Friday, January 25, 2008

Tinfoil Hat, Check

Couple of things today which have perked my attention somewhat.

First up is that the Government are pressing ahead with their intentions to extend the time limit on detention without charge. This is despite an influential group of MPs saying that there was "no case" for the change as recently as December.

Secondly, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) may, and notice *only* may, be challengable in the European Court under the Human Rights Act. The main point of RIPA which concerns me is that you can be forced to give up your passwords to any encrypted or protected files on your PC.

So if you happen to be planning to overthrow the Government for their invasion into your personal life at every step, or you decide that the silent removal of every civil liberty that was fought for in two World Wars is getting a bit much and you want to change things back to how they were, you could be held for 42 days without charge as a terrorist.

Then charged with not revealing your passwords to the files you have on how you're planning to do this - seeing as the Government can't be trusted with non-encrypted data - and put into prison for five years.

Then held for another 42 days upon your release, without charge.

Rinse and repeat.

This Government, and the current opposition parties seem intent on doing nothing for the public of this country and everything purely for themselves.

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