And many of us will be furiously wondering how our elected officials came to allow this to pass, and why our security services demand even greater powers. So how did the mass application of such a logic pass through parliamentary debate or national referendum? Well, it didn't. The powers the GCHQ has to carry out its 'Mastering the Internet' surveillance programme are enabled only through wide loopholes in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act pushed under Blair's New Labour government, which enable the secret state to intercept and store vast swathes of data via fibre-optic cables for up to thirty days.
Aided by a 'light oversight regime' as one intelligence chief put it, it is simply undemocratic.
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Further, it's open to abuse. Current and former US security officials have access to this British data and can do what they like with the information, such as leaking it to the Guardian, or sell it for private gain, as phone companies are already doing. If this already compromises our individual rights, there's little consolation in the fact that British officials can access without warrant the recorded data of any non-British citizen. This has already been deployed to diplomatically dirty effect in the total monitoring of foreign leaders' email and phone data, as the British did at the G20 summit in London.
It's politically unethical, not just in terms of international relations. Mass surveillance of all kinds instils an internal fear, not trust: this has been its purpose since its origins in Bentham's 'panopticon', the prison tower which could potentially see all inmates at the same time. Not only is mass surveillance unethical to record all data indiscriminately, even when there's no suspicion of crime, it embeds a collective mindset of fear and resignation before a distant, all-powerful and insidious authority.
This kind of rule is more appropriately called tyranny, not democracy. It's also unconstitutional and possibly illegal. It jeopardises the 'ancient and indubitable rights and liberties of the people of this kingdom' not least the freedom of speech to parliamentarians of the English Bill of Rights, and compromises the individual's right to Due Process of the Magna Carta, which sees its th anniversary in Lastly, it's corrupt, with the politicians supporting it, like Malcolm Rifkind , paid by private companies who might benefit from such policies.
Compared to the Expenses scandal , or the majority of Lords who voted to open NHS healthcare services to private competition , this won't be a surprise. Bung is the order of the day. So if it's undemocratic, politically unethical, unconstitutional, perhaps even illegal, open to abuse and promoted by corrupt politicians, what strategies can people use to challenge it?
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What's below are just suggestions, and if one will work or not, or could be added to the list, leave a comment below. When every one is violated by state surveillance, it is no longer a few conscientious and idealistic 'activists' who should fight back, but every one of us. That's just the tip of the iceberg: we've got many more leads to chase down.
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