Og da kom pedofili-argumentet igjen
Ifra nyhetsavisen The Telegraph
"Paedophiles may escape detection because highly-classified material about Britain's surveillance capabilities have been published by the Guardian newspaper, the UK government has claimed. A senior Whitehall official said data stolen by Edward Snowden, a former contractor to the US National Security Agency, could be exploited by child abusers and other cyber criminals. It could also put lives at risk by disclosing secrets to terrorists, insurgents and hostile foreign governments, he said."
Slashdot-kommentar ifra en "anonymous coward" om saken summerer opp hvorfor dette er et svakt argument:
"It's an interesting twist: instead of claiming spying is essential for the nation's foreign intelligence capabilities and security when faced with nation state adversaries, they are now claiming spying is needed to combat internal, run-of-the mill criminals. So they are basically admitting they are building a surveillance state where every possible law that the leaders imagine can also be enforced.
If we are to configure our society so that every sicko that enjoys child molestation videos in the privacy of his home is immediately apprehended, then it seems to me any type of dissent of conspiracy against the government becomes impossible. Good luck explaining to the public that's a bad compromise."
En annen kommenar ifra pegasustonans utbroderer videre den følelsen kanskje ganske mange som har innsikt i problematikken får til slike uttalelser ifra myndighetene:
"We've heard from David Cameron that Snowden's leak "damaged national security."
Cameron made veiled threats suggesting he could take the media to court over publishing the leaks.
Government enforcers employed heavy-handed tactics to intercept, detain and threaten those even tangentially connected to the leaks.
Many were forced to destroy technical equipment in a quixotic quest to purge the unpurgeable.
Now, all of that failed. Predictably, this is the kind of horse shit they've resorted to slinging."
Når alle andre argumenter for universell og total overvåkning feiler, trekkes frem nazi-terrorist-pedofil-doplanger-kortet for å spille på våre dypeste irrasjonelle frykter.
Dette skjedde også i Norge under DLD-debatten. Vi fikk da store overskrifter som sa:
"Frykter Norge blir frihavn for pedofile og kriminelle"
Det eneste som er mer patetisk enn å komme med disse argumentene, er at de fungerer.