August 26, 2013

Why I Would Like to Disagree With Lord Blair

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Blair might certainly have a point that a state secret allows countries to protect themselves against outside forces. But to improve law to protect “national secrets” does not sit well with me. What they did to David Miranda does not sit well with me either. I’d like to disagree with Lord Blair; the people need to know what their governments are doing because we’re paying them to do their job.

The NSA-GCHQ surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden increased the issue of increased illegal surveillance by both organisations, who cross reference databases that allow them to search for potential criminals. However, this certainly downplays an individual’s privacy, which, according to international law, is a right of any individual.

There is a point about the media revealing the government’s operations; potential criminals and organised crime syndicates could make use of the processes to bend things to their will. If they do not know about the process, it also helps defend the country against them. However, sooner or later these processes would be revealed.

The more the people know, the more the people could defend themselves. If we knew about the surveillance programs in the different countries in the world, people would automatically hide their personal information and if possible, they could facilitate the capture of potential suspects by exposing them instead of using surveillance.

Privacy is one thing, but public offices are what the first adjective says. They are public, and publicly-owned, I want to know where my investments progress.

August 6, 2013

Internet Pornography and The United Kingdom

Today’s biggest issue is the UK’s prime minister David Cameron asking the entire world to cooperate in filtering smut from UK homes. Internet service providers will ask their clients if they would like to install pornography filters in their own homes. Aside from the increased revenue decrease for many porn industry entrepreneurs, this could also mean a censorship on all things expression.

Let’s face it; pornography is part of a human’s daily life, including children. Aside from illegal child pornography, which is immoral in itself, children will continue to look for such media, both boys and girls alike. When their superiors and parents make it a big issue by hiding it or restricting access to it, the more the children’s curiosities are piqued.

The only way to dampen a child’s curiosity is to show to them what the fuss about pornography is all about. It might seem awkward, especially for children reaching the age of puberty and teens, but if children are taught young that sex is a human cycle and they could only have access to it at the right age, then they’d understand it isn’t anything special.

What religion and society actually made of pornography is improve it. Because religion especially indicates sexual desires as something bad and human nature in itself, the curiosities of people continue to rattle as something “evil”. When one has an understanding of what “evil” is and why it isn’t as stereotypically evil as portrayed, then children, and people will not need filters for any personal expression.