posted on Jun, 21 2013 @ 02:35 PM
Hot on the heals of the American Government spying on its people scandal comes news from documents leaked by Edward Snowden that show GCHQ is spying
on us the British people .
Acording to the documents internet and phone data is being "sifted and analysed" and stored for upto 30 days .
GCHQ declined to comment on the claims but said its compliance with the law was "scrupulous".
The documents were reportedly released by Edward Snowden, the former IT contractor at GCHQ's US counterpart, the National Security Agency, who is
believed to be in hiding Hong Kong. Mr Snowden is behind a string of other disclosures about US intelligence operations. According to the Guardian,
the operation codenamed Tempora has been running for 18 months.
Nick Pickles from privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch's said: "This appears to be dangerously close to, if not exactly, the centralised
database of all our internet communications, including some content, that successive governments have ruled out and Parliament has never legislated
for."If GCHQ have been intercepting huge numbers of innocent people's communications as part of a massive sweeping exercise, then I struggle to see
how that squares with a process that requires a warrant for each individual intercept."
In response the Guardian report, a GCHQ spokeswoman said: "We do not comment on intelligence matters. It is worth pointing out that GCHQ takes its
obligations under the law very seriously. "Our work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our
activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the Secretary of State,
"and that there is rigorous oversight"...Yeah of the people .
Freedom and Democracy
Big Brother is watching us all
Thank you Mr Snowden
edit on 21-6-2013 by gortex because: (no reason given)