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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-01-10 12:48 AM
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UK government to impose Orwellian-style surveillance
The Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition is pushing ahead with plans to allow Britains security services and police to spy on the activities of every citizen who uses a phone or the Internet. The secret services and police will have unlimited powers to track every single phone call, email, text message and website visit made by anybody in the UK.

The plans were contained within last months Strategic Defence and Security Review in which the government stated, We will introduce a programme to preserve the ability of the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies to obtain communication data and to intercept communications within the appropriate legal framework.

They are based on reviving, with a few modifications, the Intercept Modernisation Programme (IMP) first proposed in 2006 by the previous Labour government. The government is implementing this massive surveillance dragnet, despite making an election pledge that it would not do so. The pledge was specifically cited in the Coalition Agreement for government, published May 12...

The reality is that the government has been developing these anti-democratic plans throughout the six months it has been in office. In a barely known and little publicised document, the Home Office Draft Structural Reform Plan released in July, the coalition stated it would, Publish proposals for the storage of internet and e-mail records, including introducing legislation if necessary. Using language George Orwell would immediately recognise as Doublespeak, the proposals were listed in a section entitled, Protect peoples freedoms and civil liberties.

The powers that the government are proposing to, have never been achieved by any regime in history, even in dictatorial states such as fascist Germany...

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/nov2010/bspy-n01.shtm...
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Edweird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-01-10 12:54 AM
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1. Dude, they are really going off the deep end.
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bighughdiehl Donating Member (284 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-01-10 01:01 AM
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2. This has to backfire...
Given the sheer volume of data, how can such sweeping surveillance be
more likely to nab terrorists than other methods of finding leads(followed by
specific wiretaps with WARRANTS)?
Of course, I'll bet that the real purpose of this Orwellian horseshit is about
instilling a false sense of security and goading potential(peaceful, even)
dissenters into submission. It is the same with all the surveillance here in the US,
and this goddamn latest "choice" of nekkid pictures or ball and boob grabbing
at the airport.

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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-01-10 01:45 AM
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3. No traditional conservative would see anything "conservative" about this.
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maryf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-01-10 05:50 AM
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4. K&R
Thanks Hannah.
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-01-10 07:13 AM
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5. Roll over, Orwell. n/t
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-01-10 07:20 AM
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6. And you don't think that this is already going on here in the US?
Edited on Mon Nov-01-10 07:20 AM by MadHound
Sorry, but this kind of surveillance is already here, now, in the US.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-01-10 07:26 AM
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7. Agreed, it's just that the government in the UK is more up front about it.. n/t
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-01-10 08:01 AM
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8. Alan Moore predicted 'The Ear' would be functional around 1992 in "V for Vendetta".
He missed it by a few years.
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