The Last Enemy



Above is Episode #1 of a five-part 2008 PBS series called "The Last Enemy." Amazon succinctly describes the BBC production thus: "Set in the very near future, this riveting thriller explores how technology and terror could transform civilization into a dystopian society of constant surveillance." Central to the plot is a sophisticated and powerful computer program which tracks and analyzes people's lives. All five parts of the series is available to watch on Youtube.

After having watched the first two episodes, I was shocked to read that three real-world intrusions into the lives of American citizens, seemingly in direct violation of our rights under the Fourth Amendment, are already being installed.

First comes a report that military drones are being used in the United States to spy on citizens. This technology is also finding its way into the control of local law enforcement agencies.

Next we have the installation of black box recorders into every automobile manufactured:

Automakers have been quietly tucking the devices, which automatically record the actions of drivers and the responses of their vehicles in a continuous information loop, into most new cars for years.
Finally we have the video recorders being installed in city buses to monitor passenger conversations that are being financed by the Department of Homeland Security.

Government is indeed the Last Enemy, having already destroyed the Fourth Amendment.  Can we next expect terrorism from our own government?

  • Gadfly:
    Having been a fan of Dystopian-themed movies and novels, I donl;t know HOW I missed this one...gotta see it now.
    And yes, we're are becoming the sum total of the Orwellian "state".

    There is already (srious) talk about monitoring of our Internet.

    It's not just "Big Brother" any longer...he'g got more than a few SIBLINGS to watch over us now as well.

    Excellent post.

    Stay safe out there.