Posted By Kathleen David on September 29, 2006
I have some serious concerns about the country that I am living in.
A woman who is running for public office is under investigation for TALKING about wiretapping her husband. You can tell from the way she is talking that she is very angry and most of the talk is just venting. The wiretap never happened and she is still married to her husband who is a big political liability not only for his philandering but also for his drinking and driving or his driving in general. She under investigated by the FBI because she asked a friend to help her. Let me rephrase this, she is being investigated for talking. (I know there is more to this than I put here. And some are going to say what about the supposed terrorists that were caught for talking. I saw apples and oranges. She wanted to know what her husband was up to and they wanted to hurt lots of people. Now if she wanted to kill her husband and they go that on a wiretap then she gets no sympathy from me.) This comes out 6 weeks before the election and is seriously undermining her campaign.
A teacher in Long Island was arrested for have child pornography on his computer along with some films. Now he had been stopped on the Canadian board by the Canadians who asked him to fire up the laptop. He informed them that there were some things on there that were a little odd. He ran a website about slave boys, severe SM, and cannibalism where he and his webmaster (who happened to be in Canada) wrote out their fetishes. On the computer at the time he had pictures of boys in bathing suits that he had collected off the internet. There were no nude pictures on the hard drive at the time. The website had a disclaimer on it that all content was a work of fiction and was for the entertainment purposes don’t really do this.
Squiggy I know but how is this different from some of the Harry Potter slash fiction? He was arrested for the nude images which I applaud the police for. But now they are exploring the possibility that he might have done what he wrote about since he was so into this “stuff”. Considering the disclaimer on the website I highly doubt it. He seems to have a firm grasp of reality with rather twisted fantasies. If we take that to the logical conclusion then the police better go arrest Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, and Stephen King since some of the stuff they have written about may mean they are cannibals or have vampires in their basement or children in peril. And he is be investigated for something he said/did on top of what he did that was wrong (child pørņ is so wrong). Again I know I don’t have all the facts.
So if this is taken to its logical conclusion then we need to Mirandizes the entire population of the Internet. Anything you say/type may be used against you in the court of law even if it was when you were back in college and talking about a bad trip on acid so now you will never do acid again but since you did it and wrote about it then the police can use it to persecute you for using illegal drugs. The fanfic pørņøš that you wrote in your early 20s will come back to haunt you in later life because of the subject material. Your political debate in a chat room where you claim that you know how to use explosives and want to blow up the state Senate can be used against you in a court of law. Things said/written in anger come back and haunt you many years later. Kind of a scary place to live don’t you think?
I am grateful that we are not at this point…yet.