The Panopticon is a type of prison building designed by English philosopher Jeremy Bentham in the late eighteenth century. The concept of the design is to allow an observer to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) prisoners without the prisoners being able to tell if they are being observed or not, thus conveying a "sentiment of an invisible omniscience." In his own words, Bentham described the Panopticon as "a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example." (courtesy of Wikipedia) London has cameras on street corners, and is about to employ radio-controlled flying cameras, to watch for law-breakers and anti-social behavior. Executive orders in the United States require postal workers to report suspect people on carrier routes and suspicious mail. Canada is persecuting pastors who preach against homosexuality under their hate crimes legislation. In this electronic age, has Bentham's panopticon become reality?