Threats towards the society from the “outside” have become an increasingly distinct problem. Along with the pain and suffering of those who are emotionally and physically injured, the paranoia has been boosted into such a state that people are willing to give up their rights in order to be "safe." The government has released, through the media, the new invention of body scanners. The way that these machines work is the participant steps through the machine and then it scans the participant's entire body up and down for weapons. It shows the person's body to another person, and the body is practically all nude. Since the bombing of 9-11 many people have said, "Of course! I'll give up anything to be safe!" but how many rights will society freely give up for temporary safety? Such terror increases the government’s power because the people's need for a general sense of comfort and security. Most people would look to the government for the answer and willingly accept any solution. The government, however, hasn't spread the news that most of these scanners only catch half the staged terrorists they test on. If society accepts these body scanners then they should think beyond this place in time. Soon the government might suggest placing cameras in classroom to prevent cheating. The year after that is proposed and accepted, they might say, "Well, what about the bathrooms? The students could be secretly taking drugs in them, we should place cameras there too." One step will lead to the next and by the time society realizes that it is not just about the world attacking the US from the outside, but society attacking the government's new power over technology, the community will be too late. In Little Brother, Doctorow's character is fighting against the Department of Homeland Security(or DHS) and time to force the citizens to realize what is really happening to their society, the is taking over. Marcus and his friends are being closely watched by the DHS because they were caught at a terrorist attack site. Since new cameras are being posted all over the city, they have Marcus' every move tracked down. Every breath, every movement, and even every letter typed on the computers are being tracked by the DHS. Marcus notices how he can be tracked and thinks to himself, "Why did we have cameras in our classrooms now? Terrorists. Of course. Because by blowing up a bridge, terrorists had indicated that schools were next. Somehow that was the conclusion that the Board had reached anyway." (Doctorow online resource). This shows how easily the society can be distorted into the government's tool and people will start freely giving up their rights. The government tries to convince people that they only have one way to be safe, to give all their faith up and put it in the government, which then goes overboard and takes total control. In George Orwell's 1984, Winston, Orwell’s main character, comes to the realization that his government called The Party has been manipulating the society for as long as he could remember. "Life, if you looked about you, bore no resemblance not only to the lies that streamed out of the telescreens, but even to the ideals that the Party was trying to achieve."(Orwell url). The society still does not realize that with terror the government can easily pull a blindfold over the eyes of its people because society gives them the power.
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