Thursday, October 13, 2011

Freedom Vs. Security

After nine months of debates and discussions with top government officials, last Tuesday the House of Representatives finally decided to accept the Intelligence Bill.

According to the news media the House's said decision was protested by some human rights and liberal democratic activists, who said that the new Intelligence Law would endanger democracy in general, and limit freedom of expression in particular.

One of the things they objected is the right to wiretap phone calls, which they thought might be abused by the intelligence agencies especially the State Intelligence Agency (BIN).

Due to this fact,  activists groups like the Indonesian Corruption Watch, Legal Aid Foundation, Kontras, Impartial, Elsam and other NGO planned to request the Constitutional Court to conduct a Judicial Review on Articles 25 and 26 of the said Law regarding Secret Intelligence Information including the criteria of State Security and Defense, Natural Treasure, National Economic Resilience, and Foreign Policy Interest.

As a lover of democracy, I felt that the new Intelligence Law would surely limit people's freedom therefore its implementations should be closely observe by the society so as to avoid any abuse of power.

However, as a peace loving citizen, I believe that our country, which still has so many poor people, can only develop properly if peace and order exist, if there is no acts of terrors, violence and bombings. And that can only be achieved if there is strong law enforcement that is balanced with citizen's freedom to think, speak and act on whatever is good for the people and country.

Considering the above, I felt that as long as the implementation is according to the laws and regulations, it is okay to give certain power to the intelligence agency. For example said Law ruled that wire taping can only be done if there is permit from the Court of Law.



Wisata Murah said...

saya kurang memahami tugas badan intelijen negara ini.

kami harap ada solusi yang baik itu undang undang ini.. happy blogging

WebbieLady said...

I think Security... well, these days, I think it's really a basic need.

colson said...

Security and freedom ( and human rights) are strange bed-fellows indeed.

Of course most people will say "I have nothing to hide", so let 'law and order - authorities"take the measures they need.

However I guess the lawmakers chose a dangerous road by introducing the Intelligence Act.

Though I agree with you in general, I have serious doubts the security agencies will use their now possibilities in a decent way.


[The "American Patriot Act", introduced in the US after "9/11", did and does result in several, serious breaches of privacy, justice and human rights..

Similar developments took place in Europe. My own country, the Netherlands, is 'world champion" telephone tapping
(17 million people, 2000 taps each day). What's worse quite a number of people have been arrested on suspicion of (planning) terrorist attacks - all but one of them a suspicion which after a year or so proved to be false.]

Ria Tumimomor said...

every regulation always has it's pro and con but hopefully nobody will take this regulation to harm anyone else

Keluarga Zulfadhli said...


I agreed 100 % with your comment and critic. Personally for me the important one is how to implement? how to control the law? peace and stability is the most key factor for the good development.

... Ayah Double Zee ...

Luke said...

Hi Harry, for me I have no issue with taps and bugs if it is in the interest of my safety and security. Will it abused? probably.When I was last 'taken away' but the police on a teachers raid, they produced my bank account and balance, told me where I lived, my email address and other stuff and that was in 2009.

Setyo-Utomo Said said...

I fully agree with you, mas Harry !

H. Nizam said...

@Wisata Murah,
Tentunya pemerintah dan DPR tidak akan sembarangan membuat hukum.

I agree with you.

There should be some sort of "give and take" between the people and the government so as to create a peaceful society.
I agree with you that there would always be abuse. As long as the people are free to talk and act, and everything is done based on the rule of law, there should not be big problem.

As citizens we should obey and monitor the implementation of the law.

@Keluarga Zulfadhli,
Yes you are right. Let's hope things will work out fine.

It would not be difficult to monitor implementation of the law in present free society.

Thank you for your comment Pak.

Fahrizi Noer Fajar Azman said...

Semoga masalah ini dapat teratasi dengan baik...

saya kurang mengerti apa tugas intelejen...

salam hangat... :)

H. Nizam said...

Harapan kita semua adalah Indonesia yang aman sehingga dapat membangun secara lebih cepat dan baik.

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every control always has it's pro and con but hopefully nobody will take this control to damage anyone else