SaltyNZ:Geektastic: Just wait until the first car bomb goes off in Queen St or whatever.
You'll all be singing a different tune then, I can assure you.
I'd be lying if I said that the subconscious part of my brain that's really bad at estimating risk wouldn't be somewhat worried by that, but fortunately I also have another part of my brain that can count, with which to override it.
I'm just wondering why a car bomb on Queen St... is somehow worst than the thousands of people who die for preventable and 3rd world diseases that are rife in this country.
Yes people die, it's a fact of life. Yes there are some crazy nutters out there.
But lets just compare the number of people die on our roads per annum, spend days in hospital and a year on antibiotics from rheumatic fever.
The number of people arrested in Australia from the terror raids (I think it's 1 right?) and the number who died in Canada from a crazy (again.. that was 1 trooper?). And the number of "Terrorists" that were arrested and charged from the Urewera terror raids (4 went to trial).
In both cases there is legal avenues called a warrant to allow the GCSB or SIS to investigate those people further. The mass collection of metadata wouldn't change that warrants can be issued there.
Yet many seem comfortable to throw away any legal avenue to be followed for 48 hours as remotely acceptable.
Would those who were spied upon for 48 hours without any justification where nothing was found be told they had been spied upon be told about it. Unlikely.