Security and secrecy
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As we have already indicated, there is always a tension in a liberal democratic society between the need for society to defend itself from those who wish to undermine it and the preservation of basic civil liberties and freedoms. There is considerable agreement across the political divide on the need to strike a balance between the conflicting demands of security and liberty, but different groups draw the lines in different places. Liberals have traditionally been sceptical about the need for giving the state greater powers over individuals. They insist that those who are responsible for enforcing such laws are subject to the rule of law. Many socialists have been similarly suspicious of the security services, particularly when their operations were directed against ‘socialist’ states, such as the former Soviet Union.