Archive for July, 2006

Paranoia?

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

I’m not about to turn this site into political soapbox but I would like to share a few thoughts. In the past I’ve scoffed at people who worried that our civil liberties are being chipped away, I may have suggested that they’re being paranoid. This article, which makes pretty scary reading, may have changed my views a bit. A snippet to encourage you to click the link:

The right to a jury trial is removed in complicated fraud cases and where there is a fear of jury tampering. The right not to be tried twice for the same offence – the law of double jeopardy – no longer exists. The presumption of innocence is compromised, especially in antisocial behaviour legislation, which also makes hearsay admissible as evidence. The right not to be punished unless a court decides that the law has been broken is removed in the system of control orders by which a terrorist suspect is prevented from moving about freely and using the phone and internet, without at any stage being allowed to hear the evidence against him – house arrest in all but name.

I have to admit that I didn’t know that it had gotten quite that bad, which does make me wonder what else has passed me by. Sadly a great deal of the comments on the internet falls a bit too far into tin-foil hat territory, which is a shame as it damages the sane commentary that exists out there and means that people may miss what’s going on.

Those who argue, as I have often done, that the innocent have nothing to fear might also want to check out the Londonist post where I found the link originally. Maybe now is the time to start worrying.

Flying High

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Hmmm, another weekend with no posts. I blame the heat. Next weekend will be no different as I’m off to T in the Park. Yay.

I got a little preview of the T in the Park site at the weekend, it was surprisingly unfinished, only a few tents up and no sign of the main stage. I guess it doesn’t take them long to put all the necessary bits and bobs together. Find out how I got that picture after the jump.
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