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Yes, GCHQ really does collect the content of British communications

Posted by Kevin on June 17, 2014

You have to wonder why Cameron tried to force through the Communications Data Bill (you may remember, that was the one called the ‘Snoopers’ Charter’) when the Snowden files revealed that GCHQ was already doing pretty much everything the new law would allow them – that is, snooping on everyone in the UK (that’s you […]

Another example of GCHQ leading the British press by the nose

Posted by Kevin on June 10, 2014

The British spy agencies are masters of disinformation and misinformation — and their ability to maneuver public opinion through manipulating the mainstream press knows no bounds. A little piece in the Telegraph over the weekend is an example. An unnamed source provides unspecified details of non-specific numbers on uncategorised threats. Nevertheless, the Telegraph is able […]

Does the government run the spy agencies, or do the spy agencies run the government?

Posted by Kevin on June 9, 2014

The joke that dare not be taken seriously has always been that MI5 holds files on all major politicians — but now we must take it very seriously. It is the only proposition that fits the facts. It explains why Blair in opposition was on the side of the people in the First Crypto War […]

Edward Snowden is a Russian pawn claims a Russian traitor in a British tabloid

Posted by Kevin on June 8, 2014

When politicians lose the argument they attack the messenger. Having lost the argument over surveillance, they are now attacking Snowden: it is easier to depict him as a Russian pawn at best, or a Russian spy at worst. That is the line taken by the UK’s Mirror newspaper. “Edward Snowden was targeted by Russian spies […]

The danger we face from the NSA’s collection of facial recognition images

Posted by Kevin on June 4, 2014

According to new Snowden files discussed by Laura Poitras and James Risen in the New York Times, the NSA is “harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents.” It seems to be collecting around a […]

Don’t Spy On Us – a day of action

Posted by Kevin on June 2, 2014

A ticket only event hosted by the Don’t Spy On Us campaign at the Shoreditch Town Hall this coming Saturday is already sold out. It’s a day of action to mark the anniversary of Edward Snowden’s first leaked documents. The Don’t Spy On Us campaign, which includes Privacy International, Liberty, Article 19, Open Rights Group, […]

Privacy International’s new complaint against GCHQ is like pissing in the wind

Posted by Kevin on May 16, 2014

Fresh from its success against HMRC, Privacy International (PI) is now taking on GCHQ. It announced Tuesday that it has “filed a legal complaint demanding an end to the unlawful hacking being carried out by GCHQ which, in partnership with the NSA, is infecting potentially millions of computer and mobile devices around the world with […]