posted on Nov, 15 2015 @ 01:46 PM
I followed the ATS thread as events happened in Paris on Friday night. Several members mentioned that it would be interesting to see if the French
government use the situation to quickly push through new draconian laws which curb individual freedom in the name of security.
Ironically, today we have Lord Carlisle, a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords stating
"The Investigatory Powers Bill, which was published in draft form a fortnight ago by Home Secretary Theresa May, gives our spies all the powers
they need to fight terrorism in the aftermath of the Snowden leaks, which have shown terrorists ways to hide their electronic footprints. I and other
politicians want this Bill to be expedited, so that rather than becoming law by the end of 2016, which is the plan, it should become law as soon as
Lord Carlisle is considered to be a top legal expert in the UK and a former independent reviewer of anti-terror legislation.
The Investigatory Powers Bill has already been discussed on ATS. Just to recap, the bill places a requirement on ISPs and mobile phone operators to
record the activities of subscribers. A record of texts, emails and phone calls will be held for at least a year. This rule will apply to all
subscribers and not just those who might be under suspicion of terrorist activity. The UK government is claiming that this bill is needed as there is
a gap in the security service's capabilities which is putting lives at risk. To date the UK government have not shown what in fact that gap is.
Chris Watson, head of technology, media and communications at law firm CMS argues that it could potentially allow the government to do what it likes
without any transparency as to why.
"In effect there would be a law that allowed the government to do what it thinks is in our interest. This is profoundly wrong; transparency
accompanied by democratic review and accountability, is essential - and we should not accept anything less,"
It will be interesting to see what influence he has on the government.
edit on 15-11-2015 by deliberator because: (no reason given)