Sunday, April 1, 2012

So that's it! Britain will soon have its very own Patriot Act. Be very careful! You are being watched! ...


In 1949, George Orwell published his dystopian novel '1984' about an imagined state called Oceania where everything is bad and society is ruled by the oligarchical dictatorship of the Party. 

Airstrip One (London) is a province of Oceania where war is unceasing, government surveillance is everywhere and mind control is achieved via a political system known as English Socialism (IngSoc).

But even the powerful 'Inner Party' elite who oversee IngSoc are controlled by the god-like Party leader 'Big Brother' who regards all individuality and reason as a crime.

Posters of the dictator with the words 'BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU' can be see everywhere, and 'telescreens' monitor the private and public lives of the population.

And now it's going to happen for real in Britain!

According to the BBC, the government will soon begin monitoring telephone calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK. Internet companies will have to allow GCHQ - the Government Communications Headquarters - access to communications on demand and in real time.

Could this be an April Fool's joke?

I fear not.

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