DAY 3505: WEDNESDAY 5TH JANUARY 2011.
The media inform us that the UK government are currently reviewing the use of arbitrary 'Control Orders', where people are in effect held under indefinite, house arrest, without ever having been tried and convicted of any offence.
A brief analysis of the media articles, (below) reveals that no-one suggests that as a starting point the government should start telling the truth for once, about anything, anytime soon, so all we can really expect from government is that they may weigh up, what they think they can get away with, or at least spend the next few years arguing over through their courts.
The government would have the people believe that there is a difficult 'balance' to be made, between security and liberty. In fact what is out of 'balance', is the ability of government to tell the truth, about anything, ever. That is what happens when you begin with a lie.
Government therefore continues to throw the rule of law out of the window, wherever possible, not to protect the people, but to maintain the lies that government across all parties, have told, and gone along with, when embarking on what everyone knew, to be, illegal wars of aggression.
The government have actually found that it is extremely cost effective and a great PR exercise, to make for example 'laws', that have so little transparency that they can be used for all manner of political ends, because if a 'law' affects only a few people, not too many questions are likely to be asked.
'Control Orders' therefore tick a lot of self - serving political boxes, in maintaining the political agenda of secrecy, anononymity, and fear, which are all trademark features of bad government.
Doing away with the messy business of trials, also avoids the obvious embarassment of being seen to be having show trials like those of Aung San Suu Kyi, in Burma.
People should remember that it was the UK government who went to war in Iraq, on the basis of a plagiarised thesis and 45 minute lies, that the UK intelligence services did not see fit to blow the whistle over, despite the devastating loss of life to innocent civilians.
Now that is bad government and it is within that context that the public should view the government's use of 'Control Orders'.
Why should we at any time, then have to just believe or trust the likes of Lord Carlile, or Malcolm Rifkind for that matter ? And if and when they lie, and that, they will lie, over the use of 'Control Orders', when it is politically expedient to do so, you can be sure of, how would we ever know ?
Recent history proves that the intelligence services are not going to tell us when the government have lied, over what is 'intelligence'.
So both the government and the intelligence services insult the intelligence, of any decent and civilised person, over any continuing use of 'Control Orders'.
Far from protecting the people, it would be government who would be first down the bunkers at the sign of any real trouble.
So 'Control Orders' must go.
And until such time as the government can stop behaving recklessly and admit that it is the politicians who have -all - lied and gone along with taking the country into illegal wars of aggression, what we all do know, is that "Big BAD Brother" more than has the means to, follow around and monitor the communications of for example, ummm....eight people, without the need for indefinite detention without trial, in the form of 'Control Orders'.
GOVERNMENT POISED TO SCRAP CONTROL ORDERS.
CLEGG VOWS O GET BALANCE RIGHT IN REVIEW OF CONTROL ORDERS.
KEEPING CONTROL ORDERS IS THE LEAST BAD OPTION SAYS MALCOLM RIFKIND.
CONTROL ORDERS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR SECURITY WARNS PEER.
CONTROL ORDERS ARE NOT VERY BRITISH BUT WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES ?
ROYAL UNITED SERVICES INSTITUTE.