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- From: Richard Stallman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 8:29 PM
- Subject: Re: [csail-related] Stay away from the space between Koch and 32
- It is certainly possible to be "too cautious". In the US, that's
- standard practice. How else can one describe what they did today,
- paralyzing an entire large metropolitan area to search one
- neighborhood for a fugitive? In the US, just say the word "terrorist"
- and lots of people start being way too cautious, and the TSA eats it
- Please don't promote fear of shadows. It was sheer luck that the
- shootout occurred near this building. The bombers stole a car and
- drove away, so evidently they had no plan to come into Stata. The
- people who hacked the doors were probably MIT people. Maybe they
- consider the pox locks an injustice, as I do (which is why this
- particular lab member does NOT have the MIT pox card).
- 4 people killed in a week is not a lot compared with the background
- level of deaths in the US. It's not as many as in the Texas
- explosion. Car accidents in the US kill around 100 people a day, and
- surely grievously injure hundreds more. Every death or injury is a
- sad thing, but the fact is that many happen every day, and we should
- not let these few upset us disproportionally more than the others.
- Let's make an effort not to get bent out of shape about them, so that
- we can resist when people try to cite them as an excuse for tyranny.
- (This was already cited as a reason to vote for CISPA. See
- As this week shows, chemical plants are the bigger danger. It is
- straightforward to reduce the danger if only we had the political will
- to do it. MIT people might be able to develop better monitoring
- technology for preventing these explosions -- it is one area in which
- "the Internet of things" might do good without violating any human
- being's privacy.
- Dr Richard Stallman
- President, Free Software Foundation
- 51 Franklin St
- Boston MA 02110
- www.fsf.org www.gnu.org
- Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
- Use Ekiga or an ordinary phone call
Richard Stallman response to Boston Police efforts
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