The ‘Intelligence’ paradox
In the Second World War, the phrase ‘Military Intelligence’ was famously ridiculed as an oxymoron. But we have our own contemporary paradox in this area. On the one hand, it’s clear that the ‘intelligence’ which was used to justify attacking Iraq was deeply inadequate or just plain wrong. Yet the same agencies which produced it are still producing the ‘intelligence’ which is leading the Western democracies — led by the US — to demolish civil liberties and lay the foundations for Orwellian states.