One of my favourite bloggers, Leg-iron, posted this today:
If someone sends you an Email with an attached virus designed to hack into your computer and send information to a remote computer, that’s illegal.
If someone breaks into your home and installs a keystroke logger into your keyboard, that’s illegal.
If someone parks outside your home and hacks in to your wireless network, that’s illegal.
Unless it’s the police doing it. Then it’s all okay.
Nothing to worry about. It’s regulated by RIPA so it’ll never be abused. Okay, you can laugh now. When you’ve finished, strengthen your firewall, replace your wireless network with a wired one and get a second USB keyboard – which you take from its hiding place, plug in and use instead of the one that’s permanently connected to your computer.
But we’re not a police state. Oooooh, no.
Posted by Leg-iron, 4th Jan, 2009
There are some interesting comments under the Times article. At the time of writing, there are 33, very few espousing the old chestnut, ‘if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear’.
I used to belong to this camp before people like Alex Jones woke me up. Now I know why it is so important for the ‘authorities’ to monitor us. It is rarely for the purpose of our safety, which most people seem to recognise at last, but rather to keep watch for dissent and ensure we are led like lambs to the slaughter into a new era of total state control.
The question which follows is: what happens to those who refuse to toe the line? There wouldn’t be any point in setting up this massive infrastructure to spy on the people if there were to be no price to pay for being caught.
But caught for what?
We have already seen such incidents as the student who was held for six days for downloading material for his studies into terrorist tactics: he had obtained a copy of the al-Qaida training manual from a US government website.
This incident may have been concocted to gauge the public’s reaction and/or to mentally prepare us for the idea that hacking into the public’s computers is vital to help fight the terrorists.
There is also the danger that if the ‘authorities’ really want you out of the way, they could plant incriminating evidence onto your hard drive.
It should certainly prove to be lot less messy than the treatment Dr David Kelly and Jean Charles de Menezes received, and once someone has been charged with possessing images of child pornography, who will care?
We have to stand up to these bullies – and that includes insisting that we leave the EU, because other police forces in Europe will be able to ask British police to hack into our computers and pass on whatever they find.
As Simon from Brentwood points out: ‘UK police will act as spies for foreign powers, spying on UK citizens’.
It makes me wonder, at what point will the Government finally be rounded up and tried for treason. Why are people afraid of them – they should be very afraid of us!