Wiltshire Police have apologised for collecting the names and addresses of locals who bought Charlie Hebdo from their newsagent. The force seems to be placing the blame on one over-enthusiastic officer and says it has “permanently and securely disposed” of the information they collected. Why did they have to say “permanently”?
The force said that the officer’s motivations were "purely around enhancing public safety". That’s not very reassuring, given the activities governments and law enforcement agencies like to excuse in the name of safety. Personally, I’m leaning toward putting it down to the police’s love of making lists of suspects for crimes that haven’t been committed,
Or as I’m sure they’d put it, crimes that haven’t been committed…… yet. It’s a worrying attitude.