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.
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.”
This article was posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 11:27 am