The surveillance that is intended to intimidate

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 08.51.43It is difficult, writes Dalrymple,

to see how unselective intelligence-gathering (it would be better to call it unintelligence-gathering) could possibly reduce the danger of terrorism, unlike the patient investigation of self-confessed extremist groups.

Nor is there any evidence that such continual surveillance deters or reduces crime.

Why should it, when the convicted have so little to fear from the courts?

The surveillance

is intended not to protect or deter, but to intimidate.

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