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July 13, 2005

In the wake of the London terror, the British government is trying to push through compulsory identity cards. They have been trying to do this for years now, and keep getting defeated by civil libertarians. The cards are not just ID cards – they will also have a chip that any policeman stopping you would be able to put into his machine to see if, I suppose, you have any outstanding library books.

I am against this on principle, as I oppose anything that gives the State more power over you. What makes it even worse is that the public will be expected to pay for this. Obviously, we always finance our own oppression by paying tax, but it will be even more direct this time: you will have to pay for your own ID card. No one’s sure what they will cost yet, but the figures floating around are between GBP 100 and GBP 320. It seems that the government (actually, the taxpayer) will cover part of it, but everyone will have to fork over around a hundred squid just to help the Filth keep track on them.

This is already a society obsessed with control, a surveillance society. Where ever you go you are tracked by CCTV cameras, there are paper trails for everything you do, and now there are plans to record and store for three years all phone and email conversations. It’s a society at war with its citizens.

It’s the same with bank accounts: recent laws make it much harder to get a bank account, ostensibly to stop ‘terrorists’ setting up accounts and funnelling money around. Of course, ‘terrorists’ are well organised enough to get around this, so it is ordinary folk who suffer. The result is that I haven’t been able to get a bank account, because I don’t have a lease in my name.

But what everyone seems to have forgotten is that the perpetrators of the terror attacks were British citizens who had never come to the police’s attention before. They had bank accounts. And if the police had stopped them en route to the bombing and asked to see ID cards, there would have been no information on them anyway. So all these anti-terror measures that they want to introduce ‘for our own safety’ wouldn’t have prevented the bombings anyway. Nothing ever will. The rot is deep within society, and you simply cannot keep screwing it tighter. It will explode, in one way or another, and people will get hurt.

The problem is, the civil libertarians have caved in like limp jellyfish over the ID cards. “What we need is unity in the face of terror, and security”, they say. What we need now, more than ever, is increased vigilance, and to fight the real enemy: a bloated and inefficient capitalist system in severe crisis that is resorting to increasingly violent and fascist solutions.

Do you really want to stop the threats of terror? Then get the hell out of Iraq, and stop making Muslems the new bogeyman. The truth is, they don’t want to stop the terror, because a terrified populace is easy to control, and they are obsessed with control. Now more than ever, as it is slipping from their grasp: both because people are becoming increasingly distrustful of power, but also because the Earth herself is rebelling against their power and way of doing things. Climate change will destroy their system – either because people realise that the system must be destroyed for our survival, or because the increasingly turbulent and unpredictable weather will destroy a lot of life on this planet and obviously, end oil-based economies.

I get very suspicious when, immediately after a terror attack, authorities use it as an excuse to clamp down on civil liberties instead of trying to resolve the issue. It’s almost too convenient. One way or another, Blair is to blame for this. And many people know it.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. ben permalink
    July 29, 2005 2:28 pm

    …and how ironic that shortly after the Congestion Charge is extended and increased to 8 pounds a day, “a terrorist cell” strikes fear into all citizens using public transport. Just how deep does this rabbit hole go, I wonder?

  2. ben permalink
    July 29, 2005 2:28 pm

    …and how ironic that shortly after the Congestion Charge is extended and increased to 8 pounds a day, “a terrorist cell” strikes fear into all citizens using public transport. Just how deep does this rabbit hole go, I wonder?

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