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Why are we content to let individual offenders remain anonymous under the banner of Government even as they repeatedly break international law as individuals?

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We frequently hear the names of famous dissidents who have been detained and are barred access to the outside world. What we rarely, if ever, hear about are the names and faces of the individuals involved in detaining others. Indeed, detention of political dissidents is generally couched in terms of "Man vs. Government". Clearly, however, the actual detention of someone comes down to a limited number of individual offenders. Who are these people? Why are we content to let them remain anonymous under the banner of Government even as they repeatedly break international law as individuals?

This solution is part wiki, part social network. The network plays host to community-generated profiles of individuals involved in the illegal detention of others (henceforth "The Bad Guys"). Everyone from the top brass down to the pawns responsible for physically detaining people could have a profile generated by the community (The Good Guys). Each profile could include text, photos and videos of a particular Bad Guy, which can then be footnoted with the specific national and international laws that they may be breaking. The more a particular soldier, officer or official is involved in incidents of illegal detention the more their profile will be noticed by the public, forcing the offending individual to answer to their family and peers and generally making it more difficult for them to maintain an anonymous personal life. Social pressure can be an enormously potent deterrent, especially for the underpaid officers at the bottom of the command chain.

Its important to note that a single video uploaded by the community wouldn't be enough to ruin the life of a perfectly good officer or official. Only repeat offenders would likely emerge as true Bad Guys.

The inclusion of a way for the community to systematically document laws broken by the individual could also greatly enhance the evidence against an offender should they be brought to trial.

What kind of resources are needed to get this idea off the ground and/or support it over time?

This idea can be easily implemented through community activism and volunteered time. The actual documentation of offenses can be captured and uploaded by any person with any existing device they may have, even if all they can do is offer a written account of an event.


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