"Britain is to become the first country in the world where the movements of all vehicles on the roads are recorded. A new national surveillance system will hold the records for at least two years."

Charlie Stross, for one, is a bit upset about this.

They’re waving the Terrorism bloody shirt around a lot, seemingly in ignorance of the fact that the July 7th bombers did their stuff on public transport. But that’s about par for the level of logic I’m coming to expect from our public servants these days. It seems to be a case of "if something is possible it must be done" in respect of any and all possible surveillance technologies. Presumably because of a misplaced neo-Benthamite trust in the panopticon …

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7 comments on ““neo-Benthamites”
  1. Paul says:

    Okay the Charlie what would you do to combat potential terrorists?

  2. Rev. Beau says:

    I don’t know what Charlie would do, but what’s wrong with kidnapping terror suspects and giving them enemas? It’s been working pretty well so far, Paul. There haven’t been any terrorist attacks since they started doing that. I know it’s a bizarre way to fight the terrorist menace, but needs must when the devil drives, eh?

  3. bmo says:

    Nice blog! You might interested in the new product Enemas Combatant!

  4. fp says:

    Mas fino y mas aromatico

  5. Paul says:

    Rev. Beau how about having captured terrorists be made to listen to Michael Bolton singing nonstop during every waking hour. On second thought that comes under cruel and unusual punishment doesn’t it ?

  6. bmo says:

    Paul, one of Rev. Beau’s sermons would be torture enough. The good minister will be podcasting soon.

  7. Rev. Beau says:

    BMO and Frank enjoy teasing me about my “control issues”, as they call them, and sending me emails with large GIF asterisks that expand and contract, but the point about my sermons is valid, I’m afraid. There _is_ a punitive element to moral instruction.



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