Canada: Letter to MP on Emergencies Act

Saturday, 19 February 2022 — In Gaza

by Eva Bartlett

[I’m not sure how many Canadians visit the NDA but in the off-chance that you’re one of them, this letter is especially for you. But don’t forget that under the guise of the ‘Pandemic’, most of the ‘developed’ countries have passed and are using existing laws to create quasi-fascist states allegedly, in order to protect us. From ourselves? I’ve long said that the Virus is simply the pretext for invoking the last refuge of a capitalist – Fascism. And once more, ably abetted by assorted ‘lefties’ and of course, the ‘Liberals’ B]

Thank you Spencer Latu for writing this letter.

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i News – Gov’t accused of introducing national ID cards via ‘backdoor’ after Covid Pass contract

28 June 2021 — Big Brother Watch

Big Brother Watch Team / June 21, 2021

The Government has been accused of introducing national ID cards via ‘backdoor’ after a company that was awarded a Covid pass contract bragged about ‘redeploying’ them into a national ID programme.

The IT firm, Entrust was awarded the contract last month for work on the Government’s Covid Pass system.

Jake Hurfurt, head of research at civil liberties group Big Brother Watch told i that “Covid certificates would introduce ID cards in the UK by the backdoor.

“The fact that the government has done a deal with Entrust, a company which is openly plotting a route from vaccine passports to digital identity cards, only underlines what a serious threat Covid passes would be to our civil liberties and our privacy,”

i News – Government accused of ushering in national ID cards ‘by the backdoor’ after Covid vaccine passport contract.

UK: The end of civil liberty as we know it

9 April 2021 — True Publica

The end of civil liberty as we know it

By Mark Johnson: Mission creep is defined as ‘the tendency for a task… to become unintentionally wider in scope than its initial objectives’. The government’s initial mission, when introducing Covid-19 restrictions across the UK, was to save lives and to ensure that the NHS was not overwhelmed, not destroy our civil liberty. Now, it is considering introducing a new system of control which would entirely reprogramme our society – requiring us to show a health ID just to order a pint, despite the ever-decreasing risk that Covid poses. How did this idea, which could come straight out of an episode of Black Mirror, progress this far?

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UK: Watch: What you need to know about the Coronavirus Act

28 September 2020 — True Publica

Watch: What you need to know about the Coronavirus Act

Let’s make sure we don’t blame the wrong people here. The police are not the enemy, nor are many government agencies that are operating under difficult circumstances. Both have been given rules, areas of guidance and laws to manage that conflict with our understanding of civil society. But these are not normal times and because a global pandemic is not normal, it is imperative that for the sake of public health and the economy, the government has a plan that defends both. The problem is – they don’t. So they’ve given themselves sweeping powers to do as they please. This has led to the public getting frustrated and angry, with some taking to the streets – leaving the police to be the fall guys for what is essentially failed politics. And as Britain has one of the worst death rates from Covid-19 and its economy is one of the worst affected, it is little wonder that the public have lost faith in the government and started taking action.

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Why we need proper legal protections for our right to protest

7 September, 2020 — Netpol

A Charter for Freedom of Assembly Rights

In Britain, there are laws that are supposed to protect our civil liberties – specifically the Human Rights Act 1998, which has often proven extremely effective as a means of challenging in court injustices by the state that violates our rights. This may go a long way to explaining why the governing Conservative Party has repeatedly threatened to scrap it since 2015.

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How It Starts

1 April 2020 — Craig Murray

The brevity of this post is out of proportion to the enormous importance of the subject. But I want to let you know I am thinking and working on it.

It is a recognised pattern for dictatorship to commence with emergency measures designed to combat a threat. Those emergency measures then become normalised and people exercising arbitrary power find it addictive. A new threat is then found to justify the continuation.

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IRR News (23 January – 6 February 2019)

7 February 2019 — Institute of Race Relations

Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

This week, the IRR is among sixty-five signatories to a Guardian letter, including educational charities, human rights organisations, musicians, academics and lawyers, all calling for an end to the use of ‘gang injunctions’ that prevent black musicians making references to individuals, events and places. We are calling for clearer thinking about the impact of such repressive and counter-productive proceedings – themselves a threat to civil liberties – on poor, marginalised black youth, for whom music is one of the few avenues of expression and/or ways of earning a living. Mainstream society is frightened of Grime, and even more frightened of Drill which they blame for rising knife crime in the capital, legitimising the Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism approach to suspected gang associates, irrespective of any proven link to violence or, for that matter, gang membership.

