(Leica D-Lux 5)
Hong Kong has witnessed the Snowden's drama unfolding over the past week. No doubt the whatever-gate-it-is-called will be made a Hollywood thriller -- there are just too many spy story elements to be missed. Getting a glimpse of how the secretive world operates is, however brief and shallow, an eye-opener.
Two idiotic things about the shebang are, first, how people in a free country are scared into taking for granted the legality of the blanket monitoring of communications -- maybe this poster found on the Internet carries some clue in that:
... and, second, that top officials of our tiny city have become addicted to the catchphrase, "we observe the law in ~ing...."*, which is undoubtedly taken for granted unless in authoritarian countries. The city shall of course be governed by the rule of law! We won't ask anyone to clean their arse after relaxing the bowels, will we? That's a common sense. So absurd a comment as to be sarcastic.
*Hong Kong government's helmsman said "the case is a good example to illustrate the 'One Country, Two Systems', 'Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong' and 'high degree of autonomy' principles, and shows the city upholds the rule of law, procedural fairness and justice."