BRANCH: We should not sacrifice our hard won liberties to security agencies

What you need to know:

  • For one, the rush to be seen to be active in defence of Kenya can lead to shortsighted policies that may make the situation worse. Take, for example, Ndung’u Githenji, head of the National Assembly’s defence committee, and his suggestion that Dadaab Refugee Camp be closed. He claimed on BBC that some of these camps were being used as a training grounds.
  • Policies introduced in the aftermath of attacks such as 9/11 and 7/7 have led to absurd and habitual restrictions on the rights of ordinary citizens. The furore over Edward Snowden and his leaks about collection and retention of enormous quantities of personal data by the US and UK intelligence services was a reminder of how much of what Benjamin Franklin held dear has been lost.

The terror attack might have come at the right time for politicians but Kenyans should be wary of divisive leaders and attempts to curtail freedom.

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