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What would old FDR say about the dangers of fear? Is this how the "terrorists" win, by getting people so fearful and stupid that we terrorize ourselves? That's more or less what FDR worried about.
One hundred or so activists were arrested before last week’s British royal wedding on "PRE-crime" charges. Street-theatre actors and critics of the royal family were rounded up ahead of time because they said they wanted to use the occasion to demonstrate their disapproval of the monarchy. [See this interview with one of those arrested.
Although described as a political anarchist, Veitch said he was not a "destructive or violent" person and believes that his arrest was sanctioned from high up in the Met.
"I spent 16 hours in Parkside police station [in Cambridge] in a box-like cell. Then at 10am the next day, the Met police came to Cambridge and took me to Edmonton police station.
"They never made anyone aware of where I was. To my family, it was like I had been disappeared for the entire duration of the royal wedding."
Veitch described the grounds for arrest as "Orwellian" and compared it to the film Minority Report, where people were arrested before they committed a crime. www.guardian.co.uk...
Developed by Richard Berk, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, the software is already used in Baltimore and Philadelphia to predict....
"This research replaces those seat-of-the-pants calculations," he said. .....
New advances in computer technology, however, can sift through that haystack more quickly and more accurately than ever. ,,,,
A computer program is helping law enforcement determine who is most likely to commit crime.Beginning several years ago, the researchers assembled a dataset of more than 60,000 various crimes, including homicides. Using an algorithm they developed, they found a subset of people much more likely to commit homicide when paroled or probated.
Originally posted by maria_stardust
Unfortunately, this is a prime example of a social elite group wielding their influence to stifle those who disagree with them so they can have what basically amounts to a tax-payer sponsored party. The irony is astounding.
Originally posted by stumason
Taxpayer sponsored? How so?
They paid for the wedding themselves.
(queue the inevitable but woefully misinformed diatribe about how the Royals "sponge off the state")
Secret Service does all the time in the United States when the President vistis different cities and towns where people known to have made threatening statements against him or belong to organizations that have made threatening statements against him live.