And while Americans were still quaintly obsessing….

…(on the Right) over how some guys in a cave in Afghanistan and (on the Left) how some dark theocratic conspiracy of soccer moms and NASCAR enthusiasts were going to “take away our freedoms”, here the problem was right where common sense, the Founders, and the Church has always warned it is: in the immense concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a few wealthy and powerful people.

Their latest move to subjugate you to a Caesaroligarchic Police State?:

So the TV show Person of Interest just became real in the city where it’s set.

In the show, Michael Emerson (Ben Linus from Lost) plays a computer programmer who created The Machine for the government. This black box system sorts all the data feeds from all the CCTV cameras, cell phones, computers, and other digital detritus looking for patterns that might indicate the planning of some kind of terrorist attack. Jim Caviezel (Jesus!) plays the former special forces guy who helps Emerson track down the people who are too small to be noticed by the system, but who are potential criminals or victims nonetheless.

Now Microsoft has partnered with the NYPD (last seen pretending their jurisdiction extends to New Jersey) and Nanny Bloomberg to make the whole thing real. And they’ve succeeded!

Read the whole thing.  These people are control freaks.  And they will not stop unless we make them stop. Our Ruling Class hates us for our freedom.  They are the main enemies of liberty we face, not some foreign power.  That’s why they are the enemies of religious liberty.  They are exceedingly jealous gods.

One of the marks of heresy I have noticed is its tendency over time to morph into its opposite.  So radical feminism ends with extolling making women into sex objects.  Calvinists who exalted the sovereignty of God end as Unitarians who worship the imagination of man.  Communism promised freedom for the little guy and turned into raw power for the Big Man.  And Operation Enduring Freedom’s legacy is a Enduring Slavery.

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  • Kirt Higdon

    Just a few nights ago, I attended a meet-the-author book signing with thriller writer Brad Thor (his real name), author of several best-selling Tom Clancy/Ian Fleming type novels. Thor is a self-described law-and-order, get the bad guys, pro-military terror warrior type, but even he is alarmed at the total surveillance national security state which the US has constructed in response to the 9/11 attacks or using these attacks as an excuse. In his talk, he quoted from the (Sen. Frank) Church report of the 1970s and also mentioned the developments which Mark cites above. Thor’s most recent novel, Black List, reflects these concerns.

  • Richard Johnson

    I can hear the rationale now. “But Mark, there might be another 9/11 mastermind kind of person planning a horrid attack against our nation’s freedoms somewhere, and how will we be able to protect those freedoms if we don’t take them away and put them somewhere safe?”

    Remind me again…which of the two major political parties has promised to stop this encroachment on our freedoms?

    • beccolina

      Every time I put something up for safekeeping, I lose it. I think that sums it up.

  • Mark S (not for Shea)

    “These people are control freaks. And they will not stop unless we make them stop.”

    I dunno if it’s up to us in the end. God is not mocked. And if history teaches us anything, it’s that the harsher the tyrant is, the quicker he falls.

    I’ve had a nagging feeling for a long time that we are on the verge of a big change in the world. Not sure what that might be. But I kind of feel like some poor Roman peasant who keeps hearing the horns of barbarians over the northern hills and seeing their fires at night. Who those barbarians might be, I’m not sure. I don’t think it is the jihadic Muslim hoardes that the Right seems so afraid of. Nor do I think it is China. I wouldn’t hazard a guess, but I get the feeling a big change is coming.

    Whatever that change might be, God still rules. His sovereignty is ultimately the only one that matters. Put not your trust in princes. I often wonder: Is that latter just another way of saying, “Beware of princes.”

  • Before too much discussion occurs, I’d like to say that Person of Interest is a fantastic show, especially the paring of Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel. Portraying two tragic figures, they really play well off each other. I watched every episode its first season, and it’s been renewed for a second season.

    The Big Theme of the series is the limits of what we can do in our efforts to “do good.” This plays out both in the circimstances that drove the Emerson and Caviezel characters together, and in how they conduct themselves in their current endeavors. Especially important is the cost of doing evil that good may come of it.

    J.J. Abrams has a hand in Person of Interest. Other LOST cast membrs make occasional cameos, and attentive viewers will notice that a supporting character is played by the guy who served orange juice to Sawyer, Kate, and Juliet on the Dharma sub in the Season 5 finale.

    • Bobby

      Second the prasise for Person of Interest, my favorite show. But it is scary how life imitates art. When season one of POI had just ended I took the family on a day trip to NYC. As I was standing on a street corner I counted aboyt 20 cameras watching us, then just stopped counting.

      • Rosemarie


        I don’t think I’ve been to Manhattan since those cameras went up. Wonder how long it will take to fully cover the four outer boroughs with this “Domain Awareness System.” Scary.

  • Observer

    If powers which go without limitation broaden the scope of law, then those powers should be greatly lmited on how far they can be taken. I don’t have a problem with so much of the monitoring for safety. I do think people ought to be treated as persons (each unique.) When you take powers to look into the lives of people and try to discover what criminal motives a person might have, you end up having your ability to judge and carry out laws of justice and order being compromised (and shaped and formed as what a prism does with light) to defend and protect (you become an agressor upon liberty and no longer the protector to safeguard.) If they were to use monitoring in the execution of laws of justice and order to only become a mere annoyance or even an obstacle thereby preventing any dangers, then I would say there’s no loss and not a big deal. But, when you take the mere points of watching people and having no limits on how far you can go into the general sphere of other people’s lives, then I think you’ve got something more than a mere annoyance in people’s lives. People need a government which protects and serves the public good by protecting people by their liberties. When you take laws, justice, and order outside of the context of safeguarding people by their liberties (as written down and set forth in the Constitution), you abandon the public good.

  • Ted Seeber

    Turning into the thing that you’re fighting is a mark of all revolutions. George Orwell made a career out of noticing this small little fact.