The United States government is using social media and new face recognition software to conduct surveillance on the citizens.  http://rt.com/usa/news/fbi-recognition-system-ngi-640/

“FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars”

” Facial recognition “is more accurate with a Google or a Facebook, because they will have anywhere from a half-dozen to a dozen pictures of an individual, whereas I imagine the FBI has one or two mug shots,” he says. When these files are then fed to law enforcement agencies on local, federal and international levels, intelligence databases that include everything from close-ups of eyeballs and irises to online interests could be shared among offices.”

” the FBI said that the technology could be used for “Identifying subjects in public datasets,” as well as “conducting automated surveillance at lookout locations” and “tracking subject movements,” meaning NGI is more than just a database of mug shots mixed up with fingerprints — the FBI has admitted that  their intent with the technology surpasses just searching for criminals but includes spectacular surveillance capabilities. Together, it’s a system unheard of outside of science fiction”.

Additional to  the 4th amendment concerns is the very real (inevitable) possibility of abuse for political purposes. The totalitarian aspect of the current administrations disregard for constitutional restraints can not be overstated. Given this surveillance power, it’s chilling to consider the skullduggery and violations of privacy we are in for.  We know that drones already patrol the United States for various reasons, and we can expect this NGI technology to be onboard as well.

Little by little,  as we surrender our sovereignty to the state, The remorselessly expanding state consumes evermore of our and our children’s birthright of Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by imposing crushing deficits & generational theft and  now systems that monitor our every move.

This is Orwellian, and we’re all Winston Smith.

As O’Brian tells Smith in the Book 1984 ,”If you want a vision of the future, Winston, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever”