Orwellian State? Don’t worry – Big Sis says the DHS is not “going willy-nilly and using any kind of data that we can gather”

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We can all rest a little easier now.  Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Gestapo Security has said that fears over extreme government surveillance are overblown. There is no Orwellian state, no extreme surveillance, and we can all go back to watching Dancing with the Stars now.

“I think people have gotten the idea that there’s an Orwellian state out there that somehow we’re operating in. That’s far from the case… There are lots of protections built into the system…No one should believe that we are simply going willy-nilly and using any kind of data that we can gather…

I think we need to do a better job of explaining to the American people exactly what is kept, what are the real restrictions on how—I’m just talking now for DHS, Department of Homeland Security–how we use it, how long we can keep it, how we share it, all those thing.”  (source)

What is the Orwellian state?  This is a reference to George Orwell’s unfortunately prophetic novel, 1984.  Here’s a look at the world according to Orwell:

The Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public mind control, dictated by a political system that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as thought crimes. Their tyranny is headed by Big Brother and the Part, who justify their rule in the name of a supposed greater good.

A major theme of Nineteen Eighty-Four is censorship, especially in the Ministry of Truth, where photographs are doctored and public archives rewritten to rid them of “unpersons” (i.e. persons who have been arrested, whom the Party has decided to erase from history). On the telescreens figures for all types of production are grossly exaggerated (or simply invented) to indicate an ever-growing economy, when the reality is the opposite.

The inhabitants of Oceania, particularly the Outer Party members, have no real privacy. Many of them live in apartments equipped with two-way telescreens, so that they may be watched or listened to at any time. Similar telescreens are found at workstations and in public places, along with hidden microphones. Written correspondence is routinely opened and read by the government before it is delivered. The Thought Police employ undercover agents, who pose as normal citizens and report any person with subversive tendencies. Children are encouraged to report suspicious persons to the government, and some even denounce their own parents.

This surveillance allows for effective control of the citizenry. The smallest sign of rebellion, even something so small as a facial expression, can result in immediate arrest and imprisonment. Thus, citizens (and particularly party members) are compelled to absolute obedience at all times. (source)

Does that sound familiar?  Perhaps some of the concerns about an Orwellian state could be explained by the following:

  • The explosive information provided by Edward Snowden about the massive collection of communications that Americans thought were private
  • The massive ammunition purchases by the DHS – enough to kill every man, woman, and child in America several times over.
  • The FEMA camps that being set up across the country
  • The constant surveillance spy grid that is in place, with cameras on every street corner, tracking capability in cell phones, and appliances that monitor you
  • The brainwashing of our children that guns are terrifying through hysterical suspensions over Pop-tart guns and Hello Kitty bubble blowers
  • The recent lockdown of Boston, complete with mandatory warrantless searches of citizens’ homes
  • The NDAA that allows indefinite detention of American citizens without a trial

I could go on, but it seems perfectly clear that we have long ago surpassed the “Orwellian state” being a product of fiction.  Don’t be assuaged by Napolitano’s assurances that we are overreacting.  If anything we have under-reacted and that’s why things have gotten this far.

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8 Comments  to  Orwellian State? Don’t worry – Big Sis says the DHS is not “going willy-nilly and using any kind of data that we can gather”

  1. Robinson Caruso says:

    They have lied so long, just another lie. They are begining to get scared, they see they have pissed too many off. They see their end.

  2. William Chandler says:

    That sexual deviant and her deviant “partner” who JUST HAPPENS to get a high paid&perked job right with her …. is a poster child for the WWII Nazi/Lesbian Camp Guards.

    • dishesdealer says:

      Keep your hater comments to yourself. Just because she is gay doesn’t mean that all gays are bad. You are a nasty hater but that doesn’t mean everybody is.

  3. aelfric says:

    this botched sex-change operation reject is so involved in lies that “shim” can no longer distinguish truth from falsehood. the resulting hilarity is too real even for reality tv. my concern is what will they do when they realize that NO ONE believes them. what will they do when they realize their lies are having no effect?
    get prepared, people.

  4. Ghana Serapis says:

    What most people don’t understand is that back in the days of Jesus the Christ that an additional Son of God was conceived; Immanuel, the Word. Two virgin births. John 10-15 speaks of his arrival and authority and John 1-9 speaks of the arrival and testimony of Jesus. The twisting of the Word and the corrupting of definitions has become criminal in itself. Immanuel will lead the first reaping and Jesus will attend to the 2nd. We have arrived at the End Times for the Ancient of Days. The Lion is back in his skin suit and there is going to be hell to pay for unrepenting evil. Prepare legion, your virus is going to be wiped clean soon and your Father the God of Lies will be handing over the keys to the Word and to the Light.

  5. Ugly says:

    The Orwellian 1984 is here. All you can do is prepare for the future Brave New World. Voting doesn’t appear to help much anymore.

    But in 2014, vote nonetheless.

  6. lateToTheParty says:

    If there are lots of protections, tell us what they are! From different places I have read, lots of people have requested information about what has and is being collected and they are getting “Ahem. Nation Security Secret.” “And how long is it held?” “National Security.” “And will this be usable in court without a warrant?” “National Security.” I feel like we are in Family Guy: Crowd at metting house “Why do we need to cough up $100,000?” Lois griffin’s sloowwww answer “Nine… … Eleven” and the crowd coughs up the cash. Another request for money, when asked why, Lois answers. “Nine.” Pause. Wait for it. “Eleven.”

    For the most ‘Transparent’ administration yet, this one is pretty cloudy.

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