George Orwell: What Price Security?


On this day was born  George Orwell.
Many have pondered "1984" well.
Of Big Brother today there are clear intimations
As our Government monitors our conversations.





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  • I more remember "Animal Farm," where some pigs are more equal than others.

    It is 29 years since 1984, and from what has been revealed to this point, the government is only monitoring records, not the content of the communications without a warrant.

    As far as "watching," everyone has a surveillance camera these days. 1984 couldn't have predicted that in 1948, when there was barely black and white television. And certainly not Facebook or your bank failing to secure one's identifying information.

  • "1984" is still a scarey scenario---what price security indeed. And what about the "War on Terror" and the "Patriot Act"---how doublespeak is that?

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    As far as the War on Terror, I guess you would have been o.k. with Osama and KSM crashing more planes into our buildings while OBM was reading Playboy and using Just for Men.

    The Patriot Act was an acronym for something else, as most meaningless titles of Congressional bills are. Do you know what TEA-LU meant, or MAP-21?

  • In reply to jack:

    OBL. Sorry.

  • In reply to jack:

    "Patriot" as in the Patriot Act is actually a bacronym..

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Another case where you made me highlight for a search for bacronym, after rejecting the first link to Wikipedia.

    Getting down to real authority, the National Archives says that the official name of the USA Patriot Act is "H.R. 3162/Public Law 107-56
    Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools
    Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001"

    From the definition I found of bacronym, it is not, since a bacronym would require inserting letters (sort of if the FBI were the Fobby).

    Note the inclusion of the word "intercept."

    And I hope that I matched the b tags.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thank you for the clarification.

  • Thank you, too--I did not know that!

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