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George Orwell: 1984 and Today

            This may seem like an outrageous statement, but the "land of the free" isn't actually free. Many Americans do not realize that at any time of the day the government could be observing their "private" lives. Some individuals, however, have already predicted the government would develop a form of constant surveillance, like George Orwell. Orwell forecasted a futuristic government, which used technology as a relentless eye on the members of the society in the novel 1984. 1984 was correct to the extent of predicting that the government would deny the "natural" rights of individuals and increase their usage of technology to constantly observe their people, whether in public or in their private homes, breaching the inalienable rights protected in the Constitution. .
             To demonstrate, the similarities between Orwell's perceived government and the current government of the United States', is a potential violation of amendment rights. A well-known example of the government attempting to invade private property would be the recent incident where the FBI demanded Apple to unlock the iPhone of the "San Bernardino gunman." The FBI insisted they needed the iPhone to be unlocked to collect data from the gunman's phone to aid the investigation of the San Bernardino killing spree. Apple stood its grounds and opposed unlocking the phone to abide by their privacy concerns of their customers and avoid a breach of Fourth Amendment rights ("EDITORIAL:FBI Wrong to Demand Apple Unlock IPhone for its Data"). If Apple had resolved their will to the FBI, a doorway would have been opened for the government to search through "suspects" phones in the name of justice. This potential occurrence is familiar to Orwell's depiction of the police's constant prying, "In the far distance a helicopter skimmed down between the roofs, hovered for an instant like a bluebottle, and darted away again with a curving flight.

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