Question of the Week #305

If the government could use a mix of cameras, implanted sensors, and automated surveillance devices to follow every move of a paroled criminal indefinitely to prevent future wrongdoing, would you want to require this of convicted felons after their release? If so, for how long would you want to take away their privacy, and what limits would you place on their activities? If not, why not?

Uh… Isn’t it a little naïve to think the government isn’t already doing this to every single citizen to some degree? Ex-con or not… there are cameras everywhere… we may not have implanted sensors, but we’re all carrying smartphones that can easily track our every move and record our every conversation.

Remember the movie Enemy of the State? If you don’t want to click the link back to the post where I watched it as part of my favorite movies series, here’s a quick reminder of what it’s about… Will Smith is in the wrong place at the wrong time and winds up with a video recording in his possession that proves a senator was murdered by a high ranking official in the NSA. From there, we see the lengths at which the NSA will go in order to track Smith’s movements… surveillance cameras, satellite tracking, tapping into phone lines, hidden bugs… And that was just utilizing the technology that we were aware of in 1998. Imagine what our government agencies have access to today.

No, this is not the beginning of Aaron jumping down an Illuminati rabbit hole of conspiracy theories. I’m just saying that the question this week assumes that the powers that be aren’t already keeping track of everything we do. Maybe that does sound like some conspiracy theory ridiculousness. But if that is just a ridiculous conspiracy theory, it’s one I have a hard time not buying into considering all the technology that is available in our world today.

Don’t worry… I’m not buying into the whole “world is flat and run by Reptilians” thing.

But what do you think? Should paroled criminals be tracked regularly? Do you think the government could be doing that to all of us anyway? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments!

*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.

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