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Total surveillance equals total tyranny
By Tom DeWeese
The personal rights of American citizens, protected until now by the Bill of Rights, are the farthest thing from their minds as they seek to fill their pockets while enabling government to monitor and control our lives to a degree unheard of prior to September 11, 2001. This army seeks riches as it pushes for laws and regulations to spy on and control the lives of law-abiding Americans.
The Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA) reports that there are more than 100 federal entities involved in forging the largest conglomeration of government-private contractor interests since the creation of the Pentagon. GEIA represents hundreds of corporate members seeking to cash in on the Homeland Security-citizen-surveillance-spending spree.
GEIA told the news media that the "needed technologies include those providing digital surveillance, data mining, advanced encryption, smart cards, censors and early warning and profiling tools." In September 2002, dozens of major high tech companies formed the "Homeland Security Industries Association". A key objective of the association is to win a piece of the action for the creation of national ID cards for travelers.
The November 25 edition of Business Week reported that the SAS Institute is among many corporations scrambling to launch a whole new line of anti-money laundering software designed to help insurance companies, investment banks and brokerage firms spy on their clients' financial activities on behalf of the government in compliance with the Patriot Act.
According to Bert Ely, the head of a consulting company for financial institutions, the new anti-money laundering provisions of the Patriot Act will do nothing to stop the financing of international terrorists. At best, he says, the new provisions will actually provide evil doers with a road map to avoid detection.
What the new Patriot Act provisions are really about, says Ely, is to have
the United States fall into line with an international campaign being waged
by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Financial
Action Task Force against countries that serve as tax havens. The newly enacted
regulations are being applied in the name of fighting terrorism, but are
really about a different agenda.
IBM has opened a "Government Solutions Center" in Vienna, Virginia.
The high-tech Unisys Corporation has established a similar exhibition for
inspection by federal surveillance planners, called the "Homeland Security
Center for Excellence." Both corporations are racing to cash in on billions
of dollars for facial recognition systems at airports, and in anticipation
of "trusted traveler" cards, a high-tech ID tied to extensive background
checks and biometric identification.
For those of you who feel protected; who feel the government is just doing
its job to defeat terrorism, I'm very sad to tell you that our government
is not being honest with us. Terrorism is the excuse, not the motivation,
for the massive drive toward Big Brother.
Tom DeWeese is the publisher/editor of The DeWeese Report and president
of the American Policy Center, a grassroots, activist think tank. The Center
maintains an Internet site at www.americanpolicy.org. © Tom
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