The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction

John W. Whitehead – Activist Post June 11, 2019

“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984
Tread cautiously: the fiction of George Orwell has become an operation manual for the omnipresent, modern-day surveillance state.
It’s been 70 years since Orwell—dying, beset by fever and bloody coughing fits, and driven to warn against the rise of a society in which rampant abuse of power and mass manipulation are the norm—depicted the ominous rise of ubiquitous technology, fascism and totalitarianism in 1984.
Who could have predicted that 70 years after Orwell typed the final words to his dystopian novel, “He loved Big Brother,” we would fail to heed his warning and come to love Big Brother.
“To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone— to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone: From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink — greetings!”—George Orwell
1984 portrays a global society of total control in which people are not allowed to have thoughts that in any way disagree with the corporate state. There is no personal freedom, and advanced technology has become the driving force behind a surveillance-driven society. Snitches and cameras are everywhere. People are subject to the Thought Police, who deal with anyone guilty of thought crimes. The government, or “Party,” is headed by Big Brother who appears on posters everywhere with the words: “Big Brother is watching you.”
We have arrived, way ahead of schedule, into the dystopian future dreamed up by not only Orwell but also such fiction writers as Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood and Philip K. Dick.
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”―George Orwell
Much like Orwell’s Big Brother in 1984, the government and its corporate spies now watch our every move. Much like Huxley’s A Brave New World, we are churning out a society of watchers who “have their liberties taken away from them, but … rather enjoy it, because they [are] distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing.” Much like Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the populace is now taught to “know their place and their duties, to understand that they have no real rights but will be protected up to a point if they conform, and to think so poorly of themselves that they will accept their assigned fate and not rebel or run away.”
And in keeping with Philip K. Dick’s darkly prophetic vision of a dystopian police state—which became the basis for Steven Spielberg’s futuristic thriller Minority Report—we are now trapped in a world in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful, and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams and pre-crime units will crack a few skulls to bring the populace under control.
What once seemed futuristic no longer occupies the realm of science fiction.
Incredibly, as the various nascent technologies employed and shared by the government and corporations alike—facial recognition, iris scanners, massive databases, behavior prediction software, and so on—are incorporated into a complex, interwoven cyber network aimed at tracking our movements, predicting our thoughts and controlling our behavior, the dystopian visions of past writers is fast becoming our reality.
Our world is characterized by widespread surveillance, behavior prediction technologies, data mining, fusion centers, driverless cars, voice-controlled homes, facial recognition systems, cybugs and drones, and predictive policing (pre-crime) aimed at capturing would-be criminals before they can do any damage.
Surveillance cameras are everywhere. Government agents listen in on our telephone calls and read our emails. Political correctness—a philosophy that discourages diversity—has become a guiding principle of modern society.
“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”―George Orwell
The courts have shredded the Fourth Amendment’s protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. In fact, SWAT teams battering down doors without search warrants and FBI agents acting as a secret police that investigate dissenting citizens are common occurrences in contemporary America. And bodily privacy and integrity have been utterly eviscerated by a prevailing view that Americans have no rights over what happens to their bodies during an encounter with government officials, who are allowed to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.
“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”―George Orwell, Animal Farm
We are increasingly ruled by multi-corporations wedded to the police state.
What many fail to realize is that the government is not operating alone. It cannot. The government requires an accomplice. Thus, the increasingly complex security needs of the massive federal government, especially in the areas of defense, surveillance and data management, have been met within the corporate sector, which has shown itself to be a powerful ally that both depends on and feeds the growth of governmental overreach.
In fact, Big Tech wedded to Big Government has become Big Brother, and we are now ruled by the Corporate Elite whose tentacles have spread worldwide. For example, USA Today reports that five years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the homeland security business was booming to such an extent that it eclipsed mature enterprises like movie-making and the music industry in annual revenue. This security spending to private corporations such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft and others is forecast to exceed $1 trillion in the near future.
The government now has at its disposal technological arsenals so sophisticated and invasive as to render any constitutional protections null and void. Spearheaded by the NSA, which has shown itself to care little to nothing for constitutional limits or privacy, the “security/industrial complex”—a marriage of government, military and corporate interests aimed at keeping Americans under constant surveillance—has come to dominate the government and our lives. At three times the size of the CIA, constituting one third of the intelligence budget and with its own global spy network to boot, the NSA has a long history of spying on Americans, whether or not it has always had the authorization to do so.
Money, power, control. There is no shortage of motives fueling the convergence of mega-corporations and government. But who is paying the price? The American people, of course.
Orwell understood what many Americans, caught up in their partisan flag-waving, are still struggling to come to terms with: that there is no such thing as a government organized for the good of the people. Even the best intentions among those in government inevitably give way to the desire to maintain power and control over the citizenry at all costs. As Orwell explains:
The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.
“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.” ― George Orwell
How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use.
In totalitarian regimes—a.k.a. police states—where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used. In countries where the police state hides behind a benevolent mask and disguises itself as tolerance, the citizens censor themselves, policing their words and thoughts to conform to the dictates of the mass mind.
Dystopian literature shows what happens when the populace is transformed into mindless automatons. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, reading is banned and books are burned in order to suppress dissenting ideas, while televised entertainment is used to anesthetize the populace and render them easily pacified, distracted and controlled.
