The surveillance state is no longer something of science fiction. Its become a reality. In Britain there are an estimated 5.9 million closed-circuit television cameras, including 750 thousand in places like schools and hospitals. That means there is now a surveillance camera for every 11 people in the United Kingdom. The United States is not far behind.
Our founders could not have anticipated the irony of the symbolism they adopted on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States in 1782 — the image now found on the back of every dollar. A symbol, the Eye of Providence, sits atop a pyramid representing the 13 original states. Above it are the words Anuit ceptis, which means “He Approves”, and below, the words Novus Ordo Seclorum, meaning “New Order of the Ages.” In this new era of surveillance it’s hard not to see this as a symbolic image of the “new order of the ages” where big-brother’s eye is watching us to make sure “he approves.”