Transparency

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is a former Libyan intelligence agent, that in 1988 bombed Pan-Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland—and has been known since as the Lockerbie bomber. He was subsequently indicted and convicted to life imprisonment, and was serving his sentence in prison in Scotland. In 2008 he was diagnosed with cancer, and that eventually led to his release from prison, and back to Libya—amid widespread opposition, including from the US.

Well, it has now surfaced that despite claiming otherwise in public, it was actually the British government that internally pressed for al-Megrahi to be released from prison. [1][2] And why? Economics, what else.

If the convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was not released from a Scottish prison, Britain would effectively have to abandon its interests in Libya, one of the world’s most promising economic frontiers.

My problem is not with releasing from prison a man that, odds are, is going to die in the near future. My problem is on the one hand, that economic affairs can have such a tight grip onto the justice system, and on the other one, that this is done in utmost secrecy. Indeed, the only reason why we know this can be summed up in one word: Wikileaks. Yep, those anarchists, that answer to no one, and endanger world peace, and God knows what else, they are the ones to show us the reality of diplomatic secrecy. And while this is necessarily a partial view, one cannot but ask, what else remains hidden?

This is the reason why I support Wikileaks. Imperfect as it is, it increases transparency in government, and in doing so, keeps our ability to make truly informed decisions—one of the fundamental cornerstones of democracy.

[1] – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8294125/WikiLeaks-How-Libya-trade-fears-forced-British-ministers-to-back-release-of-Lockerbie-bomber.html

[2] – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8294120/WikiLeaks-Britain-secretly-advised-Libya-how-to-secure-release-of-Lockerbie-bomber.html

2 responses to “Transparency

  1. I just read your last five posts in a row. And I just noticed you weren’t on my rss reader! :p

    Which explains my lack of comments in here, being the spammer I am! xD

    GJ!

  2. Actually, you’re not on my RSS feed either, but that’s because I’m a regular reader of your blog🙂 I only use feeds for those blogs where only occasionally I find something useful. That way, I can skim over the titles/summaries and get to the point.

    And if I liked what I wrote, you’re gone love what’s comin’😀