Monday, October 26, 2009

Thought Police

The British are very proud of their "unwritten constitution" and really there is not a lot to be proud of with the rights of British citizens being based on laws passed in parliament, traditions and precedence and one morning you wake up to find a policeman sitting in your living room and when you ask him what he is doing there he just tells you that he is there to monitor you, while setting a prescedent.

Of course, the little scenario is over the top but what about this headline from the 'Guardian' today; "Police in 9 million pound scheme to 'log domestic extremists'. The 'Guardian' writes, "Senior officers say domestic extremism, a term coined by police that has no legal basis, can include activists suspected of minor public order offences such as peaceful direct action and civil disobedience." "A term coined by the police that has no legal basis"; well, this a wonderfully weird example of 'newspeak' . However, and more importantly, is monitoring people because they have taken part in a peaceful demonstration not an indication that it is high time that the British people press for at least a constitution that would offer some protection of their rights. All the more so as we can expect that not only involvement in "peaceful direct action and civil disobedience" will be monitored, but also things such as political blogs, telephone calls, emails and meetings.

Finally, the picture above depicts the results of the new UK Thought Police's outsourcing drive to attract the necessary experts.

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