"I Want Them to be Worried We're Watching...To Never Know When We're Overhead"

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 7th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Our society in the United States is quickly moving in the direction of blanket, persistent, round-the-clock surveillance by law enforcement of all its citizens. Witness what is happening in Dayton, Ohio.

Meet Chief Richard Biehl

Dayton, Ohio, a city with half a million people, is less crime-ridden than most communities its size, but its police chief, Richard Biehl, thinks that blanket spying upon each and every one of its citizens is a wonderful way to prevent crime. "I want them to be worried that we're watching. I want them to be worried that they never know when we're overhead."

Persistent Surveillance Systems

Persistent Surveillance Systems, the developer of the technology that makes possible blanket surveillance of all a city's inhabitants, is the handiwork of a Dayton-based company that has heretofore provided surveillance technology for large events like political rallies and sports contests. Chief Biehl waxes very enthusiastic over his department's newly acquired capability that would allow his officers to, in his words, "track every vehicle and person across an area the size of a city, for several hours at a time."

Americans, of course, have by now become used to their privacy being violated when they travel by air, when they attend large public events, or just when walking down the street.

Where did the Fourth Amendment go?

The Fourth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution states that it is unlawful for government to conduct searches and seizures without due cause. It presumes a standard and expectation of privacy that cannot be violated. Yet what authority figures all the way from Chief Biehl to James Clapper, head of the National Security Agency, to Barack Obama fail to understand is that humans beings are inherently meant to enjoy freedom from authoritarian interference with their ability to move about freely in the course of their daily activity.

What kind of society do we want to be living in after all? Because of developments such as the one reported here, we seem to be moving in America towards constructing in America a nightmarish Orwellian big brother world where our every move is watched.

I remember when quite young learning of the way it was in the old Soviet Union, where half the country's people were spying on the other half, and no one could trust anybody. That is exactly where we are headed if we don't stand up en masse and demand that such police-state tactics as total surveillance of everybody not become the norm in America.

Link: Here is Definitive Proof the NSA is Spying on Everyone

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George Orwell, Law Enforcement, Opinion, Police Surveillance, Richard Biehl, Steve Kinsman, Surveillance, Surveillance State, The Surveillance State

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
8th Feb 2014 (#)

wow Steve you hit the nail on the head again...Orwell definitely looked into the future...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Orwell saw the trends and just extrapolated. 1984 seems to be coming true.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Feb 2014 (#)

I guess the upside is that when everyone is being scrutinized, how much time can anyone spend scrutinizing one person? Giving someone a phone book allows them to call every person inside. But it would take a long while for any one person to be harassed by such calls unless that person was already a target. Meanwhile, if looking for something specific, a kidnap victim, a runaway, an assault -- being able to see each part up close may be the difference between loss and recovery.
There is always a fine line between safety and security and invasion of privacy.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Frankly, I don't think there's a fine line anymore. I think the line has been erased. Thanks for commenting Phyl.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
8th Feb 2014 (#)

The USA is not nearly as free as many people think. It ranked poorly on the list of freest countries in the world. New Zealand ranked higher, and so did 6 others

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Feb 2014 (#)

And my guess is our rank will continue to drop until we rival China in our lack of freedom. For certain that is where we are headed.

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author avatar Mariah
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Legalised stalking..outright abuse of authority.
Very informative post Steve
Thank you

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Mariah.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
8th Feb 2014 (#)

In the age of advanced technology , this is just the beginning ...I would only be concerned Steve if they were to insist on electronic implants for every human being ...I have a feeling it may be a case of ...Watch this space ... but I fervently pray ....not yet !
Many blessings
Stella ><

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Feb 2014 (#)

We need to be concerned far before it reaches the point of implanting microchips.

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Feb 2014 (#)

You have hit the nail on the head my friend. Time for big changes.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Kingwell. I appreciate that.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
9th Feb 2014 (#)

Steve,
Is this a post 9/11 phenomenon?
Whatever, it doesn't seem to be right.
Like Townsend why don't you write about this in your national media?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Feb 2014 (#)

Well, unimpeded, wholesale spying on the American people certainly was born out of the paranoia that arose from 9/11, so I would agree with you on that score G.V. Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
12th Feb 2014 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern.

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author avatar M G Singh
14th Feb 2014 (#)

Nice post. Good you are highlighting some very important points

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