If you've done nothing wrong, you have everything to worry about
Another, albeit fundamental one. Something that should be said, and said again, and again and a gain. If you really feel that if you have done nothing wrong you have nothing to fear - you are a fool of the highest order.
This is one area where we all should come together - irrespective of your political hue. Liberal, Conservative, Socialist, Democrat - all should stand side-by-side and tell all governments that they work for us and not the other way around.
"If you haven't done anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about."
People who say this are fools, not to be too blunt about it. Not only are they willing to trade away my rights, since they haven't a basic appreciation of theirs, but their understanding of the relationship between government and the governed is one of subservience based on fear, and the idea that their fear is not only natural, but justifiably permanent given the state of the world.
Thus, we should all be fearful, all of the time.
How, then, do we come together? This is, and always has been, the sticking point. And one that will - until we all see the same agenda - the true dividing line betwixt where we cannot roam.
I am a Liberal, Democratic Socialist. I believe that we all should be a part of a greater community where we all work for that ever elusive 'common good'. I have been asked what I mean by that - and it is a good question.
What I do mean by that, without going into a 1000 word essay, is that I believe, first and foremost in the personal freedom of the individual to live a free life without overt government interference. What I want governments to do is show leadership and bring about legislation that will not infringe on my rights to be whom I please, meet with those around me on an egalitarian level.
Yet I find that those who disagree with governments intrusion into their lives are the very same who will advocate taking away my rights as a free person because of their illogical fear.
We cannot, no matter how much we try, be perfectly safe 100% of the time. We have to take risks each time we take a step in any direction - in our homes and in the wider world. We also have to understand that each time we agree with the government stepping in to 'save us' in some way - we are missing the very obvious part to that intrusive bit of extra legislation. That if you curb the rights of someone because he or she is seen as a threat to your un-risky life, you, by default, effect everyone.
It is as simple as that.
Legislation can look good because it is protecting you - but it is also effecting everyone else - and in that most do not want that bubble wrap in their lives.
Out of Britain comes the case recently of 40-year-old Jenny Paton, mother of three and, in the eyes of the state, a security hazard. Her crime? She was suspected of falsifying her address to enrol her daughter in a neighbouring school.
A covert surveillance operation was begun on her in 2008, when -- and I am not making this up -- an officer from the local education department followed her for three weeks. He noted her movements in a log. The department obtained her telephone records.
Paton had done nothing wrong. And the local council where Paton lives maintained it had nothing wrong, either. Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act of 2000, local governments have the power to use surveillance to investigate such picayune matters as reports of people not cleaning up after their dogs, or whose dogs bark too loudly, of people who don't recycle or who put out their trash early, of people who operate unlicensed taxicabs.
If you think this is just a case that happened exclusively in the UK, add yourself to the fool list. As some call for more and more laws to keep 'us' safe we are giving away more and more rights that have been fought for over the millennia.
Think next time you avow that if you have done nothing to hide you have nothing to fear, because as these laws creep more and more into our lives you who say such things will be added to the ever-growing list of criminalisation.
You may fear some obscure terrorist in far off Obliviastan, and we are right to be wary of such people. But to allow that fear to cripple our lives by allowing draconian laws is not the way forward.
You may not be doing anything wrong today - but one piece of legislation could mean that what you do means you do have something to fear, but it will not be a bullet nor a bomb.