Tjebbe van Tijen on Thu, 7 Jun 2012 10:14:49 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> London 2012 Olympics security operation investigating 500, 000 people, but WILL HE PASS?

London 2012 Olympics security operation investigating 500,000 people, but WILL HE PASS?

June 6, 2012 by Tjebbe van Tije; for the full illustrated and linked version see:

The Guardian June 5th: “London 2012 security operation investigating 500,000 people”

[ tableau with picture of  ‘whole mind scanner’ with Paul McCartney being scanned and a female constable]

[picture of Paul McCartney with the Beatles singing 'Revolution' in 1968]

[idem video]

These associated lyrics (from 1968 at the end of the roaring sixties) will certainly let many alarm bells ring when Paul McCartney will pass the check point prior to his opening performance of the 2012 Olympics Games in London. Automated surveillance systems now massively used to prevent any unrest during the London Olympics also checking out this humble WordPress blog – are unintelligent and will just gather that there  is a pattern of ‘adjacent words’ with a recurring frequency of the words:

‘revolution’, ‘change’, ‘world’, ‘destruction’, ‘money’, ‘hate’, ‘constitution’, ‘chairman’, and ‘Mao’.

M16 and Scotland Yard on-line surveyors vetting each person entering the Olympic perimeters, will rush to their screens alarmed by the perfect Big Brother System – operational and tested already for months – and in the embedded earphones of the female constable’s hat, a voice will say…. “take this man apart for questioning.”

And…, of course there will be excuses afterward and an embarrassed smile, when human intelligence will have been applied. “Please Sir McCartney, come and join the opening ceremony, there never has been any harm in your songs, … excuse us for those stupid machines.”

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know

We all want to change the world

You tell me that it’s evolution

Well, you know

We all want to change the world

But when you talk about destruction

Don’t you know that you can count me out

Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right

All right, all right

You say you got a real solution

Well, you know

We’d all love to see the plan

You ask me for a contribution

Well, you know

We’re doing what we can

But when you want money

For people with minds that hate

All I can tell is brother you have to wait

Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right

All right, all right


Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah…

You say you’ll change the constitution

Well, you know

We all want to change your head

You tell me it’s the institution

Well, you know

You better free you mind instead

But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao

You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow

Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right

All right, all right

All right, all right, all right

All right, all right, all right

The good old Birtish National Council for Civil Liberties (founded in 1934) now renamed ‘Liberty’, has already for a long time this subdued polite commend on their web page about the impact of surveillance on the London 2012 Olympics:

There is no doubting that police and security will be faced with demanding challenges during the London Olympics. Nevertheless, infringements on basic civil liberties like the right to free speech and peaceful protest are not the solution to a secure Games. It would also be completely contrary to the spirit of the Olympics for 2012 to become an excuse for mass surveillance and loss of liberties. What a shameful legacy for London 2012 that would be.

Posted in news-tableau, The downside of leisure industry | Tagged 1968, automated surveillance, Chairman Mao,civil liberties, destruction, London Olympics 2012, mass security systems, Paul McCartney, protest songs,revolution, whole mind scanners 

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