Re: @Matt Bryant - "Show me the Harm"
Bernard, I'm obviously on your side, against the schill/troll/authoritarian follower or whatever MB may be. But your example is illustrative of the problem we have in spelling out the harm. In short, that story is an example of abuse of process but, in the end, the actual harm will probably be limited to a bit of intimidation which, in this instance, will fail. One or two cops will be disciplined (but almost certainly keep their jobs). No great threat to the man in the street (as they see it).
As a privacy fundamentalist, I have tried, for years, to construct an argument that makes the "if you've nothing to hide" brigade wake up and smell the coffee. The reason it's almost impossible is that all the potential harms remain exactly that - "potential" - for the vast majority of the herd. How many Wildebeest refuse to cross the river, on the annual migration, despite the fact that, last year, about 2 dozen of their number were eaten by crocodiles?
Very few citizens get to see their neighbours and friends victimised by the bully state. And in the tiny communities where the victimisation reaches more visible levels, a relatively small amount of targeting is enough to intimidate the rest of them back into toeing the line.
The real and lasting harm is to the Social Psyche, which learns to internalise the new restrictions and repressions and when to kowtow to authority. This is particularly obvious in the USA, where the level of real harm caused to citizens by the State is vastly greater than any other "first world" nation but still hasn't created the kind of backlash which is required to make the bastards back down.
That "successful" model of naked authoritarianism is encouraging all the other "civilised" nations to tread, more or less warily, down that same path. But until we start seeing more of our own innocent citizens gunned down in the street by steroid pumped uniformed bullies, (which I genuinely do not think will happen in most of Europe) the average Joe is going to remain content with the "soft authoritarianism" we have adopted and consider it a fair price to pay for our perceived security in the street.
And if we had a couple of Paris style attacks in the UK, my guess is that the populace would bend over and allow themselves to be further butt-fucked for the sake of "keeping us safe"