MI5 “unlawfully” handled bulk surveillance data, Liberty litigation reveals

11 June 2019 — Liberty

The British security service MI5 has been unlawfully retaining innocent people’s data for years.

It also failed to give senior judges accurate information about repeated breaches of its duty to delete bulk surveillance data, and has been criticised for mishandling sensitive legally privileged material.

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The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction By John W. Whitehead

10 June 2019 — The Rutherford Institute

John Whitehead“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984

Tread cautiously: the fiction of George Orwell has become an operation manual for the omnipresent, modern-day surveillance state.

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Britain: The Database State

23 May 2019 — True Publica

By TruePublica: Britain is a surveillance state, the worst in the democratic West. In a short period of time, it has amassed a rather sordid history of citizen surveillance – and it continues to be unlawful. Last September’s damning judgement of British security operations against its own people saw the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rule that the government had unlawfully obtained data from communications companies and didn’t put in place safeguards around how it did it.  But what does the state really know about us and what about the future?

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UK mass surveillance challenge will go to Europe’s highest human rights court

13 February 2019 — True Publica

UK mass surveillance challenge will go to Europe’s highest human rights court

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will hear Big Brother Watch & others’ case against mass surveillance by the UK government.

In September 2018 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that the UK’s mass interception programmes breached the European Convention on Human Rights. The landmark judgment in September marked the Court’s first ruling on UK mass surveillance programmes revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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UK Government Is Funding Military Grade Psyops to Smear and Calumniate Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party By Kitty S Jones

10 December 2018 — Politics and Insights

On page X of the document, it says: “NATO definition of PSYOPS. Allied Administrative Publication (AAP)-06 defines psychological operations as: planned activities using methods of communication and other means directed at approved audiences in order to influence perceptions, attitudes and behaviour, affecting the achievement of political and military objectives.”

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British Military’s Troll Factory: ‘Good Guys’ To Tell You ‘Truth’

20 November 2018 — South Front

77th brigade

On November 14th, Wired published a story about the UK’s 77th Brigade, which deals with information warfare, written by Carl Miller.

According to him the people in the 77th brigade are soldiers, but they fight on the newest battleground – the cyber one. They edit videos, set up cameras, record sound, etc. They were drafted from all around the British military for their proficiency in graphic design, social media advertising, and data analytics.

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UK Government Goes Full Orwellian: DNA, Fingerprint, Face, Voice: Biometric Data for Every Single Citizen in the UK

9 November 2018 — TruePublica

We’ve been warning about this moment since the first day TruePublica went online. We said that the government would eventually take the biometric data of every single citizen living in Britain and use it for nefarious reasons.  DNA, fingerprint, face, and even voice data will be included. But that’s not all.

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Listening In to Killings – and Everything Else By Brian Cloughly

24 October 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

It was intriguing that the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 was apparently recorded in some fashion. The BBC reported that “A Turkish security source has confirmed to BBC Arabic the existence of an audio and a video recording. What is not clear is if anyone other than Turkish officials has seen or heard them. One source is cited by the Washington Post saying men can be heard beating Mr Khashoggi; it adds that the recordings show he was killed and dismembered.”

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Britain Moves From Democracy to Authoritarian State in Pernicious Veil of Secrecy

20 September 2018 — Truepublica

First published September 2015. This article is now three years old. In that time, Britain has dramatically moved forward with its intentions to become the Western world’s foremost surveillance state. And whilst all attention is on Brexit – a recent disclosure in Australia revealed that Britain is to press ahead with forcing all technology companies to provide backdoor access to encryption systems to the state.

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Meet Whistleblower Katherine Gun in London

6 February 2018 — RootsAction

Katharine Gun

Fifteen years ago, Katharine Gun leaked a GCHQ memo revealing U.S. spying operations on UN Security Council members. This simple act of bravery helped to galvanise the mass movement of opposition to the Iraq War. It also served as a telling reminder of the essential role played by the press in speaking truth to power and upholding the fabric of democratic life.

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Media Lens: Menwith Menace: Britain’s Complicity In Saudi Arabia’s Terror Campaign Against Yemen

13 September 2016 — Media Lens

The ‘mainstream’ Western media is, almost by definition, the last place to consult for honest reporting of Western crimes. Consider the appalling case of Yemen which is consumed by war and an ongoing humanitarian catastrophe.

Since March 2015, a ‘coalition’ of Sunni Arab states led by Saudi Arabia, and supported by the US, Britain and France, has been dropping bombs on neighbouring Yemen. The scale of the bombing is indicated in a recent article by Felicity Arbuthnot – in one year, 330,000 homes, 648 mosques, 630 schools and institutes, and 250 health facilities were destroyed or damaged. The stated aim of Saudi Arabia’s devastating assault on Yemen is to reinstate the Yemeni president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and to hold back Houthi rebels who are allied with the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. The Saudis assert that the Houthis, who control Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, are ‘proxies’ for Iran: always a convenient propaganda claim to elicit Western backing and ‘justify’ intervention.

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