All well and good until the bit about containing the records of people who are not convicted of a crime. Doesnt that raise any eyebrows? Just what
exactly constitutes a "danger to the public"? Could anti-war protestors be classed as a danger to the public?
Everyone here who argued that the government wasn't targeting civilians needs to open their eyes and take a good look around......really now.
We have allowed and tolerated ambiguous terms to head the application and legislation of social 'guidelines' and look what has happened..
Sure. Rapists and pedophiles are a social disgrace and there isn't a citizen alive that is disgusted and put out by the thought of those who have
demonstrated their deviancy from what we generally hold as acceptable behaviour. Despite my liberal tendency, I would even suggest that this is a
positive move.....after all, church mothers and 'decent' folk should be made aware of a 'potential threat'.....
Potentially valid as well. Who wants to be around someone who is prone to a physical outburst? Who wants to worry about having to keep the peace
when all you want to do is get on with a peaceful life?
Well....maybe bartenders for one. Hell, all they are doing is minding their own business pouring drinks that are well known to cause violent
behaviour in some of our less controlled citizens. Just because they clean up after the messy drawls of yet another barfight, doesn't mean that they
shouldn't have the capacity to know exactly when a 'flagged' offender walks through their door....or better yet....they should know when a
so-called 'flagged' individual resides in proximity to their stead..
..just in case.
But let's not stop at bars.....everyone should know where every potential deviant is on the off chance that they have to keep an eye out.....to be a
good citizen, you know?
The worst part of this database is the inclusion of those who have not been convicted of a crime, but are considered a "threat."
How do these individuals come under the radar in the first place? Word of mouth? A certain economic class? Certain 'gruff' physical
charachteristics? Really......intelligence spotting and classifing an alleged terrorist is all well and good, but what of people who vocalize their
opposition to government logic? As defined by the ambiguous parameters
, these folks could be construed as having the potential for
violence......where does it end?
Probably won't. And consider this....they now have admitted the capacity to compile a database.......and they have admitted to the desire of keeping
one. Who's to say that they don't already have one....credit reports aren't the only thing interesting about the everyday joe.....
I'm willing to place money, a sizable bet, that there is a file on yours truly........and not for the two reasons suggested above....
[edit on 18-8-2005 by MemoryShock]