We come in peace, shoot to kill
July 24th, 2005 by teragram

As captain Kirk would say.

Why is no-one saying that the British police should not have a shoot to kill policy? I even saw a representative of a civil rights organisation saying that police would have to be more careful without actually disapproving of the policy.

I don’t want to live in a world where I have to fear being killed by my own police, no matter how careful they might be with their suspicions about me. Frankly I’d rather be killed by a terrorist than a garda/bobby. A young Brazilian man is dead because he lived in the same building as someone that the police suspected of having links to the London bombers. That is not good enough. I am honestly afraid of the future we are bringing down on our own heads.

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he doesn’t become a monster.”
   Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 146
   German philosopher (1844 – 1900)

For a much more eloquent exposition of this point, you should read the article Justice Aharon Barak (of the Isreali Supreme Court) wrote earlier this month. He includes the following quote from one of his own judgements:

“… This is the destiny of democracy, as not all means are acceptable to it, and not all practices employed by its enemies are open to it. Although a democracy must often fight with one hand tied behind its back, it nonetheless has the upper hand. Preserving the Rule of Law and recognition of an individual’s liberty constitutes an important component in its understanding of security. At the end of the day, they strengthen its spirit and its strength and allow it to overcome its difficulties.”
   The Role of a Supreme Court In a Democracy and the Fight Against Terrorism
   By Justice Aharon Barak

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