After deciding it’s good to lock innocent children in a concentration camp. Then fostering racism through absurd immigration laws. The government has turned on it’s own people.
The Sydney Morning Herald has published [an informative article](http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/04/02/1143916406540.html) on a law passed last week that “allows the Government to read private emails, text messages and other stored communications without our knowledge”.
> The power extends to innocent people, called B-parties, if they have been unlucky enough to communicate with someone suspected of a crime or of being a threat to national security.
Have a [read](http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/more-than-ever-watch-what-you-say/2006/04/02/1143916406540.html#). It’s only one page. The article goes on to say:
> Under the Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Act, the Government will be able to access communications not only between the B-party and the suspect, but also between the B-party and anyone else. If you have unwittingly communicated with a suspect (and thereby become a B-party), the Government may be able to monitor all your conversations with family members, friends, work colleagues, your lawyer and your doctor.
> The Government may be able to use the information even though the information is not related to the original suspect. It also does not have to tell you that it has been listening in. While there are some remedies if you have been illegally monitored, these are pointless if you do not know you have come under surveillance.
> This is of even greater concern given how easy it is for ASIO to gain a warrant. The gatekeeper is not an independent person such as a judge, but a politician, the federal attorney-general. As long as ASIO has tried other means of tracking a suspect, to gain a warrant it need only show that intercepting the B-party’s communications is “likely to assist” in obtaining intelligence “related to security” – vague terms providing scope for the misuse of the power.
The attorney-general? You’d get fairer treatment from the Ku Klux Klan at a Martin Luther King birthday party.
The government would probably say that we have nothing to fear if we’ve done nothing wrong. I would say that we’re treated as guilty until proven innocent.
I’m not saying that national security is not important. However, I can’t help think that if the government had more focus on doing good things – like embracing multiculturalism – then they wouldn’t face security problems because people would have no ill will.
Australia can be a great country – witness the help given to cyclone victims. Our government seems to have lost it’s way in the effort to promote wealth over health.
The technology to implement this covert surveillance doesn’t come cheap. Imagine if that money was used to help Australian Aboriginals get a fair go and some respect. How about funding hospitals? or educating the poor?
Perhaps you can visit the [Electronic Frontier Foundation](http://www.eff.org/) website. Join up and let them know. You could also email [John Howard](http://www.pm.gov.au/email.cfm) but you’d probably be incarcerated for expressing an opinon.
This will probably be mis-understood, but I hope that whoever reads it will think on it a lot before responding.
Why do we need security? What are we keeping secure?
What is a nation? If not a sense of limits, of bounds.
If acceptance is the first necessary step towards understanding, and understanding “others” is a requisite of peace, then it’s pertinent to learn how to accept others.
One of the first ways of doing this would be DE-creasing security. What are we trying to be secure about? What are we trying to keep segregated or separated?
Is not security an illusion? If someone wants to fly a plane into pretty much anything at all, obviously it’s not TERRIBLY difficult – as it’s been done before. It doesn’t matter how much security abounds, because it is HUMANS who are in control of the “security” and “anti-security” (ie supposed “terrorists”) bodies are ALSO human, it’s simply a matter of pitting one against one. Who the victor is between two equally matched parties is pretty much a kindergarten mathematical equation – no-one wins.
It’s kind of like me trying to give up cigarettes by punching my SELF in the face: really stupid.
So the real question for me isn’t about how terribly it is for the government to be doing all this stuff, but WHY they are doing it – WHAT on EARTH are we so afraid of? Is it death? Is it losing our identity? Is it the unknown?
If we weren’t afraid, we wouldn’t need security. We’d have security in our trust in the universe.
Why do we split the world into “1st, 2nd, 3rd”-world countries? Nah, why do we even split the world into countries at all?
Good point. Why indeed?
That question needs to be asked over and over.
Possibly. Control is an illusion is it not?
Possibly. It carries with it, for most people, the perception of happiness and freedom – these are transient things too.
Possibly. Western capitalist society is based on a power pyramid system. Social standing or importance is a function of power for most.
A related question, or part of the same question is – what is the expected outcome from all of this?
Also – does the government exist for the sake of the people – is its concern each and every single person within its governing, or do people exist for the sake of the government – should people be trodden on, culled, all in the name of the power that is the government?
Is the government a real thing? or is it an idea – a set of people aligned towards an idea that surmounts all people and other ideas…
Individuals like Jon Puckridge are aligned towards “say no to belief” and the like – and a lot of his sentiments are inlign with this “next thing”, too – which is pretty much “say no to any alignment with an idea at the expense of the individual”. Things organised in their right place – judged by the intelligence of awareness rather than some set of dogma or rules or ideas.
The individual is everything. One has to have one’s OWN idea, one’s OWN intelligence. When more and more people think like for themselves, it will create a new world in its own right. This is very important.