Statewatch News – 28 January 2022 – Issue 01/22: The great Europol data scandal; Scrutinising Frontex; EU-UK police cooperation

Friday, 28 February 2022 — Statewatch

(Issue 01/22, also available as a PDF)

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Welcome to our first issue of the year, with features on:

  • The great Europol data scandal
  • Scrutinising Frontex
  • Ongoing UK participation in EU policing and security structures 

Plus, all our other news, links and documentation – and don’t forget to check out our extensive roundup of news from across Europe from the last month.

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Is it already too late to say goodbye?

Saturday, 22 January 2022 — Jonathan Cook

It seems we may have reached the moment when it is time to say goodbye. It has been fun, educational and sometimes cathartic – for me at least. I hope you got something from our time together too.

I am not going anywhere, of course. Not for now at least. I love to write. For as long as I feasibly can, I will continue to rail against injustice, call out corporate power and its abuses, and demand a fairer and more open society.

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Graphika: The Deep State’s Beard for Controlling the Information Age

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 — MintPress News

NEW YORK – Graphika is the toast of the town. The private social-media and tech-intelligence agency that tracks down bots and exposes foreign influence operations online is constantly quoted, referenced and profiled in the nation’s most important outlets. For example, in 2020, The New York Times published a fawning profile of the company’s head of investigations, Ben Nimmo. “He Combs the Web for Russian Bots. That Makes Him a Target,” ran its headline, the article presenting him as a crusader risking his life to keep our internet safe and free. Last year, business magazine Fast Company labeled Graphika as among the 10 most innovative companies in the world.

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ASPI – The Gov’t-Funded Conspiracist Think Tank Now Controlling Your Social Media Feed

Thursday, 20 January 2022 — MintPress News

ASPI Twitter Feature photo Think Tank-Social Media Axis

That ASPI is now partially in charge of Twitter’s moderation, influencing what hundreds of millions of people see daily, is a grave threat to the free flow of information, as well as to the chances for a peaceful 21st century.

Big Brother Watch responds to new government anti-encryption campaign

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 — Big Brother Watch

Responding to the launch of a new anti-encryption campaign from the Home Office, Mark Johnson, Legal and Policy Officer at Big Brother Watch said:

“The Home Office’s bizarre attack on end-to-end encryption is an attack on a technology that Government ministers use for communication every day. It’s disturbing to see such a cynical campaign launched in attempt to justify yet wider and deeper state surveillance of everyday, private conversations.

Our intelligence agencies and law enforcement already have extensive powers to gain total access to criminals’ phones and communications. But end-to-end encryption is crucial for protecting the safety and privacy of our chats en masse.

The ability to have a private conversation is a freedom we cherish in liberal democracies and it is vital that we safeguard it online as well as offline.”

ENDS.

NOTES:
More information regarding the launch of the Home Office’s campaign is available here.

Spokespeople are available for interviews. Contact Big Brother Watch’s 24h media line on 07730439257 or email info@bigbrotherwatch.org.uk

See also: https://www.rt.com/news/546385-home-office-media-blitz-encryption-chat/

Corona Totalitarianism and the Masses

Monday, 17 January 2022 — Internationalist 360°

Carlos Fazio

The massive acceptance of the draconian rules imposed by various governments in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic could lead to a new totalitarian system. A technocratic system of transhumanist ideology, with the eventual ensuing atrocities that would be justified under the banner of collective welfare.

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Those Who Support Internet Censorship Lack Psychological Maturity

3 January 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

by Caitlin Johnstone

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Twitter has permanently suspended the personal account of Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene for what the platform calls “repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” much to the delight of liberals and pro-censorship leftists everywhere. This follows the Twitter ban of Dr Robert Malone on the same grounds a few days prior, which followed an unbroken pattern of continually escalating and expanding censorship protocols ever since the 2016 US election.

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OTF – The “Independent” Internet Freedom Organization That Makes All Your Favorite Privacy Apps – is Staffed Full of Spies

6 December 2021 — MintPress News

      Silent War on Cyberspace

By Alan Macleod

WASHINGTON – The Open Technology Fund (OTF) is one of the most influential and celebrated organizations in the hacking and internet freedom communities. Well over two billion people globally use OTF-produced software, including communications app Signal and web browser Tor, services that are specifically marketed to privacy-conscious consumers looking to circumvent government censorship and surveillance. Yet its close links to the U.S. national security state raise many worrying questions about whether the world is making a mistake by trusting the organization and its products.

