>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Now, lets assume that another bombing has occured. Mr. Powers happens to
>a) have a deisel tractor (and a fuel tank to keep it fuelled), b) be a
>farmer, so he has a lot of fertilizer, c) be an electronics hobbyist,
>and enjoy making remote control devices, d) be known to have made up
>explosives in the past and used them on his private property simply for
>the purpose of clearing stumps (as is the case with thousands of farmers
>and other property owners all over the country), e) have in the past
>written letters to the editor of his local paper decrying the activities
>of an organization or government agency that happened to have had
>offices or facilities at the site of the bombing, f) have been stopped
>for a traffic violation on the day of the bombing within 20 miles of the
>bombing location. Under the rules of evidence and the prosecutorial
>procedure used in the Oklahoma case, its is pretty much an open and shut
>case that Mr. Powers is the bomber in this event. No eyewitnesses are
>needed to place him on the scene at the time of the bombing, no
>eyewitnesses are needed to prove that he actually made the bomb.
>This IS how justice gets done today in America.
OK, lets assume all that. Now, lets *also* assume I was fortunate enough to
live in a tranparent society. I would submit the video record of my life
during the few days leading up to the bombing and viola! instant iron-clad
allibi! I'm not only *not* convicted, I'm not even charged! After a few
minutes of interrogation, the whole ordeal for me is over for good. "Oh the
horrors of transparency", eh?
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