Who’s on the side of the angels?
The governmental hearings in the US and UK showed us the US Senate Intelligence Committee and the UK Treasury Select Committee questioning the heads of the CIA, FBI, National Intelligence Agency, Defence Intelligence Agency, GCHQ, MI5 and SIS. But can we rely on politicians to keep the global communications system free, open and honest, wonders David Manners?
Who is on the side of the angels – the security services or Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Ed Snowden?
The governmental hearings in the US and UK showed us the US Senate Intelligence Committee and the UK Treasury Select Committee questioning the heads of the CIA, FBI, National Intelligence Agency, Defence Intelligence Agency, GCHQ, MI5 and SIS.
These top guys shared certain traits – suppressed aggression, irritability and apparent resentment at the impertinence of the questioners. There was no scintilla of a hint that they thought they’d done anything wrong.
Where have we seen the same total certainty of blamelessness? Corporate tax evaders; Bankers; Industrial-scale polluters.
These people do not even acknowledge the concerns of ordinary people let alone understand them.
So are we the people entitled to expect: Climate-changing pollution curbed? Bankers stopped from ruining the economy again? Companies paying tax at the normal rate? Limits on spying activities?
Are politicians anywhere doing anything fundamental to cope with spies, bankers, tax avoiders and polluters?
Are the politicians powerless to do anything? Are they afraid to do anything; Are they too stupid to do anything? Have they been bribed not to do anything?
No one knows, but if we want action on these issues which could scupper us all, then we need to be confident that the powers-that-be are on the side of the angels.
And Snowden and Berners-Lee have pointed out that they may not be.
If the powers-that-be are the baddies, then there is only one source of goodies, says Snowden, and that is the worldwide tech community which can keep the global communications system free, open and honest.
The technocrats have more power than they realise. They can cripple government internet communications.
And when governments cease to represent the people and are taken over by self-interested elites, then the people have a right and a duty to chuck the governments out and elect new rulers who will faithfully represent their interests.
So technocrats unite, you’re needed to save the world.Tags: Internet