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  • i mean GOD FORBID your fucking government should criminalize something you do or just “are” (anyone here a sodomite? no? raise your hands if you’re gay. guess what’s still criminalized in a lot of these united states, and what can put you in fucking prison if seen on security camera footage that is then used in court against you. guess.) and use universal surveillance to hunt you down and incarcerate, injure or kill you, or maybe even do that without the comfy bolster of criminal law, but maybe just for fun because cops are psychotic
edit: sodomy laws were “struck down” in 2003 but the police didn’t get the memo.  the police will still beat you into jelly for being a poof and the police still think sodomy is illegal.
more than a dozen states still have sodomy laws on the books which can be used to arrest and incarcerate the accused, if only temporarily. that is, if you are seen being a sodomite.
"if you aren’t doing anythign wrong you have nothing to fear" is a completely specious argument because you have no idea, unless you are literally the walking anthropomorphic manifest of the complete US (or in your case, British) criminal code if anything you are doing right now is an arrestable or punishable offense.  wearing or buying bootleg designer clothing? violating copyright in any way, shape or form? jaywalking, maybe even just on a technicality? car not 100% up to code in some obscure way? salvaging furniture, food, or other usable refuse from the roadside or a dumpster (theft), maybe because you’re homeless (loitering, trespassing)? 
the average american commits three felonies per day without realizing it. any one of which will put you in prison, potentially forever, but only when they see you doing it and decide to incarcerate you.  privacy is PROTECTION from unjust, unreasonable laws, as well as illegal persecution by police and government agencies.
1. they don’t care if what youre doing on that footage is “wrong” or not.
2. they don’t care if what you’re doing on that footage is “illegal” or not
3. they care about being able to find you, follow you, and potentially arrest or disable you in case they have a reason to do so.
reasons which you won’t care about until you get into a tinychat with someone who’s under investigation by the FBI, and you make a joke about blowing up a police car, and end up interrogated for three months without access to counsel (all “legal”). which is quite similar to what is happening to a number of Grand Jury Resisters around the country right now, notably in seattle.  the seattle grand jury resisters had not committed any crime whatsoever, and had not even been present at the event they were being questioned about.  some of them ended up in solitary confinement for months and months, again, without being charged with a crime, and without being proven to have committed a crime.  
for the love of god, EDUCATE YOURSELF. “im not doing anything wrong” is not even remotely the point, kids. it’s meaningless to the topic at hand, and unless you genuinely believe the entire government, every single person in power from the president/prime minister down to the DMV desk workers has Your Best Interests At Heart and WOuld Never Do Anything Bad To Me Unless I Deserved it, you should be worried about universal surveillance.  especially if you are anything other than a heterosexual, cis, white, conservative taxpayer.

    i mean GOD FORBID your fucking government should criminalize something you do or just “are” (anyone here a sodomite? no? raise your hands if you’re gay. guess what’s still criminalized in a lot of these united states, and what can put you in fucking prison if seen on security camera footage that is then used in court against you. guess.) and use universal surveillance to hunt you down and incarcerate, injure or kill you, or maybe even do that without the comfy bolster of criminal law, but maybe just for fun because cops are psychotic

    edit: sodomy laws were “struck down” in 2003 but the police didn’t get the memo.  the police will still beat you into jelly for being a poof and the police still think sodomy is illegal.

    more than a dozen states still have sodomy laws on the books which can be used to arrest and incarcerate the accused, if only temporarily. that is, if you are seen being a sodomite.

    "if you aren’t doing anythign wrong you have nothing to fear" is a completely specious argument because you have no idea, unless you are literally the walking anthropomorphic manifest of the complete US (or in your case, British) criminal code if anything you are doing right now is an arrestable or punishable offense.  wearing or buying bootleg designer clothing? violating copyright in any way, shape or form? jaywalking, maybe even just on a technicality? car not 100% up to code in some obscure way? salvaging furniture, food, or other usable refuse from the roadside or a dumpster (theft), maybe because you’re homeless (loitering, trespassing)? 

    the average american commits three felonies per day without realizing it. any one of which will put you in prison, potentially forever, but only when they see you doing it and decide to incarcerate you.  privacy is PROTECTION from unjust, unreasonable laws, as well as illegal persecution by police and government agencies.

    1. they don’t care if what youre doing on that footage is “wrong” or not.

    2. they don’t care if what you’re doing on that footage is “illegal” or not

    3. they care about being able to find you, follow you, and potentially arrest or disable you in case they have a reason to do so.

    reasons which you won’t care about until you get into a tinychat with someone who’s under investigation by the FBI, and you make a joke about blowing up a police car, and end up interrogated for three months without access to counsel (all “legal”). which is quite similar to what is happening to a number of Grand Jury Resisters around the country right now, notably in seattle.  the seattle grand jury resisters had not committed any crime whatsoever, and had not even been present at the event they were being questioned about.  some of them ended up in solitary confinement for months and months, again, without being charged with a crime, and without being proven to have committed a crime.  

    for the love of god, EDUCATE YOURSELF. “im not doing anything wrong” is not even remotely the point, kids. it’s meaningless to the topic at hand, and unless you genuinely believe the entire government, every single person in power from the president/prime minister down to the DMV desk workers has Your Best Interests At Heart and WOuld Never Do Anything Bad To Me Unless I Deserved it, you should be worried about universal surveillance.  especially if you are anything other than a heterosexual, cis, white, conservative taxpayer.

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