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Prosecutors can already indict anyone they want

Prosecutors can already indict anyone they want

Posted Jun 24, 2013 7:53 UTC (Mon) by jezuch (subscriber, #52988)
In reply to: Prosecutors can already indict anyone they want by CChittleborough
Parent article: Security quotes of the week

Actually, that's not the biggest problem. When malice is involved, then yes, you can hang anyone you want by using obscure laws nobody knows exist. The biggest problem is that context is everything. If you put yourself in the wrong context, even totally by accident, that makes everything else you do (and did) suspicious just because of the context. No malice needed, just plain old paranoia, human nature, confirmation bias and good intentions from the pavement of the road to hell.


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Prosecutors can already indict anyone they want

Posted Jun 24, 2013 14:25 UTC (Mon) by raven667 (subscriber, #5198) [Link]

I think you are very much right about this and I will highlight one point. You said "If you put yourself in the wrong context, even totally by accident, [...]" which shows that you don't have real agency in the process. It might even have nothing to do with anything you've actually done, I always think of Buttle/Tuttle in the movie Brazil as the one of the real dangers of a highly efficient but fundamentally incompetent police state. Without sufficient oversight and supervision there is no incentive to learn from your mistakes, or even admit that they exist.

Prosecutors can already indict anyone they want

Posted Jun 25, 2013 7:03 UTC (Tue) by jezuch (subscriber, #52988) [Link]

> Buttle/Tuttle in the movie Brazil

Yes! This movie should be mandatory "reading" in schools, more so than "1984" and all :) (Kids love movies and hate books, right?)


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