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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

More from the UK

Two new items: face recognition programs will now go into action.

And the Police now claim that simply setting off the metal detector is not cause enough to search a passenger at a railway station, so they want the right to search everyone. First of all, I find the premise hard to believe. In Charter land Canada and Bil of Rights USA, no one has ever successfully argued that setting off the metal detector is not enough for further search (in fact, there are usually warnings posted at the entrance of the security line). This may not be optimal from some civil libertrians' perspective, but the idea that better solution is searching everyone (or at least having the right to) is even worse. So it seems to me that is yet another power grab masked as "work-around" the rule of law that has so sadly disappeared.

Posted by Moin A Yahya on January 13, 2009 | Permalink

Comments

Its bizarre and its doublespeak. (read 1984)
The UK authorities seem to have their public on the run and thay are pressing the attack while the people are compliant. Its sickening and it should be setting off alarms everywhere in the pseudo free world.

Posted by: JC | 2009-01-13 12:49:09 PM


Nonsense happens here too. Last summer as I finished going through Edmonton airport security I noticed a woman behind me being rudely frisked by a female security person. It was obvious that the victim posed no threat to anyone. As it turns out I was standing next to the victim's husband and I made a remark to him about the nature of the search. Security was enjoying the power trip as she harshly assaulted the victim's breasts. The husband was furious and told me that his wife was the victim of a random search being carried out so that no one would feel that they were being profiled. The display was disgusting. The UK is not the only place where the individual is at the mercy of a frightened bureaucracy.

Posted by: DML | 2009-01-14 12:41:13 AM


Nonsense happens here too. Last summer as I finished going through Edmonton airport security I noticed a woman behind me being rudely frisked by a female security person. It was obvious that the victim posed no threat to anyone. As it turns out I was standing next to the victim's husband and I made a remark to him about the nature of the search. Security was enjoying the power trip as she harshly assaulted the victim's breasts. The husband was furious and told me that his wife was the victim of a random search being carried out so that no one would feel that they were being profiled. The display was disgusting. The UK is not the only place where the individual is at the mercy of a frightened bureaucracy.

Posted by: DML | 2009-01-14 12:41:14 AM



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