Watch A Wrong Think Video – Go To Jail. It’s The UK Law?

There are just so many things wrong with this idea / law (hopefully still ‘in the making’ and subject to crib death…).

First off “what is the internet?”. Shall that include encrypted peer to peer communications? Things sent as attachments in email? Things posted to “members only” sites? What about if the video is just of a person reading a book? How about if that book is the Koran?

Will using a VPN to some location other than the UK grant immunity? What about a UK Citizen on vacation in France? Can they read the banned sites? Or will that be a crime too? How about a UK Citizen in France, looking over my shoulder as I use a VPN to the USA and load up the site? I’m not a UK nor an EU citizen, but a USA Citizen. I’m using a US site on a US Tablet. I’m doing the reading. Is reading over the shoulder now going to get a vacationing Brit 15 years in the slammer?

Then there is the issue that the person doing the watching may be doing it for opposition research. I own copies of both Mein Kampf and Marx Das Kapital. NOT because either one of these is, or will, be indoctrinating me. NOT because I endorse them. But entirely so as to see what is wrong with them. To inoculate against their crazy talk by consuming small doses in a skeptical stew. Similar to my copy of the Koran. Having it does not make me a Muslim, just as my Bibles do not make me a Jew or Christian or Coptic or Gnostic or Mormon or Seventh Day Adventist or; well I own a lot of Bibles ;-) They do disagree on some points.

Which also raises the question of Books. There are lots of “online book sites”. IF a book is similarly “extreme” or “right-wing”, is that book also banned? Reading it as an on-line audio book? Downloading it? What form of Book Burning is to be the approved one? Then if you do allow reading a book over the internet; what prevents the speech you find a bit of a bother from being written into a book, then read onto an internet video? Will you “know it when you see it”?

The Stupid, it burns! (In this case videos and books…)

One hopes that extradition for this “thought crime” does not extend to the USA.

Someone needs to explain to these folks that “1984” and “Brave New World” were warnings, not directions.

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6 Responses to Watch A Wrong Think Video – Go To Jail. It’s The UK Law?

  1. tom0mason says:

    I’d better stop downloading all those seditious books from http://www.gutenberg.org/ , like The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli, ‘Writings of Thomas Paine’ volumes 1-4, or many other authors like Karl Marx, Bertrand Russell, and Jonathan Swift.
    I wonder is “The Life of George Washington, Volumes 1 to 4 by John Marshall” still viewed as extremist literature now?
    Certainly downloading text from http://gen.lib.rus.ec/ must be viewed with suspicion.

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    Of course George Washington is classified as extremist. Think, upper class slave owner, rebellious, fought legal authority, conspired with foreign powers and WORST of ALL he won!
    Time for the Left to run around pulling his statues down.

  3. gary turner says:

    This is the sort of thing going on in GB on a regular basis now. For me, it says this is why we staged a revolution. Look at our Bill of Rights. Each deals with explicitly limiting the power of government and guaranteeing the power of the individual person.

  4. In Britain if you voted for Brexit you’re considered “far right” by our idiot politicians and media.

  5. oldbrew says:

    The good news is: Amber Rudd resigned six months ago :)
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43944988

  6. gallopingcamel says:

    The UK is doomed given that free speech and telling the truth can get you jailed

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