December 23, 2005
Ah Mr Orwell what a profit you were! The UK appears adamant in leading the world in monitoring its citizenry as can be seen by this latest Article Here
Mark my words it wont be long before they want US to wear tags so they can track our every move. Oh I just so need all this protection dont I? NOT!
November 17, 2005
This paragraph Here sums up why Governments want control of the internet!
"This line however crumbled when bloggers (whose influence must not be under-estimated these days) ferreted out an article published by the US Army's Field Artillery Magazine in its issue of March/April this year."
Governments lie on occasion when it suits them and secrets and lies dont stay secrets for long these days. So im not suprised governments dont like it :) Talking about this article One must not forget the hypocrisy of modern warfare. Most all of these rules are only in place to make war more palatable to non combatents. War IS about killing more of the enemy than he kills of you. And there is nothing like a war to boost jobs and justify a MASSIVE military budget now is there! Oil anyone?
November 16, 2005
So the worlds men in suits are meeting in Tunisia of all places) to discuss who owns the internet!
Of course the Neo Cons want it :) But then they want everything dont they! The Chinese want it just so they can trash it and prevent any of us getting anything meanigfull out of it at all. The Europeans? Well they never seem to know what they want these days do they :( Apart from Blair pleasing Bush that is!
October 11, 2005
I guess it should be no suprise to free thinking men that the men in dark suits that run the US want to Control this internet of ours!
Personally I have to agree with the Europeans on this one. No one country should have autonomy over the world wide web (least of all the fanatical bushite neocons) If anything it should be the Brits as it was their invention afterall :) (only joking)
February 24, 2005
Tony Blair (2005):
"There is no greater civil liberty than to live free from terrorist attack".
Benjamin Franklin (1755):
"Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
February 15, 2005
February 10th, 2005 may go down in history as the final coup de grace for privacy in America.
On that date, the US House of Representatives voted overwhelming for a bill that will force every US person with "any" state driver's license to have it converted into what amounts to a national identity card.
Welcome to America's police state where you will be required by law, and under severe penalty, to carry your "papers." In 2004 the United States Supreme Court ruled that failure to identify yourself to police is grounds for your arrest and probable cause for a search without any warrant!
This privacy stealing bill calls for electronically readable drivers licenses to contain amongst other things:
* Biometric recorded information
US passports with all of the above features (plus a few hidden goodies like tracking chips,) are forthcoming within months.
Worse, it has been ascertained that these cards cannot protect privacy and is subject to identity theft.
As usual and under false pretense, the government Terrocrats are using the excuse of anti-terrorism, and are forging full steam ahead.
Please note that hardly anyone in the US government and the US mainstream press bothers to point out, that in spite of the fact that Spain has had ID cards mandatory for many years now for all citizens and residents, terrorist bombings occur on a regular basis, even in the capital of Madrid!
January 12, 2005
Now I'll bet that title got you huh :) I shall attempt to explain the connection :)
Just the other day I watched the new movie about Hitler, very good I thought, although not much I didnt know already being a student of history like I am. Yes the man was a complete Psycho.
I was particularly struck though by the end sequences where Hitler stands up and explains why the people need to lose all of their freedoms so the state can protect them against the nasty terrorist types that had just burned down the reichstag :) Trust us we know best! Quite poignent that it was Hitlers cronies who burnt it down but there you go! This made my thoughts drift back to when I caught my flight the week before from Linz to the UK. There was a small notice at check-in that said
"All passengers flying to the USA must SUBMIT to having their fingerprints taken and a photgraph on entry. If you do not want to SUBMIT to this then do not board the plane."
I then thought about the Patriot act (nice term that) And how much it mirrors the so called protections that Hitler put in place in his day, all for the sake of protecting the masses from the nasty terrorist types! Not to mention the UK act that allows foriegn nationals to be imprisoned without trial if they are suspected of being or having terrorist associations!
Personally I have absolutly nothing against Americans God bless em all :) Hell I even have relatives in Vermount (nice pretty place) And I thoroughly enjoyed my vist to SF when I was in battlebots and really did like the peoples outward friendliness towards me.
But I would not now travel to the land of the FREE! Simply on principle that I do not want to be treated like a potential criminal and I also do not trust governments with my data, yes the data that is sent to the US concerning all the passengers on the plane flying in. I dont like Spam myself and this data will build a massive database of ALL the people traveling to the US and then be used to market with among other possibly more sinister things!
You do NOT protect people by limiting their FREEDOMS and monitoring their every move. You achieve exactly what Hitler achieved in his day. Fear and more Fear, less and less Freedom.
To my American readers.
Your constitution was won through the blood sweat and tears of very brave men (and women) by fighting us Brits and kicking us out :) I would not be so hasty in letting it be so watered down!
