By Judi McLeod
Monday, August 13, 2007
While the world turned on its axis, Big Brother slithered out of the closet in China this weekend.
Population control will cover the whole of Shenzhen City and its 12.4 million souls by August's end.
Even their personal reproductive history--in sync with the enforcement of China's "one child" policy"--will be included on new "residency cards" fitted with foolproof computer chips.
Population control, guided by sophisticated computer software--from an American-financed company--will one day jump the Pacific Ocean to land foursquare in North America.
Britain has already been lost to the trend.
The grim news was heralded on Drudge, via the New York Times.
But the news that population control was about to make its debut was ignored when originally predicted by Steve Watson and Alex Jones back on April 18, 2006.
While their prediction of a "Controlled Police State Surveillance Dictatorship" in China seemed to have been taken with the proverbial grain of salt, how can camera surveillance control of the 12.4 million residents of a single city, well on its way to control 150 million Chinese people possibly be ignored?
Branded as conspiracy theorists Watson and Jones were trying to tell us that the mayor of Shenzhen was already sitting back looking to Britain as a blueprint for mass population control.
"Chinese authorities (were) learning lessons from the Orwellian surveillance capital of the world." For the uninitiated, that would be London, England.
"In this regard we've taken particular note of England, where basically everyone lives under the electronic eye," Mayor Xu Zhongheng of Shenzhen has said, remarking how important surveillance cameras were in tracking down the perpetrators of attacks on the London transport system last year." (www.infowars.net, April 18, 2006).
In Britain, the police have already installed surveillance cameras widely on lamp posts and in subway stations, and are now well on the road to developing face recognition software as well.
At least 20,000 police surveillance cameras are being installed along streets in southern China and will be hooked up to computers by month's end.
The faces of police suspects and unusual activity are the reasons authorities give to justify spying on the entire population of Shenzhen. But it's the 150 million people--10 million of them peasants economies force to migrate to cities--that the authorities are out to control.
Since 2003 China has recorded details of more than 96 percent of its population on a police database, supplementing Internet and other state-sanctioned surveillance. Before its system is up and running, the state want to issue 1.3 billion RFID identification cards.
In Britain, there is a program currently underway to add 100 percent of the largely unsuspecting population to a national database. The ID card act has been passed, and by 2008, anyone who requires a passport (and access to health care and education) must be registered and must carry the national ID card.
How did the watching world, waiting since 1984, miss the overnight arrival of Big Brother?
On one continent, the mainstream media distracted the sheeple with stories about Paris Hilton sans undies while on another pictures of the alleged skirt-chasing British Prince Harry sitting on a throne in his boxer shorts were being oogled on Radar magazine.
"Security experts describe China's plans as the world's largest effort to meld cutting-edge computer technology with police work to track the activities of a population and fight crime. But they say the technology can be used to violate civil rights." (New York Times, Aug. 12, 2007).
The 12.4 million Shenzhen citizens are only the beginning. The Communist Chinese government has ordered all large cities to apply technology to police work and to issue high-tech residency cards to 150 million people who have moved to a city but not yet acquired permanent residency.
"If they do not get the permanent card, they cannot live here, they cannot get government benefits, and that is a way for the government to control the population of the future," said Michael Lin, the vice president for investor relations at China Public Security Technology, the company providing the technology.
"Incorporated in Florida, China Public Security has raised much of the money to develop its technology from two investment funds in Plano, Tex., Pinnacle Fund and Pinnacle China Fund. Three investment banks--Roth Capital Partners in Newport Beach, Calif.; Oppenheimer & Company in New York; and First Asia Finance Group of Hong Kong--helped raise the money.
Every police officer in Shenzhen now carries global positioning satellite equipment on his or her belt. This allows senior police officers to direct their movement on large, high-resolution maps of the city that China Public Security has produced using software that runs on the Microsoft Windows operating system.
"We have a very good relationship with U.S. companies like I.B.M., Cisco, H.P., Dell," said Robin Huang, the chief operating officer of China Public Security. "All of these U.S. companies work with us to build our system together."
Censorship is widespread in China, particularly since the advent of the Internet.
"The role of American companies in helping Chinese security forces has periodically been controversial in the United States. Executives from Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Cisco Systems tested in February 2006 at a Congressional hearing called to review whether they had deliberately designed their systems to help the Chinese state muzzle dissidents on the Internet; they denied having done so."
Meanwhile, the watching world just got a gander of what Big Brother really looks like. He comes replete in stars and stripes with generous pieces of the Union Jack, and 'Made in China' is stamped all over him.
Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]