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History Commons New 9/11 Timeline Entries

17 Jul, 2013 — History Commons

WTC Evacuation Orders, 9/11-Style Movies, and More

A large number of entries have been added to the Complete 9/11 Timeline at History Commons, most of which provide new details about the events of the day of September 11, 2001. Other entries are being posted in the US Civil Liberties project on campaign finance, voting laws, and the 2006 US Attorney purge

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Snowden’s Cry for Help Is a Cry for America By Pam Martens

2 July, 2013 — WallStreetOnParade

In July 2002, less than a year after Congress passed the USA Patriot Act, Nancy Chang, then Senior Litigation Attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, published a prophetic and comprehensive book about the legislation titled: Silencing Political Dissent: How Post-September 11 Anti-terrorism Measures Threaten our Civil Liberties

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Black Agenda Report for June 12, 2013 Clyburn Detached From Reality or Justice, Snowden Litmus Test, Haiti, Detroit

12 June 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

Rep. Clyburn: Putting Obama First – Civil Liberties, Peace, Justice, and Reality Last

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Black Congressman James Clyburn’s “gut” tells him that whistleblower Edward Snowden is conspiring with others to “embarrass” President Obama. “Clyburn’s gut isn’t a bit queasy about the dramatic expansion of the National Security State, as long as Big Brother is Black.” In the narrow worldview of the Black Misleadership Class, it’s Obama uber alles. Continue reading

8 February 2012: Statewatch launches online historical archive of EU Justice and Home Affairs documents

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Statewatch launches online historical archive of EU Justice and Home Affairs documents

Statewatch today launches a unique online archive of over 4,500 official documents (rising to over 6,500 by the end of 2012) that chart the development of EU justice and home affairs policy over three decades.

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Statewatch News Online, 10 May 2011 (11/11): Welcome to the new world of the interception of telecommunications

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STATEWATCHING EUROPE: Civil Liberties, the state and the European Union Saturday 25 June 2011 (10.00-17.30)
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European Conference marking Statewatch’s 20th anniversary

11 April 2011 — Statewatch

STATEWATCHING EUROPE: Civil Liberties, the state and the European Union
Saturday 25 June 2011 (10.00-17.30)
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

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Statewatch News Online, 21 January 2011: UK: Statewatch analysis: Six months on: An update on the UK coalition government’s commitment to civil liberties

21 January, 2011

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UK: Statewatch analysis: Six months on: An update on the UK coalition government’s commitment to civil liberties:

Statewatch publishes a follow-up to its June 2010 analysis of the coalition government’s commitment to civil liberties: Within weeks of its formation in May 2010, the coalition government announced with much fanfare its intention ‘to restore the rights of individuals in the face of encroaching state power.’ An easy victory over Labour’s politically bankrupt National Identity Scheme followed, but since then the government’s approach has been characterised by caution and pragmatism rather than an unerring commitment to liberty.

This is largely because there are splits within government on many of the key civil liberties issues that fundamentally define the relationship between citizen and state: how long and under what conditions can the government detain us, to what extent should the state surveil us, and what data on us should it hold? These internal divisions have been compounded by significant pressure from the civil service and security agencies to retain Labour policies that served to empower them.

On intrinsically divisive topics such as the future of the Human Rights Act and counter-terrorism legislation, commissions of enquiry have been used as a stalling tactic to avoid creating friction within the coalition and to provide time during which common ground can be found. Difficult decisions cannot be delayed indefinitely and it remains unclear which party will hold sway. The contents of the much anticipated Freedom Bill will go a long way towards revealing the extent of the coalition’s commitment to civil liberties.

