The DRIP, DRIP, DRIP of state control

OoL would be remiss and not fit for purpose itself if it did not get some sort of statement out on the DRIP doings today.


By all means let’s concentrate on the ludicrousness of the reshuffle but that smokescreen, as the astute know, hides the real nastiness going down in an English summer when people’s eyes are turned elsewhere, e.g. on the World Cup.

rush to legislate

Why the rush? From Spiegel:

The British secret service is unscrupulous as the NSA. It monitors not only the Internet, it wants to manipulate public opinion. A new law will now give additional powers to the spies.

Der britische Geheimdienst Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) hat sich an die weltweiten Internetverbindungen geklemmt und kann Teile des gewaltigen Datenstroms tagelang speichern. Was daraus an Informationen gefiltert wird, teilt der Dienst mit der NSA.

 The British secret Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has locked into global internet connections and can store parts of the huge data stream for days. What is filtered information is shared with the NSA.

In Großbritannien dagegen hat die Regierung gerade ein neues Überwachungsgesetz auf die Überholspur gebracht. Anfang April hatte der Europäische Gerichtshof die Richtlinie zur Speicherung von Vorratsdaten für illegal erklärt und mit sofortiger Wirkung ausgesetzt. Auf die anlasslose Massenüberwachung will Großbritannien trotzdem nicht verzichten.

In the UK, however, the government has just launched a new surveillance law on the fast track. In early April, the European Court had declared the directive on data retention illegal and suspended with immediate effect. On the occasion loose mass surveillance Britain does not want to do without anyway. 

Spiegel says it’s because we are in love with our James Bond that we don’t mind this new surveillance.  It’s not that we don’t “mind”.  It’s that many are on holiday and those who are watching can do nothing.  Only enough Kate Hoeys can.


And lest you feel this is Labour only making the running, may we remind you of this:

Oh, nearly missed this one:

1 comment for “The DRIP, DRIP, DRIP of state control

  1. Rightwinggit
    July 16, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Kate Hoey for UKIP.

    Oh, and Frank Field.

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