Sunday, June 02, 2013

Big Sister Teresa May

Home Secretary "Big Sister" Teresa May revealed on Sunday that since 2010, nearly 5700 separate articles and websites have been taken off the internet by the UK government. The excuse for this is the war on terror. So any website thought to be encouraging terrorism (defined by the government of course) can be taken down by the government.

At the same time the government have utilised the revulsion following the Woolwich killing to sneak in legislation which will seek to read all your emails and mine. This is partly nonsense because the
government already has the ability to read anyone's emails and they are not subject to any public scrutiny of the reasons for so doing.

Privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch says police already have the ability under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) code to demand communications data – "who sent what to whom from where and when" – from internet and phone companies on terror and serious crime suspects. The powers are already widely used: 494,078 such requests were made by police and security services in 2011 alone. We are expected to believe there are half a million terrorists in the UK? And
I am the Queen of Sheba.

Experts have pointed out that increased draconian powers will actually make it harder to combat terrorism because the police will have to wade through oceans of information to find what they actually need to know.

This suggests that the "war on terror" is more of a smokescreen.

The government seems to want to use the backlash against Islam to gather more authoritarian powers. These could be used to clamp down on all opposition to the cuts. They could also keep a close eye on those opposing government policy of pursuing endless colonial wars. They will seek to argue that peace campaigns like CND are "encouraging terrorism" by opposing war!

You can bet the trade union movement and the left will be the targets of any clampdown. The government know who their real enemies are.

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