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Big Brother Is Watching You


I expected to face some scrutiny upon returning to the UK and gaining any form of employment. However, what I have come up against during this last week has taken the biscuit. It has surpassed everything I thought possible when I consider security checking processes. It has made me question just how much Big Brother does watch us, and how much Big Brother would like to watch us if legally they could.

Basically the main issue I am facing is the fact I lived abroad for the last 3 years. Here in the UK it seems that the system, and those in control of it, won’t be happy with anything they can’t fully qualify or quantify. If they feel they are unable to track me from my first day living abroad to my last, they aren’t happy. They immediately feel suspicious that they are dealing with a criminal or a terrorist.

Now I have provided all the information required of me, everything necessary to prove I am not a criminal or a terrorist. This information is exhaustive, never ending and ever changing. I have forwarded references from the UK and abroad, proof of addresses for the last 5 years, photographic ID, passport number, National Insurance Number, my foreign residency details, my overseas police check, gone through the process of completing a UK police check, provided certificates and verifying emails, even 3 years bank statements with explanations of deposits and declaration documentation.

Yet, regardless of all this I still haven’t received an all clear that they have enough proof to state that I am who I am and that I am not a criminal or a terrorist.

What more can I do? What else can I produce? Perhaps they may wish to polygraph me or send me to a detention centre and beat the living daylights out of me until they are satisfied I’m not a threat to the UK!!!

I am a UK national too; born and bred in the UK! I have lived, worked, been educated and paid my dues to the UK, but the moment I decided to relocate because of better opportunities, and then I decided to return, it was as though that this act alone automatically made me a criminal.

I am angry beyond belief that these checks are so intrusive and demand such confidential information (bank account details for one). I have jumped over their every hurdle and still may not be cleared for work in my chosen field, which is at the moment within the financial sector. I have expressed my concerns, but to no avail. I have just had to smile and face the fact that this background checking company hold my entire life at their fingertips. I also have no real guarantees that the information I have provided will be secure and confidential; that I won’t have some disgruntled employee selling on all my confidential details to the highest bidder

This makes me wonder what will happen if I do fail!? I state now, there is NO reason for me to fail. I have given them every piece of evidence as required to prove that I am not a threat, not a criminal and not a terrorist – two police checks surely are sufficient enough for this?! Ironically, if I wanted to work with children and young people, I am now officially cleared to do so. I am fully security checked and Okayed; minus the confidential intrusion and masses of information required for a job with money!!! The welfare of people is obviously not as important as other people’s money!!

So, how much more can Big Brother demand of me before I scream and tell them to get lost and keep their job?! I’m not sure. All I know is that if I do fail the security checking processes it poses a massive question as to the success and validity of their actual processes, and also I am left wondering what unjust repercussions that black mark will have for my continued career? I am left wonder if the worst does come to the worst, not only will I be left without my promised job, but how will I then reverse that wrongly received condemnation and prove I am innocent and not a criminal or a terrorist?

This background checking company basically have my life in their hands, and hold my future too. If they condemn me how can I say they were wrong, how can I then prove I am innocent? Where would my authority come from to challenge them when it is their purpose to prove people’s innocence??

For me it makes me sick to think that one company has that much power over any one person’s life. They are after all fallible and can either way make mistakes. It proves to me that Big Brother does call the shots and that the little people, the decent, honest and hard-working will always come off the worst against such unstoppable and rubber stamped force.

This is how the innocent are treated, God help the guilty!

I can only sit and wait and hope that all of this ends, and that by tomorrow I receive my much deserved security clearance.

If not, I have a whole new fight on my hands, which will lead me into uncharted territories.

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37 thoughts on “Big Brother Is Watching You

  1. This would be farcical if it were not so tragic. The entire post 9/11 anti-terrorist/security state has got completely out of control, terrorizing the very people it is designed to protect. May I suggest the Stoic Serenity Prayer as a suitable response:

    “Give me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.”

    • Thanks Malcolm, I do appreciate the Serenity Prayer. I am familiar with that one, and it is very applicable for me at the moment. 100% how I feel; it seems the wrong people are receiving the short end of the stick. I understand caution and the reasoning behind it all, but what makes it more ridiculous was that it was for a position in the financial sector, and for teaching I was cleared far quicker and with less scrutiny! Thanks again for your comment, appreciate it as always.

  2. I have faith and my intuition tells me everything is going to work out fine. They are just extra paranoid what with ISIS being more of a problem now a days and all. Keep your chin up love. I do feel strongly things will work out in your favor. 😉 :3

    • Many thanks for your comment and your support. I appreciate it as always Lady Gwendolynn!!!!! I know, but even so the bad slip through, and nothing really changes. I certainly hope so, and am trying to remain positive 🙂

      • You’re very welcome. Sometimes it does but we can’t let it get us down too much. If we give up before we’ve even started nothing will change or if it does, it may not be for the better. So definitely try to stay positive and focus on what you do want and your certainty. Stick with those and it should help. It will least help alleviate some of your worry. No worry wrinkles for you! 😛

    • Yes Su it is and has been. Thanks very much, I do too. Yep, in some ways the UK has gone crazily out of control with this sort of thing, and yet still the bad people slip through the net!! I therefore wonder what use all these checks actually are in the long run?! Thanks for your comment, appreciate it as always.

    • Haha, yes I have pondered upon that scenario myself! I find myself asking; if I was a member of any criminal fraternity, why in Heaven would I been searching for some glum job in some glum office in the first place! Surely I’d be on a private yacht sailing the Caribbean! Thanks again for your comment, appreciate it as always.

  3. So, I can only imagine what grocery shopping there is like. Probably have to pass through a metal detector, sign forums in triplicate that you will be a good shopper and then go through the body check by security.

    That super sucks you have to jump through so many hoops. 😦

    • Actually, even the supermarkets retain shoppers information. One in particular, TESCO, came under fire for doing such things to the extreme (to boost their profits). So, you aren’t far off Green Embers!!!!! Yep, it sucks big time. I just feel so vulnerable and uncertain. I am getting to know what it is like to be seen as a security threat, and I can’t believe they could even see me in that way (not with all the proof of ID I’ve provided)!!!! And all because I lived abroad for three years!!!! Thanks for your comment, as always 🙂

  4. I’ve been following the gradual degradation of our rights using the guise of ‘security’ for some time, I’m sorry that this is happening to you.

    • Thanks for taking the time to read my post and leave me a comment; I truly appreciate it. I am at the end of my tether with it and really feel the wrong people are being subjected to the harshest checks!!! Thanks, I am too and can only hope it all turns in my favour. Thanks again, Bex

  5. It’s ironic that the novel “1984” was written by British writer George Orwell. At one time I worked for the US firm which published that book in the US and traveled to London a few times during the course of business and sure enough, plenty of cameras everywhere. Not sure which nation is worse in terms of violating the privacy of its citizens but it is likely a close tie.

    • Yes, really ironic! The UK has become worse than ever, especially over the last 3 years. It makes it more of a hit to gut because people struggle to secure work as it is! I just know they are too busy checking the wrong people, in the wrong jobs! Thanks for your comment, appreciate it as always.

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