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As with all government oversight in today's liberal democracies, the "If you're not doing anything wrong, you've got nothing to worry about" argument works to alleviate concern. What it doesn't do is predict what that oversight -- and its elaborate technology -- can turn into when the government, at some point in an unknowable future, turns from fundamentally benign into something less so.
What's a “society offender”?
Save the outrage for when Rover, Kitty Kitty, Tweetie, and other animals names show up on the profile list.
One of these days we'll have a perfect world - especially in business travel - and Gulliver will be out of a job.
I wonder if the entire population of Latin America is on the list?
"who *never* would be missed." ?
A typical liberal piece of scaremongering. The truth is the government is keeping us safe and the more people on the blacklist the better, because the world hates America and is out to get us. The idea that innocent people have something to fear is just typical liberal elite nonsense. Even if you're arrested for no reason, have a confession beaten out of you, and are sent off for 20 years of hard labor in a maximum security penitentiary, if you're innocent you'll have nothing to fear. And of course if that happens to you it's proof positive that you were in fact guilty. Just obey the person in the uniform, do what you are told, stop asking unpatriotic questions, and accept that the government always knows best. Why should this be so hard for liberals to understand? Almost makes you want to put them on a no-fly list so they can't attempt to flee when the cops are sent out to get them...
The entire US is becoming flyover country i.e. fly over, do not land, do not visit
...Loss of civil liberties ?
The Economist should look closer to home.
Britons ' vaunted right to free speech has been terminated by the left wing, politically correct,thugs.
Now anyone who questions Muslim immigration, or paedophilic Muslim gangs is automatically accused of a 'hate crime'
- a felony.
It is a basic British right to raise such questions, openly , without fear.
Similarly, with sex.
If a male makes what in the past, was laughed off as an off -color joke, he is automatically accused of being 'sexist' - apparently another crime , enough for him to lose his job .
When the sexes can no longer flirt, nor touch each other, you are creating a sterile,
lonely place on the planet, where no human being would wish to live.
Vetted immigration is the solution to solving demographic changes.
Open discussion of cultural differences, once the British norm , was squleched- leading to the Brexit vote.
- Is it only Farage who has the freedom to state that the Emperor has no clothes ?