With Friends Like This, Enemies Are Redundant
The phrase, Panoptican State refers to a real threat. Sadly, the threat is coming not from terrorists, nor criminals in general, but from our governments.
As a result of the threat of terrorist crimes, Western governments want to transform the State into one which observes citizens at all times. In Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott foolishly and recklessly wants the Parliament to approve collecting "metadata" on all Australians, storing it for up to two years. "It will help us interdict and catch the malefactors," says Tony. Yes, and so would stationing a member of the intelligence service at our right shoulder, observing all we do and say, twenty-four seven. But would that justify the horrendous invasion of government power into our lives. Tony says it would.
Fairfax media have done us all a service. With the assistance of a Liberal Senator,
David Leyonhjelm they have demonstrated just how much information on all citizens will be available to government spies. Leyonhjelm "turned over" his metadata to the analysts and what they learned about him was significant indeed.
Three former CIA directors — George J. Tenet, Porter J. Goss and Michael V. Hayden — as well as three Deputy CIA Directors, took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to dispute the Democrat-penned torture report released yesterday:The Senate report claimed that the information gained under duress was of little worth, implying that if torture were useful in providing vital information it would somehow have been acceptable. The supporters of the programme point out, on the contrary, how successful it was in providing information to combat the Islamist terrorists.
What is wrong with the committee’s report?The current CIA Director is reversing his previous declarations of agnosticism on the subject to agree that torture provided critical information.
First, its claim that the CIA’s interrogation program was ineffective in producing intelligence that helped us disrupt, capture, or kill terrorists is just not accurate. The program was invaluable in three critical ways:
• It led to the capture of senior al Qaeda operatives, thereby removing them from the battlefield.
• It led to the disruption of terrorist plots and prevented mass casualty attacks, saving American and Allied lives.
• It added enormously to what we knew about al Qaeda as an organization and therefore informed our approaches on how best to attack, thwart and degrade it.
Who is telling the truth?
Both the detractors and supporters of torture are operating out of a profoundly degenerate moral abyss.