UK DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER Nick Clegg has spoken out about the detention of David Miranda at Heathrow, but said that he can see how seizing documents and smashing computers as fair.
Clegg has carved out a niche for himself as a deputy prime minister. He makes noise and jumps up and down at times. Now he is dithering between being worried about overzealous surveillance and hands-off government and trying to conclude that there is something of a fine line between them.
"I believed at the time, and still do, that it was entirely reasonable for the government to seek to get leaked documents back from the Guardian or have them destroyed. Along with the information the newspaper had published, it had information that put national security and lives at risk. It was right for us to want that information destroyed," he said in an editorial published by that newspaper.
Clegg said that a balance has to be struck somewhere, explaining that technology has become so pervasive that it must be controlled in some way.
"A balance must be struck between a libertarian 'anything goes' approach, which sees new technology as a way to escape from the reach of the law, and an authoritarian view that sees technology as a new opportunity to intrude into our lives," he added.
"Technology will continue to evolve and governments worldwide will try to evolve with it. As long as Liberal Democrats are in government, I will ensure that our individual rights are not cast aside in the name of collective security." µ
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