Speculations which might possibly induce
a sceptical or rebellious attitude
are killed in advance.

21. Crimestop

"the wiping-out of persons who might perhaps commit a crime
at some time in the future"

In Oceania there is no law. Thoughts and actions which, when detected, mean certain death are not formally forbidden, and the endless purges, arrests, tortures, imprisonments, and vaporizations are not inflicted as punishment for crimes which have actually been committed, but are merely the wiping-out of persons who might perhaps commit a crime at some time in the future.

A Party member is required to have not only the right opinions, but the right instincts. Many of the beliefs and attitudes demanded of him are never plainly stated, and could not be stated without laying bare the contradictions inherent in Ingsoc. If he is a person naturally orthodox (in Newspeak a goodthinker), he will in all circumstances know, without taking thought, what is the true belief or the desirable emotion. But in any case an elaborate mental training, undergone in childhood and grouping itself round the Newspeak words crimestop, blackwhite, and doublethink, makes him unwilling and unable to think too deeply on any subject whatever.

A Party member is expected to have no private emotions and no respites from enthusiasm. He is supposed to live in a continuous frenzy of hatred of foreign enemies and internal traitors, triumph over victories and self-abasement before the power and wisdom of the Party. The discontents produced by his bare, unsatisfying life are deliberately turned outwards and dissipated by such devices as the Two Minutes Hate, and the speculations which might possibly induce a sceptical or rebellious attitude are killed in advance by his early acquired inner discipline.

The first and simplest stage in the discipline, which can be taught even to young children, is called, in Newspeak, crimestop. Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity. But stupidity is not enough. On the contrary, orthodoxy in the full sense demands a control over one's own mental processes as complete as that of a contortionist over his body. Oceanic society rests ultimately on the belief that BIG BROTHER is omnipotent and that the Party is infallible.


Police want children on DNA data base ('We must target potential offenders). Guardian, Mar 16, 2008

USA university shooting kills 33 (alleged shooter kills self) & How can schools keep students safe? (build elaborate 'security' systems). BBC, Apr 17, 2007. Go to SCHOOLS LIKE PRISONS

Talking CCTV cameras scold offenders (staff bark orders thru loudspeaker connected to control centre). BBC, Apr 5, 2007

Gunman attacks a Canada college (wearing black trench coat, military boots, Mohawk haircut, emotionless as he fired weapons) & 1st day for police in schools ("they'll be doing a lot more than just patrolling the halls"). BBC/WLNX News, 9/13, 2006. Go to SCHOOLS LIKE PRISONS

Austria arrests British Holocaust denier (said Auschwitz gas chambers a hoax; Jews died from typhus not gas) & David Irving an acclaimed historian (accused of anti-semitism for saying Jews are enemies of free speech). CBC/BBC, Nov 23, 2005. Go to ORWELL ON ANTI-SEMITISM & ANTI-SEMITISM IN BRITAIN

Reader asks for doublethink examples: DUCKSPEAKING DOUBLETHINKERS

UK unveils anti-social behaviour law (Asbos) (people forced to undergo drug treatment without conviction of criminal offence). BBC, Oct 29, 2004. Go to 20.Thought Police

Reader points out that NEW YORK's numbers also add up to 666 (dialogue updated, updated)

State of Emergency for G-8 summit (martial law in constitutional democracy) & Military vehicles driving thru town. Yahoo! Jun 9, 2004. Go to 7.Systems & GENESIS OF COMING UP FOR AIR

GULLIVER DESCRIBES LEGAL SYSTEM (art of proving by words that white is black and black is white). Apr 22, 2004. Go to 22.Doublethink

'Weekend jails' ready to open (51 weekends for a single offence not bad enough for jail). BBC, Jan 24, 2004

5 million on Bush terrorism list (COULD be POTENTIAL terrorists or criminals). Toronto Sun/Rense, Jan 21, 2004. Go to TERROR BILL IS TERROR

Court OKs roadblocks to hunt criminals (motorists open to cop interference, unreasonable invasion of privacy, motorists will be trapped, a victory for law enforcement). Yahoo! Jan 14, 2004. Go to 15.Life in Oceania & ANIMAL FARM DOGS

Bill gives UK ministers new powers (without approval from parliament). Telegraph, Jan 7, 2004. Go to TERROR BILL IS TERROR

USA to screen Canadians (massive invasion of privacy). Toronto Star, Jan 6, 2004 & JFK's Foreigner Finger Scans ($368-million program named US-VISIT). New York Post, Jan 6, 2004. Go to PINKERTON'S ALL-SEEING EYE

This car can talk (what it says may cause conern). NewYorkTimes, Jan 6, 2003 & Germany toys with Big Brother Technology (traffic cameras to track criminals). Deutsche Welle, Dec 29, 2003. Go to TECHNOLOGIES OF SURVEILLANCE

Strip search scanners will be everywhere (see thru clothes as easily as we can see thru glass) & 16,000 offenders will be tagged (electronically on wrist & ankle for crimes under 6 months jail). Scotsman, Nov 15, 2003. Go to 3.Surveillance & 20.Thought Police & Snitches

Visitor to Tranquility Bay says: DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS TO THIS PLACE! Oct 21, 2003 & THE LAST RESORT & TEEN TORTURE SCHOOLS & SCHOOLS LIKE PRISON

RCMP WATCHDOG WARNS CANADIANS (police misusing anti-terrorism powers). National Post, Jul 4, 2003. Go to TERROR BILL IS TERROR & 20.Police & POLICE STATE OF UNION

