In the wake of the September 11 terror attacks, the American government implemented a wave of overt policies to fight the nation’s enemies. Unseen and undetected by the public, however, another set of tools were brought to bear on the domestic front.
Karen Greenberg's book, "Subtle Tools"
, explains how these “subtle tools” imperil the very foundations of democracy, from the separation of powers and transparency in government to adherence to the Constitution.
The most effective means for the power-by-proxy system to exercise control and dampen oversight has been through secrecy and subterfuge. However, governments need to justify their decisions in a public arena so they often resort to the purposeful use of imprecise language
. (for more details see the CybaCity coverage: "The impact ofthe tactics of dishonesty and subtefuge on a nation
Such techniques enable innocuous sounding terminologies to be subject to a wide range of interpretations including decisions to assassinate and murder people.
However, this dishonest tactic is undermined if the public gains access to the communications which control the hidden and often illegal activities. However, what is being done in the name of the constituents of a country are clearly a matter of public interest. Thus, the treatment of whistle blowers in exposing such rampant corruption of democratic processes is to apply the very regulations, shaped by imprecise terminology to create a basis for harsh treatment of individuals who stand of the side of truth, transparency and pubic interest.
The most notorious current example of this form of horrendous treatment, designed to be a warning and to intimidate others who might wish to reveal the truth, is the case of Julian Assange. The reality is that the case of Assange is a billboard exposing to the world the brash, crude and visceral approach to justice manipulated by power by proxy political parties in Britain. And yet these same political parties have the affront of pass judgement on "human rights" in other countries from within the shadow of Belmarsh prison in the heart of London.