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Operation Peeping-Tom

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Oh! grandmother, what big ears you have!

The better to hear you with, my child.

But, grandmother, what big eyes you have!

The better to see you with, my dear….

Oh! but, grandmother, what a terrible big mouth you have!

The better to eat you with!”

Little Red-Cap (The Brothers Grimm)

Under cover of issuing electronic ID cards, the Rajapaksas are planning to place the entire nation under a giant microscope. Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, pro-UPFA, anti-UPFA, rich, poor, every Lankan will be treated as a potential criminal, to be fingerprinted and kept under close observation, all the time.

Mahinda and NamalThe Ruling Siblings are implementing their Operation Peeping-Tom under the guise introducing electronic ID cards. As Parliamentarian Harsha de Silva correctly pointed out, the real purpose is the setting up of a national persons’ registry[i]. This registry will enable the Ministry of Defence to access biometric, private and family information about every Lankan citizen, with a click. Citizens are expected to provide details not just about themselves but also about their family members. And they are expected to keep the state regularly updated about any changes in the original data: “Initial registration/re-registration for an electronic NIC….requires people to divulge their phone numbers, e mail addresses and also make it binding for people to give an undertaking to keep authorities informed in the ‘event of a new childbirth, changes in civil status such as marriage, divorce, separation or ordination of any person in my family’. People are also required to inform if they adopt a child.”[ii]

Since the Department of Registrations of Persons is currently functioning under the Ministry of Defence, the extensive new data-base will be placed under the direct control of Mahinda and Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The near-omnipotent Ruling Siblings will thus become near-omniscient as well, reducing the rest of us to total powerlessness, including inside our own homes.

The Rajapaksas excel at the incremental method. To mention one topical example, initially the NGO Secretariat was brought under the control of the Ministry of Defence. The next step was to control the work of NGOs via an extensive list of dos and don’ts. The latest plan is to regulate the activities of private foundations: “Foundations incorporated through Private Members’ bills in parliament will be monitored by the NGO Secretariat in new laws being drafted by the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development… The laws will also impose controls on non-profit organisations registered with the Registrar of Companies, trusts and some societies….”[iii]

Similarly, the creation of a national persons’ registry will only be a first step. Once the initial plan is in place, the Rajapaksas will keep on adding newer and newer disclosure requirements. In the end, the state will have an absolute legal right to demand any information from any citizen, all the time. Those citizens who are loath to violate their own privacy or to sneak about their family members will be criminalised. The relationship between the Rajapaksa state and its subjects will become one of political voyeurism, with the Ministry of Defence playing the role of a legal peeping-tom on the nation.

In Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, inner-party leader O’Brien tells Winston Smith, “We have cut the links between child and parent, and between man and man, and between man and woman. No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer.” In Rajapaksa Sri Lanka too the new laws will require citizens to sneak on their own closest kin. Loyalty and fidelity will be outlawed; and every man and woman will be legally obliged to place obedience to the state above family ties/affections. Again to quote Orwell, ‘Under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you and you sold me’ will become part of the new Lankan normal.

A World to Lose

Marx and Engles said, “The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.”[iv]. The obverse is true of the Rajapaksas. They have a world to lose, a world they cannot afford to lose.

The Rajapaksa family tree is a parasitic plant which has grown exponentially in less than nine years. Without limitless access to state power and national wealth, this parasitic giant cannot survive. Other political leaders and/or their families could survive without power. The Rajapaksas, through their own extreme rapaciousness, have deprived themselves of that option. They must stay in power, come what may, at whatever cost, to anyone.

The Siblings understood the need to create a giant microscope to keep the populace under observation very early on. The idea of electronic ID cards, complete with fingerprints, was first mooted in 2007; the initial plan was to introduce these e-ID cards by September 2008[v]. In early 2009, the Rajapaksas came up with a plan to get all citizens to electronically register with the Ministry of Defence. As the Media Centre for National Security explained, “There is no time limit for registering, but if the response from the public is slow, the authorities may have to enforce registration through the law, perhaps even using emergency regulations”[vi]. Some months later, Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga proposed setting up a ‘spy service’ under the President to curb corruption, “….a mole planted in every state department…working incognito”[vii].

None of these plans worked, mostly due to political, media and societal opposition. The latest effort seems to be a composite of these previous unsuccessful plans; as such it is far more intrusive and dangerous. Even though the necessary laws are yet to be passed, the various parts of the giant microscope have been constructed and are in place. “The Department has already set up 331 regional offices for the data collection process and the necessary equipment too has been provided….”[viii] The finger-printing machines have been bought and distributed and Grama Sevaka Niladharis trained to handle them. The posters are already printed and handbooks distributed. By the time the parliament debates the new enabling laws, Operation Peeping Tom would have become a fait accompli.