Unlimited powers of arrest in Australia (to citizens who've committed no crime). SydneyMH, Jun 27, 2003. Go to 4.Old World Destruction & TERROR BILL IS TERROR

Rudolph a hate-criminal (for calling gays "sodomites" & speaking against abortion). ABC News, Jun 6, 2003. Go to 27.Goodthink & 4.Old World Destruction

USA gov't wants more powers (life inprisonment/death penalty for suspected terrorist acts). Yahoo! AP, Jun 5, 2003. Go to 20.Police TERROR BILL IS TERROR

DNA sweep alarms Toronto (state imposed coercion & enormous privacy intrustion). Buffalo News, May 25, 2003. Go to 20.Police

Holocaust denial's other side (vs Jewish media owners' side). Rense.com, May 20, 2003. Go to 27.Goodthink & 17.Falsification of Past & ZIONISM IN AMERICA

US Internet giant pulls website (on orders from Canadian gov't accusing Zundel of hate-crimes). AR Online, May 15, 2003. Go to 27.Goodthink & 17.Falsification of Past

Temperature taken at airport (fevered passsengers banned). CanWest News, Apr 28, 2003. Go to 3.Surveillance & HEALTH CRUSADERS

Teens prey to smoke-police (age-defined criminal activity). Edmonton Journal, Apr 1, 2003 & Teens caught in cop sting (enticing and entrapping youth). Florida Ledger, Apr 1, 2003. Go to & 20.Thought Police & Snitches & DRUG WAR & PEACE & SCHOOLS LIKE PRISONS

UK gov't outlaws begging (& anti-social/disfunctional behaviour). Independent, Mar 7, 2003

Offensive opinions a 'thought-crime' (if UK courts get their way). Telegrah, Feb 18, 2003 Go to 18.Newspeak 20.Thought Police

The guilty mind (can't keep thoughts to self). National Post, Feb 9, 2003. Go to 14.Experimentation & THOUGHTCRIME TO CRIMESTOP

School hires drug dogs (recommended by police). Telegraph, Jan 28, 2003. Go to DOGS IN ANIMAL FARM

Cops targeting teen smokers (seize cigs & fine $100). Globe & Mail, Jan 24, 2003. Go to DRUG WAR & PEACE

Smoking ban is "martial law" (imposed by health bureaucrat on bingo halls, bars, restaurants etc...). Globe & Mail, Jan 3, 2003. Go to DRUG WAR & PEACE

Europe shutting-down websites (for hate-speech & copyright). Yahoo!Reuters, Dec 11, 2002. Go to 16.Ministry of Truth

Students hide under desks (in 'hypothetical gunmen' drill). National Post, Dec 7, 2002. Go to SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

Britons now under EU courts (can be arrested & extradited for offences that aren't crimes). Scotsman, Nov 15, 2002. Go to 6.Super-States

Justice system changing focus (from criminals to pre-criminals committing 'anti-social' behaviour). London Telegraph, Nov 13, 2002

Police ticket school bullies (pushing-shoving-namecalling = $250). National Post, Oct 11, 2002. Go to SCHOOLS LIKE PRISON

Hong Kong anti-subversion law (expressing an opinion "criminalized"). BBC, Sep 24, 2002. Go to 20.Thought Police

USA creating GULAG for citizens (no charges, hearing, lawyer, trial). CNN.com, Sep 18, 2002. Go to 7.Systems of Thought

Severe changes to legal rights (911 brought in USA Patriot Act). Rense.com, Sep 9, 2002. Go to 28.Reality Control and DISSENT is TERROR

Jail for insulting teachers, police (parents will lose benefits). London Telegraph, Sep 8, 2002

A FISH STORY (parable on abuse of law)

Mutation tilts men to violence (Youth to be given psychotropic drugs). National Post, Aug 2, 2002 and Bad behaviour linked to gene - BBC. Go to 40.Electric Shock Brainwashing

Facing jail for internet news articles (globalization of censorship). London Guardian, Jun 15, 2002

Spielberg movie has Dept of "Precrime" (timed to recent FBI actions). Drudge Report, Jun 13, 2002

FBI gets broad new powers (in name of "preventing terrorism"). Salt Lake Tribune, May 31, 2002. Go to TERRORIST means DISSIDENT

Web sites dispense hate, lies (Jewish group accuses 3,300 sites). National Post, May 22, 2002

Canada's privacy watchdog sounds alarm (new law turns country into police state). Globe & Mail, May 2, 2002. Go to TERRORIST = DISSIDENT

Police want to keep watch on sexual predators in BC (plan 10 surveillance teams costing $10-Million). Vancouver Sun, Apr 26, 2002. Go to 20.Thought Police

Police arrest 12-yr old boy for 'bullying' (pushed a girl, called her names). Vancouver Sun, Apr 26, 2002

2.6M teacher org will punish discrimination (to protect homo/bi-sexuals & transvestites). Newsday.com, Feb 9, 2002. Go to 22.Doublethink and 27.Goodthink

Police State ('Congress rolled over and played dead'). Insight Mag, Nov 9, 2001. Go to 20.Thought Police and TERRORIST means DISSIDENT

Police get sweeping powers under Canada's terrorism bill. Globe & Mail, Oct 16, 2001. Go to ORDER OUT OF CHAOS

USA Congress endorses snoop bill. Wired News, Oct 13, 2001

Schools teaching kids to be nice. National Post, Sep 8, 2001. Go to 27.Goodthink

School Killings spike as semesters start. Yahoo! News, Aug 10, 2001

Moulding children Oprah-Style. The Globe and Mail, March 31, 2001

Mortuary shock for violent pupils. Daily Telegraph, March 16, 2001

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