by Michael Snyder
April 1, 2012
Michael Snyder is a writer,
speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American
Dream and Economic Collapse Blog.
Why would anyone want to live in the UK at this point?
Well, if you enjoy having every little detail of
your life dictated to you by elitist control freaks then you might like
living there. But most of the rest of the world is absolutely horrified that
the UK is being transformed into a hellish Big Brother surveillance society.
The UK truly is on the "cutting edge" when it
comes to implementing liberty-killing rules and regulations. Many have
pointed out that
the United States is becoming a Big Brother police state,
but the truth is that the UK is even worse. The madness going on in the UK
is where the rest of the world is headed.
Right now, there are more surveillance cameras
per capita in the UK than anywhere else in the world. If you accidentally
drop a couple of potato chips in public or if you whisper a phrase that is
not politically correct in a restaurant there is a good chance that you will
be hauled into court. In the UK, the public has been sold the lie that
society will be better off if everything and everyone is constantly
But instead of improving society, what all of
this surveillance is really doing is turning the entire nation into a very
frightening version of
George Orwell's 1984.
Sadly, most of the rest of the globe is going down the exact same path that
the UK has gone. The UK is several years ahead of most of the rest of us,
but eventually almost every nation on earth will be just like them.
The following are 21 signs that the UK is being transformed into a hellish
Big Brother surveillance society....
A new UK law will allow the government
"listening agency" to openly monitor all phone calls, all emails,
all website visits, all Facebook status updates and all text
The following is from a recent article in
Under legislation expected in next month's Queen's Speech, internet
companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the
Government's electronic "listening" agency – to examine "on demand"
any phone call made, text message and email sent, and website
accessed in "real time", The Sunday Times reported.
Police in the UK use advanced software
that enables them to track the "digital footprints" of virtually
anyone that they want to investigate. The following is how
one news report in the UK described
The Metropolitan Police has bought Geotime, a security program used
by the U.S. military which tracks suspects' movements and
communications and displays them on a three-dimensional graphic.
The software aggregates information gathered from social networking
sites, GPS devices like the iPhone, mobile phones, financial
transactions and IP network logs to build a detailed picture of an
In the UK there is a "three strikes"
allows your entire family to be cut off from the Internet
if anyone who lives in your house is accused of copyright
infringement three times.
In the UK, free speech on the Internet
is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. A recent UK government
report calls for Internet service providers to remove as much
"extremist material" from the Internet as possible.
The following is an
excerpt from that report...
The Counter-Terrorism Internet Referral Unit does limited but
valuable work in challenging internet service providers to remove
violent extremist material where it contravenes the law.
We suggest that the Government work with
internet service providers in the UK to develop a Code of Conduct
committing them to removing violent extremist material, as defined
for the purposes of section 3 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
Many relevant websites are hosted
abroad: the Government should also therefore strive towards greater
international cooperation to tackle this issue.
In the UK, citizens are instructed that
those that hold "anti-government beliefs" are potential terrorists
and that they should be reported to the authorities immediately.
In the UK there are more surveillance
cameras per capita than anywhere else on the entire planet. It
been estimated that there are at least 4.8 million surveillance
cameras constantly watching every move that citizens make.
Under new government plans, cameras at
UK gas stations
will automatically stop any vehicles that do not
have insurance or that are not up to date on taxes from being filled
In the UK, it is legal for local
governments to assign agents to
follow citizens secretly without any
judicial oversight whatsoever.
There are thousands upon thousands of
"dysfunctional families" in the UK that are being subjected to
intensive 24-hour video surveillance to make sure that their
children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.
In the UK, police can demand to
identification at any time for any reason that they want.
Did you think that "future crime" was
just something Tom Cruise had to worry about in the movies? Well,
police in the UK are reportedly very interested in implementing
"predictive policing" techniques in an attempt to get a better
handle on crime.
Tens of thousands of parents who
home-school their own children in the UK have been forced to undergo
criminal background checks before being allowed to do so.
Parents at one school in the UK were
forced to undergo criminal background checks to
prove that they were
not pedophiles before they were allowed to accompany their own
children to school Christmas events.
In the UK, if you preach against sin in
public there is a good chance that you will
be convicted of a hate
Christian ministers in the UK have been
told that trying to preach Christianity in an area that is primarily
Muslim is essentially a "hate crime".
Simply playing the Bible in public is
enough to get you into trouble with the law in the UK. For example,
police once threatened a cafe owner with arrest for silently playing
a Bible DVD on a small television on the back wall of his cafe.
The following is an excerpt from a
Daily Mail article about this
Mr. Murray, 31, was left shocked after he was questioned for nearly
an hour by the officers, who arrived unannounced at the premises.
He said he had turned off the Bible DVD after an ‘aggressive
inquisition’ during which he thought he was going to be arrested and
‘frog-marched out of the cafe like a criminal’.
In the UK, it is now
photograph the police for any reason whatsoever.
In the UK, if you do not dispose of your
trash correctly or if you do not recycle properly, you can be hit
huge fines. In fact, right now millions of UK citizens actually
microchips in their garbage bins which track their disposal
One 79-year-old retiree in the UK was
told that she would be required to have "three warning signs, a
'lookout' and a fluorescent safety jacket" if she wanted to continue
to work on her garden.
Government officials in the UK seem
absolutely obsessed with gathering information on young children.
The following example is from an
article in the Register...
The government obsession with collecting data has now extended to
five-year-olds, as local Community Health Services get ready to
arm-twist parents into revealing the most intimate details of their
own and their child’s personal, behavioral and eating habits.
The questionnaire - or "School Entry Wellbeing Review" - is a
four-page tick-box opus, at present being piloted in Lincolnshire,
requiring parents to supply over 100 different data points about
their own and their offspring’s health.
Previously, parents received a "Health
Record" on the birth of a child, which contained around eight
questions which needed to be answered when that child started
Tens of thousands of kids in the UK are
being branded as "racist" or "homophobic" and are being put into
permanent databases just for using common playground insults.
The following comes from
an article by Paul Joseph Watson...
Over 30,000 British schoolchildren, some as young as three, have had
their names registered on a government database and branded “racist”
or “homophobic” for using playground insults, infractions that could
impact their future careers.
In the old days, we were all taught that totalitarian police states such as
North Korea, Nazi Germany and the USSR were bad.
But now we are being taught that totalitarian police states are good.
These days we are told that society works better when control freaks are
watching, tracking, monitoring and recording virtually everything that we
Sadly, advances in technology now make it possible for governments to track
and control all of us to a far greater degree than dictators in the past
ever dreamed was possible.
With each passing year, the control grids get tighter and we lose even more
liberty and freedom. If we do not stand up for liberty and freedom while we
still can, eventually it will be too late.
Please speak out and let your voice be heard.
We simply cannot afford to let the control