Neoconopticon – the EU Security-Industrial Complex, by Ben Hayes (pdf):
“Despite the often benign intent behind collaborative European researchâ€š into integrated land, air, maritime, space and cyber-surveillance systems,Â the EU’s security and R&D policy is coalescing around a high-tech blueprint for a new kind of security. It envisages a future world of red zonesÂ andÂ green zones; external borders controlled by military force and internally by a sprawling network of physical and virtual security checkpoints;Â public spaces, micro-states and mega eventsâ€š policed by high-tech surveillance systems and rapid reaction forces; peacekeepingâ€š and crisisÂ managementâ€š missions that make no operational distinction between the suburbs of Basra or the Banlieue; and the increasing integration ofÂ defence and national security functions at home and abroad.
It is not just a case of â€žsleepwalking into” or â€žwaking up to” a â€žsurveillance society”, as the UK’s Information Commissioner famously warned, it feelsÂ more like turning a blind eye to the start of a new kind of arms race, one in which all the weapons are pointing inwards. Welcome to the NeoConOpticon.”