UK Government To Install Surveillance Cameras In Private Homes

State to spy on parents, make sure kids go to bed on time, attend school

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison <> [1]
Monday, August 3, 2009

The UK government is about to spend $700 million dollars installing
surveillance cameras inside the private homes of citizens to ensure that
children go to bed on time, attend school and eat proper meals.

No you aren’t reading a passage from George Orwell’s *1984* or Aldous
Huxley’s *Brave New World*, this is Britain in 2009, a country which already
has more surveillance cameras watching its population than the whole of
Europe put together.

Now the government is embarking on a scheme called “Family Intervention
Projects” which will literally create a nanny state on steroids, with social
services goons and private security guards given the authority to make
regular “home checks” to ensure parents are raising their children

Telescreens will also be installed so government spies can keep an eye on
whether parents are mistreating kids and whether the kids are fulfilling
their obligations under a pre-signed contract.

Around 2,000 families have been targeted by this program so far and the
government wants to snare 20,000 more within the next two years. The tab
will be picked up by the taxpayer, with the “interventions” being funded
through local council authorities.

Another key aspect of the program will see parents deemed “responsible” by
the government handed the power to denounce and report bad parents who allow
their children to engage in bad behavior. Such families will then be
targeted for “interventions”.

Both parents and children will also be forced to sign a “behavior contract”
with the government known as Home School Agreements before the start of
every year, in which the state will dictate obligations that it expects to
be met.

The opposition Conservative Party, who are clear favorites to win the next
British election, commented that the program does not go far enough and is
“too little, too late.”

Respondents to a Daily Express
[2] about the new program expressed their shock at the totalitarian
implications of what is unfolding in the United Kingdom under the guise of
social services initiatives.

“Sorry, but what the hell? Why are people not up in arms about this?,”
writes one, “This is a complete invasion of privacy, and it totally ignores
the fact that the state does NOT own kids. It’s not up to them how parents
choose to raise their children, as long as the parents do not actively harm
them. Why on earth aren’t the public rioting? It’s completely anathema to
basic British freedoms.”

“Excuse me!?! What an incredible intrusion into the privacy of a family!
George Orwell must be spinning in his grave right now,” writes another.

“I have one comment to make: it completely violates Article 8 of the
European Convention on Human Rights (Human Rights Act 1998). Has this
minister and his lackies even done any basic homework on basic human rights
and civil liberties? Or rather they’ve just decided to completely ignore
them,” adds another.

The move to install surveillance cameras inside private homes is also on the
agenda across the pond. In February 2006, Houston Chief of Police Harold
Hurtt said cameras should be placed inside apartments and
[4] in order to “fight crime” due to there being a shortage of police

“I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to
that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about
it?” Chief Hurtt told reporters.

Andy Teas with the Houston Apartment Association supported the proposal,
saying privacy concerns would take a back seat to many people who would,
“appreciate the thought of extra eyes looking out for them.”

If such programs come to fruition and are implemented on a mass scale then
the full scope of George Orwell’s depiction of a totalitarian society is his
classic novel *1984* will have been realized.

The following passage is from Orwell’s *1984*;

The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that
Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by
it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the
metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of
course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment.
How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any
individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched
everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire
whenever they wanted to. You had to live — did live, from habit that became
instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and,
except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.


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