Intelligence, rather than evidence that is tested in open court, is the foundation of states claims to accurately predict terrorist threats and the basis of preemptive counter measures.
Intelligence, rather than evidence that is tested in open court, is the foundation of states claims to accurately predict terrorist threats and the basis of preemptive counter measures.Intelligence is a highly unaccountable aspect of state activity; it is frequently manipulated in pursuit of state interests.
Although the state coercion is real, often devastating, and sometimes fatal, the future threat prevented is often entirely speculative (Mc Culloch and Pickering 2009).
Complacency over state violence is not justified by the history of counter terrorism.
States, through the military, police, and intelligence and security services have enormous capacity to coerce and inflict violence.
Intelligence is gathered and interpreted through undisclosed assumptions, ideological predispositions, racial prejudice and intersecting vested interests linked to partisan politics, corporate priorities, and foreign policy.
The Chairman of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, for example, concluded in a 2008 statement about the invasion of Iraq that, In making the case for war, the administration, repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when it was unsubstantiated, contradicted or even nonexistent (Senate Select Committee on Intelligence 2008).