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Destruction of civil liberties

16/09/05

Permalink 18:40:41, by matt Email , 231 words   English (NZ)
Categories: Politics, Social commentary

Destruction of civil liberties

Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/4232440.stm

Some interesting points-of-view in there.
Obviously the old saw of "If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear", but also an unexpected post from someone who lives in a less-than-free state, Nigera:

Living in a country that looks down on civil liberties although they call themselves democratically elected, I don't think the British know what they are putting themselves into if they allow their government to do the same to them. Resist it. Fight for your right. Don't throw away what you forefathers fought for, like we Nigerians have.

It is, as usual, disturbing how many people would throw away every liberty in their pursuit of safety from "terrorists". How will requiring ID cards and removing basic principles such as habeus corpus stop the terrorists? If they're disillusioned nationals, they'll have perfect papers and be allowed to move as freely as rampant racial profiling will allow. If they're foreigners, and they manage to make it past the increased border security, they'll be easily able to move within their target society.

I was pleased to see someone quoting Ben. And that not every American believes that anything that Government does in "the war on terror" is a good and justified thing. There is hope, but that hope can only be realised if a majority of the population tell the politicians to keep their grubby fingers off blood-won civil liberties.

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