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Redefining the English language to "fight the drug war"
In our rush to fascism police agencies parse words to get around constitutional guarantees. A court in Fairbanks, Alaska, recently ruled that the American people have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding utility bills, therefore the police have no need for a search warrant.
In George Orwell's 1984 anything pleasurable was presumed to be against the law. Like Fairbanks' recent court decision regarding a marijuana bust, based on utility bills, search warrants were a quaint memory from long ago. I worked many years as a paralegal. The bastardization of the concept of "A reasonable expectation of privacy" used by the "anti-drug warriors" in Fairbanks is appalling!
George Orwell wrote about the way language can be twisted and tortured to mean just about anything "they" want it to mean. Check out the essays by Orwell about this: Politics of the English Language http://www.orwell.ru/library/e... and The Principles of Newspeak http://www.newspeakdictionary....
Of course, to get the bigger picture, read Orwell's 1984, available free on-line at http://www.george-orwell.org/1... I think you'll be amazed at how much closer we are to such a society today than we were when Orwell wrote 1984, way back in 1948. If you have read it before, you will be surprised at how clunky the repressive apparatus he envisioned was compared to what the police state has today.