Big Brother, the State where the citizens- every move is
watched, every telephone call is tapped and every letter censored.
This was the state envisaged by the author George Orwell, in his
book titled 1984. Incredibly, it has become reality, in the
country which is always proclaiming its freedom and superior human
rights record, the United States of America.
The US Administration turns its arrogance inwards, after Moscow
and Paris stood up to Washington and forced a diplomatic
settlement of the Iraq issue. The State has the right, in the USA,
to monitor phone calls, credit card transactions and all actions
which are officially registered under a new measure against
terrorism. September 11th gave the Bush administration the perfect
excuse to intervene anywhere, at any time, in the name of global
The new system is to be controlled by what is called TIAS,
the Total Information Awareness System, an IT monster which
enables the government to spy on the activities of citizens who go
about their personal lives, unaware that somebody, somewhere, may
be listening to their telephone call, controlling the movements in
their bank account and reading their e-mails.
Marc Rotenberg, the Director of the Electronic Privacy Information
Centre, said that this programme is ?teetering on the line¦
between ?homeland security and building a police state¦. John
Poindexter is the man behind this scheme, which is controlled by
an agency called ?Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency¦,
DARPA. Those who recall that the name Poindexter rings a bell are
right: he was the one who was caught lying in the Iran-Contra
Irangate scandal during the Reagan-Bush Senior administration, but
his conviction was quashed after an appeal. He is back.
The Pentagon has long requested a massive central database
containing details of the personal lives of all the citizens of
the USA. Under the pretext of searching for terrorists in the
planning stage of an attack, the scheme will give the
administration sweeping new powers which will take away, at a
stroke, any rights to privacy that any citizen thought he or she
Ex-Presidential candidate Al Gore, summed up the programme: ?They
have now taken the most fateful step in the direction of that Big
Brother nightmare that any President has ever allowed to occur¦.
LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
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