2007-03-13

Social democrats might postpone surveillance law

Former minister of justice Thomas Bodström and another influental social democrat Ulrica Messing recommend that the law that will give FRA rights to spy on Swedish citizens be postponed a year for debate.

Thomas Bodström has no principle obligations against the idea, mind you, he simply do not think that the proposition is good enough from an integrity point of view.

Vice prime minister Maud Olofsson has an interesting way of arguing for the proposition. She says that this is merely regulating something that has been done practically for decades.

That's like making murder legal, since that has happened for a long time, and now we want to regulate how it is done.

If there is a practice that is unacceptable in society, the answer is to bring the responsible to justice. Not to legalize their actions.

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