One of the things that people these days take for granted is the right of privacy. However, there are more and more restrictions on that privacy untill finally it disappears entirely. This is closer than you might think. British courts have already joined the ranks of those in official capacity who deny that there is a right to privacy.
One has to ask how long it will be before American Governments follow suit? ..All in the name of national security and the war on terrorisn of course...
Law lords rule there is no right to privacy
Decision disappoints mother and son strip-searched in jail
Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Friday October 17, 2003
Five law lords yesterday rejected an attempt to establish that a right exists under English law to sue for invasion of privacy.
The ruling, which had been keenly awaited by lawyers, establishes that there is no "freestanding" right to privacy in English law. Instead, those seeking damages when their privacy is invaded - including celebrities such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas - will have to bring their cases under other, well-established types of action, such as breach of confidence.
For anyone who has ever watched "Enemy Of The State" or "Threat Matrix", it might give you the chills to realize that the sattelite observation technology depicted is real. They really can read your license plate number from an orbiting spy sattelite! Which makes it all the more disturbing to read that authorities want to put a lot more of them in place.
Feds Want All-Seeing Eye in Sky
By Noah Shachtman
02:00 AM Oct. 17, 2003 PT
NEW ORLEANS -- Spooks, suits, generals and geeks gathered here this week to discuss a common goal: an all-seeing, omnipresent set of eyes in the sky to keep an unblinking view of the entire world at once.