We Are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State – Or are We ?

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How the controllers want you to view them

In this post I have linked to an interesting article by John W. Whitehead at the Rutherford Institute . The author argues that the all pervasive surveillance state that we live in actually acts as a Panopticon , which in turn creates fear , which in turn makes us self modify our own behavior . This places a whole new perspective on the Snowden leaks , there was nothing particularly ground breaking in the leaks , so what was the real reason for broadcasting the fact that we possibly live under the cloud of mass surveillance ?

In the Panopticon the inmates constantly assume that they are being watched and eventually adjust their behavior to conformity and servility . This only happens because they know they may be surveilled at all times , after all , if you did not think you were being watched , your behaviour patterns would probably stay as they are .

So who is actually watching who ?

If you live under the Panopticon this may make you adjust your behavior , or it may not . Another possibility for the more perceptive amongst us is that you gain further knowledge of the inner mechanisms of the power structures that surround us . Knowledge is power , this works two ways , both for us and for the controllers of society .

When you pull back the curtain , all is revealed .

A system of distraction , delusion , deception , distortion , deceit , dishonesty and disinformation , coordinated by a series of weak , characterless non entities . Going further beyond the curtain we see a series of corrupt , degenerate , perverted , gormandizing individuals and organizational structures , organizational structures that themselves are built on fear and loathing . All wallowing and bingeing at the traitors trough .

This is the real reason for the modern surveillance Panopticon , it is not constructed so that they can watch us , it is so that we cannot see them .

Or so they think .

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How the controllers are in reality


Government Eyes Are Watching You: We Are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State

 By John W. Whitehead

“We’re run by the Pentagon, we’re run by Madison Avenue, we’re run by television, and as long as we accept those things and don’t revolt we’ll have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche…. As long as we go out and buy stuff, we’re at their mercy… We all live in a little Village. Your Village may be different from other people’s Villages, but we are all prisoners.”— Patrick McGoohan

First broadcast in America 50 years ago, The Prisoner—a dystopian television series described as “James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka”—confronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the freedom of the individual, round-the-clock surveillance, the corruption of government, totalitarianism, weaponization, group think, mass marketing, and the tendency of humankind to meekly accept their lot in life as a prisoner in a prison of their own making.

Perhaps the best visual debate ever on individuality and freedom, The Prisoner (17 episodes in all) centers around a British secret agent who abruptly resigns only to find himself imprisoned and interrogated in a mysterious, self-contained, cosmopolitan, seemingly tranquil retirement community known only as the Village. The Village is an idyllic setting with parks and green fields, recreational activities and even a butler.

While luxurious and resort-like, the Village is a virtual prison disguised as a seaside paradise: its inhabitants have no true freedom, they cannot leave the Village, they are under constant surveillance, their movements are tracked by surveillance drones, and they are stripped of their individuality and identified only by numbers.

The series’ protagonist, played by Patrick McGoohan, is Number Six.

Number Two, the Village administrator, acts as an agent for the unseen and all-powerful Number One, whose identity is not revealed until the final episode.

“I am not a number. I am a free man,” was the mantra chanted on each episode of The Prisoner, which was largely written and directed by McGoohan.

In the opening episode (“The Arrival”), Number Six meets Number Two, who explains to him that he is in The Village because information stored “inside” his head has made him too valuable to be allowed to roam free “outside.”

Throughout the series, Number Six is subjected to interrogation tactics, torture, hallucinogenic drugs, identity theft, mind control, dream manipulation, and various forms of social indoctrination and physical coercion in order to “persuade” him to comply, give up, give in and subjugate himself to the will of the powers-that-be.

Number Six refuses to comply.

In every episode, Number Six resists the Village’s indoctrination methods, struggles to maintain his own identity, and attempts to escape his captors. “I will not make any deals with you,” he pointedly remarks to Number Two. “I’ve resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.”

Yet no matter how far Number Six manages to get in his efforts to escape, it’s never far enough.

Watched by surveillance cameras and other devices, Number Six’s getaways are continuously thwarted by ominous white balloon-like spheres known as “rovers.” Still, he refuses to give up. “Unlike me,” he says to his fellow prisoners, “many of you have accepted the situation of your imprisonment, and will die here like rotten cabbages.”

Number Six’s escapes become a surreal exercise in futility, each episode an unsettling, reoccurring nightmare that builds to the same frustrating denouement: there is no escape.

As journalist Scott Thill concludes for Wired, “Rebellion always comes at a price. During the acclaimed run of The Prisoner, Number Six is tortured, battered and even body-snatched: In the episode ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ his mind is transplanted to another man’s body. Number Six repeatedly escapes The Village only to be returned to it in the end, trapped like an animal, overcome by a restless energy he cannot expend, and betrayed by nearly everyone around him.”

