One characteristic of people that I've noticed over the years is that most folks simply don't even try to see beneath the surface of things. This is a big mistake, of course, if you really want to understand the world.
For example, when a congresscritter introduces a bill entitled "National Save the Cats Act", you can be quite sure that its main purpose is to eradicate all feline creatures from within the demesnes of the United States.
But you don't call it that. People like cats. So you call it something else.
This is what came to mind today when I read about Canada, for the moment, shelving plans to have warrantless internet surveillance of all Canadians.
Interesting that they would want to do this at all. More interesting was the rationale--child pornography.
So in the United States we have warrantless internet surveillance to protect us from terrorists. But in Canada it's for kiddie porn.
In China it's for the "good of society".
But what is it really, then?