Two points. First, he isn't making a new allegation. Second, does the friggin' Telecom Immunity Bill ring a bell? Hellooooooo, McFly. They didn't decide to protect these people on a hypothetical.
Perhaps you're right and most likely there is something there. But you do realise that you can substitute almost any government bill in there and any industry and have a scary conspiracy theory.
Myself, I would prefer to have a bit more evidence before I break my pitchfork out.
I thought fingerprinting was reserved for people in jail?
In the UK not only are fingerprints taken, but DNA samples as well. It's all kept on one ginormous database.
Mind you, this isn't just for people in jail. It's for people that have been suspected of a crime or investigated whether they have been convicted, charged or even arrested for the crime. It isn't just serious crimes either; While I don't think they'll get your DNA for jaywalking, I read about a 10-year-old boy caught throwing eggs who is now in that database.
All I'm saying is having this info on your passport is pretty far down the list of what people, in the UK at least, should be up in arms about.
all you folks need to remeber that profanity is NOT covered in the first amendment, it protects political free speech, not calling each other names or the like.
It's scary how misguided you are. Here's the First Amendment.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Kindly point out where it states that only political speech is covered. Profanity is most definitely covered by the First Amendment. You are thinking of obscenity which is a different animal and one that has had a shifting definition. Saying you're a fucking nitwit is entirely within my rights.
:-) it's 3 hours away from my home, Brussels (thanks to the Eurostar) and London is one of my favorite cities :-). I have already visited twice this winter :-)
Sure, if you value your freedom and liberties, come to London! Only CCTV cameras everywhere (currently estimated to be 14 per person in the UK), police with stop and search powers, metal detectors at tube stations if you fit the 'profile' and freedom of expression if you don't actually offend anyone (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/may/20/1). But no fingerprinting at the border!
I'm an American and I live in London. I think the States have gone overboard but there is a funny European tendency to somehow not see what is going on in their own living room.
Oh well. I'm just waiting till Jacqui Smith requires me to have my national ID card.
But it's frustrating to no end to drive past the subsidized housing on the way to work and see nicer cars than me. People crossing the street on iPhones and wearing brand new clothes. People that bitch they have no money but have plenty of money for 2 packs a day. Some people need to be taught the difference between Want and Need.
Frustrating? I think you are far too concerned with other people. Seriously, you sound like somebody who is doing well for himself so focus on your own life and stop worrying so much about what other people are doing, buying and how they live their lives.
"Codswallop" You can be honest here... every time you use a word like that, girls tend to get *even further* away, right? No seriously, if you used that word in public, random strangers would just punch you in the face for being such a douche bag.
As an American living in London I have an affinity for antiquated and bizarre English phrases. Besides 'codswallop' is a hell of a lot more fun to say than bullshit. Try it.
A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program in than some that do. -- Dennis M. Ritchie