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Statewatch News Online, 30 December 2010: Guide to EU decision-making and justice and home affairs after the Lisbon Treaty

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1.    EU: Statewatch publication: Guide to EU decision-making and justice and home affairs after the Lisbon Treaty
2.    EU: Statewatch Analysis: The EU Justice and Home Affairs agenda in 2011
3.    EU: Council Presidency (Hungary): Provisional Justice and Home Affairs Council Agendas
4.    Statewatch Analysis: Case Law Summary: EU access to documents Regulation
5.    Germany: Under permanent observation
6.    EU: European Parliament: Draft report: combating sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children
7.    European Parliament: Frontex proposal draft reprt
8.    EU-funded police research on policing protests
9.    SWEDEN-USA: Wikileaks: exchanges of intelligence information
10.  EU-USA: European Commission: Health and Human Services Cooperation
11.  EU-USA: Think tanks report: “Shoulder to shoulder”: Forging a Strategic US-EU Partnership
12.  EU: European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS): EU Internal Security Strategy
13.  EU: European Commission: Communication on the procedures for the scrutiny of Europol’s activities
14.  UK: Kettle tactics risk Hillsborough-style tragedy – doctor
15.  EU: New SitCen Director appointed
16.  UK-EU: Europe tells Britain to justify itself over fingerprinting children
17.  EU: European Commission: Fifth report civil aviation security
18.  FRANCE: Letter against “behaviour” controls on public data reuse signed by 35 NGOs
19.  EU: European Parliament: Parliament approves tougher rules to combat trafficking in human beings
20.  Hungary: Hungarian Media Law fuels international concern
21.  EU: Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS): Data protection compliance in the EU administration

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Free access to two unique resources on civil liberties in Europe

Press Release, 16 December 2010

Statewatch is pleased to announce free access to its specialist civil liberties websites

Full access to these resources was previously only available to paid subscribers

1. The Statewatch database with 27,000 articles on civil liberties in Europe dating back 20 years

2. The SEMDOC website: Statewatch European Monitoring Centre on EU Justice and Home Affairs policy

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Statewatch News Online, 20 September 2010 (16/10): European Parlianment Resolution passed by 337 votes to 245 calling on France to ‘immediately suspend all expulsions of Roma’, saying that they ‘amounted to discrimination’

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In 2010 an average of 432,649 pdf documents have been downloaded each month (January-August) from the Statewatch website: Researchers, NGOs, activist groups, lawyers, academics, students (completed dissertations), journalists – if you would like to get wider distribution for your work (articles, features, reports, studies) on civil liberties and justice and home affairs in the EU please send to: mailto:

1.   EU-FRANCE-ROMA:  All the documentation: French circulars, internal Commission documents etc
2.   EU: European Commission: Report on the application of the Directive on minimum standards
3.   FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (FOI): Fringe Special: Overview of all FOI laws
4.   EU-SITCEN: EU seeks ‘stress-resistant’ intelligence officer
5.   UK-EU: Home Office: Explanatory memoranda
6.   EU: European Parliament Studies: Common European Asylum Area and Readmission
7.   UK: British Identity Cards: Arguments For and Against their Retention and Use 1945-1952
8.   UK: Home Affairs Select Committee: Follow-up of Asylum Cases and e-Borders Programme
9.   EU: Commission meeting on body scanners at airports
10. UK: Home Affairs Select Committee: Body Scanners: Counter Terrorism Measures in British Airports
11. EP- Commission: Draft Framework Agreement on relations
12. BELGIUM: To mark the new school year… An open letter to the Belgian justice minister De Clerck
13. The EU security-industrial complex (TNI, link). Interview with Ben Hayes
14. UK: Medical Justice: ‘State Sponsored Cruelty’ Children in immigration detention
15. European Forum for Urban Security: Citizens, Cities and Video Surveillance
16. UK: From war to law: Major report from Liberty
17. International Action Day “Freedom not Fear 2010 – Stop Surveillance Mania!”
18. Israel: Base in the Negev desert among most powerful intelligence gathering sites
19. EU: Security-Industrial Complex: NeoConOpticon blog – updates
20. EU: UNHCR criticises Europe for collective deportation of Iraqis
21. EU: Unbalanced Reciprocities: Cooperation on Readmission in the Euro-Mediterranean Area
22. EU: Compendium of European Police, Customs and Ministerial Liaison Officers
23. Denmark: Court clears climate summit activists
24. EU: New Council configurations

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