Image via Wikipedia
Often, an important idea is best communicated by a single, insightful analogy. John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute advances such an analogy to describe the U.S. in this era of growing electronic surveillance: an “electronic concentration camp”.
In essence, why does government need barbed wire or physical camps to coral “all the usual suspects” if government has an electronic spy network that is so sophisticated that they know what each of us is doing, where we are, and even even what we may be thinking? Why pay to build and staff camps, and to feed prisoners, if the suspects can be electronically monitored in their own homes and communities? Instead, why not let the suspects pay for their own food and shelter in the “electronic concentration camp”. It’s cheaper, more efficient, than a conventional “brick-and-mortar” concentration camps.
In essence, why bring the prisoners to the camps, if electronic surveillance can bring the camps to the prisoners?
Read the rest of this entry »