One Step Toward A Police State.
First written July 2005
Since then the UK Labour party got voted out of office, &
The Conservative & Liberal Government discarded the ID Card
Project prior to 2012, & those few who bought them wasted
their money But
the threat is still with us, other clowns & rogues in
Britain & other countries will periodically press for
Is the author informed & balanced, or obsessed ?
- I don't obsess or spend large amounts of time on this,
(I haven't even spent enough time to re-sort this page into
a logical sequential presentation: I'm not a journalist, no
one's paying me, I don't have some political party agenda
to promote. & I have numerous other
technical & social interests of higher
- Professionally & privately, I have always worked
in engineering & computing etc.
- Most non computer people don't realise how far
monitoring has already got, in practice &
- I've long been interested in reading history,
triggering thoughts on how technology could be abused.
- Few people seem to give much thought to companies,
governments, & criminals' current & coming ability
to monitor & impact people.
Section needs re-arranging
Even if you trust the current government in your country,
do you want to trust the one after next ?
- Germany & some other countries etc still use ID
- UK government again presses to shove ID cards on
citizens. (The same UK govt. that wanted (but failed) to
deny citizens privacy through computer encryption).
- Regular trendy customers of a Spanish disco/ part
open air night club were featured on a German TV
documentary with ID devices installed invisibly under the
skin on upper outer left forearm near shoulder, to prove
membership & avoid using money.
- Cows have numeric ear tags.
- Dogs in Germany can get a sub cutaneous ID injected,
a "Return to owner" ID
- An English professor of cybernetics had a chip
inserted in him for a month to log what he was up to,
interesting idea from the technological aspect, but also
stupid & irresponsible, encouraging the way for
others to later misuse technology.
- Consider doing some reading, film watching &
- Read what the Nazis did to their Jewish & some
other citizens in WW2, starting with being numbered on
lower inner arm.
- Think how much easier all that would be now with all
the extra technology of a police state available.
- Consider Stalin, Pol Pot, central African
republic/Chad, Idi Amin, Apartheid south Africa & the
pass laws, N. Korea, The Serbs (& the other side to
lesser extent in Yugoslavia), Ghadafi, Assad .. lots of
governments have treated citizens badly, & would love
to have more technology to enforce more efficient police
states. The West may be better, but no paragons, Remember
the pictures of the sailors lined up along the edge of
the ship as live test dummies, watching the atomic bomb ?
The dark mutterings of an American friend of mine about 2
tours in Vietnam & the agent orange he reckoned he'd
absorbed. The British ministry of defence also defends
itself against some aggrieved ex service personnel. Many
European countries indulged in illegally assisting
American kidnapping of people from Europe to Guantanamo
(sure some likely guilty, some probably innocent, but the
process was illegal. _ Lesson: Governments cheat too.
While some governments & states Are better than
others, all have some skeletons in the cupboard, any
country can get a few [new] rogues, & if rogues get
to positions of influence ....
- Watch the film Brazil, Read Fahrenheit 451, &
- Considering chips in USA German & British
passports, ( & how a German student showed how easy
it was to crack the British passport).
- Foot-cuffs with transponders enforcing house
- British super injunctions (2011) that didn't even
allow one to admit being constrained by an
- Think a about the ID in your credit card,
- the IP number in your computer,
- the personal data logging of major search engine
- the personal data logging of shops using `Loyalty
Bonus" chip cards.
- The bio data in German health insurance cards, that
my doctor says is (at 2012 04) still under debate as to
if its legal to use.
- If you get scanned for some health issue, & found
to be higher risk, do you want that info free to flow to
health insurance companies ?
- the legally enforced back doors into ISPs by
government surveillance, no, not just in repressive
China, but in supposedly liberal Britain & Germany
- The states such as China that seem to be the concern
of some many other countries to defend against re
- If you'r worried about all of rogue companies, rogue
countries, rogue groups of crackers (yes Hacker Is the
wrong word, Crackers are the bad guys), maybe a future
government of your own going rogue, criminals intent on
ID theft, governments purchasing stolen data (eg 2011
Germany agonised about, then bought stolen tax records on
a CDROM so they could prosecute tax evaders), & maybe
some of those may at some time be in league with others,
perhaps lubricated by cash sums or other incentives to
groups or individuals -
Why would you want machine readable ID cards ? Turkeys
don't vote for Christmas !
Data once published is hard or impossible to retract. ID
Cards once in are easier to keep in place, better not to
let them in.
Chipping people with ID sets dangerous precedent, &
paves the way to worse.
After ID cards, perhaps some years later, mandatory
sub cutaneous insertion of goverment issued ID number ?
Perhaps not in your country, but some other country
first, that your politicians can then point to, &
promote to also adopt. Not on all adults either to start,
(too many to rebel), so start on children of a certain
age or social misfits first, then work outward ?
Later add a small capsule to the ID device. Not to all
people, just eg ex criminals to start with, to make sure
certain people don't walk past certain entry/ exit
portals. With 2 compartments: A paralyser that mostly
won't kill healthy humans, just be replaced in hospital,
+ a 2nd terminator poison, activated initially only in
rare cases, eg known criminal, who has committed another
murder & not been captured yet, or government
security cleared worker who disappears with state secrets
(Look what lengths Israel went to, to recapture Vanunu
outside Israel). Then gradually introduce it to ever
wider groups in society.
