FAST FIVE: The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell's 1984 Is No Longer Fiction

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Our world is characterized by widespread surveillance, behavior prediction technologies, data mining, fusion centers, driverless cars, voice-controlled homes, facial recognition systems, cybugs and drones, and predictive policing (pre-crime) aimed at capturing would-be criminals before they can do any damage.

This is the final link in the police state chain.

However, at one time, the idea of a total surveillance state tracking one's every move would have been abhorrent to most Americans.

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face-for ever.” – Orwell So where does that leave us.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we'll soon have to choose between self-indulgence (the bread-and-circus distractions offered up by the news media, politicians, sports conglomerates, entertainment industry, etc.) and self-preservation in the form of renewed vigilance about threats to our freedoms and active engagement in self-governance.

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