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As new year nears, a word for our times: surveillance
Dec 30th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Debate over privacy

moves to top of agenda

A drone like this one could appear soon in the sky above your home.

IF THERE IS one concept that can summarize the zeitgeist of 2013, those In the K(n)ow would pick “surveillance.”
As the clock ticks down to a Gregorian-calendar new year, we can look back and see this topic as the most discussed and analyzed during the past 12 months.
Not only, however, in the narrow sense of government and corporate spying on everyone.
We also got a taste of the future – 2014 and further out – with skies full of drones capable of watching everyone, everywhere all the time.
Seems like George Orwell was only about 30 years off in his prediction of a total surveillance society so eloquently expressed in the novel “1984.”


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Drones will soon be buzzing in the sky above you

THOUSANDS OF NON-MILITARY UAVS UNDER DEVELOPMENT
It is an absolute certainty that the skies above modern metropolises and the surrounding countryside will soon be buzzing with UAVs.
The potential impacts on gathering sensitive personal data are huge. The ACLU has raised the alarm over the threat to privacy.
If you think government spying on electronic communications like email and telephone calls is bad, there might be a much bigger, less welcome surprise waiting for everyone as drones get deployed by the thousands over our homes and cities.


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US recruits for al-Qaida with drone strikes

KILLING OF INNOCENTS RESULTING IN BLOWBACK ON ARAB STREET
Yemenis are furious about the relentless drone attacks, and motivated to seek revenge for the killing of innocents and destruction of their homes any way they possibly can.
Their only avenue, with their own government siding with the unprovoked American military attacks, is al-Qaida.
The law of unintended consequences should give all Americans pause.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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