Carl von Clausewitz described war as the continuation of politics by other means. Rajapaksa governance amounts to a continuation of war by other (political, socio-economic, cultural etc) means. In this war aimed at strengthening and perpetuating familial rule, rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens become nothing more than undesirable clutter – if not dangerous impediments. Sooner or later, any Lankan (including Rajapaksa voters) can become an undesirable, as was demonstrated in Weliweriya. Consequently it makes excellent sense to treat all citizens, blue, green, red or neutral, as potential criminals and to keep them under permanent observation.

Winding up the 2012 budget debate, Minister Basil Rajapaksa stated, “Military camps (must be) maintained in all parts of the country in order to accept it as one land”[ix]. Militarization of civil spaces, which is spreading rapidly from the North to the South, is a way to keep citizens under control. So is the new data collection plan. Such information and knowledge will make it easier for the Rajapaksas to control, co-opt or punish opponents; it will also sow fear among ordinary citizens and make them reluctant to oppose Rajapaksa rule.

The new Behemoth is almost born. The time to stop it is now.


[ii] Concerns, misgivings, unease aside, e-NIC set to invade individual privacy – Chandani Kirinde – http://www.sundaytimes.lk/140831/news/concerns-misgivings-unease-aside-e-nic-set-to-invade-individual-privacy-115956.html

[iii] After NGOs Foundations to come under watch – Namini Wijedasa – http://www.sundaytimes.lk/140831/news/after-ngos-foundations-to-come-under-watch-115994.html

[iv] The Communist Manifesto

[vi] The Sunday Times – 11.1.2009

[vii] Daily News – 30.6.2009

[viii]Concerns, misgivings, unease aside, e-NIC set to invade individual privacy – Chandani Kirinde – http://www.sundaytimes.lk/140831/news/concerns-misgivings-unease-aside-e-nic-set-to-invade-individual-privacy-115956.html

[ix] Sri Lanka Mirror – 1.12.2011

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  • 8
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    Every single piece of information that is being gathered by the new ID card is already available to the government. Your birth certificate gives your parents, and cross indexing that gives your siblings. Cross indexing that gives your in laws. Health ministry already collects data using your ID card number, a lot more information is collected through your passport application. As such, I find Thisaranne’s arguments puzzling.

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      Aruna

      If they already have it why bother with all this expense for electronic ID cards?

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        Please listen to the following link. AKD proves .. the gravity of corruptoin being carried out by MR administration and the erosion of External affairs ministry
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIIHZnOPseQ

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        DADDYMUMMY FUCKERS M.RAJAPAKSHE & FAMILY.

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      “I find Thisaranne’s arguments puzzling. “

      What a dumb response , having all your data in one electronic device (chip)would enable authorities to monitor all your movements , transactions , communications etc etc , your type of mentality and people are the root cause of the problem which we are facing today !

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        Srilal, Do you have any idea what happened so called self proclaimed DJ ? Why the man stay calm and quiet these days ? Normally he brings articles one behind the other- as if he is appointed to do so on a pay roll by Meeharaka Raja.

    • 1
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      Well, when you pass though the supermarket turnstile, EID can flash on the monitors, with photo and Turnstile ID, when did you shoplift in the stores last time.

      If did not understand, well wishes for the another generation to vote and keep King on the power! Some or how, it is Sinhalese need to understand. Disturbing them will make to need redo all these again.

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      Aruna Kulatunga:
      I don’t believe you misunderstand the implications of what this gathering of information in ONE place means. Rather, it sounds like a very lame excuse for supporting the imposition of one of the final control measures possible by this government.
      I have documented the fact that Tamils (even of “Indian origin”)are still subjected to “rules” that rival the “Passbook” period in apartheid South Africa and the fact that people of this country appeared to accept that reality because it involved “a visible minority.
      If the people of the country don’t wake up to this monstrosity even now………..!

      • 3
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        EU is Chip and Pin ID and really great for folk out and about EU.
        identity heft and Jaffna terrorist.!
        If not for Jaffna Tam`ill`s SL is now a developed country.

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          Ja_vi you Jihadist:

          Jaffna Terrorist ( called freedom fighters) is a thing of the past. But Jihadists like yourself( Canadian Jihadist) are a real menace and renowned for beheading alive like Halal. Chip and Pin has now turned into Jihadist CHIP & CHOP Islamic Style .If not for the Jihadist there wont be any BLOODSHED and Muslims will be free and you wont be hiding in Canada. When are you going to join IS.

