"Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper." [George Orwell]. I must admit that IMHO the hacking scandal in the UK is getting a bit tiresome: a while back when the Guardian had their 2nd or 3rd attempt to 'get Coulson' I seriously suspected the government (New Labour and then Coalition) and the police were covering it up because they used the same hackers. I thought the same again today when reading about the latest (lop-sided?) coverage and - moreso - Big Brother Watch's post on recently extended powers under the Patriot Act in the USA for - amongst other things - 'roving wiretaps' allowing authorities to monitor mobile devices of a 'person of interest': [edited 14:46]
"In the political climate today, fear of terror threats runs deep and members of the public should be protected. There is, however, a duty to protect the rights of law abiding citizens against intrusion and to protect their rights. This uncontrolled use of surveillance laws by the US government is shameful and a gross misinterpretations of the powers of government."BBW add a nice quote: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” [Benjamin Franklin]
Now, off on a tangent but loosely connected in a way to this quote, was the reaction to the Olso Massacres: the Norwegian PM stating last friday that "the answer to violence is even more democracy" and indeed this week that more democracy was the answer. I get the nasty feeling that what he means is what all politicians mean when they talk about democracy; and that it will mean less liberty.
Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions. [Friedrich Nietzsche]