Panopticon Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!by Jeff Berwick
Feb. 02, 2012
The US is fast becoming one massive open air prison camp. Few realize that one by one their natural rights are being stripped by the fascist "criminal" law system. As we've noted in the past, more than 30% of those under 23 have been arrested as the fascist US Government works to ensnare as many as possible into permanent indentured servitude through a criminal record. From the New Yorker
Over all, there are now more people under "correctional supervision" in America – more than six million – than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height. That city of the confined and the controlled, Lockuptown, is now the second largest in the United States.Once you have that special status the doors quickly close for you, and you will never be able to legally escape from the US. Your travel will be restricted and you will not be eligible to apply for a foreign passport.
Seemingly not content with having the largest prison population in the world, the US leviathan continues to expand its web to ensnare more into "the system".
Original Drawing of a Panopticon Prison
In the late eighteenth century. English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham came up with the concept of the panopticon. The purpose of the design is to allow the observation of (-opticon) all (pan-) inmates of an institution without them being able to tell whether or not they are being watched.
Although Bentham considered the use of such a structure for all manner of institutions, prisons were the first place where the concept was implemented.
The corporatist state is doing its best to create the ultimate Panopticon within the borders of the US. We noted one recent development with the deployment of the "Peacemaker" to the streets of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
You can find out all you need to know about the "Peacemaker" here.
The costumed enforcer sums it up with one line: "the bad guys know – hey we're watching you". Forgoing for the moment the question of who really is the bad guys here (hint: the government and police), he fails to mention that the "peacemaker" isn't just watching "the bad guys". It is watching everyone who happens to pass by its hulking form.
Sadly people have been brainwashed since birth into thinking that the State is good and it protects them, and that without the State the world would be very dangerous. This in turn causes them support these continued attacks on their own liberties. Ayn Rand termed this the "sanction of the victim"
One of the brainwashed in the video thinks that those who complain about the Orwellian vehicle should be paid special attention. I would suggest to the slave that he takes it one step further – if he has nothing to hide, why not place a set of cameras within his own home? Hey, he is already funding them with his tax dollars, why bother using a private security firm? You think that sounds unreasonable? Well guess what – the Brits have already put that into practice.
From Wired in 2009
£400 million ($668 million) will be spent on installing and monitoring CCTV cameras in the homes of private citizens. Why? To make sure the kids are doing their homework, going to bed early and eating their vegetables. The scheme has, astonishingly, already been running in 2,000 family homes. The government's "children's secretary" Ed Balls is behind the plan, which is aimed at problem, antisocial families. The idea is that, if a child has a more stable home life, he or she will be less likely to stray into crime and drugs.All "for the children" you see.
"SMILE, YOU'RE ON CANDID CAMERA"
Now you might say that the "Peacemaker" isn't quite the definition of the surveillance state – I mean you can see the thing! But don't worry, your overlords have been working quietly to ensure they cover every square foot of their empire.
All for your own good.
Janet Napolitano, director of the Department of Homeland Security now appears in every Walmart in the country, hoping to enlist the good consumers in the fight against "threats". Every eye of every citizen is a potential tool of the "Homeland". Of course, the ones who should really be watched are the watchers.
TERROR FROM ABOVE
Predictably, the tools of the global war on terror have now been turned into tools of oppression for the jack booted thugs in the USSA. The Predator Drone, a mainstay of the CIA's assassination campaigns is now being utilized for "interior law enforcement support"
General Atomics MQ-1 Predator
Local police say they have used two unarmed Predators based at Grand Forks Air Force Base to fly at least two dozen surveillance flights since June. The FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration have used Predators for other domestic investigations, officials said.Equipped with "high-resolution cameras, heat sensors and sophisticated radar", these machines are just the thing needed to ensure the tax slaves are KEPT IN.
And while you are kept as a blood bag for the vampire state, you will have to deal with an ever-increasing network of internal travel controls. Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams are expanding across the USA, targeting bus terminals, rail stations, and highway travel. "Border" police are also getting into the act, setting up shop miles from the actual borders of the USSA.
A letter from one TDV reader, Warren W., confirms the dire reality of the situation, he writes:
Just back from driving I10 from Fla. to AZ. At about 100 miles either side of El Paso, US Customs & "Border Patrol" (in quotes because they aren't at the border where they could do some real patrolling) have set up permanent shop on I10.Bentham's dream of the Panopticon is close to becoming a reality. It is time for you to consider your options and consider getting your gold and yourself out of dodge.
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Jeff Berwick [send him mail] is an anarcho-capitalist freedom fighter and Chief Editor of the libertarian, Austrian economics grounded newsletter, The Dollar Vigilante. The Dollar Vigilante focuses on strategies, investments and expatriation opportunities to survive & prosper during and after the US dollar collapse.