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          Javi,

          You are a genius!

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    • 0
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      Who the hell is going to do the fucking compilation job? Your uncle?

      • 3
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        Don’t you know
        You better run, run, run
        Oh I said you better
        Run, run, run

        MasterCard-Branded National eID Card Launching Sri Lanka;
        Posse_Cat
        (\__/) International TID
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  • 11
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    Maintaining and looking after the huge Defence Apparatus assures the regime of a vote base of at least 1-2 Mn. Defence also ensures that all the ground work is done, be it construction, taking over land, harrassing opponents etc.

    Add to this the public service and clergy who are also looked after. So it is a sure fire method of getting within the 45-50% range out of a total voter turnout of 8-9 Mn. Thats why the regime continues despite all its shortcomings and deprivation of the masses. It is similiar to countries like Egypt, Pakistan and Israel.

  • 8
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    ‘Under the spreading coconut tree, I sold you and you sold me, and Mervin Silva tied us both to the coconut tree.’

    It’s no laughing matter and Orwells ‘1984’ will seem like a kindergarten party if the Rajapassas’ are allowed to get away with what they are planning.

    Sri Lankans of whatever race, religion, social status or political party, time to wake up if you value your freedom. Orwells ‘1984’ had only ONE Big Brother while we in Sri Lanka have to contend with FOUR Big Brothers and and assortment of motley family members and henchmen.

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    Didn’nt Ms T say 70 % of the Sinhala Buddhists have empty stomachs in her last write up- Economics and Elections?.

    Ss this 70 % which seems the great majority have nothing to worry because they don’t have phone numbers let alone I Phones or and Emails .

    And some wouldn’t have even a proper home address if they are on empty stomachs.

    So why would Uncle Tom and his Son waste their valuable time peeping on these poor sods?.

    In contrast even Visa and Master Card have every minute detail of our Diasporians,

    And Uncle Sam and Uncle Cameron would know how may times they cuddle up to the Missus , real or pretending ones, because the Home Security blokes listen to their Bed Time calls

    And even read their emails and face book messages to “Singles sites”.and Tinder Tweets.

    The 30 % which Ms T claims to represent don’t have to worry about anything unless they are on to dodgy business or planning any, going forward.

    • 2
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      K.A Sumanasekera [ J A K ASS. malnourished jarapassa’s sucker].

      See this from Jarapassa ministry;
      The countrywide percentage of malnutrition among children had risen to 21.1% from 17.3% in the past decade, the Ministry of Health said.
      Deputy Minister of Health, Lalith Dissanayake explained that statistics showed a rise in malnutrition across the country in the period 2000 to 2009.
      “This is not only in the Moneragala District in the Uva Province, where undernourishment is prevalent, but everywhere. In 2000, the percentage of malnourishment was 18.4%.

      “””””Military domination on civilian affairs and Looting of Public Funds,
      Ruling politicos’s sponsored illicit Drugs, pornography , Prostitution and Child Sex mafias ,Selling of Sri Lankan women’s Cheap labour to oil sheiks in Arab gulfs, “”””.
      Who is getting Profits from that, all Jarpassas clan and their goons.

      DO NOT FORGET THAT THE SINS ARE FOLLWING YOU ALL.

      ,

  • 3
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    Anura’s argument is correct but the state has no proper mechanism to access personal information whenever or wherever it needs. The solution is Electronic ID cards. Yours and my privacy already breached in the name of Census in last year collecting enough personal data and again the regime lavishly spend through corrupt and notorious Registrar General of Registration of Persons Dept.Sarath Kumara to fulfil the North Korean style curb (purge).

    • 1
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      STATE goons need to have ID. Countryl is ruled by thugs murderers thivieves. we need to keep a track on them inlucding rajapassa [Edited out] family.

  • 6
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    Well, “Tisaranee Gunasekara” reached invisibility a long time ago. No one knows if it’s a man/woman or even chimpanzee who was taught to use a keyboard. I suspect that electronic id cards will have no effect on such persons, as their multiple personality disorders combined with the all-powerful invisibility cloak exists only in the form of barely encrypted gigabytes over a vast meaningless portal known as cyberspace.

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      Lester:
      Writing under a pseudonym despite having the support of the Rajapassa dictatorship, you have the nerve to suggest that TG does not exist! Suffice it to say that she is an “alive and healthy” woman who has attributes that people of your gender should….and don’t!

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        Sambha Samba adu millata baddu.!(copy cheap chirp cherry..) …Samba;)

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        " ""Pablo".

