In May 2008 I wrote:
"I see that Nanny's much "respected" and "efficient" Home Orifice is considering plans to build a humongous database to store the details of every phone call made, every email sent and every web page visited by British citizens in the previous year.At the time we were ruled by Labour Nanny, and both the Tories and Liberals opposed the plans for email and call monitoring.
Oh yes, this will work!
Nanny says that this will help her in her fight against terrorism and crime. Well, she always says that.
From what I recall the invasion of Iraq was meant to make the world a safer place from terrorism too, but that plan was a complete load of old bollocks as well.
The Home Orifice has already approached telecoms firms and internet service providers (ISPs), they would be the ones providing Nanny with their customer records if the plans go ahead."
Well here we are in 2012, under a Tory/Liberal coalition government and guess what?
Yes, they now want to do the very same thing!
Terrorism is used as Nanny's catch all excuse to cover all of her rapidly expanding surveillance requirements. In truth, our lives are not being blighted on a daily basis by terrorism but by "low level" crime (yobbery, thuggery, robbery, scummy behaviour etc). These are the issues that need to be addressed.
In this volte face, we see politicians revealing their true nature; dishonest, power hungry snoopers.
There are some Tories, such as David Davis, who oppose this nonsense:
“What this does is make (existing problems) 60 million times worse. The simple truth is that this is not necessary. What’s proposed here is completely unfettered access to every single communication you make.However, even if we manage to stop this, I am afraid far worse is coming.
It’s a very, very big widening of powers which will be very much resented by many citizens who do not like the idea. It’s going to cause enormous resentment."
Ladies and Gentlemen I present project Stellar Wind (due to go live in 2013):
"Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013.
Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.”....Good luck everyone, we are entering an era where will be watched, monitored and manipulated by the state as never before!
Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”
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