Monday, 2 November 2009

Extremism

It is quite interesting that the UK Home Office is setting up now databases which will hold information on 'extremists'.

How someone gets labelled an extremist? Well, before the Home Office Secretaries that introduced a mountain of downright Stalinist abuses of privacy, human rights and so countless violations of civil liberties, it would have meant probably militant violent people and/or terrorists.

Now, in the post-Jacqui Smith era, it also means just about anybody who happened to attend demonstrations, protest rallies etc.

Let's face it, in the current (extensively commented) Orwellian UK society, where even EU forums have shunned us for the abuse of human rights in the name of 'anti-terrorist strategy', the only democratic means at one's disposal are such protests.

But now, while we also can't take picture of policemen (exactly like in a former communist dictatorship) without getting arrested under the Terrorism Act, but they can freely and sneakily take pictures of anybody in the crowd, such activity can land you in a whole lot of trouble and certainly you can end up in the new database.

Well, I haven't taken part in any demonstrations, as I find the entire thing totally futile in this so-called democracy where we lost complete control of any kind over those who elect... exactly as it is in the post-communist states.

But... I just wonder who is extremist in this context.

Recently a photographer in Poole was stopped from taking photos on a public beach (which had no people even) and was told he needs special permission from the city council.

The myriad published and furore-producing abuses of power from the British police under the so-called Terrorism Act, not to speak the abuse of power from stupid mini-Hitler overzealous security guards and jobsworths in the name of the same legislation, are too many to count by now.

Now this database is just adding to the arsenal of what is becoming a police state in front of our own eyes.

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