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NeoConOpticon

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Despite the often benign intent behind collaborative European ‘research’ into integrated land, air, maritime, space and cyber-surveillance systems, the EU’s security and R&D policy is coalescing around a high-tech blueprint for a new kind of security. It envisages a future world of red zones and green zones; external borders controlled by military force and internally by a sprawling network of physical and virtual security checkpoints; public spaces, micro-states and ‘mega events’ policed by high-tech surveillance systems and rapid reaction forces; ‘peacekeeping’ and ‘crisis management’ missions that make no operational distinction between the suburbs of Basra or the Banlieue; and the increasing integration of defence and national security functions at home and abroad. It is not just a case of “sleepwalking into” or “waking up to” a “surveillance society”, as the Britain’s Information Commissioner famously warned, it feels more like turning a blind eye to the start of a new kind of arms race, one in which all the weapons are pointing inwards. Welcome to the Neo-ConOpticon. Can also be downloaded for free at: www.statewatch.org/analyses/neoconopticon-report.pdf

SKU: 24148 Category: Tags: ,
Subtitle: The EU Security-Industrial Complex
Author: TNI & Statewatch
Year: 2010
ISBN: Zonder
Pages: 82
Language: English
Publisher: Transnational Institute
Publisher's city: Amsterdam
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