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Thought crime for the day

Here you go.

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.



3 comments on “Thought crime for the day

  1. georgefinnegan
    December 1, 2014

    In our local school district, we lost a good teacher because his art that was never shown to children was viewed as being too violent by the school board. It’s pretty common, in the US at least, to have clauses in teacher’s contracts that require them to uphold certain moral standards and those standards are somewhat arbitrarily decided by the school board. Like all contract employment, if someone violates the terms, they’re let go. They can try to sue over it, but, how much sympathy do you think someone will get when they work for a school and engage in pedophile fantasy play, especially when there’s been quite a bit of child sexual abuse in the news?


    • jemima2013
      December 2, 2014

      We have simular rules here, just as arbitary, and just as often used to attack LGBT people


      • georgefinnegan
        December 2, 2014

        Here, LGBT people would be a protected class under employment rules, so, formally, employers wouldn’t be able to use contract rules to attack them. In reality, it does happen, though – the employer often takes the risk of losing in court. We’re lucky the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a governmental agency, will sue on behalf of someone of a protected class who gets fired under those circumstances. At least the fired employee doesn’t have to come up with lawyer fees to get representation. This protection doesn’t apply to those who work for religious schools, though.


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