Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wait! Let me kiss my civil liberties goodbye!

Once upon a time in a great land there were a people who valued freedom. But then something bad happened and the people grew fearful. Soon, they were giving up those freedoms in exchange for promised security.

"Have we got a deal for you!" says Lamperd Less Lethal... "Instead of giving you a ticket to get on the plane, we're going to fit you with an electronic bracelet that we can trigger at any moment if you get unruly... er, we mean appear to be taking over the plane."

See - we all get to wear shock collars and if we get out of line? ---------------------------->

Don't believe me? See for yourself.

And hey - there is the added bonus of being able to track your movements anywhere in the airport.

I guess my question is... why stop at the airports? I'm sure we have unruly people running around on trains... metros... buses... hell, on the sidewalks!

We could fit infants at birth. They'd carry all the bio-genetic information needed. The government (who else would you trust to watch out for you?) could monitor us and if someone seems to pose a threat, just tase them. The police will be along to pick up the twitching body from the sidewalk and take them to a ... what shall we call it? Behavior modification facility? Re-education camp? Somewhere where they'll be made into a safe citizen.
It's for our protection don't you see? And if you're not going to take over the plane, why would you oppose wearing a shock collar? Besides, if you don't wear a shock collar - you're probably for the terrorists. And you probably hate the troops.

For light reading check out Huxley's Brave New World, or Orwell's 1984, or Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

1 comment:

Doug said...

dude - that is so wrong.