“…when the laws have ceased to be executed, as this can only come from the corruption of the republic, the state is already lost.”
A survey by T-Media reveals that Finns trust the most the police, educational and justice system and the least the media, EU and employer’s associations. Of those surveyed, 69% responded that they didn’t trust the media.
A good case in point is a request by the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) for increased surveillance powers.
One matter that should worry us is not the Supo request per se but how little some Finnish politicians, the media and public appear to care for oversight and transparency, which are crucial to the survival of our Nordic welfare state democracy.
Would the police and Supo abuse such power if they got greater surveillance rights?
The proper question we should ask, however, is what guarantees does the public have that the police and Supo will not go as far as theNSA and GCHQ? Do we have any idea how much we are being surveyed in Finland?
The best way to secure trust and an effective checks and balance system through proper oversight is paradoxically mistrust. It would be naive, even reckless, to believe that the police and other agencies that claim to defend and guarantee our security will always do so in our best interest. Power always corrupts.
Just like corporations can get greedy, so can military and public institutions. Securing support and vast funding means putting out a lot of spin and hype in order to instil fear in the public that we are constantly under threat.
Asking the military and national security agencies to make the world a more secure place is like asking a madman to make the world saner.
It will never happen.