Tuesday, August 15, 2006

How long until Judge Dredd is reality?

Headline on the front page of the Guardian newspaper this morning sent a shiver down my spine. For nearly thirty years British science fiction comic 2000 AD has feature the adventures of future lawman Judge Dredd. In his world, the Judges are the ultimate cop - judge, jury and executioner, all in one. They are empowered to dispense instant justice.

Back when Dredd first appeared in 1977, his stories were set in 2099, 122 years in the future. The anti-hero seemed like the stuff of science fiction, his brutal style of law enforcement could never happen here, right? Here's the front page lead on today's Guardian newspaper: POLICE WANT POWERS OF 'INSTANT JUSTICE'.

Read it and weep, creeps...

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