Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Absolute Standard Way to Detect Police-State Methods

It is this variants of this line: "If you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear."

Every time the cops trot out that line, you can figure they're creeping closer and closer to a 1984-level security state.

(Some earlier posts on this topic.)


Allan S said...

Don't you find it disconcerting that there seem to be a lot of very logical, sensible arguments for the erosion of your rights?

montag said...

That line is very soothing to the masses. It keeps the pigeons feeding while the hawk swoops in for the kill.

Eck! said...

plate readers, I recall reading about them in a manuscript. Seems they are real. Damn, big brother _is_ watching me!

No reason to feel paranoid, you are being watched.


BadTux said...

So this explains why the cops are putting black tape over their badge numbers -- because they *have* done something wrong, and thus *do* have something to fear. Alrighty, then!

- Badtux the Observant Penguin

LarryE said...

Whenever someone says some version of "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear," they are talking about fascism.

Anyone who knows me knows I never use words lightly and I do not do so here. Because once you accept the logic of the quote, where is the limit? What invasion of privacy, what measure of government surveillance of our every move, of our mail, our phone calls, our bank accounts, our health records, can't be justified on those grounds?

Indeed, you mentioned 1984. By that logic (note I'm not talking the Constitution here, I'm talking the logic), what could be the objection to the cameras inside your house that were part of that story?

Thanks for the link. The casual attitude of the police toward the privacy of the rest of us, the casual embrace of the notion that the limitations on what they can know about us and our movements are only those of the available technology, are truly chilling.