In fact, it's to the point now that Leviathan governments throughout the West - in Great Britain, birthplace of the Magna Carta, the "Great Charter of the Liberties of England (1215 A.D.); and the greatest of all documents of liberty, the U.S. Constitution - no longer regard those rights as inviolable, as long as you step foot outside of your home.
Consider the latest assault on privacy: Roving backscatter X-ray vans roaming through your city streets. Yes; that's right, the sadistic exploitation of your person is not just for overzealous TSA agents at the nearby airport anymore.
According to a recent report in Forbes, Billerica, an American Science & Engineering firm based in Massachusetts, has sold more than 500 backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in vans to both U.S. and foreign government agencies over the past few years. The vans are being driven past neighboring vehicles in order to view their contents, Joe Reiss, one of the company's vice presidents of marketing, told the financial magazine.
It's the technology, stupid
He said though the biggest purchaser of the machines over the past seven years has been the Defense Department, which has deployed them to Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. law enforcement agencies are increasingly using the x-ray-equipped vans to conduct bomb-searches of vehicles domestically. They have also been used at U.S. border crossings to scan vehicles for illegal immigrant stowaways.
"This product is now the largest selling cargo and vehicle inspection system ever," Reiss said.