UK Set to Approve Most Extreme Spy Bill in ‘History of Western Democracy’

The bill codifies the statutes revealed in 2013 by National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden. (Photo: Blogtrepreneur/flickr/cc)

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“Snooper’s charter” poised to become law by end of 2016 after passing both houses of Parliament this week.

The U.K. surveillance bill known as the “Snooper’s charter” is poised to become law after passing both houses of Parliament this week. It only needs to be approved by Royal Assent, which is expected to happen by the end of the year.

The Investigatory Powers (IP) Bill is, as transparency advocates describe it, the most extreme surveillance law ever passed by a democracy. Approved amid the chaos of the post-Brexit vote and President-elect Donald Trump‘s historic upset, the bill has implications that reach far beyond its borders.

Jamie Killock, executive director of the civil liberties organization Open Rights Group, said Thursday, “The passing of the IP Bill will have an impact that goes beyond the U.K.’s shores. It is likely that other countries, including authoritarian regimes with poor human rights records, will use this law to justify their own intrusive surveillance powers.”

Open Rights Group summarized the bill’s most pertinent provisions:

  • Internet Service Providers could be obliged to store their customers’ web browsing history for a year. The police and government departments will have unprecedented powers to access this data through a search engine that could be used for profiling.
  • The security services will continue to have powers to collect communications data in bulk.
  • The police and security services will have new hacking powers.
  • The security services can access and analyze public and private databases, even though the majority of data will be held about people who are not suspected of any crimes.

The bill codifies the statutes revealed in 2013 by National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, “as well as increasing surveillance by the police and other government departments,” Killock continued. “There will continue to be a lack of privacy protections for international data sharing arrangements with the U.S. Parliament has also failed to address the implications of the technical integration of GCHQ [the U.K.’s Government Communications Headquarters] and the NSA.”

The United Nations privacy chief Joseph Cannataci previously called the bill “worse than scary,” saying at an Internet Governance Forum panel in Brazil last week, “It is the golden age of surveillance, [governments have] never had so much data. I am just talking about metadata, I haven’t got down to content.”

“Mass surveillance is alive and well but governments are finding ways of making that the law of the land,” Cannataci said. He also criticized the U.K. media and pro-surveillance members of parliament for what he called “an offensive” to distort the debate and push new powers into law.

“[D]o a media analysis of the way the British establishment is trotting out news about the law and the need for the law and ask yourselves the question ‘If this is not orchestrated then what is?'” he said.

Matt Burgess, a Wired UK reporter who has done extensive coverage on the bill, wrote on Twitter that the snooper’s charter has “been described as being worse than China’s, yet is passed incredibly easily. 2016.”

Snowden also wrote, “The U.K. has just legalized the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy. It goes farther than many autocracies.”

 

Killock noted in an op-ed for Newsweek last week that “[a]ll of these practices appear to have existed for many years, in secret and without a Parliamentary vote. Hidden creative interpretations of our existing laws allowed so-called ‘bulk powers’ to gather information about millions of people, secretly tap internal cables belonging to Google or Yahoo! and to hack foreign companies, such as Belgium’s national telecoms provider, turning them into [GCHQ] surveillance conduits. The only reason we know, of course, is because of Edward Snowden’s actions, revealing what the U.S.’s NSA and Britain’s GCHQ were up to.”

The bill was passed just a day before Trump selected the hawkish Tea Party Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA. Pompeo is a proponent of mass surveillance who has previously called for Snowden to receive the death penalty.

“You’d think the sheer revocation of democracy and failure of accountability would be enough to outrage British MPs,” Killock wrote in Newsweek. “You’d think this shift from targeted phone taps focused on specific known criminals to one of blanket surveillance to start fishing for new suspects would deserve a principled national debate.”

“Apparently not.”

