Thought Police Arrive in Free World

Things are about to change.It’s long been said they can’t arrest you for your thoughts.  That’s no longer true in the United Kingdom.  Today, CBS This Morning aired a five minute segment about how the United Kingdom has found to deal with “extremists” or “radicals” who may some day be a problem.

In the U.K., the government is actively seeking out those youth who might fall prey to Muslim extremists who are proselytizing and recruiting them into their way of life.

The story seems benign enough, that is until you lift the top layer and see what’s really being said.  It works like this:

  • A community member contacts law enforcement to tell them someone (usually a youth) might become radicals or are “radicalizing”.
  • Police investigate to determine which appropriate action to take:  Rescue or Arrest?
  • Rescue process is a re-education and normalization process
  • Arrest because they’re too radical for society and it is determined they can’t be rescued.

Seriously?  Someone doesn’t like the way you think and you are on the way to brainwashing camp or jail? Why?  Mostly because they might spread those ideas to others which could lead to violence.

By Britain’s current way of thinking all of the Civil Rights and environmental advocates, just to name a few people, would fall into this category before they committed any illegal actions.

It was deeply committed believers in liberty that brought the United States into being.  Later believers in civil rights were relentless when bringing about the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Even so, these battles seem to never be finished.  United States citizens must constantly be on the look out for infringements on the rights afforded by our Constitution.  In the United Kingdom, however, not only are they losing the right to free speech, but also to free thought.

They claim they are “helping” and “saving lives” from people who believe differently than the government wants them to believe.  In this case religious matters, specifically, extremist views that call for action that could lead to violence.

On the face of it, one could justify such a program.  The problem is that the program can be aimed at any line of thought the government doesn’t like.  Think you don’t like paying those unfair and burdensome taxes?  Planning to protest if necessary?  Not with the thought police on the job.  As soon as someone reports you as a “radical thinker” your mission is over.

Freedom, the right to vote, and civil rights were all won by people who had radical thoughts and the courage to act on them.  Almost every person has a radical thought now and then.

It’s one thing to seek out people who are planning and preparing for terrorist actions.  It’s quite another to target those who have certain beliefs.  Never forget that which is applied to a specific sub-population can be expanded to any population within a society.

Like all radical thoughts, the creation of thought police as a social control can spread through governments around the world as quickly as a nasty virus on airplanes.  Already the cast of the CBS This Morning show were talking about how important it was to find those people who might become radicals and “rescue them” to save other’s lives.

Not one single word was said about free speech and free thought.  Nothing was said of the implications of justifying arresting people for what they believed.

Absolutely we do NOT advocate the actions of the terrorists currently being targeted.  What will happen when the thought police have finished rescuing and arresting youth citizens who they consider Muslim radicals?  Will they then turn to other groups of citizens to look for the next radical thinkers?  Perhaps it will be survivalists, environmental, or civil rights activists?  Those people are radical thinkers too.  Few people with radical thoughts are prone to acts of terrorism.

Lastly, consider these points.  Youth who are likely to fall prey to these extremist recruiters might also fall prey to any other group or gang who shows them the attention they need and gives them a purpose for life.  The reason the U.K. chose to focus on youths is because to stop proselytizing by these extremist groups would be in violation of their civil rights.  The government was deciding whether to squelch the rights of adults who can talk back or the rights of marginalized youth who have no voice.  Instead of taking away rights, peace loving groups need to be proselytizing and giving purpose to the marginalized youth more vigorously than violent extremist groups.  The results would be great for everyone except those with violent intentions.

Reference:  CBS This Morning, October 17, 2013

1974, Drones, and other Topics

Predator DroneThere’s been a lot of discussion about drones and other methods of surveillance of the American people.  The problem started when it was made public that satellites produced images of auto license plates and women on the beach and nothing was done about it.  In 1974 this information was in one of my high school text books.  Given that text books can often be years behind the times in terms of recent history, who knows when the capability was actually put into use.

It might have been that people then thought that was just a demonstration of what “could be” instead of what “would be”.  The fact remains, surveillance is not new to the American people.  It has been going on for many decades.  Then people couldn’t see the voyeurs watching what they were doing so they didn’t react.  Now that people can see devices that unknown persons are operating, it gives many the creeps.  Why?  Because we also live in an age when perverts of all kinds are out there trying to the nasty things they do.  To the normal person, the thought that someone on the other end of the drone or satellite might just be a pervert.  No one wants some sick minded person watching their children playing in the back yard.

Remember the two photos from the textbook, I have a different view than I did as a high school student.  Then I thought, “Wow!  Look how far technology has developed”.  Now, decades later, I see it from the point of view of an older and wiser person.  Why the license plate?  To prove you can run but you can’t hide.  Why the backside of the beautiful woman on the beach reading a book?  To demonstrate that they can know where you are and what you are reading.

In 1974, they announced privacy was gone and that it was going to get worse as they developed methods of watching more and more people, all at the same time.  Gathering and processing more information about more people while doing it faster and with greater accuracy was happening  more than people realized.

It’s not about whether or not we are doing anything wrong.  It’s about why it took 40 years for our society to wake up and see what corporations and government was doing right under our noses.  It’s about how a whole generation or two were able to be brainwashed into thinking it doesn’t matter about who knows what about whom.  It’s also about how those same generations think it’s OK to have our civil rights take from us by the people we elected to protect those rights.

Just saying.

 

Offended? Who Isn’t?

Political correctness is not politically correct.Some where along the line many people lost sight of the fact that everyone has the right to have and express an opinion in a civil manner.  I think it started some where near the 1960’s.  At least that is how I remember it.  Certainly it was in full roar by 1980.  Suddenly people have to be politically correct.

The thing every person needs to realize is that they do NOT have the right to never be offended.  That’s what happens when you live in a free society, or the remnants of one anyway.  People use their civil rights to express themselves and someone, somewhere, doesn’t like it and feels offended.  So what.  Who cares?  Seriously.

It’s not like they were pointing fingers at those offended individuals and calling them names or slandering them.  No sir.  They were expressing their opinions.  Or worse, some people grew up thinking their opinion is the only right one because that is how their parents raised them.  Those same offended people don’t think twice about how their opinions, when expressed, offend other people.  Just because you have an opinion doesn’t mean you have to open your mouth.  There is a time and place for everything.

It’s like they have some sort of egocentric disorder that deludes them into thinking their opinion is the only right one and the only one that counts.  Everyone else is wrong.  These people believe they have a right not to be offended.  They are wrong.

Of course there are some people who slander and point fingers.   They express their opinions in an inappropriate manner. Those people are rude and selfish at the very least.  Let’s not let them in the playground until they learn to play nice with others.  Oh, wait, those people are the ones who were offended!  Maybe they should just find another playground if they can’t share the Constitution with everyone.

You don’t have to be “politically correct”, just considerate, mannerly and orderly.  Political correctness is for the workplace and the government.  Individuals have the right to their legal lifestyle, religion and favorite author.  Our favorite authors are the ones who wrote the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States.

The Constitution and Gun Control

Gun control has been a “hot topic” for as long as I can remember.  IF ONLY it were just one area the government is trying to take away our rights.  Every where you look you see infringements on citizens rights.  More on those issues later.  But first, this seven minute video is one everyone should see and think about.