that allows your entire family to be cut off from the Internet if anyone who lives in your house is accused of copyright infringement three times.

#4 In the UK, free speech on the Internet is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.  A recent UK government report calls for Internet service providers to remove as much "extremist material" from the Internet as possible.  The following is an excerpt from that report....
The Counter-Terrorism Internet Referral Unit does limited but valuable work in challenging internet service providers to remove violent extremist material where it contravenes the law. We suggest that the Government work with internet service providers in the UK to develop a Code of Conduct committing them to removing violent extremist material, as defined for the purposes of section 3 of the Terrorism Act 2006. Many relevant websites are hosted abroad: the Government should also therefore strive towards greater international cooperation to tackle this issue.
#5 In the UK, citizens are instructed that those that hold "anti-government beliefs" are potential terrorists and that they should be reported to the authorities immediately.

#6 In the UK there are more surveillance cameras per capita than anywhere else on the entire planet. It has been estimated that there are at least 4.8 million surveillance cameras constantly watching every move that citizens make.

#7 Under new government plans, cameras at UK gas stations will automatically stop any vehicles that do not have insurance or that are not up to date on taxes from being filled with fuel.

#8 In the UK, it is legal for local governments to assign agents to follow citizens secretly without any judicial oversight whatsoever.

#9 There are thousands upon thousands of "dysfunctional families" in the UK that are being subjected to intensive 24-hour video surveillance to make sure that their children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.

#10 In the UK, police can demand to see your identification at any time for any reason that they want.

#11 Did you think that "future crime" was just something Tom Cruise had to worry about in the movies?  Well, police in the UK are reportedly very interested in implementing "predictive policing" techniques in an attempt to get a better handle on crime.

#12 Tens of thousands of parents who homeschool their own children in the UK have been forced to undergo criminal background checks before being allowed to do so.

#13 Parents at one school in the UK were forced to undergo criminal background checks to prove that they were not pedophiles before they were allowed to accompany their own children to school Christmas events.

#14 In the UK, if you preach against sin in public there is a good chance that you will be convicted of a hate crime.

#15 Christian ministers in the UK have been told that trying to preach Christianity in an area that is primarily Muslim is essentially a "hate crime".

#16 Simply playing the Bible in public is enough to get you into trouble with the law in the UK.  For example, police once threatened a cafe owner with arrest for silently playing a Bible DVD on a small television on the back wall of his cafe.  The following is an excerpt from a Daily Mail article about this incident....
Mr Murray, 31, was left shocked after he was questioned for nearly an hour by the officers, who arrived unannounced at the premises.

He said he had turned off the Bible DVD after an ‘aggressive inquisition’ during which he thought he was going to be arrested and ‘frog-marched out of the cafe like a criminal’.
#17 In the UK, it is now illegal to photograph the police for any reason whatsoever.

#18 In the UK, if you do not dispose of your trash correctly, or if you do not recycle properly, you can be hit with huge fines.  In fact, right now millions of UK citizens actually have microchips in their garbage bins which track their disposal activities.

#19 One 79-year-old retiree in the UK was told that she would be required to have "three warning signs, a 'lookout' and a fluorescent safety jacket" if she wanted to continue to work on her garden.

#20 Government officials in the UK seem absolutely obsessed with gathering information on young children.  The following example is from an article in the Register....
The government obsession with collecting data has now extended to five-year-olds, as local Community Health Services get ready to arm-twist parents into revealing the most intimate details of their own and their child’s personal, behavioural and eating habits.
The questionnaire – or 'School Entry Wellbeing Review' – is a four-page tick-box opus, at present being piloted in Lincolnshire, requiring parents to supply over 100 different data points about their own and their offspring’s health. Previously, parents received a 'Health Record' on the birth of a child, which contained around eight questions which needed to be answered when that child started school.
#21 Tens of thousands of kids in the UK are being branded as "racist" or "homophobic" and are being put into permanent databases just for using common playground insults.  The following comes from an article by Paul Joseph Watson....
Over 30,000 British schoolchildren, some as young as three, have had their names registered on a government database and branded 'racist' or 'homophobic' for using playground insults, infractions that could impact their future careers.
In the old days, we were all taught that totalitarian police states such as North Korea, Nazi Germany and the USSR were bad. But now we are being taught that totalitarian police states are good.

These days we are told that society works better when control freaks are watching, tracking, monitoring and recording virtually everything that we do.

Sadly, advances in technology now make it possible for governments to track and control all of us to a far greater degree than dictators in the past ever dreamed was possible.  With each passing year, the control grids get tighter and we lose even more liberty and freedom.

If we do not stand up for liberty and freedom while we still can, eventually it will be too late.

Please speak out and let your voice be heard.  We simply cannot afford to let the control freaks win.

This article first appeared here at the American Dream.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.


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Anglo Saxon said...

Britain (or more specifically England) lies at the core of our current global madness and sickness. Indeed, one could argue that within the borders of England one could find the origin or source of it all.

