The UK Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, has chaired an emergency EU summit on anti-terror measures. The summit has produced tougher security measures
including the compulsory retention of phone and internet records by European phone and internet companies. The European Parliament's civil liberties
committee raised concerns over citizen's privacy. Mr.Clarke said civil liberties had to be treated "proportionately". "I argue that it is a
fundamental civil liberty of people in Europe to be able to go to work on their transport system in the morning without being blown up and subject to
terrorist attack," he said.
UK companies already store data for a year under a code of practice and Mr Clarke wants the scheme rolled out across Europe.
Critics of the idea say it is too costly and it will take too long to search the mass of stored data for the move to be useful.
Italian MEP Lilli Gruber said: "Once you are monitored with your private telephone calls, telephone messages and private emails, this is a police
But Mr Clarke said telecommunications data was important in investigating whether the bombers were part of a broader network.
He also rejected claims that a UK minister told French politicians that some of the bombers had been arrested by police last year.
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Just what are these terrorist laws meant to protect? Our way of life or just our life? If we were all hearded into secure camps our lives would be
safe but would it really be a life worth living?
If our civil liberties are to be treat "proportionately" by those in control of our security, then it really is a police state. Whether the
connotations surrounding police states have been over exaggerated over the years is another debate, but the fact remains that our current push for
security over civil liberties has created a police state in Britain.
I dont want to just have a life whereby I am safe but not free to do what ever I choose, when ever I choose. When those who dictate whats "legal"
and "illegal" are also all-seeing the stage is set for complete enslavement of us all. Even if our current leaders are truly acting in our interests
now, whats to say that future administrations will too?
What if a Hitler style politician comes to power in Britain in the future? How can you rebel against them when control orders limit any ones freedom
of movement and communications on the single say so of a minister? How can your right to criticise the government be defended if a fascist leader
Its all happend before throughout history. We would be completely naieve to even entertain the notion that creating unlimited power over us, in the
name of saftey, will not be exploited and abused later down the track.
[edit on 13/7/05 by subz]