But guys my post post was in error it's the women who hold all the power! Yes dear just packing what time is the flight!
Humbled by his missus...
December 4, 2004
How Civil Rights Are Important To Your Life
" I think the government should take away our civil liberties in order to protect us".
I was so stunned by that statement I wasn't even certain how to respond.
Let's try this: He's Korean/American. We're having problems in our relationships with North Korea right now. It's not too difficult to imagine the possibility of a conflict leading to military action. Now assume that we allowed our government to do away with our civil rights, as he proposes. What will prevent the government from interning him in a camp for the Duration of the conflict with Korea? Nothing.
This is not some far-fetched conjecture. Consider the internment of over one hundred thousand Japanese Americans during World War II. Consider that today, thousands of people have been taken prisoner by the U.S. Government in the war on terror - not charged with any crime, not given access to family, or legal representation - simply imprisoned by the government. No Trial. No due process. Just freedom revoked.
Faced with a tragedy like 9/11, it's very easy to think that
"giving up civil liberties to fight the bad guys"
is a good idea. If you're an honest citizen then there's no reason for you to fear a totalitarian government, right? But that is where an important reality check is in order. If you have no civil rights, then you must rely entirely on the goodness of the government, as well as each and every person in that government, and each and every one of your neighbors.
Without civil liberties what is to prevent a racist cop from inflicting his racism on a target minority? Nothing - as innocent minorities convicted on false testimony can attest.
Without civil liberties what is to prevent your neighbor (that has a grudge against you) from "turning you in to the authorities" for some alleged crime (one you didn't commit, but that he reports anonymously that you did)? Nothing - as many have found, anonymous tips are a
Without civil liberties, we are all open to the gravest destruction of our private lives, even if we are the most honest and hardworking of citizens.
If you don't believe that a government unchecked by civil rights is capable of injustice then you need to review history. While it's always easy to bring up the recent past of Nazi Germany, The USSR and the Taliban in Afghanistan, the distant past points to even more serious human rights violations. In fact, it was these excesses of past governments (including the one we freed ourselves of in 1776) that resulted in our forefathers developing the Bill of Rights for our own constitution.
No society can survive and thrive when absolute power is given to the governing body. As the saying goes, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Understanding this premise leads us to the realization that civil liberties are the most precious and frail of rights and must be protected at all costs. Our legacy of civil liberties in this country have been paid for by the blood of our fathers, grand fathers, and great great great great grand fathers. To throw these rights away for the misguided illusion of greater security would be a most serious
This is true in the Uk aswell! Especially as we appear to follow america in everything she does!
November 19, 2004
Damion wins again!!
I want to check his head as he must have a 666 in there somewhere!
You have to give the Yankee's credit for a surprisingly large voter turn out. Whether or not you liked the outcome, it's four more years of Bush et al. In our humble opinion that means the continued and perhaps even more rapid erosion of everyone's civil liberties throughout the world.....
The bottom line, regardless of the reason or excuses like 9/11, is
History repeats itself. This will most assuredly happen to Amerika
We have already seen Amerika cow towing to communist China with
The united States (correct spelling,) under Bush has boxed itself into
In addition Iran has admitted to having nuclear weapons. What is the
What this all means is that by America exerting its policies
We wish our American friends well during the next four years. We
Thanks to PT
lets hope labour dont win again in the UK! Still if UKIP dont sort themselves out what are we left with! The bloody torys again and another 30 years of ripping the railways up only to rebuild it all!!! ha ha
October 12, 2004
Blunkett changes ID card scheme
Plans to combine new compulsory identity cards with passports and
"You will have no choice but to spend GBP35 on a stand-alone ID card,
Mr Blunkett also promised to allow the whole scheme to be overseen by
The legislation to allow ID cards is widely expected to be promised in
The Home Office's official response to the Commons home affairs select
The new cards will include "biometric" details of each cardholder,
Approved agencies will be able to check those details against a
The government believes the cards will help combat illegal immigration
Benefits to the public, the Home Office says, will include people not
If they are introduced they will be the first national ID since the
They will be phased in - people will get them at the same time as they
The Home Office had originally planned to phase in ID cards from
Instead, passport applicants from 2007-2008 will get a new biometric
"The majority preference in research was that the ID card should be a
Creating a single organisation to implement the scheme would also
John Denham, Labour chairman of the home affairs select committee,
There would have to be careful scrutiny of the aims of the scheme, the
"If we can get these areas of the Bill right, the ID card scheme can
Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Mark Oaten suggested the
He argued the money would be better spent on more police and better
Mr Oaten said the costs of the scheme for the public were going up the
But the Home Office said the prices remained unchanged: people would
It was not true to suggest people would be charged twice for the
Conservative shadow home secretary David Davis said the Home Office
He added: "If these criteria can be met without sacrificing civil
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