Just fiction like "1984" & "Logan's Run" ? Or
We don't quite have all the technology convenient yet, I
think. We will soon though. (The capsule bit may be a
nasty spin off from automated medical treatment of
ambulant but forgetful or unaware patients, who would be
better benevolently monitored & kept healthy by
computer.) Technology gets used, inc. nuclear &
biological weapons. Hitler, Pol Pot, Milosevic?, &
the African genocides have shown governments &
officials on various continents can become lethal.
Probably lots of people there also complacently said
"Something like that'd never happen Here".
Don't trust Governments
Additional to regimes that descend to genocide, even
supposedly civilised governments will have rogue
elements, eg Members of the French secret service blew up
the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand.
(Greenpeace was an irritant to French nuclear testing).
History shows it can take just a few years for some
governments to occasionally descend to become truly evil.
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Governments extend power at expense of citizen
freedom. Some distort the truth to get more power.
Goverment has it's own interests: politician's &
`civil' servant's. Some power is needed for public
safety, to repress criminals & terrorists, but `State
Security', does not equate to collective `Personal
Every liberty you sacrifice to perhaps current mostly
`benificient' goverment in the name of security, will be
harder to try to recover under future more controlling
governments, that will likely seek yet more control
(& have your ID card to identify you as a a known
ID cards are one step toward a police state.
Transient terrorist atrocities do scare people. But ID
cards didn't stop the German Red Army Faction blowing
people up. Forcing ID cards on UK citizens wouldn't (IMO)
have prevented the July 2005 bombings by the 3/4 UK
citizens of Pakistani genetic descent.
Life is full of risks. It's a trade off. A balancing
act. Don't be naive enough to believe all governments,
politicians, & administering civil servants are to be
"I'm Not A Criminal, So I Have Nothing To Fear." -
That's what fools say. An ID card is the thin end of the
wedge. It will get worse.
With computerised personal ID, vehicle ID, & ever
improving face recognition computers, in a future police
state, it'll be every easier for a "Nanny State" to
control not just criminals but your every move, for
- Link sales computers to refuse to sell you more
than so many burgers, cigarettes, ice cream or alcohol
per week, 'cos you are already, or would get too
fat/unhealthy, as verified by your national &
private health insurance computers, that don't want to
pay for higher chance of heart attack treatment.
- Refuse to sell you what they consider to be not an
officially authorised colour of paint for your house
exterior, relating to where they deduce you to live.
(Germans are forced by law to register their address.
Americans have laws about what colour they can paint
their houses) Imagine needing an affidavit to confirm
you were helping a friend to paint his house, &
though You weren't allowed to use yellow, he was.
- Sell your force-ably collected consumption &
travel etc information to commercial companies for
targeted advertising. (advertising revenue might be
justified by lowering communal taxes) Adverts might
include "we see you regularly travel toward the (legal)
brothel, would you like to buy our soft pornography or
- Disable or detune your car's future engine
management system during periods of pollution, even
though you have a personal emergency, & Really need
your vehicle that day.
- Refuse to give you airplane boarding clearance, or
your car or passenger bus/ national (or even city)
exit/ entry clearance, because someone, perhaps an
unknown fellow passenger, has not paid his taxes
So you think `They" wouldn't trouble you if you just
stayed home & watched TV ? ;-)
China has a one child policy, right ? So you have
an ID card, a TV satellite decoder card, a computer
with network ID (MAC) built in, likely purchased by
a credit card, (with ID of course), Your satellite
receiver with encrypted movie has a phone
connection to call back to TV company ? (Some do
using some channels on Astra) (Your phone may also
call back to manufacturer with info (some Amstrad's
do)) ... So your Satellite/ Cable TV & or
computer combo is ever more likely to know just who
you are & what you watch. Your country may
decide you've had enough frisky input that might
inspire sexual reproduction, or too much violent
etc stimulus exceeding the quota allowed by your
goverment/ insurer for health & social policy
purposes. - You might find your TV automatically
"They Won't Want To Repress Us !" - Wrong !
Why not ? There's a lot of power & profit to be
had out of repressing people. There's no limit to how
power & money hungry governments & corporations
could abuse ever increasingly computer automated personal
identification, unless people draw the line &
obstruct their government & or equipment supplying
corporations from going that way. Best start by objecting
to ID Cards !
Not all governments are so intrusive, yet, but many
companies will delight in profitably manufacturing &
supplying the technology.
Last century one worry was the convergence of
government, military & manufacturers to an unholy
alliance. Less money in that now I guess. I suspect the
worry will increasingly be all the companies that will
seek to work with government to regulate, tax, exploit
& eventually repress the identified citizen
UK has cameras analysing all vehicle number plates
entering London. Germany taxes Autobahns (just lorries
(trucks) for now), supported by camera analysis of
vehicle number plates. UK & other prisoners get
security radio tagged to not leave a short radial
distance from home. The new alliance has started. It's
not bad yet. Watch it grow profitably for the alliance of
goverment & industry.
I'm not an implant surgeon or poison specialist, just
a Computer Systems Engineer, keen to
provide computerised Products & Services. I
might find some of the above schemes interesting to
develop from a technical view, but wouldn't want to from
an ethical view. Others may not be unwilling to purchase
& develop similar systems. Some do anything for money
Good systems engineers are trained to consider All
possibilities, not just most likely scenarios, because
sooner or later something always Does go wrong. Same with
ID cards, most places won't abuse machine readable ID for
a while, some will though.
Think about identity cards, machine readable
especially as they're all becoming, & what may come
next, sooner & later. Discuss with your friends &
tell them what you Don't want. If enough of us tell
people, some may be the politicians that can steer policy
away from a police state requiring machine readable
identity cards or (Shudder!) later body identity
implants. Like cows to slaughter !