Dan Gillmor

More "Progress" Toward a British Surveillance State

Telegraph: Heathrow airport first to fingerprint. All four million domestic passengers who will pass through Terminal 5 annually after it opens on March 27 will have four fingerprints taken, as well as being photographed, when they check in.

The culture that created the Magna Carta is utterly turning its back on liberty. The current American government merely wishes it could do stuff like this, but there’s still just enough left of the Bill of Rights to prevent it — for the time being, anyway.

I avoid Heathrow for many other reasons. This attitude on the part of the authorities there provides one more.

Saddest of all: The British people are happily letting their government turn the nation into a police state. They will rue their inaction, but probably not until it’s too late.