The Future of Democracy, Privacy and Law “Encroachment”
Indymedia: This Monday, Kent Police arrested a man in Sheffield under the Serious Crime Act 2007 in relation to the recent Indymedia server seizure. His home was raided, all computer equipment and related papers taken. He was released after eight hours. The person had neither technical, administrative nor editorial access to the Indymedia UK website. He was only associated to the project by hosting its server.
The arrest took place under Section 44-46 of the Serious Crime Act, which was passed into law on 1st October 2008 to combat serious international crime like drug trafficking, prostitution, money laundering and armed robbery. Sections 44-46 refer to “encouraging or assisting offences”.
Kent police claim that they are after the IP address of the poster of two anonymous comments to a report about a recent animal liberation court case, which included personal details of the Judge. The IP address of the poster is not stored as Indymedia does not log IP addresses. This was acknowledged by British Transport Police in 2005, after the Bristol IMC server seizure.
This is definitely a future possible. It will not take long for law encroachment personnel and dimwitted politicans to start using the Shock Doctrine to convince ignorant citizens that the need to spy on every aspect of their private lives far out ways their need for privacy because their not really looking at you’re activities but rather they’re look for pedophiles, terrorists and drug trafficers. Because we all know that they just love to hang out and discuss their evil plans and activities on public forums and don’t use encrypted email to communicate.