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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 AvatarDavid Evans 23rd Nov - 10:45am
    Danny, the public at large don't believe you. You may have done a lot, but they wanted and needed you to do more. You allowed...
  • User AvatarRC 23rd Nov - 10:43am
    @ Technical Ephemera "On the one hand we have a rigorous reviewed academic analysis that shows the coalition have systematically transferred money from the poor...
  • User AvatarStuart 23rd Nov - 10:24am
    @Sarah Noble I don't think Yvette Copper's comments were aimed at defending Tory election posters. However the Tory billboard you refer to actually said :-...
  • User AvatarJohn Dixon 23rd Nov - 10:23am
    This is good debate though and perhaps unlike a lot of other areas it isn't just one side talking to themselves.
  • User AvatarJohn Dixon 23rd Nov - 10:21am
    If you feel better informed it is perhaps informed with some rather dubious information. A few things quickly as there's a lot up above. 1....
  • User AvatarAnne 23rd Nov - 10:19am
    Interesting article in the Gyardian today http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/23/food-banks-low-income-families-record-demand You were saying about low income families Mr Alexander?