LJ 2008-10-17 13:45:00
I think I’d have to say that Geoff Hoon is a fucking nutcase.
She asked: “How much more control can they have? How far is he prepared to go to undermine civil liberties?”
Mr Hoon interjected: “To stop terrorists killing people in our society, quite a long way actually.”
“If they are going to use the internet to communicate with each other and we don’t have the power to deal with that, then you are giving a licence to terrorists to kill people.”
I’m sorry, what..?
Oh, but he goes on..
“The biggest civil liberty of all is not to be killed by a terrorist.”
This sort of bullshit makes me want to get back to designing ways of encrypting e-mails in such a way as to render them unreadable. The law can require that a person give up any encryption keys or passwords or similar on request, which means you have to think of ways in which to come up with keyless encryption methods which require some other means of decoding the e-mail.. It’s not easy, but that’s half the fun of it..
And obviously this has done nothing to hinder my belief that Julia Goldsworthy is the most awesome woman in politics..
But seriously.. What is this guy on? How do you equate the loss of civil liberties felt by all people with the loss of life that managed to hit 52 people several years ago? I’m not saying that 52 lives lost is acceptable, but in the grand scheme of things, I would imagine that more people have choked on toast in the UK in the last decade than have been killed by Islamic extremists… Where is the toast database?
Geoff Hoon was a nutjob when he was in charge of the military, and at least he’s kept himself consistent.. I am, however, confused as to how he still manages to work in government given his terrible mental disorder…