Seventy six a-rrests led the big ‘invade’,
With a hundred and ten new laws close at hand,
They were followed by rows and rows of the finest statutory instruments;
The dream of every Fabian hand.
Seventy six a-rrests caught the morning news…
How mesmerisingly convenient! What a perfect piece of spin.
A Scout leader, a retired teacher and members of the Armed Services were among 76 people arrested in raids as part of an operation targeting suspected internet paedophiles.
Officers from more than 40 police forces executed more than 141 search warrants in the 48-hour operation led by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop).
Just as our supposedly ‘more Libertarian’ government produces its Draft Communication Bill, which will allow IT to know more about US than we know about our spouses and partners, CEOPS (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) explodes onto our news wires with ‘absolute proof’ that the Internet is responsible for turning a nation of clean living people into utter perverts. One on every street corner. ‘Obviously‘ the Internet must be closely regulated.
The Internet didn’t invent perverts.
Just imagine for a moment, if you would, that you are in your local newsagent trying to buy a newspaper. ‘Name, address, please, the government has to know where you are storing this copy of the Daily Mail’.
Or you are in the Post Office trying to post a letter to your brother – ‘Just fill in this form please Sir, and attach a photocopy of the letter, the government needs to know what you are saying to him, it might be defamatory about someone and they have a right to know ‘.
Or your local book-shop – ‘Just fill in this form please Sir, the government needs to know that you are buying a copy of the Marquis de Sade’s latest tome…’
We have managed all those tasks since time immemorial without the government being aware of what we are doing – and quite right too. It is none of their business.
If incest, paedophilia and child abuse were a new invention, like crack cocaine perhaps, then there might be some justification for attaching it so clearly to the Internet, but it isn’t. The bible found it necessary to outlaw incest; the Victorians were painting naked children long before the camera found a quicker way to record the image; they locked the Marquis de Sade up for generations, he still managed to publish his books. To borrow that ghastly ‘social worker’ phrase – inappropriate sexual activity is an evil that has been with us for a long, long time.
Why are we suddenly being ‘groomed’ to accept that if the government is just allowed to control the Internet, it will go away. What is it about an e-mail that frightens the government more than a letter?
How did CEOPS come to find 76 child abusers on-line in just one night? They did find them in just one night, didn’t they? Rushed out to a judge in chambers and got a warrant allowing them to be lifted off the street instantly?
I mean an organisation dedicated to the protection of children wouldn’t have tracked those 76 individuals over a period of months, left those children in harms way with unforgivable things happening to them for months on end whilst they organised a news worthy mass arrest feast to coincide with experts releasing a report claiming child abuse in ‘every village’, and the government having a draft Communication Bill on the shelf just waiting for an opportunity like this? You’re not trying to tell me that they are that cynical are you?
Why has no one mentioned the parents in all of this? Control the Internet, we are told, and you will no longer have to hear of 11 year old girls being forced to ‘give sexual favours’ to a line up of adolescent males. It’s the Internet wot made ‘em do it.
We could control the 11 year old girls, protect them, look after them, nurture them, act like parents, and those adolescent boys would be forced to go back to group masturbation behind the bike sheds in time honoured fashion.
No, it seems that the solution is to find out who is downloading a mobile phone picture of that 11 year old girl being ‘forced’ to give sexual favours, and arrest him. And to do that we need to know everything about everything you are doing on-line…
2.5 Billion pounds it will cost, and Theresa May is seriously suggesting that it will ‘stop paedophile gangs’. Only those using the Internet, Theresa! I very much doubt that those 11 year girls were summoned to the back of the bike shed by Internet. Their parents didn’t turn a blind eye to where they were by Internet. If you want to criminalise anyone, if you really must, could you start with the parents of those girls? If you want to arrest those who are downloading pictures, and you should, you really should, could you please do it as soon as you find them, not hold onto them for a newsworthy scoop?
Coming shortly: Terrorist plot to blow up 400 new born babies in a London hospital foiled because police intercepted an e-mail disclosing all the details… Whoooo……exclusive Sky interview with weeping Mother who sold her Jimmy Choo’s to pay for IVF and is distraught that it was so nearly ‘all for nothing’, consulting her lawyers, suing the government. Jesus wept.