In Huxley’s Brave New World, serious literature, scientific thinking and experimentation are banned as subversive, while critical thinking is discouraged through the use of conditioning, social taboos and inferior education. Likewise, expressions of individuality, independence and morality are viewed as vulgar and abnormal.
And in Orwell’s 1984, Big Brother does away with all undesirable and unnecessary words and meanings, even going so far as to routinely rewrite history and punish “thoughtcrimes.” In this dystopian vision of the future, the Thought Police serve as the eyes and ears of Big Brother, while the Ministry of Peace deals with war and defense, the Ministry of Plenty deals with economic affairs (rationing and starvation), the Ministry of Love deals with law and order (torture and brainwashing), and the Ministry of Truth deals with news, entertainment, education and art (propaganda). The mottos of Oceania: WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
All three—Bradbury, Huxley and Orwell—had an uncanny knack for realizing the future, yet it is Orwell who best understood the power of language to manipulate the masses. Orwell’s Big Brother relied on Newspeak to eliminate undesirable words, strip such words as remained of unorthodox meanings and make independent, non-government-approved thought altogether unnecessary. To give a single example, as psychologist Erich Fromm illustrates in his afterword to 1984:
The word free still existed in Newspeak, but it could only be used in such statements as “This dog is free from lice” or “This field is free from weeds.” It could not be used in its old sense of “politically free” or “intellectually free,” since political and intellectual freedom no longer existed as concepts….
Where we stand now is at the juncture of OldSpeak (where words have meanings, and ideas can be dangerous) and Newspeak (where only that which is “safe” and “accepted” by the majority is permitted). The power elite has made their intentions clear: they will pursue and prosecute any and all words, thoughts and expressions that challenge their authority.
This is the final link in the police state chain.
“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”—George Orwell
Americans have been conditioned to accept routine incursions on their privacy rights. In fact, the addiction to screen devices—especially cell phones—has created a hive effect where the populace not only watched but is controlled by AI bots. However, at one time, the idea of a total surveillance state tracking one’s every move would have been abhorrent to most Americans. That all changed with the 9/11 attacks. As professor Jeffrey Rosen observes, “Before Sept. 11, the idea that Americans would voluntarily agree to live their lives under the gaze of a network of biometric surveillance cameras, peering at them in government buildings, shopping malls, subways and stadiums, would have seemed unthinkable, a dystopian fantasy of a society that had surrendered privacy and anonymity.”
Having been reduced to a cowering citizenry—mute in the face of elected officials who refuse to represent us, helpless in the face of police brutality, powerless in the face of militarized tactics and technology that treat us like enemy combatants on a battlefield, and naked in the face of government surveillance that sees and hears all—we have nowhere left to go.
We have, so to speak, gone from being a nation where privacy is king to one where nothing is safe from the prying eyes of government. In search of so-called terrorists and extremists hiding amongst us—the proverbial “needle in a haystack,” as one official termed it—the Corporate State has taken to monitoring all aspects of our lives, from cell phone calls and emails to Internet activity and credit card transactions. Much of this data is being fed through fusion centers across the country, which work with the Department of Homeland Security to make threat assessments on every citizen, including school children. These are state and regional intelligence centers that collect data on you.
“Big Brother is Watching You.”―George Orwell
Wherever you go and whatever you do, you are now being watched, especially if you leave behind an electronic footprint. When you use your cell phone, you leave a record of when the call was placed, who you called, how long it lasted and even where you were at the time. When you use your ATM card, you leave a record of where and when you used the card. There is even a video camera at most locations equipped with facial recognition software. When you use a cell phone or drive a car enabled with GPS, you can be tracked by satellite. Such information is shared with government agents, including local police. And all of this once-private information about your consumer habits, your whereabouts and your activities is now being fed to the U.S. government.
The government has nearly inexhaustible resources when it comes to tracking our movements, from electronic wiretapping devices, traffic cameras and biometrics to radio-frequency identification cards, satellites and Internet surveillance.
Speech recognition technology now makes it possible for the government to carry out massive eavesdropping by way of sophisticated computer systems. Phone calls can be monitored, the audio converted to text files and stored in computer databases indefinitely. And if any “threatening” words are detected—no matter how inane or silly—the record can be flagged and assigned to a government agent for further investigation. Federal and state governments, again working with private corporations, monitor your Internet content. Users are profiled and tracked in order to identify, target and even prosecute them.
In such a climate, everyone is a suspect. And you’re guilty until you can prove yourself innocent. To underscore this shift in how the government now views its citizens, the FBI uses its wide-ranging authority to investigate individuals or groups, regardless of whether they are suspected of criminal activity.
“Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.” ― George Orwell
Here’s what a lot of people fail to understand, however: it’s not just what you say or do that is being monitored, but how you think that is being tracked and targeted. We’ve already seen this play out on the state and federal level with hate crime legislation that cracks down on so-called “hateful” thoughts and expression, encourages self-censoring and reduces free debate on various subject matter.
Say hello to the new Thought Police.
Total Internet surveillance by the Corporate State, as omnipresent as God, is used by the government to predict and, more importantly, control the populace, and it’s not as far-fetched as you might think. For example, the NSA is now designing an artificial intelligence system that is designed to anticipate your every move. In a nutshell, the NSA will feed vast amounts of the information it collects to a computer system known as Aquaint (the acronym stands for Advanced QUestion Answering for INTelligence), which the computer can then use to detect patterns and predict behavior.
No information is sacred or spared.
Everything from cell phone recordings and logs, to emails, to text messages, to personal information posted on social networking sites, to credit card statements, to library circulation records, to credit card histories, etc., is collected by the NSA and shared freely with its agents in crime: the CIA, FBI and DHS. One NSA researcher actually quit the Aquaint program, “citing concerns over the dangers in placing such a powerful weapon in the hands of a top-secret agency with little accountability.”
Thus, what we are witnessing, in the so-called name of security and efficiency, is the creation of a new class system comprised of the watched (average Americans such as you and me) and the watchers (government bureaucrats, technicians and private corporations).



