Other hazardous effects of government control shown in these novels are restricting civil liberties.  Often times a government will turn to restricting civil liberties with the goal of protecting the people but this often backfires. In 1984, liberties were taken for granted by citizens and the government. Everyone was watched by means of telescreen, objects that can watch every move, and almost never turn off. The constitution no longer existed, giving the government the right to do just about anything to their citizens, including cruel and unusual punishment. People who were too smart or politically disruptive, were whisked away in the middle of the night, not to be seen again and further labeled unpersons. As Winston recalled, "People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word." Children were born into a world where it was encouraged to betray your family to the government for thoughtcrime. When Winston was taken to the equivalent of a prison, he was starved, beaten, and held captive for years until he was at the "correct" mental status. The government in Oceania used harsh methods to control their citizens; one of the methods practiced was restricting civil liberties, a subject that did not sit well with some, as shown. In Little Brother, the public was not as terrorized by their government but still, fear existed in society. Marcus was released from the DHS with the warning of, “We know where you live, we know who your friends are. We know how you operate and how you think" ("Little"). He was being watchedat all hours, his personal records were constantly available to his government. Every movement he made was open to everyone to watch and learn from. Too much government control, as shown, can be dangerous if used in the wrong situations.