Britain’s Police State: London arrests based on CCTV identification

Britain adopts Chinese model of policing protest?

Published on Global, by Nathan Allonby, December 21, 2010.

CCTV has led to large scale arrests, following the recent student protests in London, over increased tuition fees. A total of over 180 people have been arrested, with the majority identified by CCTV.

The current arrests very much represent a landmark – we are now equipped for the Chinese approach to public order, in almost a complete reversal previous British policing … //

… Conclusion:

The real threat comes not from CCTV but from its application to identifying citizens, then tracking and recording their lives. This phase of CCTV is only just beginning, but will be heavily upon us, very soon.

We can get a glimpse of this in China, as described by Naomi Klein:

Chinese citizens will be watched around the clock through networked CCTV cameras … Their movements will be tracked through national ID cards with scannable computer chips and photos that are instantly uploaded to police databases and linked to their holder’s personal data. This is the most important element of all: linking all these tools together in a massive, searchable database of names, photos, residency information, work history and biometric data. When Golden Shield is finished, there will be a photo in those databases for every person in China: 1.3 billion faces. (China’s All-Seeing Eye, Naomi Klein, May 14th, 2008, Rolling Stone).

Authors such as Naomi Klein and Greg Walton have pointed out the role of the West in supplying this surveillance technology to China. Our governments have shown no moral scruples and far too much interest in this convenient field-trial of repression.

If we can’t trust the morality or ethics of our governments, can we really trust them with the enormous power they are assembling?

(For more information on surveillance cameras visit the website NO CCTV here, and here, and the homepage. React also: by e-mail, or by contact online).

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Link: read also Foreign mining in Mongolia: Western Deceptions and the Extinction of the Nomads, by keith harmon snow,  December 21, 2010.

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