Friday, October 17, 2008

Losing the war on trust

"The home secretary's entire argument about the [terrorist] threat and its nature has to rest on our taking many of her assertions on trust. If we can see that the government can't even be accurate about past threats, why should we believe their analysis of current ones? Why should we give up every last vestige of privacy in our private lives because the government asserts that this may be helpful to them sometime in the future? The Home Office may have recognised the need to win this argument, but it hasn't constructed an effective one yet." —Jenni Russell

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