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Essex police charge man over water fight planned on BlackBerry Messenger

A man will appear before magistrates next month for allegedly trying to organise a mass water fight via his mobile phone.

The prime minister said last week that the government would investigate whether social networking platforms should be shut down if they helped to “plot” crime in the wake of the riots.

The 20-year-old from Colchester was arrested on Friday after Essex police discovered the alleged plans circulating on the BlackBerry Messenger service and Facebook.

The unnamed man has been charged with “encouraging or assisting in the commission of an offence” under the 2007 Serious Crime Act, police said.

He was arrested with another 20-year-old man the day the water fight was allegedly due to take place, and has been bailed to appear before Colchester magistrates on 1 September. The second man was released without charge.

In 2008 there was a spate of mass water fights in British towns and cities that were organised through social networks. Most remained peaceful. This month a water fight attended by thousands of young Iranians attracted the attention of Tehran’s morality police and led to a series of arrests.

A water fight? Seriously? Really? Anyone else scared of the brave new world of communications monitoring and censorship?

I wonder how this would play out in the U.S. - if Blackberry messaging is closed, would the evidence be considered unlawfully seized? It’s difficult for police to monitor, say, a forum like Stormfront because of Fourth Amendment concerns. I’m curious if this would be possible in the U.S. - a public Facebook event is different from a closed, invite-only Facebook event. Would the same go for messaging?

Filed under Water fight censorship Blackberry politics Fourth Amendment Civil rights monitoring big brother

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blackenedbutterfly:

jonathan-cunningham:

bradicalmang:

(Click through for zine) 
Leave this around your town. 

This part stuck out as particularly good:

How can we make sense of a system that asks us to vote for our leaders, and then puts surveillance cameras on street corners to watch our movements, uses cell phones to track us, scans all our emails and phone conversations?
The common sense answer fed to us by the media is that the system is trying to protect us. We are constantly threatened by criminals and terrorists, and the most basic purpose of government is to keep us safe. But the FBI is staking out shopping malls, asking frightened mothers to submit their children’s fingerprints and DNA to add to the database, just in case. NSA super computers are reading everyone’s emails and listening to everyone’s phone calls. It is apparent that the government sees all of us as the potential criminal, the potential terrorist. They are treating us increasingly like the civilian population during the war in Vietnam: as the breeding ground for the subversives. In the eyes of the government, we are the enemy.


I’m afraid.

Sometimes paranoia’s just having all the facts - William S. Burroughs

blackenedbutterfly:

jonathan-cunningham:

bradicalmang:

(Click through for zine) 

Leave this around your town. 

This part stuck out as particularly good:

How can we make sense of a system that asks us to vote for our leaders, and then puts surveillance cameras on street corners to watch our movements, uses cell phones to track us, scans all our emails and phone conversations?

The common sense answer fed to us by the media is that the system is trying to protect us. We are constantly threatened by criminals and terrorists, and the most basic purpose of government is to keep us safe. But the FBI is staking out shopping malls, asking frightened mothers to submit their children’s fingerprints and DNA to add to the database, just in case. NSA super computers are reading everyone’s emails and listening to everyone’s phone calls. It is apparent that the government sees all of us as the potential criminal, the potential terrorist. They are treating us increasingly like the civilian population during the war in Vietnam: as the breeding ground for the subversives. In the eyes of the government, we are the enemy.

I’m afraid.

Sometimes paranoia’s just having all the facts - William S. Burroughs

(Source: remuslumpen, via bblackenedbutterfly)

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