Content Blocking Report
Tue, 11 Aug 1998 21:09:17 +1000
At 1:34 PM 1998/08/10, Stewart Carter wrote:
>We should not allow governments to require us to establish the national
>identity of our customers as a condition of providing them with service.
In times of war such things become very important as they do in times of
tension between countries thence controls on exports of strategic items.
If I might digress into a small story which I think could mark the end of
this debate as it drifts from networks to moral philosophy...
Some years ago I had a friend, an immigrant from Northern Ireland with
florishing red hair and beard and a lilting accent. He is a technical chap
and his hobby was the dramatic theatre where he was an expert on lighting
and effects, such as bangs and flashes. For this he needed small amounts of
explosives. At that time, and perhaps still, the ACT had no legislation
controlling explosives, and therefore in that case, NSW law as it stood at
the time the ACT was set up, applied. Thence he needed to go, as an ACT
resident, over the border to Queanbeyan in NSW to the Police Station to
apply for an explosives permit. When asked by the policeman on duty what
was his experience with explosives and where obtained be replied in his
unmistakable accent, "Belfast". He received a long an searching look from
the officer but was given the permit. His orginal nationality was obvious
but questions were not asked.
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