11 responses to “The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction”

  1. “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”―George Orwell

    I remember seeing a cartoon showing a tombstone with “1984” engraved on it. The implied message was that 1984 came and went, without any significance, laying to rest George Orwell’s dire predictions of what to expect in 1984.

    I have a message for the cartoonist. Orwell’s ” 1984 ” and Rand’s ” Atlas Shrugged “, are the two most prophetic books of recent times. Orwell’s book accurately predicted the year that was to be the beginning of the end, of the present world system. Rand’s book describes the, second coming of the Son of man exposing this corrupt world.

    The time is now, fasten your seat belts.

    The faithful witness

    Source: “Believers Information Network”

  2. The United States of America in bible prophecy.

    The prophecy spoken of in the book of Revelation Chapter 11 took place in America(San Antonio) from the 1st of December 1984, and came to an end on the 13th of May 1988. During this time I carried the new testament (written word) in my top shirt pocket, I was clothed in sackcloth(black).

    The sixth trumpet is confirmed by Psalm 84:9 ” Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed ” The two witnesses (written word and the spoken word) prophesy for 1260 days starting on the 1st December 1984.

    Luke 2:36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
    37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

    The two witnesses are the written and spoken Word, they are one, the faithful witness.

    We are now in the time of judgment, the time to bring in the harvest.

    The faithful witness

    Source: ” Believers Information Network “

  3. George Orwell, real name Eric Blair, was an insider at the BBC and the Information research dept. He gave signed copies of his writings to my grand father who had 2 rooms next door.
    The Info Research Dept was a propaganda body used to spread disinfo, it was here
    that he bagan to whistelblow about what was being planned for the people, even the date 1984 was significant, just as Lord Rothschild was saying “that the UK would be communist by the year 2000, it may not be called that, but thats what it will be.”
    Insiders , possibly Orwell or maybe not, were also tipping off Sir Oswald Mosely,
    whose blackshirt volunteers protected London from the jewish gangs, and the shops from robbery during the blackouts in W W 2
    Mosely had to be protected night and day a sChurchill was trying to have him murdered like he did Gandhi and a whole host of others

  4. These irrational postings about bible stuff are not helpful in the least.

    It’s worth mentioning passages taken from the Ancient Egyptian book of the Dead appear in the Old Testament.
    It’s obvious what happened….plagiarism

  5. “Everything from cell phone recordings and logs, to emails, to text messages, to personal information posted on social networking sites, to credit card statements, to library circulation records, to credit card histories, etc., is collected by the NSA and shared freely with its agents in crime: the CIA, FBI and DHS. One NSA researcher actually quit the Aquaint program, “citing concerns over the dangers in placing such a powerful weapon in the hands of a top-secret agency with little accountability.””