Let us remember that Central Banking, Concentration Camps, Vulture Corporatism, Marxism, and Mass Immigration were all born in and/or pioneered by those scum who have long ruled England.

Perhaps the consequences of this unfortunate reality help explain why so many Englishmen appear to many living elsewhere around this world, as having the demeanour of people suffering from "uncertain sexuality" issues. And the record clearly shows that ever increasing numbers of English women have been firmly attached to self-destructive behaviour since the 1970s. Post Y2K, that self-destructive fetish became terminal.

Large swaths of England are little more than pressure cookers where people (for reasons they never bother to challenge) feel obliged to act outside of their instincts and nature. The pressure to conform (to sick or depraved influences peddled constantly via the MSM) is overwhelming, and few have the strength to resist the all pervasive conditioning. Imagine a fusion of Orwell's "1984" and Huxley's "Brave New World" and you can picture England as it has been since the late 1980s.

Meanwhile, most of Britain's Police Forces are controlled by an officer class who wear hats that conspicuously display a Checker-board hat-band (black/white squares) which clearly denotes they are ultimately working for, and there to protect, the interests of Freemasonry ... and not society as a whole. Those of you who are still unaware of the symbolic meaning of this checker-board pattern are too far behind the curve and really need to catch up and get self-educated.

Another way of assessing the British Isles (of which England is the dominant part) is to see it as a powder-keg simply waiting to explode. Mass unemployment, food shortages, water shortages, racial tensions, overcrowding, and more unprovoked Police abuses, represent just some of the likely igniters of the socio-political powder.

I predict that by 2014, England will be in total turmoil, with full scale battles being fought in several inner-city areas. Meanwhile, London will be cordoned off by a security-forces lock-down in order to 'protect' the "Asiatic faggots" who have been running the political and economic comedy show from both Whitehall and a slew of NGO offices ever since the British Army and RAF were recruited to help destroy and murder the ethnic cousins of most English men and women --- the German people --- during that unfortunate, cathartic 1941-45 period. By 1945, the conspirators had what they had really wanted all along ... the components of a World Government to come in place: The United Nations + its many affiliate organizations (e.g., World Bank, IMF, UNESCO, etc.).

Anonymous said...

What do you expect from a country that still has royalty, queens and kings and all that bullshit?

Anonymous said...

It would be amusing to see a flight by people from 1st world countries to 3rd world hell holes, merely in a search for a less intrusive bureaucracy and more freedom.

Anonymous said...

Some of these are fair and interesting points raised, others are just sensationalism from the daily mail.

Anonymous said...

what about the vacuous crap that is these days peddled as great art? the "art world" is stripping soul and deep insight and thought away from our society by promoting bland, slick, one-liner, careerist work. is it now dead as a vehicle for social change and reflection of humanity? who is controlling the art world? is it becoming the same as what passes for entertainment?

Anonymous said...

#10 In the UK, police can demand to see your identification at any time for any reason that they want.


(You should not believe what you read in celebrity gossip papers such as the Daily Mail.)

Unless you are arrested you do NOT have to give your details to the police apart from in the following 3 Exceptions:

1. Where the police reasonably suspect you of a non-arrestable offence, and require your name and address for the service of a summons (Section 25 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE));
2. where you are the driver of a vehicle;
3. where the police have reasonable suspicion of “anti-social behaviour".

#17 In the UK, it is now illegal to photograph the police for any reason whatsoever.


This story came about because of a total mis-understanding of the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008.

In fact there are no legal restrictions on taking photographs in a public place in the UK. It is 100% legal to photograph anyone in a public place (including police officers), and you do not need their permission.

This is taken from the Metropolitan Police website:

"Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel."

Some in your list are correct, but others are either plain wrong, a distortion of facts, or relate to laws that do no yet exist (and are unlikely to ever become law).

Don't believe what you read in the papers.

Anonymous said...

How amazing is this? You Brits fought the big bad German Nazis in WWII, so you could end up living in a Socialist Police State today and no one fired a shot! How sad that Britain is no longer "Great" Britain!

Anonymous said...

Take that and exchange US for UK and you've got the same thing. Sure sign of the One World Order.

Anonymous said...

Anglo Saxon, everything that you describe is happening in the US right down to the last detail. You Brits aren't alone in the descent into total Fascism on a global scale.

Anonymous said...

Plesae watch "The Last Enemy". This is not new news. Make you shiver and know Orwell was sooooo

Anonymous said...

you dont even have to give the popo your name check we can monitor the police search fitwatch

Anonymous said...

Incredible, no mention of David Cameron and his plans for deconstructing UK society and culture more completely than anything Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair could have dreamt up together.

Anonymous said...

Just found this article on the British government's proposal to extend its snooping over email, telephone and social network communications on World Socialist Web Site:

This website carries good information rarely found anywhere else on the web about the British police state.

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