One of my favourite bloggers, Leg-iron,
posted this today:
If someone sends you an Email with an attached virus
designed to hack into your computer and send information
to a remote computer, that's illegal.
If someone breaks into your home and installs a keystroke
logger into your keyboard, that's illegal.
If someone parks outside your home and hacks in to
your wireless network, that's illegal.
Unless it's the
police doing it. Then it's all okay.
Nothing to worry about. It's regulated by RIPA so it'll
never be abused. Okay, you can laugh now. When you've
finished, strengthen your firewall, replace your wireless
network with a wired one and get a second USB keyboard
- which you take from its hiding place, plug in and
use instead of the one that's permanently connected
to your computer.
But we're not a police state. Oooooh, no.
Posted by Leg-iron,
4th Jan, 2009
There are some interesting comments under the
Times article. At the time of writing, there are
33, very few espousing the old chestnut, 'if you have
nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear'.
I used to belong to this camp before people like Alex
Jones woke me up. Now I know why it is so important
for the 'authorities' to monitor us. It is rarely for
the purpose of our safety, which most people seem to
recognise at last, but rather to keep watch for dissent
and ensure we are led like lambs to the slaughter into
a new era of total state control.
The question which follows is: what happens to those
who refuse to toe the line? There wouldn't be any point
in setting up this massive infrastructure to spy on
the people if there were to be no price to pay for being
But caught for what?
We have already seen such incidents as the student
who was held for six days for downloading
material for his studies into terrorist tactics:
he had obtained a copy of the al-Qaida training manual
from a US government website.
This incident may have been concocted to gauge the
public's reaction and/or to mentally prepare us for
the idea that hacking into the public's computers is
vital to help fight the terrorists.
There is also the danger that if the 'authorities'
really want you out of the way, they could plant incriminating
evidence onto your hard drive.
It should certainly prove to be lot less messy than
the treatment Dr David Kelly and Jean Charles de
Menezes received, and once someone has been charged
with possessing images of child pornography, who will
We have to stand up to these bullies - and that includes
insisting that we leave the EU, because other
police forces in Europe will be able to ask British
police to hack into our computers and pass on whatever
As Simon from Brentwood points out: 'UK police will
act as spies for foreign powers, spying on UK citizens'.
It makes me wonder at what point the Government will
finally be rounded up and tried for treason. Why are
people afraid of them - they should be very afraid of
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