Nobel Peace Prize for Snowden?

It is comforting to see that two members of the Norwegian Parliament have nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel peace prize. No doubt that nomination will upset the United States of America and it is worth bearing in mind that Mr Snowden did bring into the open the fact that the United States of America was carrying out surveillance on its people and on other people all over the world. Continue reading

“if you’ve got nothing to hide you’ve got nothing to fear”

The common argument for all the information that the authorities can lawfully collect about each of us is that “if you’ve got nothing to hide you’ve got nothing to fear”. That argument has so far prevailed in the United Kingdom. I cannot send an email without the right of someone in authority being able to read it. I cannot travel to work without my journey (in my case five miles) being recorded by “security” cameras which will store details not only of my exact route and means of transport but also the precise times involved. Continue reading

Who is listening now?

People have compared the present state surveillance powers to those in the old communist eastern bloc countries. The comparison is unfortunately true. We are spied upon by the state (whose only justification for existence is to serve and protect us), as rigorously and with as little control and with as little respect for our fundamental dignity as any cold war communist state. These are astonishing words to write in 2008 but they are true.

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