White Lies and Promises
Who said the Minority Report was science fiction? Who said Britain's four million-camera "Ring of Steel" video surveillance system was enough? As Karen Carpenter once sang, "we've only just begun". Reuters reports:
The entire population of Britain -- and every visitor -- should be added to the national DNA database, a senior judge has argued.
Appeal Court judge, Lord Justice Stephen Sedley, said the database, which holds the DNA from millions of suspects and crime scenes, should be extended to all residents and even tourists, in the interests of fairness and crime prevention. "Where we are at the moment is indefensible," Sedley told BBC radio.
"Everybody, guilty or innocent, should expect their DNA to be on file for the absolutely rigorously restricted purpose of crime detection and prevention -- and no other purpose."
Maybe the real threat to civil liberties during this War on Terror comes not so much from people like George Bush or Dick Cheney so much as from the gentle, understanding, omnipresent, pervasive and suffocating state bureaucracies of semi-socialist regimes. Danger from Radical Islam will be not be fought. It will be regulated. For the sake of the children, of course. So forget Karen Carpenter. Maybe we should listen to Roberta Flack. "Killing me softly with your ..." Care. That would be the word. They're killing us softly with their care.