“Every breath you take
Your every move
Every bond you break.
Every step you take.
I’ll be watching you”
Song and Signs of the Times
Have you heard the story? These lines from Sting’s “Every Breath You Take” describe CCTV and other digital surveillance systems very well. But that’s all. Electronic eyes hidden behind a pot of African lilies and irises can do the same when you’re wolfing down a grilled steak or picking your nose.
If you were only aware that you were being watched, you would be dining in a posh restaurant and observing the virtues of urban life, even with your back to the crowd, as it is nowadays. There is no telling how you are seen and where you are seen.
The installation of CCTV surveillance systems in public places is an example of the infamous 9/11 surprise attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon, and the Boeing 757 crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.