They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Friday, December 27, 2013

Spying on Israel not a bad idea

In opposing wholesale domestic spying on citizens/subjects, you wouldn't necessarily wish to preclude the monitoring of communications data flowing from and to carefully selected national and international threats -  subject to robust checks and balances.   The government of Israel would seem to be a good example. Who could argue against it?  Whether a supporter or critic of contemporary Israeli policies, it's difficult to see how advanced warning of bombing Iran/bombing Gaza/bombing Lebanon, for example,  wouldn't be a good thing.  Getting caught on the other hand is another matter. And they wouldn't have been if they - GCHQ, NSA - had restricted themselves to bona fide threats to security and avoided the overreaching and Orwellian scale of spying that has been revealed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he has ordered a probe into reports that the United States and Britain had monitored communications of the previous prime minister and defense minister, calling the actions unacceptable. Link