Saturday, 11 October 2008

Freedom not Fear

"People who constantly feel watched and under surveillance cannot freely and courageously stand up for their rights and for a just society."


October 11th has been declared as an international day of protest against undue surveillance and, I'd already stated that I support this issue, because, I believe, things have got out of hand, especially here in the police state formerly known as Britain.

Nothing has happened in this country to make me feel any differently about that and, in fact, plenty has happened to strengthen my view: it seems clear to me that the state does not want us to be able to "freely and courageously" stand up for ourselves.

Well, hell we know they don't want us to, because they've made it illegal to do so, right where we should have the most right, simply on the basis of fears.

"Freedom does not die in one blow, it dies by inches in public legislation." - Lord Strathclyde

(See: Repeal SOCPA - repeal laws to restrict protest and free assembly.)

There are the fear-mongering headlines in the media, which feel like a relentless battering of negativity carefully aimed at putting enough fear into the citizenry to get us to accept more control; there are notices everywhere about the presence of any one of the 4.2m CCTV cameras already in this country and, now they want to install clusters of more cameras.

Read the article that may get you arrested, about the nine-year assault on civil liberties that reveals the danger of trading freedom for security." Being among those who understand, I do feel trapped in this perpetual nightmare where, "compliance is what scares me the most. People are resigned to their fate. They've bought the Government's arguments for the public good."

Many of the measures I've seen only encourage division within society. Those are not in the interests of the public good, only of those clinging to power.

If we continue to buy this; to comply, to remain apathetic and do not stand up to reclaim and maintain our rights, they will continue to be eroded, until one day, we find all of our freedoms gone. That would be my real fear.

Freedom Not Fear (Via: Boing Boing)

Remember: First they came...

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