For all their purported shock
and outrage, the inconvenient truth for many European leaders is that their
own intelligence services are up to their necks in unregulated surveillance and/or
cooperation with the global USA-UK spying infrastructure.
The EU is providing generous R&D (research and
development) subsidies to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the state-owned
manufacturer of Israeli ‘drones’ and other ‘battlefield solutions’. Some of the
grants are for IAI to adapt its killer robots for use within the EU.
and insecurity is filling the void left by our governments' inaction on climate
change. But framing Climate Change as a security problem, rather than one of
justice or human rights, may only perpetuate that.
There are elements in Europe who would dearly like to see
the CLEAN IT wish list put into practice (including from the law enforcement
community, the industries that serve it, and the European Commission), but we
must distinguish between transnational talking shops, EU working groups and draft
decision of the European Court of Human Rights to allow the extradition of
five individuals accused of terrorist offences from Britain to the
USA has been greeted with government ‘relief’. Instead, the coalition government
should stick to its undertaking to review the extradition treaty.