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        Palayang yako! I am not denying “Tisaranee’s” existence. Merely speculating. One cannot help but do so in the absence of proof. If he/she/them/it exists, they are likely penning these smash pieces from a Western country, with “funny money” from a few crafty NGO’s. Which begs the question, where is the piece on electronic surveillance by Western countries? Sri Lanka did not invent RFID. What’s more, Western countries have much more sophisticated means of spying. Gigantic databases of info mined by supercomputers. Satellites. Drones. Rajapakse and his chips are small fish in a sea of hungry far more powerful sharks. Ask Ed Snowden or Julian Assange.

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    Will any commentator please add some material to TGs write-up giving
    comparisons in other Democratic countries and how this information “chip” can be manipulated against its citizen and in what manner. That would be
    more educative or progressive.

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    This Tissaranee (if she/he is a real person) needs to come out of the stone age.

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      Eusense;

      Unlike you she is a real person and she has posted her picture and good looking. You must look like a Monkey because you write like a Monkey.

      • 2
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        PFG,
        Where did you see the picture of her/him/it? Give me and CT readers the link so that we can decide what it is. If you don’t do that I will have to call you a moronic lair.

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  • 1
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    The Peeping tom the ” Hambanthotta” CRIMINAL is is looking through the glasses to see if Navi Pillai has reached ashore with Banki Moon the Buddhist Monk.

  • 4
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    A chip in your electronic ID will enable the Authorities to detect where exactly you are at a given time in addition to every detail relating to yourself.

    The other day the GS was collecting data what income a household derives from one’s garden. How many coconut trees, what cultivations however small, how many vehicles, anyother houses owned, How many are resident in the household etc. etc. The signs are ominous that there will not be a middle class in another ten years, as all will be taxed heavily. There will be a working class and a Ruling class with the Military to assist.

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    There is possibly an added dimension to the insecurity this brings to citizen Siva.

    Aside from the Government’s potential mis-use of such detailed personal data for purposes beyond what is legitimate and fair, I believe a greater risk lies in Government’s intrinsic inability, and perhaps even intentional unwillingness, to secure such detailed data from falling into wrong hands. In such wrong hands, such detailed personal information may lead to on-line thefts from bank accounts and credit card accounts, to threaten citizens with official-looking but fake accusations, black-mailing etc.

  • 3
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    A citizen cannot obtain from the government crucial information about any matter that affects him gravely, such as for example the fate or whereabouts of missing family members. This is because of the lack of a ‘Right to Information’ law in this country. The powers that be are firmly opposed to the passage of any such legislation in parliament. Consequently, the government is able to flatly refuse to divulge information that citizens need very badly.

    But on the other hand, the citizens are expected to disclose all private, personal and confidential details regarding themselves and their relatives to the government! As Tisaranee says, all citizens have to come forward and put themselves under the microscope and allow themselves to be scrutinized closely by the Defence Ministry.

    In my opinion, any citizen who goes along with this setup without protesting or rebelling deserves whatever fate befalls him and the country at large. The only remedy would be for all of us to oppose this measure jointly. Will someone come forward to organise a few peaceful, public demonstrations?

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    Most of the banking junk mail comes from Nigeria.

    Press Releases- Abuja, Nigeria 28 August 2014
    MasterCard-Branded National eID Card Launched in Nigeria

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan receives his National eID card, signaling the start of Africa’s largest financial inclusion program

    http://newsroom.mastercard.com/press-releases/mastercard-branded-national-eid-card-launched-nigeria/

    It is VERY EASY to fool Tamils.

    `Toy Government of Tamil Emptyheads` (TGTE)
    in the `Used Sanitary Association`(USA).
    Nandikadal Lagoon to Seabed like Osama.
    ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿ ̿‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿ ̿
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    ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿ ̿‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿ ̿
    ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿ ̿‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿ ̿
    ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿ ̿‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿ ̿
    89,000 Jaffna Tam`ill` war widows!! :)
    In vain, army should have made it 890,000.

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      Ja_vi You Jihadist:

      We are begining to piece together the orgins of Chip & Pin. You seem to know mone about it than anyone else. You have confirmed that it Originates in Nigeria and what percentage do you take from the spoils. But that is nothing compared to the billions the Jihadists like you are collecting through sponsorship by Islamic Countries to export terrorism all in the name of Allah and killing Muslims and Non Muslims and killin comes to you naturally. Now you know why Prabakaran was right to drive you lot out.

      You have nothing new to add other thaan to repeat the horros of Nathikadal. If you look in your own backyard which is the Muslim backyard it is a cemetry. Starting from Iran Iraq war Muslims on Muslims has claimed 3 million lives that is 3,000, 000.

