This is chapter 7 of a serialized novella appearing on Ars Gratia Libertatis every two weeks. Â Read from the beginning here.
Chapter Seven: The More You Know…
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? –Juvenal
The surveillance van was state of the art. No expense had been spared in equipping it with all the newest bells and whistles of the professional voyeur’s trade. Declaring that the van would be “fighting terrorism” the Health Board had kitted it out with full video and auditory sensing and recording equipment (including night and thermal filtering), a veritable hacker’s wet dream of phone and internet taps and signal boosters, and even some more exotic technology still in the experimental phase. Though budgets for life-saving drugs and new beds for hospitals lagged, for this, it seemed, there was always enough money.