Saturday, 21 June 2008

The Building Blocks of Tyranny

by Charles Pooter

Under English law it will be possible to be arrested for a crime that was not illegal when it was committed and then held for 42 days without charge. You can then be tried in a closed tribunal without a jury, which can hear evidence from anonymous accusers. Your silence in front of the police can be held against you in the trial. If you are not found guilty, it will be possible for you to be retried for the same offence in the future.

Now it may be true that not all these facts can apply to the same alleged offence, but does anyone really believe that this will remain the case once the principles have been conceded for a particular set of crimes?

8 comments:

Tim Worstall said...

One to add to the list: all of your possessions may be seized at the moment of your arrest.

Charles Pooter said...

Indeed!

Chris said...

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent".
Thomas Jefferson
We have all been silent for too long!

dearieme said...

Jefferson, Jefferson - I'll take my advice on liberty from someone who didn't own slaves, thanks.

Fidothedog said...

Crossposted that, hits the nail on the head.

Chris said...

If we let the government have all these powers, we will end up the slaves. Dearieme

Charles Pooter said...

Jefferson was probably more gentle when he had his way with Sally Hemings than the state will be with its unconsenting victims.

Wyrdtimes said...

An excellent and extremely worrying summary :|