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Anti-Terror Laws Used to Spy on Family

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posted on Apr, 12 2008 @ 03:38 PM
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Anti-Terror Laws Used to Spy on Family


www.independent.co.uk

A family who were wrongly suspected of lying on a school application form have discovered that their local council used anti-terrorism surveillance powers to spy on them.

The family, from Poole in Dorset, said they had been tailed for three weeks by council officials trying to establish whether they had given a false address in an attempt to get their three-year-old daughter a place at a heavily oversubscribed local nursery school, which their two older children had attended. The family had in fact done nothing wrong, and the investigation was eventually aborted.
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posted on Apr, 12 2008 @ 03:38 PM
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This is what is sooo scary about these "anti-terrorism" laws. These laws give government officials unprecedented spying powers to use against anybody. The wording is so broad for defining a terrorists, they can use these laws/powers in almost any way they deem them necessary.

So the "local council" used "anti-terrorism surveillance powers" to spy on an innocent family for 3 weeks just to see if they were lying on a school application. They even watched the house late at night to document their sleeping habits, to make sure they actually lived there and slept there.

If you haven't read the article yet, this is the best (or worst) part!


The council DEFENDED its right to investigate families in a covert manner, saying it had used the law twice in the past year to successfully prove parents were lying about where they lived.



They make it sound like they just foiled an assasination attempt and should get a pat on the back and an "attaboy". Don't they realize they are abusing the power they were given!

These "councilors" are probably feeling "gitty" with this new found power at their disposal! They probably are feeling "all powerful" and think they are doing exactly what the community wants.


These laws were not put in place to allow local governments to spy on citizens to see if they lied about their address on a school application!

These laws (or should I say spy programs) were set up and put in place to use against suspected terrorists, not for a "local council" to spy on fellow citizens to see who lives where!

It looks like the U.K. and the U.S. governments got just what they wanted, the power to spy on ANYBODY anytime they want to even over the most minuscule offenses!

www.independent.co.uk
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posted on Apr, 12 2008 @ 07:09 PM
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Apparently there ARE some people with power who don't agree with these tactics!

Councillors Give Verdict on Spies


POOLE'S education cabinet portfolio holder has accused his own council of being heavy handed in its use of surveillance tactics.

"I don't agree with using terrorist laws for this kind of thing
," said Cllr Tony Woodcock, who is away from Poole at a university reunion and has missed the outcry.

**** SKIP ****


"Cllr Mike Brooke, Liberal Democrat group leader and education spokesman said he had not known such tactics were employed by the council and would be demanding answers.

"Is this sort of espionage the actual answer to dealing with what is a recognised problem?" he asked.

**** SKIP ****


It really is Big Brother in 1984 mode," he said.

Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne has called for council powers to be reduced in the light of the borough's use of them.

"Using criminal powers to spy on parents is ridiculously over the top."

"Poole council officials should lie down in a darkened room until the urge to play James Bond passes."



I liked that last quote above the best!

At least there are SOME elected officials who can see the differance between what is right and what is wrong.

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posted on Apr, 12 2008 @ 07:32 PM
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My heart goes out to our friends in the UK. I believe that if there is any group of people who are subjects to the same kinds of misplaced powers as we, it is them. I can only hope that the very nature of your community and all of the Europe, for that matter, being so much older than ours, can muster the fortitude and wisdom to resist and thus endure and outlast what we all hope is the temporary insanity that has crept into their halls of power.



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