      Prabakaran fought for Freedom but you lot( Jihadists ) kill in the name of Allah.

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    TG does not want to talk what ever we write in this web site goes through the pentagon computers.

    Sinhale after thirty years of brutal terrorism, why it should not do it.

    Finally, Sinhale did not have any screening of it’s residents. that is why all these turmoil.

    How about, the west and their beloved NGOs and Tamils who want to destroy the sinhale.

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      Jim Softy,

      What we need in Sri Lanka is not a mechanism to catch Credit Card fraudsters but big thieves like Mahintha and Gotha taking 25% from foreign loans running into billions.

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    Is Sri Lanka at long last coming of age ? According to the article it is certainly trying to mimic the US government which has granted various new privileges to it’s citizenry. The list is far too long for me to enumerate, but what is sadly noticeable is that the police farce has not yet been armed to the teeth and wearing heavy body armour. This will have to be corrected before long if we are to really join the club of ‘civilized’ nations. Fergusson, Missouri, here we come.

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    Kudos to Lanka for finally getting this project started. If they had it earlier they would not have the Jihadists roaming around and waiting to pounce on unbelievers and kill them like their Prophet did and like the Prophets followers from ISIS are doing every day.

    I think Lanka must insist on implanting chips on all suspect Moslem terrorists, recording and deciphering every single mosque and gathering information on them at all time so that Moslem movements can be captured in a central war room and monitored. That way Lanka can be a step ahead of these barbarians and eliminate them the moment they start acting crazy. Lanka can set up a model working with specialists from say Israel and after it has proven effective sell the same software and system to other countries facing fanatic, barbaric Islamic threats. This is the only way to prevent ISIS spreading to India, Lanka, Burma, Thailand, etc.

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    You not only giving your personal data to a power hungry, family oriented regime but also the hackers who can easily hack any official database (recent example was the Defence Ministry) and clone your data for various purpose ranging from Credit Cards to Terrorism.
    This e-ID is far more dangerous than anyone can anticipate.
    Say ”NO” if you want to protect your privacy and safety!!!!

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      MirakRajBanda,
      Do you live in a ‘Developed Country. Then you have no idea how the Sri Lankan system works.

      The ‘family oriented regime’ has no idea how to intelligently access this information, and use it for any useful purpose.

      Clever Hackers will be the only ones able to access data, and use it to spy like Big Brother, on us poor people!

  • 1
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    Peeping is already a perfected routine in the north. The peeping network is ubiquitous though invisible. The Kilinochchi book incident is an example of effective it is. It incorporates ex-LTTE elements, favoured Para-military operatives and of course other selected individuals in every neighbourhood. The new ID system will pave the way for non-intrusive peeping to become intrusive and suffocating. The BIG BROTHER is becoming a mature and nasty adult.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    I am not quite sure whether any of you know the concept of “big data”? Have you got a Nexus card or a Foodcity Card? Do you login to facebook, linkedin or any other social media sites? They want to know what you like, dislike, your behavior, your family members, friends etc. everything about you! They all collect information when you become a member of the organization/site. They also make you agree in giving ownership of all the information collected to them. Why? They want it do business! To deliver goods and services “just in time” This has many positive and negative sides. You may think that your privacy is violated!
    The government is doing the same thing. It can be miss used but there are more positives than negatives. If we have a large database comprising of all the information based on the NIC number then businesses as well as the government could use it to give us a better service. Of course there is the bad side of it as it can be misused! By doing so businesses need not have their own cards as they can use the electronic NIC card to serve you better.
    For instant when you walk into a Bank they will recognize you instantly as they will have access to your records from their computer systems or the Government database. How will they get your ID information? They most probably get the ID from your mobile device as I expect each one will have their own device! The bank will know whether you are a big time businessman or a poor guy and approach you accordingly.
    This is the future get ready for it!
    We should move on with the change in times & technology and should not only think of the negative side! Most of your are displeased with the political setup and comment negatively. If you don’t like the present government do something about it without showing your hatred!

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    When I had to obtain a driver licence in March this year (as I had lost my old one) the Registra of motor vehicle took so much personal information. My height, my weight and my blood type. I cannot understand the relevancy of these personal information to the grant of a driver licence. Now with new ID the people of Sri Lanka has to give more personal information to collecting agencies. What guarantees are there are in place that these information will be stored and used properly and that they would be used only for some legal purposes.

    I can really understand what Thisarani is trying to tell the people of SL. Take her article as a warning.

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