It would appear that over the years, the concept that the state knows what’s best for the people has taken a strong grip in the minds of the populace. Perhaps what most people do not realise is that privacy is the cornerstone of freedom and it would appear that the state offers us security in return for our liberty or our right to privacy.
To quote Ben Franklin “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety”
So how does one know if the state is pervasively surveilling you? I propose to you that if you have not injured another then there is no need for the state to keep records about your activities.
Now let’s have a little look at some of the surveillance programs the state runs.
Trapwire is definitely something you should have a look into, it collects data from basically everywhere and compiles it into a centralised system to determine who is a potential threat.
Please consider that the federal government is proposing a massive expansion of the surveillance of the population, that has been described as “this proposal is akin to tactics that we would have seen utilised by the Gestapo”.
Now I think we are all smart enough to realise that once a power is granted rarely very rarely is it ever retracted. You should also be aware that the greater the surveillance the closer we get to a totalitarian regime. History shows that the greater the corruption and largess in government, the greater the need to watch the populace for paranoia and a fear of rebellion grip the inner circle of power. If your interested in history, why not have a quick look at the files the Stasi kept on the citizens…
Some might propose that the collection of information is only a problem for criminals and terrorists and can be used to do real good. Well since we have a rule of law… why not employ it and use it to gain a warrant to track someone?
Furthermore you may or may not be aware the document below that states on page 2 paragraph 5
One could consider that access to “cyberspace” is not a right – it is a privilege. Some countries have adopted
the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) or related constructs to deliver necessary ICT knowledge to
their populations. An Australian ICDL could include “rules of the road” including balancing “free speech” with
the consequences of cyber bullying, libel, computer ethics, and an education about other important cyber
issues such as cyber crime (including fraud). In situations where someone has violated the code of conduct
or committed a crime, a judge could have the ability to suspend or revoke someone’s Computer Driving
In other words your servant (the government) has decided that you do not have the right to access information, your servant grants you a privilege to access information and if you don’t follow you servants rules then you will be punished…
So I leave you with the answer, with some humor, because without it the world would be a terrible place: