posted on Nov, 8 2012 @ 07:31 PM
reply to post by feelingconnected
I agree. 99.999% of Australian internet users are not a national security threat. Nor are they criminals. So why the blanket data retention?
Here's an idea ASIO - if the bad guys are becoming more conversant with technology than you are, then how about you pick up your game? Of course
there's an easy answer to that particular question - it's not just about Islamic terrorists, communists, eco-criminals or right-wing extremists,
it's an open door to all-pervasive mass surveillance of the population - the old East German STASI's wet dream.
It's coming down to the old argument used by totalitarian and surveillance states from the beginning - "if you have nothing to hide, then you have
nothing to fear." "If you want privacy online then you must be a terrorist or a child molester".
If all this is to stop paedophile gangs, is it really necessary to intercept and retain ALL electronic communications originating in Australia?
Aren't AFP, overseas LE agencies and INTERPOL already very successful at detecting, infiltrating and shutting down the paedo gangs? Why do the rest
of us have to lose our internet privacy and anonymity when the bulk of the illegal activity happens on the encrypted TOR networks...? Oh, now I see.