Open Borders? No, open your media, or else

24 February 2017 — Open Media

Can you imagine doing this at the airport? You take off your shoes, put your liquids in the x-ray tray… and then hand over your unlocked phone to a border agent for them to look through?

In the U.S., a disturbing proposal is on the table: Key U.S. politicians want to force every single traveller crossing the border to hand over their digital devices, unlock them, and provide their social media passwords.1

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Statewatch News Online, 16 February 2017 (03/17)

16 February 2017 — Statewatch 

Press release

EU border agency targeted “isolated or mistreated” individuals for questioning

Guidelines produced for border guards participating in an EU joint operation instruct the targeting of “migrants from minority ethnic groups, and individuals who may have been isolated or mistreated during their journey, as such people are often more willing to talk about their experiences.” [1]
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UK govt wants to jail whistleblowers, journalists under proposed new laws!

14 February 2017 — 38 Degrees

The Government’s legal advisers have revealed plans to lock up people who expose things like human rights abuses. They could face prison sentences of up to 14 years. Under these terrifying new laws, even journalists could face charges just because they were sent certain information. [1]

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Statewatch News Online, 30 January 2017 (02/17)

30 January 2017 — Statewatch

ANALYSES, BRIEFING & VIEWPOINT:
http://www.statewatch.org/analyses.htm

1. Analysis: EU: Eighth report on relocation and resettlement: Commission welcomes increase in relocations and ignores harmful systematic effects

  NEWS
http://www.statewatch.org/news/newsfull.htm

1    USA: Executive Order: Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement 
2.   EU: PNR: Belgium, France, Netherlands to introduce rail ID checks
3.   EU: Re-Build Refuge Europe, a new project to counteract the discourses of crisis
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Statewatch News Online, 5 January 2017 (01/17)

5 January 2016 — http://www.statewatch.org/

e-mail: office@statewatch.org
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ANALYSES, BRIEFING & VIEWPOINT:
http://www.statewatch.org/analyses.htm

1.  Eurodac: Member States want wider police access to biometric database despite most never use it
2.  The EU’s military mission against Mediterranean migration: what “deterrent effect”? :
3.  Viewpoint: Migration, EU Cooperation and Authoritarianism
4.  The visible hand: the European Union’s Security Industrial Policy 
5.  A missed opportunity to open up secret trilogue decision-making in the EU

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Snoopers Charter is Breaking the Law

21 December 2016 — Liberty

The Government IS breaking the law by indiscriminately collecting the nation’s internet activity and phone records – meaning significant parts of its new Snoopers’ Charter are effectively unlawful.

When Liberty, representing Tom Watson MP, launched a legal challenge two years ago, it was because we believed the Government’s surveillance practices were breaching our human rights.

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The NHS Opt-out is worthless!

9 December 2016 — MedConfidential

Jeremy Hunt changed his mind and is still selling your medical records

If you opted out of your hospital records being sold, Jeremy Hunt has changed his mind about your choice.

At the time, he said in Parliament (emphasis added):

“…this Government decided that people should be able to opt out from having their anonymised data used for the purposes of scientific research, which the previous Labour Government refused to do? When they extended the programme to out-patient data in 2003 and to A and E data in 2008, at no point did they give people the right to opt out. We have introduced that right”

The right Jeremy Hunt was so publicly proud of introducing, he has secretly taken away again. He was right to give it you – his election manifesto promised it would be there.

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Media: Naureckas: Trump Son-in-Law’s Paper Outlines ‘a Complete Crackdown on Dissent’

7 December 2016 — FAIR

Observer: Comey’s FBI Needs to Investigate Violent Democratic Tantrums

Trump’s son-in-law’s paper calls for “a thorough probe of the protests—to include possible ties to organizations demanding vote recounts”—that “continue to mar the presidential election’s aftermath.”

AlterNet‘s Sarah Lazare (12/6/16) quotes Jim Naureckas on a call for an FBI crackdown on protesters appearing in the New York Observer (12/2/16), the paper owned by Trump son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner:

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The Snoopers Charter passes into law

17 November 2016 — Liberty

And it’s a sad day for what was left of our democracy. The new Act is overtly incompatible with human rights law and Liberty say they will take the government to court, hopefully before the government pulls us out of European Human Rights legislation.

No to Snoopers Charter

Statewatch News Online, 7 November 2016 (19/16)

7 November 2016 — Statewatch

e-mail: office@statewatch.org
You can also access as a pdf  file here: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2016/nov/email-7-11-16.pdf

NEWS

1.   Statewatch Intervention: Unaccompanied child asylum-seekers: European Court of Human Rights
2.    EU: Council of the European Union: IT and border management & Japan MLA
3.   Austria Postpones Presidential Election Re-Run Due to Faulty Postal Ballots
4.    UK refused access to British father ‘in fear for his life’ on Ethiopia’s death row
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AT&T Developed Secret Program To Help U.S. Police Mine Client Phone Records By Pratap Chatterjee

28 October 2016 — CorpWatch

Police departments across the U.S. pay AT&T, the telecommunications giant, over one hundred thousand dollars a year for special access to telephone records of clients without first obtaining a warrant. The program is called ‘Hemisphere’ and the company required buyers to keep its existence secret.

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‘Our Identity Is Often What’s Triggering Surveillance’

1 November 2016 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Brandi Collins about surveillance of the Movement for Black Lives for the October 28, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Brandi Collins

Brandi Collins: “This line between mass and targeted surveillance is being erased, particularly as it pertains to communities of color.”

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Statewatch News Online, 24 October 2016 (18/16)

24 October 2016 — Statewatch.org/  • e-mail: office@statewatch.org

NEWS
1.   Statewatch Analysis: Civilizing the torture and execution trade
2.   UNHCR: (22.10.16): 319,826 arrivals 2016: 168,873 in Greece, 145,982 in Italy
3.   CoE: “Combating anti Gypsyism: calls for better access to social rights and legislative measures
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Statewatch News Online, 30 September 2016 (17/16)

30 September 2016 — Statewatch

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EU-Afghanistan returns plan: Another “dodgy” deal

– Deal to be signed next week to start immediate refugee “return” flights
– Is Afghanistan a “safe country”?
– Quick return of 80,000 refugees planned
– “effectively implement readmission commitments”
by-passing parliamentary scrutiny

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