"...the machine tended increasingly to dictate the purpose to be served, and to exclude other more intimate human needs." -- L. Mumford, "The Myth of the Machine"
That is actually the notorious Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 Part 4http://www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts2001/10024--e.htm#21This typical bit of Home Office legilsation (i.e. a badly draughted hodge potch, often uneforceable, granting themselves infinite powers etc.) also includes such gems as making it *illegal* to detonate a nuclear weapon within the UK *without permission*. Why didn't the Home Office think of this sooner, there would have been no need for Polaris, Trident etc. the Soviets would never have dared to attack us with nuclear weapons if it had actually been *illegal* to do so.http://www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts2001/10024--g.htm#47Watching Them, Watching Ushttp://www.spy.org.uk/spyblog
Oh dear, oh dear... (disclaimer: not read the whole thing yet, maybe this makes more sense in other contexts...)"47 (6) In this section "nuclear weapon" includes a nuclear explosive device that is not intended for use as a weapon."wtf?and..."48 (1b) Nothing in section 47 applies to an act done in the course of an armed conflict."...as defined by the Secretary of State. Nice and specific, then.
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