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Dan TheBookMan danust2012 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 19 19:45:44 UTC 2020

Okay, but the way I read your initial comment was to doubt these were secret police tactics at all because they’re not being kept secret. Does that seem an unreasonable interpretation of your initial comment?


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> On Jul 19, 2020, at 11:23 AM, SR Ballard via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> My point was that “secret police” drive in unmarked cars, and snatch people quickly. By definition you don’t see them operating.
> SR Ballard
>> On Jul 19, 2020, at 10:16 AM, Dan TheBookMan via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>>> On Jul 19, 2020, at 6:09 AM, SR Ballard via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>>> How would anyone know that secret police existed if no one told them?
>>> SR Ballard 
>> I used ‘secret police tactics,’ and meant stuff like dragging people off the street in unmarked cars, which is similar to secret police kidnappings of their victims. Of course, it’s not secret now.
>> And any real world secret police is likely to be known eventually... The notion is less that no one ever ever knows about it — that the secret part is completely successful — than that the operations of a secret police are meant to be kept from public and even other legal scrutiny. (Often the tactics and operations are illegal or at least disavowed by the government. But that’s a technicality. After all, what’s legal is defined by whomever is considered the legal authority.)
>> Regards,
>> Dan
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