British spies are tempted to “cut corners” in their efforts to catch terrorists and foreign agents, the head of MI5 has admitted.
And that’s why we should not have the secret courts or secret cases.
Jonathan Evans, the director-general of the security service, said he had to warn new recruits to keep their activities “legal” and “proportionate” in order to retain the trust of ministers and the public.
He was speaking as the Government braces itself for a rebellion over plans for a new generation of secret courts that will allow evidence from the intelligence services to be heard in private. Critics, including senior lawyers and former Army officers, say the Justice and Security Bill will allow intelligence officers who are complicit in torture and rendition to evade public scrutiny.
However, ministers say that foreign agencies such as the CIA are already cutting the amount of intelligence they share with Britain for fear that it may be released in open court.
The intent of what we’re being told is that the bureaucracy, the rules, mean that we’ll be safe with those internal rules and the secret courts won’t be a problem.
The actual meaning of what is being said is that as courts are there, at times, to protect us the citizenry from the rules and the bureaucracy, therefore we should not have secret courts.
As to getting less info from the CIA….well, bully for that really.
The aim and point of this entire system, of spies and courts and all, is to protect the freedoms and liberties of the citizenry of these silands. No more and no less than that. Secret courts are an imposition on those freedoms and liberties: that we get less information as a result of protecting such freedoms doesn’t bother me in the slightest.