Apparently Comcast and the like have us so well-conditioned to accept the crap they offer (and their ever-increasing prices) that we're terrified of leaving for fear something else might be worse.
It's almost like an abusive spouse who's convinced his target to stay in the abusive relationship, because it's rough out there in the world and at least here you know what to expect and there's a roof over your head.
(P.S. I don't mean in any way to trivialize domestic violence, which is obviously a far more serious problem.)
Can we focus please on the actual wrongdoing for which we have evidence rather than the ravings of InfoWars?
Why not do both, you ask? Because reality-challenged conspiracy theorists waste time and energy that could be spent working against documented abuses, and they give abusers an opportunity to put all those critical of government abuse in the "nutjob conspiracy theorist" camp. In fact, if I were conspiracy-minded, I'd say that InfoWars is a government plot to make conspiracy theorists look bad. ...
Wait. Suddenly it's all becoming clear to me... OMFSM.
I think that Techdirt's slant is anti-abuse (not just about torture, but abuse of all sorts) more than anti-war-on-terror.
A lot of the readers here do actually care about the moral aspect of this. It's important, and it's not getting the attention it should be.
Also, when the government uses the same rationale ("because terrorism") to attempt to justify torture as it does to justify mass surveillance and collection of private information (using technology), I'd say it is relevant to a tech forum.
(And it's not like we're not getting plenty of Techdirt pieces about copyright. AC could always just skip the torture posts.)
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