Hail Oceania: Ottawa Airport Installs Hidden Microphones To Monitor and Record Conversations Of Passengers

Canadians appear to be striving to make up for lost time in realizing the dream of George Orwell’s “1984.” The most oppressive aspect of the life of Winston Smith in Oceania, Airship One was the televisions that allowed Big Brother to watch you 24/7. Ottawa airport is now wired with hidden microphones to allow the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to continually eavesdrop on travellers’ conversations.

CBSA spokesman Chris Kealey offered a curious reassurance to passengers: “It is important to note that even though audio technology is installed, no audio is recorded at this time. It will become functional at a later date.” However, when that occurs, the technology, “will record conversations.” Officials insist that the constant monitoring will help them deal with gangs and crime. It will also produce a zone of continual monitoring and recording for citizens. In both the United States and Canada, citizens are gradually becoming desensitized to surveillance. The danger is that this will become the new normal.

The officials have committed to putting up a “privacy notice” for passengers. Please let it say “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.”

Source: Ottawa Citizen

54 thoughts on “Hail Oceania: Ottawa Airport Installs Hidden Microphones To Monitor and Record Conversations Of Passengers”

  1. Woosty,
    I understood both phenomena. Even, the barely observable by me, phenomenon of the shock sound wave of the rocket passing faster than sound in the layer of equilibrium of a semi-condensed water-air emulsion.

    However, the separation between system and the observer is an longstanding issue in quantum circles.
    Which was implied by Dr Q and his electrons.

    So what is your obviously “social” point.
    Feeling dumb.

    PS How did you like my Travel Helmet system?

  2. scary,but not surprising. The sheer volume of street cameras and security cameras is staggering. Chicago has cameras everywhere. I would not be surprised if this recording is going on at most large airports.

  3. Won’t be all that long before we’re living in a world such as in Brave New World.

    Humans are herding into the city faster than we’ve ever seen. They’re watching us and getting us trained to being comfortable around video cameras. Soon enough they’ll be giving us drugs (oh wait, they already do) to make us even more comfortable being totally under their control.

  4. ya know….this frightened Big Brother is beginning to look an awfull lot like my frightened little brothers…..

    and life goes on better, in better places…..

  5. Mr. Turley…can you advise me on this??

    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington(CREW) and National Security Archive(NSA) filed a suit against the EOP for email and records…and the judge ordered a settlement…. http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20091214/index.htm

    my case against the EOP was for emails and documents during the same time period as CREWS and NSAs suit, but the judge ruled against me….is the judiciary subject to political manipulation…

  6. Imagine a value-added system sold aa a marketed system SHOULD be.

    YOUR TRAVEL HELMET ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM. It does all except chew your food for you. The drop down visor screen, with attached near vision optics, will provide
    you with all the info to enjoy your flight, ease your meeting the friends who’ve come to greet you, and help you find your way into and out of the travel port.

    Together with your “remote”, your voyage will be yours to manage with your fingertips. Even your greeters will get to enjoy the comforts and fun of the TRAVEL HELMET System, preparing them for their travel and helping them find and meet you.

    Remember, it is all for your travel pleasure.

    (Monitoring is employed routinely to assure passenger comfort and assistance as needed. We know always where you are, so we can always help you. Your care is our business. Big Brother cares.)

  7. Heard on the news about Google being asked by foreign governments to supply user name, addresses and other related search term users…… Not sure if they are going to comply or be forced to…..

    The CBSA will soon acknowledge that it does in fact ease drop on citizens conversations……

  8. Bron, you cannot subscribe to similar services unless you have an alphabet soup of security clearances. Four-inch or less resolution is not available to the unwashed masses. Same as commercial GPS is “detuned” from milspec accuracy. Good enough to hit a 150 foot wide runway in instrument conditions, but not good enough to put ordnance into a chimney from 40,000 feet.

    This is a whole new generation of snooping. I have been on Google street view twice in the past month, not of my choosing. I spotted the Google camera car too late to take cover behind a tree or building. Frankly, it creeped me out. It you want the public to see you skinny dipping or making out with your sweetie on the patio lounge, be my guest, but I am not in favor of it.

  9. Otteray Scribe:

    I am fairly sure you can subscribe to similar services. I imagine Schumer is concerned because he is receiving PAC money from one of the private services who dont want the competition. From what I can tell about the man it isnt because of some love for privacy or individual rights.

  10. I am pretty sure this has more to do with who received the contract for wiring the airport than it has to do with SS urity. Follow the money!
    As to the efficacy of recording thousands and thousands of conversations how will they know who they have recorded; will there be real time monitoring with gps style locating information? The list goes on and on and the money will flow.
    What a sad day for Canada. The US has ready given up on the Consitutional protections that used to make us different but no worries black ops corporations are rolling in money and influence. Move along now; nothing to see here, citizen”.

  11. And people think I’m crazy for wanting to create an invented language…. okay yes its on a very long list but still….

    I know I’m very open in the world, but about certain things I’m very private about. I’m not a public figure, I’m not really in the public sphere, and I try to keep my level of hypocrisy to the bare minimum that I require in order that I can function in today’s society.

  12. Grasshopper, there was a time when there was something called “privacy.” It was a quaint concept where one could have a life free of government and big corporations watching your every move and listening to your every word. Those were the days. One could talk to friends and family freely without fear of being overheard by the overlords. It is hard to believe, but it really did happen. Now that is all I should say about that. One has to be careful or they may come for me and take me away for an enhanced interrogation.

  13. Anybody want to bet we already have this in a few of our own airports. This has to stop.

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