Sunday, November 13, 2005

1984? No siree, 2005

Mark my words. This story will be the kind of crap we are going to have to deal with in Australia. The Thought Police.

This woman was arrested on suspicion of 'having wanted to blow herself up in a series of suicide bombings in Jordan'. Probably, under our new sedition laws, this is the kind of arrest that can be made.

'Sorry, Sir, you are under arrest. You wanted to see a Republic instituted in this country'.

I am aware that this arrest did not occur in Australia. However, it is a harbinger of the times to come. Soon, opinions and thoughts are going to count for heaps more than they used to. Be warned.

NOW, this woman was PROBABLY going to blow herself up. However, it is difficult to sustain an argument that someone should be arrested because of what they want to do. Attempted to do is different. If she got caught walking towards her local pub (I know, I know) with her finger on the trigger, that is an indictable offence. Attempted murder.

Why do we need these new laws? We already have well defined crimes which cover all these offences. Are we going to start prosecuting people for wanting to drive their car right up the bum of the one in front, because that person has been driving at 30 kms on the freeway?

Of course not. However, I can see Australia moving in the same way. Be careful of your opinion, or anything that you might WANT to do. Make sure you only think good thoughts, because the camera in the corner is watching you, my friend.


Blogger Dash Brannigan said...

Or you can give yourself a pen name and use the anonymity of the internet to vent and rant out there opinions. Not that they can’t find out who you are, you just have to make it hard enough for them not to bother.

3:22 pm  
Blogger Blogic said...

Following on from Dash, have you seen Reporters without Borders' "Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-dissidents"?

Loads of information on how to blog anonymously. And produced with the support of the French Foreign Ministry, of all things.

3:48 pm  

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