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A Power-Grab at Levels Never Before Seen in the History of the World? The Coronavirus Hustle Exposed

21 December 2021 — Global Research

Lockdowns, mandates and passports are the major issue of the day with millions of people protesting against them worldwide. In fact, what has become known as the “medical freedom” movement is arguably the biggest and most diverse international movement in world history.

BREAKING: We’ve launched a legal challenge against Johnson’s Covid IDs

24 December 2021 — Big Brother Watch

BREAKING NEWS 

BIG BROTHER WATCH LAUNCHES LEGAL CHALLENGE AGAINST JOHNSON’S COVID IDs

We’ve just started a legal challenge against Boris Johnson’s mandatory Covid passport scheme for England.

Johnson’s draconian, discriminatory and pointless Covid IDs breach privacy rights and equality law, and must be stopped, now.

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Video: The Veil of Civilisation Swept Away

21 December 2021 — John Waters Unchained

On Gemma O’Doherty’s livestream, surveying the second calendar year of the Covid horror show, as the terror and scapegoating campaigns are ramped up and sundry ‘liberals’ emerge in their true colours.

Peak scapegoating. Hypnotic blackout.  Max mass formation. The powderkeg of propaganda.

Kill the witch! Cut her throat! Bash her in!

And, at the same moment, unprecedented excess mortality (not from Covid, but from the proclaimed ‘cure for Covid’.)

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Statewatch News 17 December 2021 (20/21): EU attack on asylum rights; Greek hotspots and human rights; Mass surveillance strikes back?

17 December 2021 — Statewatch News

(Also available as a PDF)

Welcome to our last issue of the year, covering the last three weeks and featuring:

  • EU asylum and borders proposals: the only attack taking place is the attack on peoples’ rights
  • Greece: The new hotspots and the prevention of “primary flows”: a human rights disaster
  • EU: Data retention strikes back? Options for mass telecoms surveillance under discussion again

Plus all our other news, links and documentation.

We will be back with you in January – until then, from everyone at Statewatch, we wish you a safe and restful break.

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We’ll never give up

14 December 2021 — Big Brother Watch

Covid passports could’ve been imposed three months ago, it could’ve been even earlier, but thanks to every one of you who is backing our campaign: we’ve fought, we’ve thwarted, we’ve stood our ground and we have never given up.

As a result of our tireless campaigning, tonight’s vote on Johnson’s Covid IDs is one of the most controversial of his time in office, leading to a huge rebellion and courageous MPs across the benches reaffirming why privacy, liberty and equality matter.

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The Covid Vaccine War

13 December 2021 — Swiss Policy Research

[There are a mass of videos at the end of this piece, but due to the fact that WordPress only allows direct Youtube video links, you won’t be able to view them here, so hopefully supplying the links will do the job! B]

Panic totalitarianism 1The coronavirus pandemic: panic vs. totalitarianism (Twitter)

Saving or enslaving humanity?

SPR and several independent geopolitical analysts have been warning since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic that the pandemic might be used as a rationale or pretext to impose a global digital biometric identity system, introduced as “vaccine passports”, that may later be expanded into a Chinese-style “social credit” population control system.

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Julian Assange

10 December 2021 — Expose Facts

I’m writing to share our statement on today’s UK court ruling on the extradition of Julian Assange. I hope you’ll join us in speaking out for press freedom and human rights.

A British court today ruled that Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States to face Espionage Act charges. We condemn this decision, and reiterate our condemnation of the United States’ outrageous prosecution of Assange.

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Leaked Doc Reveals Which Messengers Send the Most Data to FBI

3 December 2021 — RT International

An internal FBI report reveals how WhatsApp and iMessage happily hand over users’ data to the Feds, sometimes providing the source and destination of messages every 15 minutes.

The sensitive Federal Bureau of Investigation paper, unearthed by the transparency group Property of the People, spells out in concise yet shocking detail the Bureau’s ability to secure messaging app content and associated metadata via warrants and subpoenas — and shows that WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage turn over the most information to authorities.

It’s a rare insight into the systematic manner in which U.S. authorities can access private information, and can only cast significant doubt on the publicly avowed positions of Apple and Facebook/Meta in respect of user privacy.