Ben Laurie blathering

Thoughtcrime Gets One Step Closer

EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini joins the ranks of the terminally deluded

I do intend to carry out a clear exploring exercise with the private sector … on how it is possible to use technology to prevent people from using or searching dangerous words like bomb, kill, genocide or terrorism

Do you, indeed? Of course, this is going to make a huge difference: Hitler would never have killed all those Jews if we’d managed to stop him Googling for “genocide”, after all, so I can totally see your reasoning here.

I really like that he wants to stop us even using these words. When will they be struck out of dictionaries? And all the books they appear in?

Hmm, if we can’t say “genocide” does that mean that we’ll all be forced to deny the Holocaust? Isn’t that actually a crime in some EU countries?


  1. What about censorship? Can we prevent people searching for censorship?

    Comment by Adam — 12 Sep 2007 @ 17:18

  2. “politician” automatically equals “terminally deluded,” doesn’t it? It’s a basic attribute of the role…


    Comment by Dave Kearns — 12 Sep 2007 @ 18:39

  3. Oh hell, my new flambĂ©e blog is doomed! Hmm, how about fl4mb33 ? What’s h4xx0r for an acute anyway?

    Comment by Anonymous — 14 Sep 2007 @ 10:15

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