Friday, July 22, 2005

We HAVE to keep perspective...

The report on today included the worrying paragraph: "'They pushed him onto the floor and unloaded five shots into him. He's dead,' witness Mark Whitby told the BBC. 'He looked like a cornered fox. He looked pertrified,' said Whitby."

Whilst vigilance and the preservation of innocent life is paramount, we MUST take care we do not descend into the kind of 'justice' administered by Judge Dread - "I am the Law!"

UPDATE - Another eyewitness report describes the man shot as wearing '...a bomb belt with wires visible..'. Whilst this appears to justify the Police actions, I maintain that we should be careful about policies and instructions given to officers. A split second decision by a well-trained police officer is miles away from an official 'shoot to kill' policy.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Surprise....Feds Want to Tap In-Flight Internet Communications

In a move that will surprise absolutely nobody, TechNewsWorld reports that the US Federal Gov. is moving towards demanding access to tap, track, and presumably store, info passed across the ever-increasing number of HiFlyWiFi hotspots.

You will be similarly unsurprised to learn that these proposals include the ability to '...intercept, block, or reroute e-mail to and from any airplane'. Part of their concerns appear to be based around fears that terrorists could detonate explosives remotely using Internet-accessed systems.

Yet again, a thinly-veiled attempt to control Information in the name of making the world a safer place. Yet again the core aim of this intrusion will be blurred and buried from view in the complexity of the arguments designed to make us all feel somehow un-patriotic, or even suspicious.

Why the bloody hell would terrorists want to risk failure of months of planning because of a dodgy Microsoft OS or flaky hardware, when they have literally *scores* of people willing to sit there at 30,000ft and manually pull a pin out.

Friday, July 08, 2005

London bombings

I am in New York, and as such am safer today than I would normally be. Ranting and speculating is best left to news networks (and I can almost see the excited news editors salivating over the gore and sorrow) but what is more concerning is two little words that have just popped up along the strapline on CNN. "Rail Insecurity"

Having had to run the gauntlet of US immigration on the way into the country (they now have my photo and finger prints, and I have NO idea what they intend to do with them, who they are going to pass them to, or how long they will be kept) I am more than aware of the dangers to civil liberties, panic and over-reaction can be. As I speak there army personel outside Penn Station, not Police mind you, but full-on, camo-clad gun totin' Army folk. Who or what do you think they are looking for? What nationality exactly makes up Al Bundy? Go on, what do they look like? Got a picture yet?

Worrying isn't it.

BJ Hollingsworth (via Blackberry)