For those of you who have been following this blog for a long time now might remember my reflections on the occupation of Fallujah, Iraq by the U.S. government. I said at the time that the imposition on all of its citizens to carry both a fingerprinted I.D. card and have a retina scan on file with the occupiers, in order to get in or out of that city, was only a prelude to what this same government would ultimately impose on us here in 'Murica. I also said then that what the Feds were doing in Fallujah was an actual practice session for everyone else they ruled. I never thought that the day of actual implementation would arrive so soon here on our very shores.
The following article is from today's news cycle and is about how some elementary schools will now require retina scans to gain entry. What better place to start the totalitarian experience than in the proto-prisons of public education? The indoctrination of passive acceptance and supine deference to authority have always been a primary theme of government schools, starting with a solemn Pledge of Allegiance every morning. The key paragraph for me was:
Funding for the project, more than $369,000, was made possible by a school safety grant through the National Institute of Justice, a research branch of the U.S. Department of Justice. "The idea is to improve school safety for the children," said Phil Meara, superintendent of the Freehold Borough School District in NJ, on Monday. "We had a swipe-card system that operated the doors, but the technology was obsolete."
Aldous Huxley could not have written a more acerbic satirical paragraph, that could have been taken straight from Brave New World, that was more spine-chillingly scary in tone and content.
I'm tired of seeing all this coming, I want to be wrong!
Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both. ---Benjamin Franklin