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Carl Guderian on Wed, 1 Dec 2004 13:22:07 +0100 (CET)

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--- Patrice Riemens <patrice {AT} xs4all.nl> wrote:

> ----- End forwarded message -----
> Interesting is the before last paragraph. Cases as training material
> for junior prosecutors. It is (immo) definitely a trend.  There are
> not enough 'political' instances of disorderly conduct, riots, and
> other threats coming from the public as compared to the level of
> menace perceived by the ruling elites. The result is that the
> repressive forces lack training, and the consequence is that every
> actual occurence of the above is immediately milked to the tilt for
> its training opportunities.  The populace is thus, after being
> deprived of its liberties, also turned into guinea pigs.

Depressing. In the old days, pointless cases were the
work of overzealous, politically-ambitious
prosecutors. I used to work with a guy, a NASA
engineer, who almost went broke defending himself
against one on a flimsy bank robbery charge; an ATM
photo of him looked a bit like the real robber. 

Now it's to be routine, just part of the job, for
servants of the prosecutorial apparatus to ruin your
life with no more passion than Dr. Hooke dissecting a
dog to see if its head can live without a body. And,
like that dog, you'll have no idea when the torture
will end.

The aforementioned engineer thought we should all
volunteer for urine tests as an example, so maybe he
got rough justice after all. That gave me an idea. If
you're feeling especially nasty and haven't had your
morning coffee, why not play the game yourself? Call
TIPS and secretly denounce an especially obnoxious
all-Red Bush supporter and watch the fun as he loses
his credit rating and his former friends turn on him.

Or go get that coffee and soldier on.


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