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Mr. Bureaucrat, Please Report to Room 101


As I’ve said before, all non-trivial privacy warnings are mocked and then come true.

Sixty years ago today, George Orwell published 1984. He unfortunately failed to include a note that the book was intended as a warning, not a manual.

Today, in England, there are an unknown number of surveillance cameras, including many around Orwell’s house, despite the fact that they don’t reduce crime. People can be detained for 28 days without charge, there are “anti-social behavior orders,” which allow a civil court to impose behavioral restrictions on children as young as 10 based on low somewhat relaxed standards of evidence.

Being modern, the UK has outsourced most of its torture to other less reputable nations like Syria and the United States.

Photo: MI5

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