    This is great if you’re a criminal!

    The biggest criminals have set up a system that allows them to plunder and murder at will.
    The future’s so bright, I got to wear shades…

    Timbuk 3 – The Future’s So Bright

  6. Bradbury, Huxley and Orwell Got It Very Wrong In One Important Way: Abdication Of Responsibility

    In those classic works of dystopian futures by these authors, nowhere is it stated how these societies evolved to becoming the nightmares they so described. Well let me tell you how it comes about. When people stop taking their societal responsibilities seriously and let their governments do as they please. Take for example the Anglo countries, the United States of America, Britain, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Yes there are other countries in league with these abhorrent self-indulging, hypocritical states. But it is the Anglo countries that are working together to create the very dystopian futures that people fear that these authors wrote in their famous works.

    Why am I picking on the Anglo countries? Well, which countries are the major causes for all the wars in the world today? Which countries distort trade agreements and use gun boat diplomacy to open non-Anglo country economies to steal their resources and wealth? Surely you don’t think it is China? What country do they force to trade with them? Or how about Russia? Name me a country that is bullied or intimidated by them to trade with them?

    No, the problem are the Anglo people. Isn’t it funny that all these works by these authors were written by an American (Bradbury), and British (Huxley, Orwell: real name Blair) nationals. What do Anglos know about communism or authoritarianism? And yet, the Anglo world thinks it can educate the rest of the world on the “evils” of government.

    So to all you Anglos’ reading this I have some very important questions for you:

    – If you have read the dystopian works of Bradbury, Huxley and Orwell, and I assume you don’t like the societies that you’re reading in these books, why is it that you believe that you have the right to allow your governments to treat other countries just like the way the governments in those dystopian works treat their own people? You know, “War Is Peace” is waged through out the world on your behalf? For example, how can you people allow your governments to support the head chopping murderous psycho-maniacs called the House of Saud? And yet live comfortably every day while you drink your morning coffee before you get in your car that is using gasoline that is making those head-choppers rich? All so you turn a blind eye to all the evils crimes that your governments commit IN YOUR NAME!

    – You read dystopian books and fear that these dystopian worlds may come upon your societies, and yet, how many of you people don’t understand, or frankly just don’t give a damn, that these very dystopian futures that you fear, ACTUALLY DO EXIST in other countries, like Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan where there already exist “Brave New Worlds” , and YOUR military bases allow these despotically led countries to get away with these crimes?

    I know countries like North Korea are also in a horrible state. But who is stopping North Korea from feeding its people and to join the the rest of the world’s economic community? It isn’t China. No it is the United States of America backed up with support by Britain, Canada and Australia, i.e., the Anglos!

    As an example of the hypocritical evil that goes on in the Anglo world. Which country imprisons people that are evading the horrors war that are inflicted by the United States of America and supported by the other Anglo nations, so their national resources can be stolen, and thus are forced to flee to far flung countries to look for a SAFER and better chance of building a life? Eg. Australia. Taking a leaf out the French Handbook With Dealing Undesirables back in the 19th and early 20th century (you know, Devil’s Island), the Australian Government put these “immigrants” to any normal sane human being, but “invader” to the racist WHITE Australian government, into concentration camps on islands off the mainland of Australia, aka, Devils’ Island Communities for undesirable families that include babies and children (you know they are future terrorists in the making!).

    It is the height of hypocrisy that authors like Bradbury, Orwell, Huxley and the piece written above by – and can it be any more pathetically ironic – Whitehead, where Anglos once again preach about the worry of “evil” that may come into the world, and yet YOU ALL are prepared to stand by and just allow your governments to do that very same evil IN YOUR NAME, upon others. Now that is truly sick!


    When you people decide to start treating other countries with the same tolerance, respect and justice as you expect in your homes, then and only then can you all start writing about dystopian futures and racism. NO ANGLO has a right to even utter a word about other countries until you hypocrites stop the “evils” of your countries that are doing not just upon other countries, but how you support evil regimes around the world!