The series is a chilling lesson about how difficult it is to gain one’s freedom in a society in which prison walls are disguised within the trappings of technological and scientific progress, national security and so-called democracy.

As Thill noted when McGoohan died in 2009, “The Prisoner was an allegory of the individual, aiming to find peace and freedom in a dystopia masquerading as a utopia.”

The Prisoner’s Village is also an apt allegory for the American Police State: it gives the illusion of freedom while functioning all the while like a prison: controlled, watchful, inflexible, punitive, deadly and inescapable.

The American Police State, much like The Prisoner’s Village, is a metaphorical panopticon, a circular prison in which the inmates are monitored by a single watchman situated in a central tower. Because the inmates cannot see the watchman, they are unable to tell whether or not they are being watched at any given time and must proceed under the assumption that they are always being watched.

Eighteenth century social theorist Jeremy Bentham envisioned the panopticon prison to be a cheaper and more effective means of “obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example.”

Bentham’s panopticon, in which the prisoners are used as a source of cheap, menial labor, has become a model for the modern surveillance state in which the populace is constantly being watched, controlled and managed by the powers-that-be and funding its existence.

Nowhere to run and nowhere to hide: this is the new mantra of the architects of the police state and their corporate collaborators (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, YouTube, Instagram, etc.).

Government eyes are watching you.

They see your every move: what you read, how much you spend, where you go, with whom you interact, when you wake up in the morning, what you’re watching on television and reading on the internet.

Every move you make is being monitored, mined for data, crunched, and tabulated in order to form a picture of who you are, what makes you tick, and how best to control you when and if it becomes necessary to bring you in line.

When the government sees all and knows all and has an abundance of laws to render even the most seemingly upstanding citizen a criminal and lawbreaker, then the old adage that you’ve got nothing to worry about if you’ve got nothing to hide no longer applies.

Apart from the obvious dangers posed by a government that feels justified and empowered to spy on its people and use its ever-expanding arsenal of weapons and technology to monitor and control them, we’re approaching a time in which we will be forced to choose between obeying the dictates of the government—i.e., the law, or whatever a government official deems the law to be—and maintaining our individuality, integrity and independence.

When people talk about privacy, they mistakenly assume it protects only that which is hidden behind a wall or under one’s clothing. The courts have fostered this misunderstanding with their constantly shifting delineation of what constitutes an “expectation of privacy.” And technology has furthered muddied the waters.

However, privacy is so much more than what you do or say behind locked doors. It is a way of living one’s life firm in the belief that you are the master of your life, and barring any immediate danger to another person (which is far different from the carefully crafted threats to national security the government uses to justify its actions), it’s no one’s business what you read, what you say, where you go, whom you spend your time with, and how you spend your money.

Unfortunately, George Orwell’s 1984—where “you had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized”—has now become our reality.

We now find ourselves in the unenviable position of being monitored, managed and controlled by our technology, which answers not to us but to our government and corporate rulers.

Consider that on any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears.

A byproduct of this new age in which we live, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, is listening in and tracking your behavior.

This doesn’t even begin to touch on the corporate trackers that monitor your purchases, web browsing, Facebook posts and other activities taking place in the cyber sphere.

Stingray devices mounted on police cars to warrantlessly track cell phones, Doppler radar devices that can detect human breathing and movement within in a home, license plate readers that can record up to 1800 license plates per minutesidewalk and “public space” cameras coupled with facial recognition and behavior-sensing technology that lay the groundwork for police “pre-crime” programspolice body cameras that turn police officers into roving surveillance cameras, the internet of things: all of these technologies add up to a society in which there’s little room for indiscretions, imperfections, or acts of independence—especially not when the government can listen in on your phone calls, monitor your driving habits, track your movements, scrutinize your purchases and peer through the walls of your home.

As French philosopher Michel Foucault concluded in his 1975 book Discipline and Punish, “Visibility is a trap.”

This is the electronic concentration camp—the panopticon prison—the Village—in which we are now caged.

It is a prison from which there will be no escape if the government gets it way.

As Glenn Greenwald notes:

“The way things are supposed to work is that we’re supposed to know virtually everything about what [government officials] do: that’s why they’re called public servants. They’re supposed to know virtually nothing about what we do: that’s why we’re called private individuals. This dynamic – the hallmark of a healthy and free society – has been radically reversed. Now, they know everything about what we do, and are constantly building systems to know more. Meanwhile, we know less and less about what they do, as they build walls of secrecy behind which they function. That’s the imbalance that needs to come to an end. No democracy can be healthy and functional if the most consequential acts of those who wield political power are completely unknown to those to whom they are supposed to be accountable.”

