Things you need to know

* Police in Kandahar have arrested 10 men connected to the acid attacks of November 12th. President Hamid Karzai has called for the public execution of the attackers.

* Imam Samudra, Amroza Nurhasyim and Ali Ghufron – the “Bali bombers” – were executed on November 8th. The executions had been put off for some time due to security concerns in Indonesia. Jemaah Islamiyah’s steady rise in influence, which includes the ability to mobilize university-age students for disruptive demonstrations – means that an execution like this could trigger a backlash of Islamist violence. 

Thankfully, the security situation on the ground has remained stable. Increased police presence has helped, to be sure – but so has the fact that Indonesians themselves have no sympathy for terrorists – and no appreciation for the lack of remorse demonstrated by the Bali bombers.

More about the situation in Indonesia soon – including commentary on a controversial (and I think absolutely frightening) proposed measure to track HIV/AIDS patients with microchip technology.

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2 thoughts on “Things you need to know

  1. Your naive view of the world is apparent in your response to the measures being proposed in Indonesia.

    Implanting a tracking device in HIV/AIDs patients is a marvelous idea, too many people are victims from this disease.

    Insallah one day everyone in this word will RFID type devices implanted in them, committing crimes will be virtually impossible, and the huge civil service Law Enforcement apparatus will dismantled.

    Will you enlighten us on why you think it is frightening that actions will be take to prevent the spread of such a deadly disease?

  2. Your naive view of the world is apparent in your response to her response.

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the blinkered naiveté displayed by your assertion that implanting everyone on the planet with tracking chips would mean that law enforcement would be dismantled… or even that crimes would no longer occur.

    The reason this is frightening is because it is a move towards the repressive police state you above laud as glorious and inevitable. There would be no need for concern about this if people were perfectly trustworthy and responsible, and would never abuse power. But if they were perfectly trustworthy and responsible, RFID tagging would be superfluous as well.

    Government and law enforcement is made up of people who are not somehow intrinsically better than everyone else. If they are given an unreasonable amount of power, such as the ability to arbitrarily track anyone they please, monitor their associations, etc. they WILL abuse it. And furthermore, what makes you believe that only the government would be able to monitor these RFID chips, hmm? This seems like an invitation for vigilantism against HIV/AIDS patients. Even if it were “only” government officials who would be able to identify and track them in this manner, their privacy would be forfeit and their lives subjected to prejudice at best.

    Tell me, why are you content for them to merely be tagged like animals? Why don’t you advocate them being caged as well? Wouldn’t that be surer still? Or just maybe is it possible that we mightn’t want to trade off liberty and decency for an illusion of security?

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