Court orders restricting the movements of suspected terrorists could be renewed indefinitely under new legislation unveiled by the government.
The bill would lower the standard of proof to impose the orders, known as TPims, and remove the current two-year limit that applies to them.
Suspects would also have to register all electronic devices at their home address.
But ministers have been challenged to justify the need for the changes.
The amendments are being proposed under the Counter Terrorism and Sentencing Bill, which aims to ensure the most serious offenders spend longer in prison.
The problem with David’s analysis in this is that he seems fairly subjective and one-dimensional in his criticisms of “conspiracy theories.” The fact that the last three years of cable news (excluding FOX) was devoted to Russiagate hysteria shows that liberals and the Left are just as prone to hysterical conspiracy theories as anyone from the far-Right.
The big question about COVID-19 is what do we actually know about it based on demonstrable medical and scientific facts, discovered through legitimate empirical processes and subject to revision upon the receipt of new information, as opposed to mere speculation, abstract theorizing, inferences based on incomplete information, correlation/causation arguments, or ideologically-driven assumptions?
By Sarah Stillman
The New Yorker
On March 14th, Roslyn Crouch, a mother of twelve, left her house in New Orleans to stock up on toilet paper and canned goods, and didn’t return. Crouch, who is forty-two, with slender braids down to her knees, had been feeling anxious about the spread of the coronavirus. At home, she cared for her elderly mother, and for a half-dozen children, including a son with sickle-cell anemia, a blood disorder. She herself had chronic bronchitis, and worried that it put her at risk. Many people in her neighborhood lacked access to high-quality medical care. (Black residents of Louisiana have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic; they make up about thirty per cent of the state’s population, but account for almost sixty per cent of documented deaths from the virus.) She thought, This is some serious stuff. After scrolling through a few too many coronavirus stories on her phone that Saturday morning, she got dressed, spritzed herself with her favorite perfume, A Thousand Wishes, and drove to a dollar store with her two-year-old son, Kyi, to buy shelter-in-place supplies.
As usual, the Right is better at criticizing the government and the media (see the Tucker Carlson video I just posted) while the Left (like these Jacobin boys) are better are criticizing the corporations/capitalist class. Fortunately, it’s not a question of either/or. We should be attacking ridiculous government overreach in response to COVID-19 while simultaneously demanding reparations for the harm that has already been done (and then some).
By William S. Smith
The American Conservative
Fittingly, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was founded by a grandnephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte, during the Progressive Era. Bonaparte was a Harvard-educated crusader. As the FBI’s official history states, “Many progressives, including (Teddy) Roosevelt, believed that the federal government’s guiding hand was necessary to foster justice in an industrial society.”
Progressives viewed the Constitution as a malleable document, a take-it-or-leave-it kind of thing. The FBI inherited that mindset of civil liberties being optional. In their early years, with the passage of the Espionage and Sedition Acts during World War I, the FBI came into its own by launching a massive domestic surveillance campaign and prosecuting war dissenters. Thousands of Americans were arrested, prosecuted, and jailed simply for voicing opposition.
I have always said that “anti-hate speech” is just a mask for political repression. States and ruling classes always attempt to justify repression by appealing to the dominant moral paradigm. In past times, they would use religion as a justification for suppressing ostensible heretics. When church and state were separated, the new justifications became Communism or obscenity. Now that Communism is largely dead and what was formerly considered obscene (profanity, pornography, homosexuality, etc.) is now mainstream, the dominant cosmopolitan-liberal paradigm is being used instead.
The interesting thing about this situation is that most anarchists seem to share the same moral paradigm as those who wish to ban the circle “A” (e.g. “cosmopolitanism uber alles”). The main reason that I have pushed the critique of morality developed by Stirner, Nietzsche, etc. is that moralism is always the first refuge of the state. Most anarchists reject the religious paradigms that were used to justify past states (although some anarchists hold to a subversive counter-paradigm rooted in religion like the Christian anarchists). Most anarchists reject the secular ideologies that have been used to justify modern states (social contract theory, vanguard party, fuhrerprinzip, etc.). But, regrettably, most anarchists still have not shaken off the “progressive-left” or “cosmopolitan-liberal” moral paradigm and its pieties like “progress,” “inclusion,” and so forth.
