Still a Kingdom but definately not as peaceful and soon possibly less democratic.
While Zlatan & Co made many Swedes proud last night by pushing and pressing the Greecs and winning 2-0 (the roaring from the pub a mile away from my apartment woke me up twice, with five minutes interval), the Swedish government is pushing forward the proposition that gives power to Sweden’s National Defence Radio Establishment (Försvarets Radioanstalt – FRA), to monitor all computer traffic and mobile phone calls between Sweden and the rest of the world. FRA would not be required to seek a court order to begin surveillance. The bugging proposal will be voted on in about a week, on 17 June 2008. If adopted the law would enter into force on July 1.
Questions that pop up in my mind: Is Sweden turning into a “big brother” state? What can I do to prevent this from happening?
Another thought: Why should I do anything? It seems many are already involved in this and hopefully will make sure this will not happen?
Can I really count on it? Apparently, many Swedes don’t mind being bugged at any time. One of the polls last year showed “… that four of five Swedes are in favour of increased surveillance of citizens, whether it be through wiretapping, DNA registers or surveillance cameras in public places.”
Are we giving up our civil rights yet keeping such an obsolete institution as monarchy?