Re: Transparent Society

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Sat May 13 2000 - 00:45:41 MDT

>>A possible scenario in a transparent society.

>>What do the police officers
>>do now, take my word that I intend no harm and hope that I am not
>>them. Confiscate the "Bomb" making material depriving me of its use for
>>harmless purposes, or maybe they ought to !
>>arrest me as a potential threat to public safety.

As you have (presumably) committed no crime, there is nothing the police can
legally do to you, other than watch you to see if you actually commit a
crime. It is not illegal to purchase legal items, no matter how dangerous
they may be. A transparent society, in and of itself wouldn't change that.
Right now you can buy tons of fertilizer and fuel (presuming there hasn't
been some legal limit imposed following OK. City), you can also buy hundreds
of semi-auto weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition. The police
can't do anything to you but observe unless and until you break a law.

It would be against the law to arrest you as a "potential threat" to public
safety. If that were the law, there wouldn't be a single "gang-banger" left
on the streets. Public surveillance would admittedly be uncomfortable at
first, but I continue to maintain that for most law abiding-citizens it
would eventually become as acceptable a nuisance as traffic signals.


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--Thomas Jefferson

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