    When is the English speaking world going to start listening and reading stories from people that are not from your protected and “soma” induced economic background that was created by the grand thefts from the rest of the worlds’ people and the evil abuses that that were committed upon those abused people?

    I have news for you if you’re from an English/Anglo background, more and more people are starting to understand what the Anglo world is really all about. As people all around the world are getting more and more connected, more and more are starting to learn the truth about the evil the Anglo world is behind on this Earth.

    Something for you British to think about. May well you all get your BREXIST. I hope you do! But how long will it be, once the Americans are kicked out of Europe and the Middle East (rest assured that day is coming), before Europe and China including the rest of Asia start forming more and more closer economic and infrastructure ties, like for instance, a high-speed maglev trains spanning the entire continent of Euro-Asia, that will change the entire continents of Europe and Asia forever? And where will Britain be? With your American brothers… your very own self made dystopia!

    The world is changing. And its not changing for the better with the likes of the Anglos around. The day is soon coming when the Anglo will have to finally reap what it has been sowing for the past 400 years. While that is justly happening, Europeans and Asians will not be worried about dystopian futures. We will leave dystopia for you Anglos whom seem to have a predetermined future and insight to how to form your own miserable futures. Most likely because, who else understands better the results of evil, than the doers of evil themselves. No, we Europeans and Asians will not have a dystopian future, we will build new transport networks, like mag-lev trains running 700 to 800 km/hr from Europe to Asia. We will build new high tech. cities, create new technologies between us, all because we are not afraid to work and live together like you Anglos are too afraid of non-Anglo cultures, that’s why you go around the world destroying them.

    The future is between Europe and Asia, and it will be beautiful and grand. And frankly, you Anglos can keep your dystopian dreams for yourselves all because you people have abdicated responsibility to all of humanity just so you can focus upon yourselves. You people have learnt nothing over 400 years of inducing tyranny.

    Note to Administrators: When are you going to start putting stories that are written by NON Anglos? Why does everything you display on this web site come from WASPs that have no idea or perspective from the abused side of history?

  7. You all have to remember, that all of 1984 is done for a good cause, with good intentions to keep you safe ??

  8. Dorian,

    You have successfully shown, how incredibly the ignorant blame the innocent for their own ignorance on reality.
    In 1290, Edward 1st of England exiled all Jews from Britain. In 1649, Oliver Cromwell murdered the indigenous monarchy, in his English civil war. He was funded by Dutch Jews. This then allowed Jews back into the UK, who established their private bank not long after, burned London down in 1666 to make way for the financial capital and then took control of Britain, to bring about the vehicle that would give them their wealth and foundation for the new world order.

    Your utter ignorance of Jews and Judaism, has sculpted your hatred for whites. You fail to see that the matrix of war, invasion, plunder and control, for the last 400 years has been entirely their doing. Their control of the western civilization is vital in their seizing of the world, because it is the whites who have constantly fought against all those haters of goodness and freedom.

    St. Augustine, I believe stated “those who stop following the laws of the Christian kings will be ruled by Jews.” He was very correct.

    I suggest next time you decide to air your views, you think of the consequences of your choices. Your ignorance has made your argument null and void. You not only know nothing of Jewry, but are blissfully ignorant on white people.

  9. I can understand Dorian`s comment euranglolanders are going in history for something that’s assured although the show isn’t over yet. I don’t aspire to the west bad east good narrative as we see all governments initializing the dystopian dream and using Bernays manufacturing techniques.
    Three quotes, “much of the social history of the western world over the past three decades has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good” Thomas Sowell.
    “Voice or no voice people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders, that is easy, all you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and expose the country to danger. It works in any country” Goering.
    Finally “the ability to deal with people is a purchasable a commodity as sugar and coffee and I will pay more for that ability than any other under the sun” JD Rockefeller.

  10. The sheep are now being separated from the goats, it is judgment time.
    The curse that rules the present world system is universal, it is not subjective, it is an objective reality that will now manifest itself in a very dramatic way. The principle that rules is, cause and effect. Reality cannot not be nullified by evasions, diversions or rationalizations, it is an absolute. Those who reject the truth will pay the price, they will suffer the second death, accountability is now the order of the day.
    The days of pointing fingers at others has come to an end.

    Revelation 21
    7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
    8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and
    whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have theirpart in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    It is written, “As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
    and every tongue shall confess to God.”

    The faithful witness