Ms Lim says Chengdu provides “nearly the perfect case study in first re-writing history, then excising it altogether”. It is a sad reflection on the outside world’s ability to monitor a country of China’s size and secretiveness that it has taken 25 years for the record of this one provincial city to be set at least somewhat straighter.
Rob Duke's insight:
The state, too, can terrorize its own citizens....
Consider the source, but the message may be relevant within the context of White Collar Crime.
Keep in mind the idea that President Eisenhower warned about the Military-Industrial Complex in his farewell address. You can also refer to C. Wright Mills' work on White Collar Crime. Mills is known for his work on the Military-Industrial Complex.
"The city of Paris will start removing padlocks from the Pont des Arts on Monday, effectively ending the tourist tradition of attaching 'love locks' to the bridge. For years, visitors have been attaching locks with sentimental messages to the bridge in symbolic acts of affection. Some further seal the deal by throwing keys into the Seine River below. It was considered charming at first, but the thrill wore off as sections of fencing on the Pont des Arts crumbled under the locks' weight. The bridge carries more than 700,000 locks with an estimated combined weight roughly the same as 20 elephants."
However, Iranian youth have managed to find room to maneuver, and the space in which they do it is largely online. On the Rich Kids of Tehran Instagram page, the country's strict government policies meet its aspirational youth culture head on. And for RKoT, so far, so good—none of the kids featured have been officially challenged or faced any judicial reprisal, despite all the photos of champagne and plunging V-neck-dresses.
Today's decision properly recognizes that the law has for centuries required the government to prove criminal intent before putting someone in jail. That principle is especially important when a prosecution is based on a defendant's words. The Internet does not change this long-standing rule. While today's decision insists on fairness, it is not a license to threaten, which remains illegal when properly proved.
Rob Duke's insight:
I personally don't buy it. These guys do this to threaten and intimidate and FB is not like him telling a buddy that he hates his Ex. This type of communication is out there and has ways of connecting to his Ex. This also gives an incentive for a potential attacker to make threats and then say "JK, that was art" and then the cops not be able to do anything.
The responsible reaction is for state legislatures to take up the task of drafting law that recognizes True Threat Doctrine, but specifically defines these type of threats as something different. The intent shouldn't be required to show the threat was intended to be followed up on, just a presumed intent if any reasonable person would understand that their threats could be interpreted as verbal terrorism, etc.
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