Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Mission Creeps

Those of us arguing against the National DNA database will often point to the 'mission creep' which occurs with new legislation.
It creeps deliberately, of course.
The Government can't tell us the truth of their intentions.
So, they ask us to support something which is easily agreed to and then use it for something which the people won't agree to.
I am sure that those of you who have been given a book of David Hamilton photographs for Christmas would never have realised that you could end up on the sex-offenders list as a result.
Yet, under legislation 'designed' to protect minors, that is exactly what could happen - if someone doesn't like you.

(So, imagine what is in store for those who are actively blogging for a better world.
We saw in ForrestGate exactly how it works).

No matter, that's not the point for today.
There are longstanding plans to bury nuclear waste in Scotland.
We have known for years, but now these plans are active.

'A NEW radioactive waste dump to store deadly polonium-210 - the isotope used to murder former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko - is being planned in Scotland.

The offshore oil industry wants to bury hundreds of tonnes of toxic drilling waste on the mainland. But critics claim the plan poses a serious health hazard to members of the public.'

Big Oil will do it unless the SNP are able to oppose it.

Notice I said the SNP rather than the Scottish Executive.


Well, we recently saw how the Scottish Executive was reduced to stifling debate by the use of AntiTerror Laws :

Executive guilty of using terrorism as an excuse to refuse FoI request

And the story?

'The Scottish information commissioner, Kevin Dunion, has found the Executive guilty of breaching freedom of information legislation by failing to provide documents from a file entitled "Release of radionuclides in drinking water systems".'

Of course, they will appeal.

So, I want to find out about the dangers of shite going into my drinking water and am stymied because to do so would pose a threat to National Security.

'The Executive argued that releasing the documents would breach section 79 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 because it "might prejudice the security of any nuclear site or of any nuclear material". But it failed to produce any evidence to back up its case.'

Gimme that again?

Unfortunately, even if you think that you are immune to these things - things such as contamination of water etc - you are not.

Which brings us back to 'mission creep' and the DNA database.
One member of my family actually said that the DNA database was a good idea because it allows old murder cases to be solved.
Laudible, I am sure, but very naive.

Mission Creep means that one possible use of the DNA database is for control of the population.
That particular family member said 'it doesn't affect me'.

Last time I was in her house she had a book of David Hamilton photos on the coffee table.


zola a social thing said...

Damn it we must contact the Greens of the EU on this one.

BTW : "the population" has always been "controlled" by those in a position to do so. But no worries this mission creeps downwards and in the end benefits all. Marx said so.

Merkin said...

Fair comment.
Just let's hope the current mission is not going to creep downwards taking us with them.

zola a social thing said...

Fair comment.
If we keep on agreeing like this the Pink Panthers will smell a rat.
Best I say something untoward.

I guess you are the kind of guy that agrees with the prison occifers that try to destroy the UK Green-Way.

boldscot said...

Prison hulks are the way forward, so why do they need to pay the workers?

trousers said...

Didn't Robert Mapplethorpe's stuff get variously banned, investigated, denounced as pornography in the name of art and so on too? That kind of, er, controversy in itself is nothing new of course - but as you rightly point out, the consequences are ever more sinister/draconian.