The Erosion of Freedom……

17 Jan

When George Orwell first published “1984” he was a man ahead of his time.  Since 9/11 his vision of the future has become more of a reality than he could have ever imagined……

The American Constitution……

The Fourth Amendment of the constitution enshrines the right to freedom which should apply to all people.  Although the UK does not have a constitution, the same basic principal was laid down in the Magna Carta in the 13th century.  The Fourth Amendment states:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

“A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.”

Thomas Jefferson.

This fundamental principal is slowly but surely being eroded on both sides of the Atlantic.  In the US the Patriot Acts I & II and the Homeland Security Act has given the authorities the capacity to act with impunity in violation of the Fourth Amendment under the guise of “public safety” to protect us from the threat of terrorism.  The “probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation” is circumvented by the need for secrecy to protect national security.  Should you find yourself detained you have no right to be told the probable cause, oath or affirmation.  These are the same activities undertaken by the “Axis of Evil” from which you are apparently being protected……

Stop Online Piracy Act……

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) prima facia has the legitimate aim of protecting intellectual property.  However, many individuals and organisations have expressed concerns regarding the unintended consequences for free speech and privacy.  Under SOPA an Internet Service Provider could block content by request without judicial process.  This is in violation of the First Amendment according to a Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard University. (see: http://c4sif.org/2011/12/tribe-sopa-is-unconstitutional/).

The Electronic Pill……

In the UK the unveiling of a new edible microchip which can be inserted into tablets to monitor a patient’s medication regime is yet another incursion of civil liberties.  Whilst the possibility to check that Granny has taken her essential medication would seem to be a good idea, when combined with the new opt out Social Care Register and the creation of a new hypothetical public health legislation, you have a ready made tagging and tracking system for the entire population.   This may sound like an unlikely scenario born out of paranoia but it is the paranoia of the legislator’s which worries me……

History……

You may ask why I dedicate my time to disseminating information and opinion?  Ask yourself three questions:

  • Have you been lied to by your Government before?
  • Does your Government act with consistency in its application of foreign policy?
  • Do you trust your Politicians?

The rhetorical “Axis of Evil” reaches far beyond Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and North Korea.  There is a very real axis of evil in the west.  The self appointed world police; the axis of democracy, or should that be hypocrisy?……

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One Response to “The Erosion of Freedom……”

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes January 19, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Axis of evil – I like that tag…

    I had no idea about the electronic pill – VERY enlightening.

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