Those of you who have seen the movie Minority Report (or read the original sci-fi short story) know how the concept of pre-crime is not only highly controversial and philosophically paradoxical, but also that it would virtually destroy whatever is left of our nation’s recognition of our Bill of Rights. If you’ve ever wondered how the police state creeps upon us so easily, here’s a front-row seat to observe how the process unfolds.
For those outside the loop, the concept of pre-crime involves police having the alleged ability to determine crimes that will allegedly occur in the future, plus the authority then to swoop in to make arrests before the predicted crime can occur. In the story, crimes are determined by a group of near-comatose mutants who allegedly have psychic powers, and who are connected to a powerful computer system.
Remove the alleged psychic mutants and leave the powerful computer system and, well, we’ve now got the foundations and plans for it pre-crime in our midst.
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