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  1. and the illuminati were created in the 80’s, i’m sure of that and then forged the countries from outside in without them to know even wall of china. so what they are doing now is to cover all that up without no one to aknowledge that from the dawn and origins of mankind(the pyramid itself) and to be on top with the freedom of the pineal gland on top of technology to cover and everything govs produce go to them like a trafic diversion. I’m not seeing any hands of more secret societies at all. they are yet trying to cover that up. the wake up and activism is something being fought since the origins of surveilling systems and suppression and secret and layers of security and escalating from the govs powers. why the illuminati have the date to the independence of america from revolution, which didn’t happen. then security and application of measures of control and security and suppression and CIA building was built in 91 for some reason and they created in america because in england would be suspicious. america probably to create a new gov. then all the govs changed even their structure from since then. and you all have heard about the world’s map in the vatican’s perspective. then how are they so sure something will happen plus why do they need all variables and change take control manipulate everything since 80’s. what happens. in the 80’s no one had tv or not too many people, then they create the excuse of the globalization, so the TV would tell people govs actually existed and of course it induces that reality. so now what they need is to reverse all that process through research and computation power. and they can’t pass all those energies from the movies because it’s actually computationally impossible. and the matrix is something like the path of the self of the one self and the unique destiny of the thyself. so no computer can simulate or get all the concepts the path of energy takes for the one for the self for the thyhacker and for tale and destiny unique.

    that’s why the biggest events happened close to the pass of the millenia of the 2000’s.

    the scientists and hackers and all others can have all ideas they want and need. you know why? because they thought they could cheat on me, so i have idealized the movies about free energy concepts and now, you all can talk about everything, be free, natural and unique, self and awesome. because i already did that job for everybody. so you will never be killed when the movies can support any research. of course they are trying to trap everyone in this planet, but for what to not be free. how are you free if you don’t encounter freedom in others or everywhere? or happiness or purity or nature.

    and i took advantage right in the beggining of that i knew that they would try to get some form of energy and do all that to you all through all technology materialism.

    so i offered computers and hackers to the world so you can actually penetrate everything, get to know about technology and energies. that’s why i created imagination in computers and hackers. so you could know everything and as computers are money for them its also a pain in the ass because computers are programmed by experts inside and outside any entity in this world, so computers were to be sold exactly intact and proficient and integral as inside any entity in this world.

    the trick is to use computers against them, because if you can draw a program you can study energy and the mind and nature all around us and you can know about the edges of being and nature and the universe and existence and get aknowledged about your own insurance of life and assurance and personal protection and defenses. i knew they would use technology against everybody so i gave computers to everybody so you could understand nature and being and protect yourselves against uncommon unsense. to have a computer and to be a hacker is a personal protection for now but it also has applications in free world and free energy. if you keep track of your own information and energy and you get aknowledged about your presence, position and place in uniexistnat you will know what is right and what is wrong and that you all belong to this gaia fertile planet as all other beings. imagine aliens coming to this planet. would they be free or be surveilled?

    the problem that they are trying to surpass through google deep mind and all mind projects actually linked to echelon itself is to surpass every mind on the planet so they become on top. the problem of everyone in this planet is that you all probably take a path of destiny for your life and self education and that is too straight forward, so that’s how people think, straigth forward, like scientists and hackers and corporations… now who is outside that pattern??? that would mean to have ESP and free energy… so why i give a shit and i give it to you. because i believe by launching those freedom natural patterns in the world would guide me to forge and educate me coherently inside out and outside in…

    and you know what it is all about freedom and nature and they can’t screw with that as well as with everything i lived have grown into for. freedom and nature is part of me its like the oneness of the universe happiness freedom and nature. its true, it exists and it works. i know and its even verifiable.

    use that. don’t let them get away with that because its in front of your eyes for a reason. who wrote the matrix movie might know also how is to be free and outside the system and how it feels like to be outside of systems and connected with nature and freedom without bullshit. the patterns exist because i saw, believed and they are working, don’t let that go away from your hands. you also have animals and plants and water so it is present in the now.

