The WikiSpooks site rationale rests on a view of the world which might best (if simplistically) be described as "Quasi-Libertarian Establishment-Sceptic". It is a view that inevitably results from genuinely dispassionate analysis of the geo-political entanglements of Western Nation States and the absurdity of the "Official Narratives" used to justify them - "dispassionate" in this context meaning free from any need - conscious or otherwise - to be deferential towards established power structures (for example to safeguard one's employment, reputation, position, place, ambitions etc). The traditional left/right spectrum paradigm of most Western Democracies is seen to be little more than a charade ("...the entertainment division of the military industrial complex" as Frank Zappa once opined). Party politics does a wonderful job of motivating passionate energy-draining activism and disputation among the citizenry over relative trivia, whilst there is nary a fag-paper between their respective leaderships on the epoch defining issues.
Secret, unaccountable Permanent Government works to its hidden agendas and a change of elected government affects it hardly at all.
The world view outlined above begs for effective action to change things. However, in terms of the basic relationships it describes, that has probably always been the case. If so, then maybe it would be better for one's well-being to simply accept the status quo, tug your forelock when forelock-tugging is required of you and (Monty Python-like) accept your place in the scheme of things.  Faced with the simple need to keep body and soul together, that has indeed been the most widely adopted historical posture of the masses - and probably always will be. But when the odd lone sheep twigs that the farmer and his dog are single-mindedly working together in the interest of - surprise surprise - the farmer then, regardless of the hoots of derision from the sheeple (who find the whole thing simply too scary, ridiculous, outrageous, treasonous - take your pick - to contemplate), he can't help but say so. A bit like honest commentary on "The Emperor's New Clothes"  I guess.
That is the position of WikiSpooks.
The major premise of the site is perhaps best defined by that well known aphorism attributed to Lord Acton in a letter to Mandell Creighton  written in 1887:
- "All power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely" .
There are a number of minor ones too - as broad-brush generalities, here are a few:
- Power equates to Wealth
- Authority derives from Power
- Power accrues and is maintained through secrecy and deception in roughly equal measure.
- Power is essentially Machiavellian in nature and tends to accrue to the psychopathic personality type.
Which brings us to the site rationale itself. It is that Western Political Establishments and Power Structures are:
- as deeply corrupt and self-serving as they have ever been
- work to agendas that are largely hidden from public view
- engage in systematic and calculated deception to further those agendas
- use language that is quintessentially Orwellian , where things mean their opposites and there is no contradiction in adhering to mutually exclusive and opposite propositions at the same time
.... and that engaging in a venture designed to shine light on all of the above is a worthy undertaking.
1. It is worth quoting the passage from which the major premise above is taken in full because, in a nutshell - though with a more forceful reversal of assumptions, it sums up the rationale for this site rather well:
"I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favorable presumption that they did not wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way against holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. All power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.
2. In the context of this site rationale major premise and 21st century geopolitical developments, it is ironic that an anagram of "premise" should be "empires".
- John Cleese & The Two Ronnies video sketch 'I know my place'
- The Emperor's New Clothes
- Mandell Creighton
- Wikipedia article on Lord Acton
- Orwellian - definition