On June 25 2009 David Cameron made a speech to Imperial College London, entitled Giving Power Back To The People, in here are a few choice quotes:
“If we want to stop the state controlling us, we must confront this surveillance state....
Every month over a thousand surveillance operations are carried out, not just by law enforcement agencies but by other public bodies like councils and quangos. And the tentacles of the state can even rifle through your bins for juicy information. ...
The balance of power in our country has shifted away from the individual - just trying to live their life and towards the state and its agencies - constantly probing, prying and picking on people."Move forward to 2012, and we see the same David Cameron advocating state snooping on the details of every phone call made, every email sent and every web page visited by British citizens.
Sadly this is but the thin end of the wedge, in 2013 Project Stellar Wind will go live in the USA:
"Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013.
Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.”....
Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”Terrorism is used as Nanny's catch all excuse to cover all of her rapidly expanding surveillance requirements. In truth, our lives are not being blighted on a daily basis by terrorism but by "low level" crime (yobbery, thuggery, robbery, scummy behaviour etc). These are the issues that need to be addressed.
In this volte face, we see politicians revealing their true nature; dishonest, power hungry snoopers.
Good luck everyone, we are entering an era where will be watched, monitored and manipulated by the state as never before!