As much as it sounds like something set in a movie set thirty years down the road; this is really being considered. Minding reading is just one of the many options considered – profiling, souped-up lie detectors.
WeCU – We See You is blending technology and behavorial phsychology by projecting images on screens like terrorist symbols to intice reactions. Their logic is that people cannot help but react to images, even if subtely. Hidden cameras will be used to detect temprature increases and heart rates. More hidden devices are still to come. Those who raise the “alarm” will be pulled out of line for further screening.
While security measures are needed, I cannot help but ask the question – are the subversion of our Constitutional rights worth it? Can we really pick and choose what rights we want and don’t want? Or can we stand to live without some for a short while? Wikipedia describes constitutional government like this:
A constitution is a set of rules for government—often codified as a written document—that enumerates the powers and functions of a political entity. In the case of countries, this term refers specifically to a national constitution defining the fundamental political principles, and establishing the structure, procedures, powers and duties, of a government. By limiting the government’s own reach, most constitutions guarantee certain rights to the people. The term constitution can be applied to any overall law that defines the functioning of a government, including several historical constitutions that existed before the development of modern national constitutions.
“lLimiting the governments own reach” – these are things that the Founders understood and fought for – absolute power corrupts absolutely. I have it in the strictest of confidence from a person that I know – I won’t reveal their name – but we live by a military base. They particpate for the military in domestic warfare training and they get paid for it.
Anyway, in the past they have acted as enemy combatants or terrorists. But this time they went in and they were told they were going to be American citizens! These sort of police state actions have been documented by Alex Jones. But in time when the government looks at us as potential threats to the continuity of government; maybe it is time we look at the government as a threat to our rights and civil liberties.