The press today ran with an article where the Rotterdam chief of police, Frank Pauw, was quoted as saying that ‘Every Dutch national should hand over a sample of their DNA for inclusion in a national data bank to help solve crime’. It is his belief that ‘If you want to make the world safer, [this is the] price to pay’.
So it seems that Gestapo style policing has returned to the Netherlands. Afterall, big brother tactics are nothing new to the Dutch. During WWII, the Nazi’s had quite an easy job of it finding and rounding up all the Dutch Jews. So easy in fact, that all they had to do was march on down to the Town Hall, and simply open up the registry documentation and get the names and addresses of every Jew in the city. Amazingly this attention to detail is still prevalent to this very day. Although, whilst they do not ask for your religion anymore, the government does in fact still continue sending out (mandatory) surveys to companies to have their employees fill in, specifying details on where one was born and what nationality and race their parents are. You can imagine the response HR got from me when they told me I had to fill it in. It’s still on my desk, not a drop of ink on the paper.
That being said, the government have tried coming up with all sorts of “Big Brother” ways to spy on it’s citizens that would make Himmler so proud. The latest one, which on the face of it seems to have failed, but will very likely return like a bad dose of the clap, was the “Tax via GPS Tracking” idea. On the face of it, the government tried selling the idea as a “Pay as you go” style tax (yes, tax, tax and more tax is the Cloggie’s favourite household expenditure item) whereby they would track how many kilometres you drove by way of using the GPS they would have installed in your car, and then they would download the data and send you a bill.
‘Sounds very efficient’, I hear some of you say. Perhaps, but now look at it another way. Imagine that they pass the data onto the police who then use it to find out every instant you broke the speed limit and then levy all the speeding tickets against you, or who keep the information in their database to build up a profile of you, where you visited, WHOM you visited and when. The vocal civil liberties groups here had a field day, and the government dropped the idea, but not after they wasted €200 million on it. Most of that money went to fat cat government consultants and ad agencies hired to scope out the idea and then sell it to the general public.
In my humblest opinion, if Chief of Police Frank Pauw got his way, then the next step would be to implant everyone with some sort of chip that tracks everyone to within 100m so he could police the city via laptop from the beach in Benidorm. Besides, what would the Dutch intend to do with the millions of foreigners either living here or visiting. For a start it’s an infringement of my human rights as an EU citizen who has the freedom of movement and travel across the EU. Maybe this is the first true signal that Holland wants to close its borders to all foreigners. Afterall, they’ve been complaining about us for the last five years.