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Roland van Ipen­burg
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Over the edge

Thurs­day 4 March 2010 00:54

Here we go again. The good thing is that there is a lot of po­lit­i­cal talk on Ger­man state tele­vi­sion, the bad thing is that the lev­el of dis­cus­sion is usu­al­ly not worth watch­ing it. The rea­son could be that any­one work­ing for the Ger­man state tele­vi­sion who does some­thing the Chris­t­ian po­lit­i­cal pow­ers don't like gets fired.

So a lot of times there's a CDU rep­re­sen­ta­tive just talk­ing crap or pro­mot­ing a po­lice state. Whether it's fight­ing ter­ror­ists, on­line-crime, child pornog­ra­phy or tax eva­sion they al­ways have the same ar­gu­ment to push the pow­ers of the state fur­ther to­wards to­tal­i­tar­i­an­ism. Of course they don't mean to do that or even re­al­ize they are do­ing it. The big mis­take they make is that they al­ways claim the ex­tra breach of civ­il rights they need is es­sen­tial for fight­ing crime, and if they aren't al­lowed to do it the crim­i­nals can nev­er get caught. So if you get onto some­one's open WiFi and do some­thing crim­i­nal, the po­lice can nev­er catch you, is what they say. If they don't have of­fi­cial con­nec­tion data from an ISP they can't do any­thing. If they don't get to buy stolen Swiss bank data, they can't do any­thing. If they don't have a Stasi like or­ga­ni­za­tion work­ing for them, they can't do any­thing. Any­thing short of a po­lice state helps the crim­i­nals.

But that's their prob­lem. If the po­lice were made up of blind peo­ple in wheel­chairs, they would have a hard time catch­ing crim­i­nals. In the CDU line of rea­son­ing that would be a good rea­son to lock every­body up, oth­er­wise it would be im­pos­si­ble for the po­lice to catch any crim­i­nals, which seems to be their ul­ti­mate goal. The CDU has a very dan­ger­ous way of think­ing about giv­ing up hu­man rights just to save a few bucks on po­lice op­er­a­tions. They don't buy stolen Swiss bank data be­cause it's the right thing to do, they buy them be­cause they think it's a great in­vest­ment mon­ey-wise. In­stead of whin­ing about how pow­er­less they are with­out their pre­cious po­lice state the po­lice should show a lit­tle more cre­ativ­i­ty and in­tel­li­gence and just show us they are also able to catch crim­i­nals in a free coun­try.

Pu­n­ish­ing crim­i­nals out­side of the law I can do my­self, I don't need the po­lice for that. "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!"

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