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The securocrats in MI5 and GCHQ are now going flat out to get their uncontrolled snoopers’ charter

It could only happen in Britain.   In the US, by contrast, a so-called Freedom Act (though it is far from that) has just been passed.   It will at least partially curb the power of government to collect bulk data on the lives of its citizens.   The Cameron government however is doing the opposite and is determined this time to push through the snoopers’ charter which it failed to get in the last Parliament and which MI5/GCHQ have been aching to get on the statute book ever since the Twin Towers of 2001.  This would not only give ever greater powers of mass surveillance to the police and secret services, it is also intended to prohibit server encryption which makes surveillance more difficult.   This is a complete contradiction of the Snowden revelations.   These exposed industrial-scale eavesdropping by State bureaucracies which had been proceeding secretly and without a shred of accountability ever since 2006, and without Snowden would probably have been proceeding unhindered to this very day.
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