Justice Breyer warns of Orwellian government


Sarah Peters
The Hill
November 9, 2011

A Supreme Court justice on Tuesday expressed major concerns that the government would engage in round-the-clock surveillance reminiscent of the totalitarian world of the George Orwell novel 1984 if the court ruled in the government’s favor.

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Justice Stephen Breyer questioned what a democratic society would look like if people believed the government was tracking them for days at a time.

“If you win this case, then there is nothing to prevent the police or the government from monitoring 24 hours a day the public movement of every citizen of the United States,” Breyer said. “So if you win, you suddenly produce what sounds like 1984 from their brief.”

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