July 27, 2008
In Britain, the control grid is moving along at a brisk clip. As if barking CCTVs, random searches, terrorist databases, metal detectors in the street, and other intrusive methods of control and intimidation are not enough, now folks going to the cinema will be searched. The People reports:
Cinema-goers may be searched on the way into shows in a new crackdown on suicide bombers.
Suicide bombers? Indeed, a big problem in merry old England, never mind one of the last “suicide bombers” that struck on July 7, 2005, planted his bomb under the Circle line train in London. It was apparently a Houdini trick. Maybe the cops will begin crawling under trains, looking for wily bombers determined to disrupt the British way of life?
But it is not simply the cinema:
Theaters, restaurants and hotels will also be covered in an anti-terror blueprint to be published by Security Minister Lord West later this year.
Diners, hotel guests and theater-goers could all have to undergo searches.
It seems every sort of public business will be rolled into the control grid:
From next month owners of pubs, bars and clubs will also be able to take part in exercises with police to make their premises safe.
Using multi-media DVD simulation they will be told how to spot suspicious customers and evacuate their buildings.
British television now reports Gestapo-like police tactics — random bus searches, drug sniffing dogs, impromptu metal detectors — as if no big deal. From a news report earlier this year: