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Where do we need to move now to escape Big Brother, and would the North Pole suffice? I wonder. I came back from work tonight to find a new CCTV camera right outside my door, this is as close as it can be before they install one in the apartment I live in. I live on a lone street in the suburbs of London; there is absolutely no reason to put a camera there.

We can no longer deny that our governments are control freaks. They will not stop until they know everything we all do and say at any given time. This is called paranoia. Why the need for such a police state? What are the authorities really fearing? Great questions.

Let's study the consequences of such a Big Brother policy on all of us, and if really this is something we want in any self-proclaimed democracy. And if we don't want it, why is it still imposed on all of us? Crucial questions.

As soon as you get your birth certificate, we have established your identity. We know your name, your date of birth and where you were born. After that, to get your first identity card or passport, what is required, is simply generally your birth certificate.

Imagine a world without birth certificate, none of us would have an identity. Imagine if none of us had a name and didn't know where we were born and on what day. Sounds weird, but it is a fact for all animals on this planet, except of course our cherished pets which we now microchip and follow online. Only humans have this obsession with identity, identifying, and eventually tracking down anything about anyone anywhere on this planet. You will never witness that anywhere in the animal kingdom.

If it were to stop there, it would be easy enough, and it would be nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, your birth certificate is simply a login and password to your true identity, who you really are. That identity consists of every single thing you will ever do in your entire life, be it getting married, divorced, switching countries, getting a loan or a mortgage. And if you do anything wrong at any time, this is when your identity becomes quite important to every single authority on this planet, be it a great crime or something as simple as a little white lie in order to get something. That's it - your identity might prevent you from achieving anything you ever dreamt of.


Identity is what drives every single government wild; in truth, they will not stop until they can have a quick and easy access scheme to everything you have ever done in your life from the moment you came into this world. Whatever you might want to do to protect your privacy, it is useless.

Up until now we have been lucky.  The technology was simply not there, and we could still hope to get away with a little lie or two to get a job, a loan, or some other benefits. Now you can forget it. Multiple central databases have been put together. I have already given my thumb print last year in order to pay with my own credit card. I had my eye scanned when I entered the United States a year ago. This is as good as my DNA, as with those scans, they can establish the login which is the door to my true identity, everything I ever thought of.

From now on, everything is tracked down, to the beers I bought in a Seven Eleven a few months ago, where they had to scan my Californian driving licence. I was quite shocked, actually. I shouted that I didn't want the President of the United States to know that I was buying beers tonight, just in case one day, somehow, this could be used against me in a Court of Law.

I can already see it: that man has been buying 24 bottle of beers every single week he spent in Los Angeles; how can we trust an alcoholic? That man has been buying violent video games in Hounslow for over a decade; how can he be stable enough to be a manager? That man has left the UK for more than 100 days; how can we give him a British citizenship now, as it is obvious he does not deserve it, or does not live here or intend to live here forever. And what difference does it really make when I have now spent more time in London than anywhere else in the world?

That guy has travelled to this country, visited this city, the very same one where some terrorist attacks took place. He has been visiting this and that website and read for 20 minutes and 30 seconds all about these conspiracy theories concerning the so called government cover up. What credibility has he got?

Today there are good reasons for you to wish to keep your anonymity, keep some privacy about your identity, because you never know how the government laws and policies will turn against you, and these changes come fast.

In the last few years, since the destruction of the twin towers in New York, most Western countries have lost their rights and liberties. Another serious terrorist attack at this point will definitely bring about everything you most feared about the importance of your privacy when it comes to your identity. And since governments have always dreamt and worked toward being able to know everything about you since your birth, it is just a question of time before you lose your identity completely.

There must come a time when you no longer own your identity, when you are no longer free to build that identity, move about and do what you wish. This has not yet happened globally, but a large percentage of the population has already lost its identity, or the freedom to build one. For example, the unemployed, whether they are retired or simply incapable of finding a job, and people who simply run out of money.

The government and the financial institutions don't ask much from you, until, that is, you run out of cash. If you need anything from the government or banks, they will want to know everything about you in return, up to where and how you spend your money . At this point they control your destiny.

You are no longer free to move to another place, change jobs, or play video games all day. You have to look for work, you have to repay somehow your debts, you need to report on everything you do to get yourself out of your situation, you have to report your expenses and justify them. Any change in your life will need to be declared.

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First: Shoot the cameras.Second: Beat the hell out... by Robert Arend on Saturday, Sep 20, 2008 at 6:13:25 PM