Friday, April 10, 2009
The surveillance state's blind eye
"What a peculiar position we're in. We have all the bad things about omnipresent surveillance (restriction of freedom, enforced paranoia) but apparently not the one possible good thing, namely the recording of a crime, where we seemingly have to produce the footage ourselves. Even then, there's the fear that if we do so, the Counter-Terrorism Act could be used against us.
"The frequently heard argument of the pub tub-thumper on the subject of surveillance is that if you've got nothing to hide, you don't need to worry. If only our police and politicians felt that way about the monitoring of their own activities, perhaps we'd feel less angry about the way they monitor ours." —Michael Deacon