COULD THE GUARDIAN BE PROSECUTED FOR LEAKING SENSITIVE STOLEN SECURITY DOCUMENTS? – The is simply no doubt that the Government, MI5 and Security officials feel that The Guardian should be prosecuted for publishing and transporting sensitive national security documents that were stolen by Edward Snowden.
Last night there was a growing number of demands for the Home Office to look into whether The Guardian, and its Editor Alan Rusbridger, should face criminal charges for its actions.
The arguments for such a prosecution appear sound in that The Guardian has compromised intelligence networks that could put security personnel, our armed forces and the public at risk from terrorist attack.
It appears that the full weight of Government is now bearing down on The Guardian for what it refers to as irresponsible journalism or simply hiding behind the fig leaf of journalism.
According to David Cameron and MI5 chief, Andrew Parker, The Guardian has simply published sensitive national security data that is little more than a ‘gift’ to terrorist groups around the world by allowing them to determine how intelligence is collected and used.
Last night Tory MP Julian Smith demanded to know if The Guardian had indeed broken the law by transporting ‘personal information of a sensitive nature across the UK and the world’.
The issue here is that The Guardian has not denied publishing information on personnel, including a number of security agents who work overseas in sensitive areas. Again the question is whether publishing such information has put lives and national security at risk or is this simply a matter of deep embarrassment that the Government has been caught spying on its citizens.
Again The Guardian hasn’t denied publishing sensitive information on security personnel and therefore it is likely that it could be prosecuted under National Security laws and indeed Professor Anthony Glees, a leading counter-terrorism expert, and the head of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckinghamshire, told Government Ministers and MPs that The Guardian should be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act.
As most of our readers are aware none of us at meebal.com are professional journalists. There are many ways in which you can play with words in order to describe journalism and our view is that it is a medium to investigate, report and therefore uncover the truth with factual information.
Writing articles that are of paramount importance to the general public is not only a privilege but also a responsibility of moral integrity – that is there is a fine line between what is justifiable public knowledge compared to that which causes irrevocable damage; not just to Governments, Journalists or public safety but also to the very pillars of democracy.
Under a democratic society we should have the right to know what information his being held on us; indeed the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act tackles this very subject however how much information is our Governments intelligence services collating without our knowledge; therefore breaching multiple privacy laws.
The case of Edward Snowden was never about releasing sensitive military or intelligence information but rather uncovering how the U.S and U.K Government is spying on its citizens; often without due cause.
I personally have a love / hate relationship with Britain, on one hand I love it for what it was and could be whilst on the other I hate it for what it has become and that is a country controlled by the few, for the few and our democracy, through various laws under the guise of security and safety, has been stripped away piece by piece.
Of course the Government will tell you that these measures are designed to keep you safe and secure but as we become more fearful from terrorist related activities the Government becomes more powerful in their ability to take away our rights.
Yesterday the Director-General of MI5, Andrew Parker, clearly pointed out that the information published in The Guardian has caused irrevocable damage to the intelligence community by allowing the thousands of known terrorist in the UK to understand their methods in tracking and preventing terrorist attacks.
There is a question that none of the newspapers or indeed Government officials appear to address… ‘If there are thousands of ‘known’ terrorists in the UK why are they still here?
Are our Government and therefore our security service so inadequate or indeed incompetent that they are unable to hunt them down and treat them as the combatants they clearly are?
I for one feel that The Guardian made a serious error in judgment when it decided to publish certain sensitive information. The reason for this is that our security personnel, including all members of the intelligence community and armed services, have a difficult job as it is without placing their lives in further peril.
Unfortunately the Government will remain quick to admonish and point the finger of incompetency at our intelligence community when things go wrong – case in point the murder of Lee Rigby.
However it remains crystal clear that the failings of being unable to protect the public adequately squarely lays on the shoulders of our Government for they have created laws and allowed laws to be imposed upon us from the EU that prevent us from taking positive action by hunting down and removing now terrorists in our midst.
Yes, bring a prosecution against The Guardian if you must, but I can assure you that our Government is equally, if not more, culpable in placing our lives at risk through their inability or willingness to take justifiable measures to eradicate terrorism.
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