“It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself–anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face…; was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime…”
-George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 5
Have you ever disagreed with congress?
Have you ever written a nasty blog about the state of the economy?
Do you resent the government for enforcing Obamacare?
Have you ever been mad at the government for raising your taxes?
Did you ever write a blog about it?
Have you ever called a friend to complain about it?
Maybe you sent your Mom an email about your thoughts and feelings?
In today’s world you must have sent a text about it?
You might have made the list!
If you have ever shared your negative opinion about the state of affairs in our government using any kind of technology you could be placed under surveillance as a potential terrorist. Forget pre-crime and get ready for face-crime, Big Brother is set to unleash a new wave of shockingly invasive and Orwellian technology on the American people.
Government and law enforcement are currently looking to implement a system that trawls phone conversations, emails and instant messages to detect “resentment toward government,” alerting authorities to potential “terrorists” who are then placed under surveillance.
The system works by detecting resentment in conversations through measurements in decibels and other voice biometrics, more specifically the emotional spikes that characterize hatred and deep resentment toward government. As for written transmissions scrutinized by the computer program, it can detect the same patterns of fixation on specified subjects. Once an individual has been identified as harboring “resentment toward government,” the information can be passed along to authorities so surveillance can begin.
This is not only a constitution killer, it represents a hammer blow to free speech. The Internet as a forum of open discourse and free exchange of ideas will be fundamentally damaged if people live in constant fear of being raided by the feds at any minute because they sounded off about the government in an e mail or a posting on a comment board.