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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 Avatarfrankie 24th Jul - 9:39pm
    Perhaps that is the solution, in the EU without our MEP's the money saved could be classed as a rebate, declare victory and move on....
  • User AvatarYeovil Yokel 24th Jul - 9:37pm
    david - On the one hand I agree with you about nuclear weapons, but I have reconciled myself to the fact that it's an issue...
  • User AvatarGraham Evans 24th Jul - 9:32pm
    Unless the UK is able to rescind Brexit we will leave the EU before the next Euro-elections. Even if there is a transition period which...
  • User AvatarMartin 24th Jul - 9:08pm
    Stagnated negotiations would run into the problem of the 2019 Euro elections. Still in the EU, there would be a legal requirement to run elections....
  • User AvatarAndrew T 24th Jul - 8:49pm
    It appears to call for national service, ID cards and protectionism. Please tell me the party has people who can offer something better than that?
  • User AvatarTorrin Wilkins 24th Jul - 8:45pm
    Yeovil Yokel: Believe me having been a member of the party since 2013 I have had plenty of time to think about this. It is...