…you’ve got nothing to hide.
This is the heinously erroneous (That means “Really really wrong”) statement is the last defence of someone who doesn’t really understand anything. They are the people who have absolute faith in the government, complete obedience to the state and most likely would try and deny the Holocaust. Low blow? The Jews, blacks, gays, gypsies and Russians didn’t have anything to hide, but it didn’t stop a totalitarian system rounding them up and gassing them in their thousands.
I have nothing to hide, except maybe acorns come winter, but I certainly don’t want a 3rd party collecting and inspecting every last detail about me not because I don’t trust the power structure now, but because I know it has the potential to change in the future. Once that information is collected, it’s impossible to un-collect it, so I would think very dearly about just how much you want to hand over. You never know when the next Adolf is coming round the corner…
That aside another thing that really annoys me is the Government passing legislation in the name of “Anti Terrorism” when it’s plainly just carte-blanche to do as they please – “Random” Stop and Search and covert intelligence gathering for one, or brandishing an entire nation as “Terrorists” and freezing their assets when it suits.
Say what now?
Exactly. Legislation brought in to allow the government to freeze the assets of a suspected terrorists (Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001) has been brought in against Iceland. The northerly, peace loving ex-vikings who fish for cod, program space-based MMORPGS and got suckered by the whole fractional gold-shitting-unicorn pipe dream of a banking system like the rest of the West. The difference is, of course, is that our great and noble country seems to think nothing of leveraging an anti-terror bill against an entire country. Are we really that terrified of the credit crisis? Did Iceland collapse its banking system as an act of political aggression directed towards a home or foreign body of state (You know, like, what terrorism is all about…)
No. They didn’t. Labelling it “security” is weak too, people have known about this coming crisis for at least 5 years, so to pretend it came out of the blue represents an intelligence failling so massive that it makes you wonder why they have an intelligence service in the first place. It’s quite frankly disgusting on too many levels to list here. Most of all, though, it should wake up the spineless fools who nodded over the top of their copy of The Sun on the ride to work in agreement with the last batch of anti “terror” rulings, hopeless in the belief that it would keep them safe from the bogeyman. The government seems quite happy to disrespectfully re-brand Iceland as a “terrorist”, and if they can do it to and entire nation, they can do it to you just the same.
If you have nothing to hide, you have everything to worry about, because when the blame is on you, they won’t stop asking questions until you give them what they want to hear. If you’re so arrogant as to assume you’ll never find yourself in that spot, find a European Jewish retiree and ask their opinion, they’ll have a lot to tell you.