It is indeed scary. But as long as “the sheep” will value (the illusion of?) security over freedom, this trend will continue.
To be frank, I have more trouble with the concept of “thought crime” and indefinite detention without charges than I am about cameras and RFIDs.
From the first link: 'He said: "This is a welcome announcement which makes a clear statement that drawings or computer-generated images of child abuse are as unacceptable as a photograph.
“It adds to the range of measures to help ensure the safeguarding of children and young people.” ’
Does someone have an inherent right to draw pictures of some young kid being raped or sodomized? Then transmit it over the Web? While my emotions are revolted by such a thing, my reason tells me that it is within someone’s rights. Man, this privacy thing is a can of worms!
This has nothing to do with privacy. It’s about the right to fantasize that is being trampled. I am repulsed by the very idea of anyone creating or watching cartoons of schoolgirls being raped, but if you take that right away, it’ll then be violent video games. And then the “kill the cops” rap lyrics. And then the people uploading video on YouTube. And so on and so forth.
It is, for all intents and purposes, prosecution of a thought crime. The law assumes that anyone who drew an erotic picture of a kid will act on those feelings and molest a child. For all flack Sweden catches about its “big government”, freedoms are as healthy as they come here. No false positives in airports. No arbitrary detention. No CD-sniffing dogs. And most certainly, no rules that cripple creativity. As for the Arab world that we all relentlessly slam, it is at least moving in the right direction. This British ruling, if it passes, is a leap backwards and the open door to all sorts of abuse.