Statewatch's new report, detailing the growth of the global police state (the link is to the executive summary) highlights 10 "signposts" which indicate the intentions concerning social observation and control among the many governments involved.
An international aparatus already exists, coordinating confidential information about all citizens, and further convergence is underway.
The European Union, of course, is an enthusiastic participant. Indeed, the report says, it has violated its own Data Protection Directive, as well as the Europol Convention, in overriding the rights of its citizens in this matter.
These developments are depressing enough to concern even those who fully support the war on terror and the need for international cooperation against terrorists.