Sunday, August 15, 2004

Life imitates art again

Once again my favorite movie, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, has prophesized an actual event:

"Canada's police chiefs propose a surcharge of about 25 cents on monthly telephone and Internet bills to cover the cost of tapping into the communications of terrorists and other criminals."

Compare with:

And the cost of it all, Deputy
Minister? Seven percent of the gross
national product ...

I understand this concern on behalf
of the tax-payers. People want value
for money and a cost-effective
That is why we always insist on the
principle of Information Retrieval
Charges. These terrorists are not
pulling their weight, and it's
absolutely right and fair that those
found guilty should pay for their
periods of detention and the
Information Retrieval Procedures used
in their interrogation.

Maybe Terry Gilliam is the Messiah.

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