A climate of suspicion, or prudent defence against terror?
MI5 is to declassify and share information on UK citizens suspected of having terrorist sympathies. “Key” biographical data on potentially hundreds of people will be given to neighbourhood police, councils and other public agencies such as the Probation Service and the Charity Commission. Is this only prudent in the interests of national security, or does it needlessly compromise privacy and freedom?
I discussed this on BBC Radio’s Moral Maze this week with fellow-panellists Giles Fraser, Claire Fox and Tim Stanley. Our witnesses were Phillip Blond, Director of the think-tank ResPublica, Silkie Carlo, senior advocacy officer for Liberty, Adrian Hilton who runs the Archbishop Cranmer website, and Hannah Stuart, Head of Security and Extremism at the think-tank Policy Exchange.
You can listen to the show here.