1) Because having a complete data encryption System for all sensitive data would cost squillions and you'd moan about how the Gov spends too much
2) See above + you'd moan about too much surveillance
3) Because this is the real world and not some Hollywood super-spy-thriller-action Film with touching emotional pieces from the male lead to show he's a real modern man
4) see above 1, 2, 3
As for the next 3...
Human beings are complicated things. Some like to get high/low, or lie and cheat. This is considered 'normal' for a human.
In fact, I'd go further to say that if those who choose to serve, are ordered to cause brutal harm to men/women/children with bombs/chemicals/bullets or other such unfriendly items; I think they should get free drugs to help them deal with it.
As for your view on Adultery. I feel sorry for your wife/girlfriend/husband/boyfriend/pet. Puritanism is always dull.
As for your inequitable inference that it's OK for lower ranks to indulge, well, you really have a maladjusted view on reality. OK for some, but not others???!
I recall an elder statesman (Ted Heath I think) saying that there was no such thing as a government conspiracy - just a series of mis-managed cock-ups.
Given the inadequacies of our own intelligence services, I'm sorry, but I don't think those of other nations is up to much either.
Then there's the case of WHY! The only people who really benefit from high-level-military-blackmail are the purveyors of the super-spy-thriller-action Films previously mentioned.
Eloquently put as usual. I welcome your over-lordship of this planet
Nice provocative prod.
Took the bait didn't you.
@Dodgy Geezer 11:02
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
As you infer, there's a reason these quotes and aphorisms exist. Same as sterotypes. Because it happens!
@THE WORLD (or at least the limited Reg readers that will view this nonsense).
Most of us who are parents, and most children know the phrase:
Do as I say, not as I do.
Everyone knows what society expects, and most of us have a clue about what is right and wrong (not including all the xxopaths and other assorted mental conditions)
Doing minor wrongs, like being a drug user, adulterer, drinker, etc do NOT affect our day jobs. When they do. People notice and the fun soon has to stop.
I have no care if an MP promoting family values has interesting sexual preferences. It doesn't change the 'message' that current society and those that craft the norms (in terms of legal yays and nays) wish to portray.
Just as getting stoned doesn't affect my ability to do my less public job as an IT Project Manager. So being an adulterer, druggie doesn't usually affect service personnel.
We're all human, and no-one asks to be born.
That and having a finite life-span are the only true equalities in the world.
The intervening time should be enjoyed as best as you can.
Mine's the one with the handful of joints and the details of this afternoon's customer meeting I REALLY must try not to forget.
Why AC? Well, it'll satisfy the prudes, prigs and puritans to think I'm hiding.