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13 July 2007 @ 11:45 pm
Ooooooookay...  
This is the part where V blows up the Houses of Parliament, right?
 
 
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The Voice Of Reasonellonwye on July 14th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
Constant monitoring by the government should scare the hell out of you.

Why?
thudpucker: prisoner - by thudpuckerthudpucker on July 14th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)


A) Privacy. As a citizen, here in the US, we have a certain expectation of being left alone by the Federal Government; that they will not watch us as if we were criminals and reply to complaints by saying... well, what you said. The Stazi line.

Of course, since you are not a citizen but a subject, you may not have those expectations. But we do.

B) Treating everyone in a country as if they were in the process of wrong doing creates a "them and us" attitude among those whose job it is to enforce the law. If the government feels it has to watch your moves constantly, they're subconsciously saying that you cannot be trusted. You're a perp. You're not "us". You're "them".

Of course, here we are legally innocent until proven guilty, while in courts your criminals are guilty until proven innocent. I guess that makes a good precedent.

C) Surveillance and monitoring technology used today to catch terrorists can and probably will be used tomorrow to catch common thieves, yes... and then the day to catch those who are critical of a government that believes such measures are necessary.

D) Because it is wrong. I can't think of a better argument that that... it's wrong for the government to spy on the citizens it is supposed to protect. You're not being protected. You're begin dominated - and it saddens me that most of your fellow subjects can't understand.

I miss Churchill.