Unfortunately, we seem to be trapped in the Village with no hope of escape.

That we are prisoners—and, in fact, never stopped being prisoners—should come as no surprise to those who haven’t been taking the escapist blue pill, who haven’t fallen for the Deep State’s phony rhetoric, and who haven’t been lured in by the promise of a political savior.

So how do we break out?

For starters, wake up. Resist the urge to comply.

Read the full article here at the Rutherford Institute


Related :

  1. Discipline & Punish — Panopticism
  2. Facilitating Tyranny? Glenn Greenwald and the creation of the NSA’s ‘Panopticon’ (PDF)
  3. New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship

 

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5 Responses to We Are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State – Or are We ?

  1. truth1 says:

    Getting us to behave! Is that really the goal? The all seeing eye has been a consistent and pervasive symbol among pagan cultures and religions. I say it was started by Satan to warn his followers not to even think about it. He sees all, all the time, even as God does, in their dispute.
    I also say that Satan likes to remain hidden and out of our thoughts. Most do’t even believe he exists, or God either, for that matter.

    but the real advantage is that many want to do things that could be used against them, if anyone knew. and since Satan (as well as God) is not a concern to them, then Satan is immediately aware when someone does something that is really bad and if used against them, would be great leverage, against them. But the goal is not to hurt or punish them, but force them to do what they would not normally do, that advances Satan’s cause of misery. So Satan keeps out of sight and mind, waiting to ensnare and blackmail people into doing his bidding. Since vice is so common to mankind, Satan has plenty of opportunity for exploiting the condition he helped create in the 1st place.
    Now my opinion is, that AI and 24 hour surveillance by camera and microphone are there for appearance and denial, to some degree. The real 24/7 surveillance is Satan and his following in the supernatural world, that sees everything and reports it when desirable, to his earthly minions for making these comply with a new agenda, other than their own. They are forced into the dark side of service.

    Now imagine if everyone believed Satan was real and “out for them.” Now that might really have an effect on behavior for the better. Satan knows that. So he stays out of sight and mind and forbids his own dedicated followers from ever admitting he even exists, and God, too, for obvious reasons. God might also inhibit their behavior. If you were evil, you would not want people to know they constantly watched and are never out of sight. So 24-7-365 has been going on for near to 6018 years now. but how many act as if there were the case and fact? Almost none.

    poeple need to wake up to the fact that there are other beings who do not have our interest at heart, as well as some who do (that 4 letter God word). Just my perspective. Assume you are always watched by someone, somewhere. There is no place to hide.

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    • cultocracy says:

      Interesting analogy truth1 , comparisons can definitely be drawn between classical cultures and also religion in regard to the modern technological system . It is in the dark side’s interests that they remain hidden , almost like a trap , ready to ensnare , exploit and blackmail . I also think that there are men (and women) who crave power & control and who’s very existence is dedicated to being God-like . By following this path are they actually becoming more and more corrupted . I think the simple fact is that man cannot wield such power without being drawn to the dark side . Power corrupts , total power corrupts totally .

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      • truth1 says:

        Well said, cultocracy. I recently watched a video on the “Ear for men” (Paul Elam) channel on Youtube, that talked about things that are overstimulating and beyond the resistance of many people. Paul gave them complicated terms like hyperstimulation and hypersensitivity, etc.
        Paul Elam Slaying the dragon

        it really dealt with addiction in most respects. There are somethings just too enticing to not abuse or take advantage of. And as you mentioned, unchecked, unbridled power will never be something we will handle well and aright, with proper restraints. concentrated accumulated wealth is another. In fact, dense concentrated population gets power mongers all excited. It does, indeed, lead us to the dark side. Technology is another one of those very dangerous temptations that could not avoid leading to abuse.

        We, with our intellects, are a flawed creation as we can not control the power of that intellect. An alternative, maybe, is to avoid the conditions that lend to abuse. then the question is, is that even possible.

        Perhaps part of the problem is we never satisfied with what we have. We always want more. Paul calls it, “Chasing the dragon.”

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      • cultocracy says:

        I think hyperstimulation is all around us in the modern world truth1 . The question is how are these factors used to control & manipulate a society and what is the end game , assuming that there is an end game . The average person may simply crave sex , drugs and rock n roll . The higher level figures in society crave much more , they suffer from a form of dissociation and delusion in that they will gain their kicks by proxy and therefore feel that they are untainted by the ‘human condition’ . In reality the ‘higher’ levels of society are more enslaved that the rest of us . It is a drug and they are addicts . The introduction into society of a belief system based on Satanism would would reinforce this mindset , very convenient for the real controllers .

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  2. truth1 says:

    Chasing the Dragon
    Published on May 18, 2016

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