Sunday, March 13, 2011

Airport security

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
                                                       -Joseph Goebbels

It's always worth remembering that virtually all of what passes as legitimate political dialogue in this country is based on lies and false narratives painted in the media, which are reinforced through mindless and uncritical repetition by politicians and others.

The false narrative surrounding airport security is a perfect example here in the U.S.  We need security, not government scams.  However, things don't look too promising on this front.  From
Newly-released documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) reveal that the US Depart of Homeland Security has been working on plans to roll out a new wave of mobile surveillance technologies at train stations, stadiums and streets.  These new technologies will track your eye movements, capture and record your facial dimensions for face-recognition processing, bathe you in X-rays to look under your clothes, and even image your naked body using whole-body infrared images that were banned from consumer video cameras because they allowed the camera owners to take "nude" videos of people at the beach.  
Most importantly, many of these technologies are designed to be completely hidden, allowing the government to implement "covert inspection of moving subjects."   
Winston Smith would feel right at home here in the Good 'ol U.S.A.

Video originally found at Deborah Dupre's Human Rights Examiner.  

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