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A Surveillance Superstate Looms

Thursday, 13 September 2001 12:00 AM

According to The American Sentinel, "private sector inventiveness is being wedded to government intrusiveness to reap a disaster for civil liberties."

That was written before the WTC disaster. Now, under the guise of protecting Americans from future terrorist attacks, we can expect the U.S. to move quickly to implement a series of high-tech surveillance techniques now available that will put the day-to-day lives of all Americans under Big Brother's microscope.

Here's what lies in store for us as detailed by the Sentinel under the heading of Anti-Freedom Mega-Trends:

Carrying out these and other intrusive government snooping programs has been under heavy scrutiny by privacy advocates and thus have been somewhat curtailed in scope. But with the frenzy to combat terrorism now abroad in the land, thanks to the WTC attack, we can expect the government will find it easier to put them to their full potential use.

In a statement issued in the wake of the tragedy, Rep Ron Paul, R-Texas, warned against just this eventuality.

"Times of tragedy and war naturally bring our strong emotions in all of us," Rep. Paul wrote. "Yet we must be careful to preserve personal liberty and privacy rights in the months ahead. Sometimes the people are only too anxious to sacrifice their constitutional liberties during a crisis, hoping to gain some measure of security. Yet nothing would please the terrorists more than if we willingly gave up some of our cherished liberties because of their actions."

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