Thursday, July 23, 2009

Aphorisms IX - Who watches the Watchmen?

As I haven't changed my heading aphorism in a long time and in the light of recent revelations ...

- Member of Parliament expenses

- the National Health Service IT programme to keep all our healthcare records in one massive database

- government plans to introduce a national ID database

- various losses of confidential data on computers, USB sticks and even paper, both civil and military

- Joao de Menezes murder by the UK police

etc etc

it is time to change my head aphorism to ...

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes.

" Who watches the Watchmen?"

from Juvenal's Satires, VI, 347 - epigraph to the 1987 US Tower Commission Report into the Iran-Contra affair.

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