The security services are already snooping on us – why aren’t we out in the streets about it?

This is a timely warning by Mike about the dangers of the government’s ‘snoopers’ charter’. It won’t just target terrorists, but also ordinary citizens posting their perfectly reasonable opinions on political matters, like the old lady, who got a visit from the rozzers for posting her views on the DWP on facebook. As for all the claim that there are safeguards placed on this legislation, because it will have to be renewed every two years, just remember the case of the Third Reich. Hitler’s dictatorship was set up through the German constitution authorising the president to take on dictatorial powers during a state of emergency. These powers could last only as long as the emergency did. And so every four years, the Reichstag assembled to declare that they emergency was still continuing, and that therefore they needed Adolf to continue being dictator. This clause within the government’s snoopers’ charter only acts as a check if there is the political will for it to be so. And I see absolutely no evidence of that. Quite the contrary, in fact.

Vox Political

A Snooper: This woman has been allowing police and security services to monitor your phone and Internet communications - illegally. Now her government wants to rush through a law to make it legal, without proper scrutiny. A Snooper: This woman has been allowing police and security services to monitor your phone and Internet communications – illegally. Now her government wants to rush through a law to make it legal, without proper scrutiny.

No matter what Nick Clegg might say, the Coalition government will be reintroducing – and rushing into effect – Theresa May’s long-cherished Snooper’s Charter on Monday.

This is her plan to ride roughshod over your right to privacy by requiring telecommunications companies to keep a complete record of all of your telephone and Internet communications. While the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill does not include the content of the calls or messages, it does include the location of the people called, the date and time of the call and the telephone number called.

Theresa May’s Snooper’s Charter would have called on telecoms firms to record the time, duration, originator and recipient of every…

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