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Do you feel safer dear reader?
A man who has committed no crime has been banned from working for two years. He didn’t commit a crime – the police have made that clear by not prosecuting him.
There was no evidence he had taken part in the activities which were the subject of the phone messages, but a panel of the self righteous decided his actions might be seen as “endorsing” such activities. All because he he admitted taking part in “role play” with other internet users where an incestuous relationship between a father and his son had been acted out.
And before we go down the path of ‘well he must have done something wrong’, look at how he was caught, if that’s the right word.
He was questioned as part of a police paedophile investigation. A suspected paedophile based in the south of England was arrested and charged for downloading indecent messages of children. The “explicit” messages purported to be from a 13-year-old girl abused by her stepdad. So, having caught one man in what sounds suspiciously like a vigilante action, the police rolled up the ‘network’ of ‘suspected paedophiles by the simple technique of arresting anyone who happened to be on the ‘suspected paedophile’s’ contact list.
So, in this brave new world, consensual age play, between adults, where there’s no suggestion a child has been harmed, can cost you your job. This is one of the specific reasons why we’re opposed to mass surveillance, (as opposed to Nick Cohen’s ‘because I say so’ reasons) because we’ve become a society in which thought crimes, even when no crime has been committed, can have devastating consequences for individuals.