Friday, October 17, 2008

They're Playing The Fear Card Again...

Author's Note: The author of this post is not The Devil's Kitchen

...How long before it loses its effectiveness in cowing the British public into ceding liberties to the State?

Damn soon, I dearly hope, considering that the latest 'anti-terrorism' surveillance measure - a giant database of all online and telephone communications - would have given George Orwell nightmares, will cost at least £12 billion (realistically it is likely to be several times that), and is so ludicrous in its scale that if realised will give information overload a whole new meaning.

How did Geoff Hoon, speaking on Question Time, defend this extraordinary proposal?
“If they are going to use the internet to communicate with each other and we don’t have the power to deal with that, then you are giving a licence to terrorists to kill people” … “The biggest civil liberty of all is not to be killed by a terrorist.”

From one perspective, this is little short of laughable. It is something you might expect a satirist, making fun of the approach to governance of New Labour, to put into the mouth of a minister. But, no - in the face of sense from a Liberal Democrat MP who pointed out the civil liberties implications of this database - our Transport Secretary actually said it.

Over the past few years, there is a list longer than this blog's blogroll of measures that this Government have taken ostensibly to fight terrorism. Not a lot shorter is the list of such measures that have been misused. From the use of the 2000 RIP act to investigate noise complaints, tackle illegal fishing and even establish if a school's pupil lives in its catchment area, to the seizure of Icelandic banks' assets; once they have it - they'll take advantage of it. It's more control.

Hence all of this fear-mongering, despite the fact that terrorists have killed precisely 0 innocent people in the UK so far in 2008. Precisely 0 in 2007. And precisely 0 in 2006. The chance of being killed by a terrorist is miniscule. Personally, I'm a lot more terrorised by the knowledge that we are governed by, as Longrider put it, ministers who are both fools and control freaks. It doesn't get any better...

10 comments:

Mark Wadsworth said...

Oh, the fear card, the one that keeps coming up trumps, you mean?

Anonymous said...

For thirty years we dealt with the IRA and their holy war to stop Protestants from wearing condoms.

For thirty years we didn't have to rape our civil rights to defend ourselves from religious fanatics who, in the pursuit of their psychopathic campaign, murdered 3,000 people.

For thirty years the Labour Party cosied up to Sinn Fein-IRA and the mealy-mouthed SDLP.

The IRA and INLA posed an existential threat to the Union. The IRA and INLA posed a genocidal threat to a majority of the population of Northern Ireland. Somehow we dealt with them without wiping our arses with civil rights. When, exactly, did we become so pants-pissingly terrified of a bunch of fucking retarded paedophiles who actually think that crashing a car into Glasgow Airport will achieve something other than inciting the locals to deliver a sound beating?

But that's the problem - we didn't become afraid. The government just uses the situation, as its fellow travellers used the Reichstag fire, to strengthen the hand of the state.

geewiz said...

They have found all this money to bail out bastard banks, so what is a measly 12 billion extra. For all we know the funds have already been put aside. Hell, maybe the project is already done and they are just waiting to push it through (guaranteed) so that they can turn the key. My guess is that it is already up and running.

Pogo said...

Terrorists in the UK have succeeded in killing barely a handful of people in the last ten years... The cunts in charge are allowing upwards of 10,000 a year to be killed by their filthy hospitals.

If they really must fling another 12 billion quid around, a simple cost-benefit analysis would suggest that it would be much better spent on hospital cleaners and proper Matrons to make the fuckers do a proper job.

A Concerned Student said...

Er, I agree with your opinion, but I will have to point out the reality of 7/7, thereby undermining 'Precisely 0 in 2007.'

Devil's Kitchen said...

A Concerned Student (but not of modern history, obviously),

"Er, I agree with your opinion, but I will have to point out the reality of 7/7, thereby undermining 'Precisely 0 in 2007.'"

Er... the sevens in 7/7 stand for the seventh day of the seventh month. The attacks occurred in 2005.

It's like 9/11, y'see: the attacks happened on the eleventh day of the ninth month (in 2001)...

DK

A Concerned Student said...

I'll just go outside for some time...

And this is precisely why people like me shouldn't go to university. Apologies to those who suffered a loss at 7/7 of 2005.

:|

ENGLISHMAN said...

If these scum intend to log every email,would it not be possible for some-one to construct,one of those virus thingies, to totally stuff the whole mechanism up the swannee?

Devil's Kitchen said...

Concerned Student,

I shouldn't worry about it, mate...

DK

Anonymous said...

May that nice Merkel lady has some ex-Stasi boys she could send over to show how a real "old school" surveillance state is run.