Listening to Theresa May justify such heavy handed policing with the usual repetetive, brain-washing soundbites makes my blood both boil and run cold, which is rather uncomfortable
In a world where the flow of information, at speed and from a multiplicity of independent sources is vital for effective resistance, the ability to “geo-fence” an area to block the recording and transmission of information is a threat. Police violence? Prove it – where’s your video?
So the NSA has paid GCHQ 100 million over the past three years for information it gathers by spying on citizens – information that could bring a knock on the door in the middle of the night to anyone who innocently googles the wrong phrase. Meanwhile the UK Border agency illegally stops and questions people of colour in London streets whilst tweeting live updates of its “successes” and the hate vans roll around with their fictional statistics and Police in Balcome use excessive force to defend an energy company’s right to profit from the destruction of ecosystems against the wishes of locals, (whilst, simultaneously, the Greenland icesheet starts its slide into the sea after record high temperatures). And, of course, there’s Cameron’s disingenuous porn filter initiative – which is undoubtedly a mechanism primarily for blocking a whole host of other material, from Anarchism to Zinn, and for identifying the disobedient opters-out, in order to make GCHQ’s job easier. Delilah is rather overwhelmed at the acceleration of the police state apparatus recently, and the brazen cynicism with which it is being deployed.
Florida continues on its slide into brutalism, with Tampa making it illegal to sleep on the streets. Hmmm – who owns their prisons? Strange, isn’t it.