    do not believe in mass extinction of the planets habitat gaia… you know why? because how many skelettons can you see? how many races existed before with what equilibrium, how would all races equilibrate as an ecosystem and how many intelligent life forms existed in this planet… see they are lying…

    they to flee, even if they get aknowleged that they had lost is to turn everything hopeless and useless and get rid off everything… where is the justice in here… i don’t believe the scientists and many people believe in this… like… this is a trap of priviledge escalation and secretism escalation and everyone could be free having their own house and land and still have all the gifts… yes its energy compatible… synchronicity and relativity…

    the scientists that work for them don’t know, its called rail’ed thinking… inline thinking… so they don’t think other things that the ones mandatory by those troubles and security issues and measures… everything in this planet is working for security why, because that’s the only way to hold the scientists to work for them…

    that’s why countries is vatican’s project… it is a belief… that everybody needs to be pronationalists and protect their nation… and where is all the distinct sides from another groups and free land in this planet and free planet…

    so they could have everything and the rest has nothing…

    the ones everybody wants to catch to end this are outside of the money system and beliefs systems, believe me… and presidents are stupid when they follow the exact same pattern and ideology…

    so the idea of countries would grow with everybody synchronized from what the TV tells you because the TV had news all time, and they everytime spoke in presidents and countries.

    if these people go to another planet, like mars and colonize it, what system will be put into practice, the nwo again? so there will be a nwo 2 in there? sure… this is all because of being on top before mars.

    they will not get free if they can’t find freedom around, it is directly related with nature itself and dna of atomic structures… lol

    do not want or support this system, you will only get hurt and you will end yourselves people. fighting for who is more on top is not what is the meaning of life or be free.

    this system is not free of itself, it grows with the nature of the mind and the self and wherever you will go you will take sadness with you.

    so as one on top to not lose position, making all others believe this is the story and that everything is exactly as it is was a good idea to no one know the truth. but no one can live in a world where you can only find barriers from what you need basic needs and want.

    why can’t we be free in the water or in the sky with hot air ballons cities with bridges. why can’t anyone live in a free world and free energy, because they induced the -state- of war and they need to apply security measures exactly matching the ones of the other side.

    now, scientists and hackers you are now seeing and meeting the two worlds problem… would planet earth be free and have freedom if mars was all free or mars free if earth were free? got it?

    so why so many security updates and cesorship updates lately? to hide that truth?

    couuntries were probably forged to induce the state of war…

    important dates mentalism… of the illuminati say they created themselves in 1776 when the revolution of america happened, so who was on top of that and why there is no more important dates matching other secret societies? ->secret’ism<- society

    who told a world with such abundance and fertility to the point to get an equilibrated ecosystem couldn't be free?

    go to the forest woods and jungles you will meet freedom, tribes, oceans and sky all have freedom, they can't surveille that..
    beware of the free internet project internet.org… it is one more step of the illuminati which the scientists or corporatists behind that don't know what they are doing, it is another surveillance system, internet and cameras and it will be a layer between the illuminati and the rest. so then you will not be able to do anything on earth without them to know or oppose the system.

    the america chips that they are saying they will put in people in america it is another thing to control what people think, do and even kill them because of emotional chemistry shocks and who know if they will be saving all your thoughts in that chip also and register everything you do. abolish that and they will try to put that in everyone even scientists… there are countermeasures like creating a wrapper chip to simulate the blood chemistry and they are getting ways to not be tampered with like people are govs or elites property and they can do whatever they want with people, even using ones against anothers. even to know if the chips was taken out and substituted and blood dna testing to know if you are who the chip belongs to. so they created also the clones problem in china to support the chips in america….

    fuck off elite… how about i show you the finger…

    they can't forge energy when it is relative to uniexistnat.

    and the elite doesn't win what the creators of the illuminati or founders are winning because of precedence and order of secretism and monopolies escalation.

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