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Jacquiiii Smith wants your well-informed opinion on allowing her to snoop on you.

Government plans massive expansion in tracking calls, e-mail and internet visits - Times Online

Ministers are planning a massive increase in their capacity to collect records of people using e-mail, social networking sites and on line game sites, amid fears they are being exploited by terrorists and serious criminals.

The plans to record the details on a huge database are being driven by an explosion in electronic means of communication including social networking, auction sites, video sites and telephoning over the internet. ..the use of multiple user names is thwarting efforts to link individuals to their on line identities.

Jacqui Smith's announcement today that ministers are considering new powers will prompt fears that the UK is heading towards a "Big Brother" state with the authorities able to monitor the public's every move online.

The original proposal, which was this week criticised by Lord Carlisle, the independent reviewer of anti-terror laws, had been due to be put before MPs in the Communications Data Bill next month.

However, in a speech, Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, announced that she was delaying the Bill in order to expand the extent of surveillance powers open to the security services, while consulting further on the best way to win public support for the plan.

She added: "The consultation will begin in the New Year and I want this to be combined with a well-informed debate characterised by openness, rather than mere opinion, by reason and reasonableness.

"In this, as in the other work we do, my aim is to achieve a consensus and I hope that others will approach the serious issues posed for our national security capabilities in the same spirit."

Jacquiiiii, if you want my opinion, "characterised by openness, rather than mere opinion, by reason and reasonableness" then I merely can say go screw yourself with broken bottle, and likewise to the rest of the stalinist prodnoses who think they can scare the British people into giving away our freedoms.

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Unfortunately it look as if the bastards can scare people into giving away their freedoms.

How much protest do you see outside the libertarian-leaning blogosphere? Little or none.

How many times do you hear "If you've nothing to hide you've nothing to fear"? Many many times.

Q.E.D.

For evil to succeed all it takes is for good people to do nothing.

"...announced that she was delaying the Bill in order to expand the extent of surveillance powers open to the security services, while consulting further on the best way to win public support for the plan."

So she is only asking for the best way to get the public to eat this shit sandwich.
Then when she rams this down your gullets she can say it's what you wanted. The reason for the ban on firearms is plain to see.

The news that the government now wants to track our mobile phone calls, texts, emails and internet browsing habits has got me enraged. For the past 11 years, this government has sought more and more control over its citizens, from installing 4.2m CCTV cameras, to the suggestion that we must respond to more and more intrusive questions when they complete the next census. It has simply got to stop.

On this occasion, I have done something about it, in my own small way. I have written an article outlining what the government is seeking to do and my views. But, I have also produced a ‘draft’ letter that can be personalised and sent to local MP’s. I am urging other likeminded people to reproduce the article, to include their own comments, after all, not everyone will agree with all my comments and then publicise it. Maybe we can start a programme where people start to bombard their MP’s with a demand that they do not support the latest data communication bill. The link is here if you would are to take a look.
http://www.power-to-the-people.co.uk/2008/10/public-call-time-big-brother-britain/

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