Then of course we see an example of how the slippery slope works in politics. Go after the child porn, not because it's a grotesque human rights violation, but because it will open the door for the government to clamp down on other (non)crimes. This is how it always works. You thought all the anti-terror legislation crammed down our throats the last decade was for foreign Islamic "terrorists", but it turned out they were really for you. You're the terrorist. You're al Qaeda. Because you support Ron Paul, defend the Bill of Rights, own a gun, oppose big government corporatism/fascism, etc. This is how it always goes down.
By all means, come down on child porn peddlers like a ton of bricks. But leave the rest of us alone.
- BoingBoing -
A music-industry speaker at an American Chamber of Commerce event in Stockholm waxed enthusiastic about child porn, because it serves as the perfect excuse for network censorship, and once you've got a child-porn filter, you can censor anything:
"Child pornography is great," the speaker at the podium declared enthusiastically. "It is great because politicians understand child pornography. By playing that card, we can get them to act, and start blocking sites. And once they have done that, we can get them to start blocking file sharing sites".
The venue was a seminar organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm on May 27, 2007, under the title "Sweden -- A Safe Haven for Pirates?". The speaker was Johan Schlüter from the Danish Anti-Piracy Group, a lobby organization for the music and film industry associations, like IFPI and others...
"One day we will have a giant filter that we develop in close cooperation with IFPI and MPA. We continuously monitor the child porn on the net, to show the politicians that filtering works. Child porn is an issue they understand," Johan Schlüter said with a grin, his whole being radiating pride and enthusiasm from the podium.