The new head of GCHQ, the UK’s electronic listening station, has started his tenure with controversy by stating that ‘privacy is not an absolute right’, and tech firms must cooperate with authorities. His controversial remarks are however rooted in precedence.
Even though diplomatic tension simmers between Pakistan and the United States over the death of Bin Laden, the tension may well be short-lived. Islamabad will continue its narrative of ignorance; Washington, in turn, will continue to fictionalise Pakistan's sovereignty as it reaps the fruits of Operation Geronimo.
There is no doubting that the death of bin Bin Laden is the closure of the first chapter of the story of and battle against Al-Qa'ida. But his supporters will ultimately regroup and react to his cult of martydom and open the next chapter of the story.
With hundreds of thousands of people lining up the streets and millions watching the televised event around the world, it is no wonder that policing the Royal Wedding will be seen as a valuable and precious security test ahead of the Olympics next year. In particular, many will watch closely how effectively stretched police resources will be managed and maximised.
Criminal prosecution is central to the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. But its commitment is strangely ambivalent. This is most readily exhibited in relation to the use of intercept communications, currently inadmissible in the criminal justice system.
Criticism is mounting over Pakistan's role in the conflict in Afghanistan, and there is growing unease in the West over its role in the 'War on Terror'. With upcoming country elections, Musharraf has to make compromises to stay in power.