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Huppert warns against “sleepwalking into a surveillance society”

huppert_caption compIt’s become a truth universally acknowledged in the Liberal Democrats that wherever there is a threat to our freedoms, Julian Huppert will be there trying to thwart it, whether that’s convenient for the party leadership or not.  Most of the time, it has to be said, it is convenient for the leadership, but it’s worth remembering that if it hadn’t been for the combination of him and some angry bloggers, we might be in a world where the Communications Data Act of 2012 had been passed.

And so it was on …

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Clegg: Guardian’s leaked Snowden secrets of “immense interest to people who want to do us harm”

Clegg HeadMI5 chief Andrew Parker spoke out yesterday against the leaking of intelligence secrets by Edward Snowden to The Guardian, claiming it seriously endangered national security and had given terrorist groups like al-Qa’ida “the gift they need to evade us and strike at will”. Nick Clegg was asked if he agreed on his LBC radio phone-in show, Call Clegg. Here’s what he said:

Nick Ferrari: Deputy Prime Minister, do you agree with the Prime Minister, who says that Andrew Parker, the Security Chief’s warning to the Guardian’s publication of those files handed

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The Independent View: A blueprint for social media intelligence

The controversy over the Government’s plans to legislate for Internet surveillance, the ‘Communications Capabilities Development Programme’, has exposed a deep division within the Coalition. Into the dispute that has simmered since some details were first leaked earlier this month, David Cameron himself has weighed in to say that the proposals are necessary to stop crime, whereas Tim Farron has threatened to kill it “if we think this is a threat to a free and liberal society”.

This rumbling outrage surrounding CCDP testifies to the importance of a principled, publicly argued grounding for any kind of intelligence. It is exactly …

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  • User AvatarPeter 26th Nov - 9:17pm
    T-J -Now consider an all powerful EU, further down the federal path with more accumulated powers. The people of Europe will still have the expectation...
  • User AvatarPeter 26th Nov - 8:41pm
    T-J - Spoken like a true federalist. The EU never ever took the people of Europe with it. The EU was designed to exclude democratic...
  • User AvatarDenis Loretto 26th Nov - 8:33pm
    @Raddiy At no time did I say that EU membership anchored any company to the UK. I said and still say that exit from the...
  • User AvatarIan 26th Nov - 8:28pm
    Broadly agree with the article. The trouble is that our politicians live in one of the few worlds where there is greater cost in appearing...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 26th Nov - 8:25pm
    Glad to pick up from Susan's speech : "The most vulnerable elderly tend to live in the most deprived communities, with the narrowest council tax...
  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 26th Nov - 8:02pm
    delighted to see that my participation in these threads is no longer essential. here is a suggestion; that we adopt whatever relationship the eu is...