By John Vibes
Free Thought Project
Ontario, Canada – Last week, officials with the City of Hamilton legally ordered a local anarchist group to remove the anarchy symbol from the front of their headquarters, under the pretense of fighting against hate speech.
Sanders is an illustration of why social democrats fail. They treat topics like state repression and imperialism as peripheral issues as opposed to what they think really matters, which is more free stuff.
If only it were true. Localized quarantines are what we should have been doing all along. It’s ridiculous to expect rural counties to abide by the same rules as New York and Los Angeles.
Some states are using science to guide their decisions and cautiously beginning to relax their lockdowns. But power-drunk politicians in the other half of the country are tightening their lockdowns even now.
Another Jeffrey Tucker article questioning the sanctity of lockdown orthodoxy.
By Jeffrey Tucker
The year was 1957.
I’ve seen some of the circles around C4SS and other supposed “left-libertarians” bashing Jeffrey Tucker (whose orthodox libertarianism I don’t personally share, although I am in favor of all forms of voluntary libertarianism and anarchism) for questioning the sanctity of the lockdowns.
By Jeffrey Tucker
Many people infected with polio don’t show any symptoms. Some become temporarily paralyzed; for others, it’s permanent. In 1952, the polio epidemic reached a peak in U.S.: almost 58,000 reported cases and more than 3,000 deaths.
World War II had ended four years earlier and the U.S. was trying to return to peace and prosperity. Price controls and rationing was ended. Trade was opening. People were returning to normal life. The economy started humming again. Optimism for the future was growing. Harry Truman became the symbol of a new normacy. From Depression and war, society was on the mend.
As if to serve as a reminder that there were still threats to life and liberty present, an old enemy made its appearance: polio. It’s a disease with ancient origins, with its most terrifying effect, the paralysis of the lower extremities. It maimed children, killed adults, and struck enormous fear into everyone.
Polio is also a paradigmatic case that targeted and localized policy mitigations have worked in the past, but society-wide lockdowns have never been used before. They weren’t even considered as an option.
It figures that Singapore would be in the vanguard of techno-therapeutic-fascism. It’s also interesting how so many American right-libertarians engage in such a pathetic veneration of Singapore (“‘They got low taxes, man!”) just as so many American leftists engage in an equally pathetic veneration of Cuba (“They got free healthcare, man!”).
By Edgar Su
Far from barking its orders, a robot dog enlisted by Singapore authorities to help curb coronavirus infections in the city-state politely asks joggers and cyclists to stay apart.
The remote-controlled, four-legged machine built by Boston Dynamics was first deployed in a central park on Friday as part of a two-week trial that could see it join other robots policing Singapore’s green spaces during a nationwide lockdown.
“Let’s keep Singapore healthy,” the yellow and black robodog named Spot said in English as it roamed around. “For your own safety and for those around you, please stand at least one metre apart. Thank you,” it added, in a softly-spoken female voice.
Despite the niceties, breaches of Singapore’s strict lockdown rules can result in hefty fines and even jail.
The Chinahate that is going on now, like the parallel Russiahate, is just a rhetorical trick the system is using to deflect attention from its own incompetence and malevolence. Not only is China a province in global capitalism that provides cheap labor and cheap loans for Western governments and corporations, China is also being used as a test market for the techno-fascist surveillance state.
Privacy activists say we should be alarmed by the rise of automated facial recognition surveillance. But transhumanist Zoltan Istvan says it’s time to embrace the end of privacy as we know it.
“We don’t need no stinkin’ 13th Amendment!”
Carlson calls out the federal police state about 3 minutes into this. Ilhan Omar’s response is disappointing and regrettably rooted in partisan/cultural/tribal politics than actual opposition to the system. From Trump-loyaltist three percenters to Democrat-voting Marxists, it’s interesting how few supposed “radicals” actually oppose the system.
Krystal and Saagar discuss recent arrests of the father and son that shot Ahmaud Arbery, after newly released video from Feb. went viral this week that showed them hunt Arbery down and kill him.
Marcus Arbery Sr. recalls the memory of his son on the day of his 26th birthday. Arbery Sr. called his son’s death a “modern-day lynching” following the arrest of two men charged with Ahmaud Arbery’s murder.
Warren Norred, attorney for Shelley Luther, joins Tucker Carlson to discuss the decision by a Texas judge to jail his client for reopening her salon during the COVID-19 pandemic.