Airport Conversations To Be Recorded

To what end or to what extent will governments go while stripping more and more of our privacy from us, the people? Although this next encroachment is from and of the Canadian government, rest assured that Big Sis Janet and her DHS subordinates are fuming for not having enacted it first in the U.S., and will jump on this soon enough.

Sections of the Ottawa airport are now wired with microphones that can eavesdrop on travellers’ conversations. “…though audio technology is installed, no audio is recorded at this time. It will become functional at a later date,” CBSA spokesman Chris Kealey said in a written statement. CBSA is the Canada Border Services Agency, and “a later date” could mean next week…

88 new high-definition cameras have been installed at Ottawa airport, and as part of the work, the agency is introducing audio-monitoring equipment which “will record conversations” the agency said to the Ottawa Citizen (ottawacitizen.com).

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image source: Ottawa Citizen

We already know that agencies in the United States – like the NSA – have ‘sifters’ (for the lack of a better word) that skim through audio conversations in the US (your phone conversations – yes they are ALL monitored). So now we are introducing audio recording stations in public areas too.

I ask, and I wonder, how and why is it that most people simply trust that things like this will be used purely for good? Why are most people so willing and accepting of losing more and more of their privacy? How do they not see or understand that eavesdropping on one’s conversation or tracking one’s whereabouts is encroachment on one’s liberty? I just do not understand it.

We are rapidly moving towards implementation of ‘SkyNet’, similar to the television series “Person of Interest”, where everyone is tracked, monitored, and recorded everywhere they go – all of the time – while behaviors, words, and actions are analyzed by super-computers and your future behaviors or probable actions can be anticipated and theoretically stopped or changed prior to you actually doing them. It sounds science fiction, but it’s getting closer by the minute.

Think about this question for a minute… During times when you know you are being recorded or are in the ‘spotlight’ (so to speak), do you not think twice about what you say before you say it? Do you not feel somewhat uncomfortable knowing that the cameras and microphones are trained on you and recording? When the government is monitoring what you say and do (and when you are aware of it), the result is called ‘the chilling effect’… the inhibition or discouragement of the legitimate exercise of a constitutional right by the threat of legal sanction. The right that is most often described as being suppressed by a chilling effect is the right to free speech.

Think about that…

 

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  1. chiller June 16, 2012
    • Emily September 11, 2012
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