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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 AvatarBen Jephcott 1st Jul - 8:00pm
    This tone of this article is patronising and negative, though I can understand the view from unnamed ALDE staff (whom I presume are referred to...
  • User AvatarBill le Breton 1st Jul - 7:56pm
    A leader worth his salt is at ease with Conference - celebrates the wisdom of that particular crowd; appreciates the experience and talent of those...
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 1st Jul - 7:52pm
    Andrew, point taken. To be clear I was replying to, and only to, Mr Wallace.
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    Sharon Bowles' position heading the banking committee was hugely important, but difficult to explain on the doorstep. In the 2009 to 2014 parliament the Liberal...
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    Sammy - Yes people should have the right to criticise, but they should do so by name. Anonymous briefing is cowardly and pathetic. If the...
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    Catherine has been, and continues to be, a great campaigner. That is why I have read her here and elsewhere and I am surprised that...
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