Time and time again it turns out that terrorists have been known to authorities before their attacks.
In the tragic Manchester case, there had been numerous reports on the perpetrator. But these warnings were ignored. (This also happened under PM Theresa Mays watch as UK Secretary of State for the Home Department.)
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Despite of this – governments insist that the way to fight terrorism is more mass surveillance, infringing on ordinary, decent peoples right to privacy.
This approach is counterproductive – and will make us all less safe.
Clearly, surveillance should be focused on people we have reason to believe are dangerous to others.
And most of these people can be identified, e.g. by their association with others or after having traveled to places of certain types of war and conflict.
Authorities refusal to take a reasonable approach to this issue raises questions about the real purpose of government surveillance schemes.