Australia

Accused criminals to handover computer passwords or face jail

It’s amazing how our media reports on the continued erosion of our freedom. I’m not surprised the authorities want to jail anyone who doesn’t give up their right to privacy. That’s only to be expected. It’s the sloppy reporting and lack of any arguments against granting greater powers to the state that astound me.

This from Channel 10.

The South Australian government is cracking down on suspected criminals who refuse to handover their computer passwords.

New laws – currently in the process of being drafted – would mean any criminals who refuse to do so could face jail time of up to five years, according to reports.

So is it “suspected criminals” or “criminals”? There’s a huge difference between a suspect and a convict. But let’s not split hairs over that because it only gets worse.

The Adelaide Advertiser reports that the state government also announced that as part of the proposed changes anyone found to be running a child exploitation website or forum would face up to a decade behind bars.

So 5 years in the slammer for refusing to hand over your password, but only 10 for running a child abuse website? AFTER A PROPOSED CHANGE TO EXISTING LEGISLATION?

Anyone who’s followed the Pizzagate investigation knows how widespread child abuse is around the world and how dire the need to do more to bring perpetrators to justice. But do you notice the powers that be always invoke the most horrific crimes when it’s time to convince you to give up more civil liberties, while civilians investigating and illuminating said crimes are smeared as “conspiracy nuts”?

I have a proposal. If total erosion of privacy is inevitable, let’s bring back the death sentence for child exploitation. If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear, right?

 

Note also the source link includes the word “accused”: Accused criminals to handover computer passwords or face jail

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