The Surveillance State Should Be Targeted on Cows

By Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and Rector (i.e. president) of the University of Dundee.

British citizens are now watched by Big Brother more closely than any other people in the world. All activity by British people on the web or on the phone is now monitored and stored. The British government employs more secret police – GCHQ, MI5, MI6 and SO15 – per head of population than Russia. Let me repeat that. The British have more secret police per head of population than Russia. British people are watched on closed circuit television more often than any other people in the world. Under the Prevent programme, “radicals” like me can only speak in universities under monitoring so intense and conditions so onerous that organisers give up, as I can personally witness.

The Prevent strategy provides for informants in every governmental institution who report any expressions of dissent. The UK has effective levels of surveillance – and a far higher volume of intelligence reports on their own citizens – than were ever achieved by the Stasi in Eastern Germany.

But of course, it is all “essential” to protect the citizens from the “threat” of Islamic terrorism, which is a fundamental threat to our existence, right?

So how big a threat is Islamic terrorism?

Since 2000, 57 people have been killed in the UK by Islamic terrorism.
Since 2000, 74 people have been killed in the UK by cattle.
So cows are actually a more potent threat to our personal society that terrorism.

Or more seriously – since 2000, 15,612 people have been murdered in the UK. Of whom only 57 were murdered by terrorists. You have in fact almost a 300 times greater chance of being murdered by someone else than by a terrorist. Indeed you have over 200 times a greater chance of being murdered by your partner, a family member or a close friend, than a terrorist.

The surveillance state has fundamentally changed society in response to a “threat” which is statistically miniscule.

It has greatly increased the power of the state, at a time when the state is both facilitating and protecting the greatest growth in wealth inequality in human history.

That is not a coincidence.

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  • MrLiberty

    Remember, George Orwell wasn’t writing about the US in 1984. He was writing about the UK. Sad that the scum who infest our government treated that book as an instruction manual.

  • jadan

    There are political problems, such as terrorism, that the surveillance state purports to alleviate, at the cost of civil liberties, but the fear of terror is clearly greater than the actual threat. There are other threats society faces for which there are no political solutions. We live with a pervasive angst. The population problem is too large and complex for us to deal with. Climate change is another. There is a metapolitical dimension to our life that is running amok. We do not share a common expectation of a human future. Life confronts an existential threat that has never existed before in human history as we know it. Terrorism becomes exaggerated. Society is not reacting to terror per se, but has become neurotic in its response because it is incapable of dealing with metapolitical problems and the concomitant existential angst.

  • Michael McNew

    The problem is that the powers-that-be are not doing this surveillance program to protect the public but rather to condition them. If you know that you are being watched “for your own good” it will obviously affect your activities. Ask yourself, have you, in a regular internet discussion on social, political or economic policy thought to yourself, prior to posting a comment, “Should I actually post this? Who is recording this?”. That is the end result that threatens to stifle commentary and works to build a society that is a far cry from what it was just twenty years ago.

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  • The Queen er,KING of England

    This comment zone is censored in real time by shit brain-tech idiots!

  • What makes governments dangerous? Power.

    What does government surveillance do? Increases government power.

    “You have nothing to worry about if you have done nothing wrong.”

    That depends on who is defining what is wrong and what is right.

    Are political opponents doing something wrong?

    Are unfavorable news reporters or agencies doing something wrong?

    What happens when the President (any President) or his devotees, who can find out about anyone in the US, does not like someone and decides to do something about it; whether it be political or personal?

    Government officials seem oblivious that the potential for abuse from these programs is astronomical. We can not have government surveillance that in the hands of less than desirable government officials (which is most of them) can silence or destroy dissenters and political opposition.

    We already have a safe that can not be unlocked even with a Judge’s order, it is our mind. Governments have not had a master key or backdoor key to our minds since the beginning of time and we as a species have still managed to survive and multiple.

    It is not about why they pass such ridiculous laws or the purity of their intentions, it is about what some future demented politician might use these laws for.

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    ”Love people unconditionally, no matter who they are or what they do to you or others. See each person as yourself and not as separate from you.”

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