Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Big Brother Warns That Big Brother Is Watching

Common London sight

We've talked many times on News Talk Online on about balancing the need for homeland security with protecting our civil liberties. How far should we, in a free society, go?

Perhaps, says the former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, we've already gone too far.

Sir Richard Dearlove, who headed the UK's famed MI6 from 1999 to 2004 says that the "loss of liberties" in the pursuit of protecting the homeland from terrorism is "mind boggling."

This is not some left wing advocate speaking here. This is the former chief spook of Britain.

Sort of like when Dwight Eisenhower warned of a build up of the industrial military complex. Coming from a president who was once the supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe, that was a telling warning indeed.

In addition to an abundance of searches of citizens, Dearlove complained about the omnipresent security cameras in London - a program that's being emulated in New York City.


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Anonymous said...

We have overreacted. 3000 people is nothing but a bad traffic year. no offense to the victims, but it just looked scary on television.

Don Rich

Anonymous said...

Well, there is obviously a fundamental difference between the targeted mass murder of Americans and traffic accidents. Nonetheless, of COURSE we've gone too far, and I think just everyone who isn't doing it knows it