He had always lived in his hometown, walking to his school and visiting all the stadiums and going to the dance at the gym on all the campuses. He drove its streets, browsed its shopping, utilized its infrastructure and was entertained at all its venues into adulthood. He saw everything.
And these snapshots of all the scenes of his life, posted on his mental bulletin board, formed a seamless, subconscious virtual village as the background setting for his dreams. The dreams formed a kind of oracle, a device for communication between his visible world and those other realities in which he dwelt, but of which he could take no picture.
At the age of seven, a large, full-color poster of naked human genitalia was, in one dream, on the wall of his elementary school and he woke with that vivid shock image imprinting his childhood memory. The events that vision foreshadowed, however, would not occur during his childhood.
Later came the digital cameras, posted, at first, as mechanical eyes for robot bank tellers, then as security agents for wealthy businesses and convenience stores, then as secret police at traffic lights. Videos appeared online taken from pens and calculators, phones and watches. Digital processors, growing exponentially in their capacity each year, began to compile another virtual village, in real time, for the convenience of the Beast.
Government satellite photos capable of resolving the print on books open in the laps of surveilled targets back on the earth became public knowledge in the ‘80s.
The walls began to dissolve. Sony sold a video camera capable of seeing through clothing and the police began to use technological X-ray vision for their pre-emptive war on “crime.” “Secrets” were exposed; Darkness proliferated. He “kept his back turned to the telescreen.”
On February 28, 1993, high-tech images and sound shot through the walls of a religious commune nine miles east-northeast of Waco, Texas preceded an illegal Federal military siege and assault on its residents, using highly flammable and poisonous gas ultimately slaughtering 76 men, women and children. Eight of its few survivors were subsequently convicted of keeping and bearing arms. The government acquitted itself in court, but videos began ceaseless muted optic screams in the underground.
Photos of little Elian Gonzalez at the point of a Federal machine gun evaded suppression.
Cameras penetrated the walls and the clothing and the skin.
On September 19, 2002, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that holding a camera beneath her skirts in a public place to photograph her underwear against her will did not violate a woman’s privacy. It had been dissolved.
The unanimous opinion was authored by Bobbe J. Bridge.
Charles Z. Smith
Barbara A. Madsen
Faith E Ireland
Susan J. Owens
Gerry L. Alexander
Richard B. Sanders
Charles W. Johnson.
Videos of the 2008 Washington State Republican Convention were censored to suppress the evidence of its proceedings. Police were purchased. Crimes approved.
The next year a journalist he knew was threatened with federal prosecution for requesting an interview.
It was in his hometown.
He awoke in the middle of the night in October, 2009, cold sweat on his brow.
He began to pray. He travailed, helpless, fervent; the agent, in training, of that other world he could not photograph.