With all the political and ethical debates about what allowed means for intelligence should be or are, a question recently popped up in my mind:
If a technology emerged that allowed humans to read other peoples thoughts and memories, under what circumstances should that be a legal way to find out about crimes that were or, even more interesting, are to be committed? Not something about probabilities as in Minority Report, but actually something to read emotions, memories and thoughts? Where are the bounds in this? Should it be legal in the context of indescribable atrocities like 9/11? Murder? Rape? Theft? Only for criminal investigations, or also as a means for intelligence before the act?
And to make it more interesting: What if the act of reading were destructive? If the subject of the investigation doesn’t come out like he went in before, but was either irreparably damaged or even dead? Where are the boundaries then?
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