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New Body Screeners in London, Like Israel

New Body Screeners in use in London: We are living in a dystopian nightmare
Witness The "Panopticon" mass surveillance prison in operation 

Steve Watson | January 12 2006

A high-tech body scanner for detecting would-be terrorists has been unveiled at London's Paddington station ahead of a four-week trial,  the BBC reports.

Click here to watch the video.

Passengers will be randomly selected to pass through the seven-metre box at the Heathrow Express platforms, while baggage is also screened.

Other technology being tested includes advanced closed circuit television systems programmed to sound an alarm when they spot suspicious behaviour.

The implementation of such technology represents a giant leap into a total surveillance Big Brother society. People are faced with walking into booths raising their hands above their heads like they're a criminal and being electronically scanned by a machine that produces a naked image of their body.

Yet as you have seen from the video above the general consensus is total acceptance. The only negative comment in the report comes from a commuter who is worried that the process may add a few minutes onto his journey.

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"It's one of those things we have to endure these days" comments one man. "Anything to make us feel safer" whimpers an elderly lady whilst giving the most naive bootlicking smile you can imagine. And this is precisely the point, the general public will accept any level of intrusiveness so long as it gives the IMPRESSION that they are safer, in reality it doesn't make anyone safer it just eliminates your liberty.

Rest assured there are more loving schemes in preparation, as Transport minister Alistair Darling comments "We want to test various types of screening equipment, we want to see whether or not they work in a large railway station. In future we'll be testing other things on the London Underground".

To me this is remarkable because at my local tube station the escalator has been out of order for around a year. So They cannot work a set of moving stairs yet they can quite easily implement electronic state of the art naked body screening equipment.

The reporter announces that the same technology is being used in Jerusalem to prevent suicide bombers getting on buses. Since when did the UK become Israel? We've had one small scale attack on the transport network and suddenly London is being compared with Jerusalem where bombs have been going off on busses almost daily for the last two decades.

Click here to view another loving report on the Big Brother surveillance state.

In addition to the body scanners, and the loving reassurance that old style machine gun armed vader cops will still be their to protect us, there is to be a network of cctv cameras that can detect suspicious behaviour by tracking movement and the way people are walking. This is totally incomprehensible. If I walk into the station with my backpack on and keep looking over my shoulder, does that make me suspicious? Am I a terrorist because I'm walking funny?
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