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Warning: This post was published more than 12 years ago.

I keep old posts on the site because sometimes it's interesting to read old content. Not everything that is old is bad. Also, I think people might be interested to track how my views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured!

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might have changed in the 12 years since I wrote this post.
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David Mery’s front page piece in today’s Guardian certainly makes for interesting reading – and raises some very valid and important questions about the actions of the police in the wake of the London tube bombings. Well worth reading, and worrying.

This 733rd post was filed under: News and Comment.






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Driverless cars, algorithms and the ethics of valuing of human life (published 11th February 2015)

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Comments and responses

Comment from A T Hunn


by A T Hunn

Comment posted at 22:15 on 30th September 2005.

Look, either you are for the forces of law or you are with the terrorists. Persident Bush has made that very clear, and society must be protected from terrorism by whatever means necessary.

This guy is obviously a subversive whining ingrate and he deserves all the treatment he got. Writing articles about it on the front page of the newspaper shows him to be just another cry baby liberal. But what else do you expect from the Guardian and their columnists?


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 11:09 on 1st October 2005.

You say

society must be protected from terrorism by whatever means necessary

But that really means nothing unless you state precisely what you mean by ‘protected’ and by ‘terrorism’…


Comment from A T Hunn


by A T Hunn

Comment posted at 12:01 on 1st October 2005.

In its absolute sense, “terrorism” is anything which threatens the rule of law.

“Protected” means using any means at their disposal to prevent the rule of law being threatened.

Obviously 9/11 was not a sufficient wake up call for some people to realize that we are at war, everything changed, and the necessary measures need to be taken. During the war against the Nazis, people accepted without question the need for rationing, identity cards, censorship, and the need to round up enemies of the state and subversives eg communists, ethnic Germans, and Japanese and put them in interment camps. The war on terrorism is no different, and since as our great leaders in thsi crusade against the force of evil have declared, “if you are not with us, you are against us”, those who oppose such measures are revealing themselves to be fifth columnists and are aiding and abetting the terrorists and their cause.


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