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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Liberdade ou Segurança?

Um artigo importante publicado no Times há alguns dias que foca a estreita linha que separa a segurança e a liberdade na visão de um governo. O autor é Perry de Havilland, um dos colaboradores do blogue Samizdata.net.

In terror of more mad laws

WE ARE DOOMED to death and destruction at the hand of terrorists unless we give the State more powers. Well, that’s what the Government claims.

So we’ll have to carry ID cards that feed into pooled databases capable of tracking our every transaction. Internet service providers will be required to keep copies of every e-mail just in case the State wants to read what we have been writing.

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The Government uses a false dichotomy that liberty and security have to be traded off against each other.

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And when they cross the line and incite people to terrorism, I want the Government to do the one thing with my tax money of which I approve: protect me from these nutters by throwing them in jail or out of the country.

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The Government does not need more powers.

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Pena que esta atitude libertária (à qual já me habituei a ver em países como os EUA e o Reino Unido por parte de pessoas comuns) não seja mais frequente por estas paragens ibéricas. Terá o cidadão comum sequer parado para pensar qual a utilidade (e as vantagens) do BI?
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