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March 6th, 2008

Big Brother

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This week the ever-advancing osmosis of the Big Brother (as in Orwell’s 1984, not the Channel 4 shite) marches on in the UK.

We are already known throughout the world as the surveillance society with more CCTV cameras than any other country in the world (per head of population). The government has realised the opposition to ID cards so is introducing them gradually hoping it will be accepted more readily. We’ve had calls for a national DNA database and this week sees Met Chief Ian Blair calling for a European DNA database.

My attitude might surprise a lot of people, especially fellow police officers, but I am against a national DNA database. That is, I’m all for criminals being on such a database, after-all, there are certain rights which I believe you forfit once you decide to commit crime. But I disagree strongly that innocent people & those who have never even been arrested or suspected of a crime should be forced to give up such a fundamental right as to who has access to this information.

I don’t have time to expand on that now, but will go into more detail when I have a free couple of hours.

DNA Databases, ID cards, CCTV, remote prosecution via static cameras, these are all attempts to cover up the fact that all of the problems they might be able to solve have been left to fester by governments who prefer quick fixes to long term problem-solving.