Government minister, Tony McNulty, although being broadly sympathetic to the proposals, also raised the issue of ethics and civil liberties surrounding this, which is akin to a very large pot calling the kettle a very dark colour.
Still, at least it softens everybody up should the government decide to announce this as a policy in the future. And I’m sure it can only be a matter of time before somebody mentions terrorism in connection with it.
It’s not as if having ID cards forced upon us isn’t enough, and they’re not likely to solve anything quickly, nor be cheap or actually do what they were intended to do.
Anyway, what happened to presumed innocent until proven guilty? To stick us all on there assumes we’re all guilty. I mean, if the authorities really want to ensure we prevent crimes, there’s an awful lot of crimes that could be committed we don’t know about. Why not just lock a quarter of the population up arbitrarily. The end result would probably be the same.
Better still, why not develop some pre-cogs who could predict crime before it happens enabling the police to prevent the crime before it happens and lock-up a potentially dangerous member of society. Again, such moves are designed to make us safer, m’kaay.