“Intelligence Led Surveillance” and Britain’s Police State: The Manufacture of “Mass Surveillance by Consent” By Charles Farrier

16 October 2013 — Global Research

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Is mass surveillance so bad if you can’t see it?

In the dark ages known as the twentieth century, mass surveillance of entire populations was a sport practised only by elitist totalitarian states . Those unlucky enough to live in what was then termed a “free country”, had to sit on the sidelines and simply imagine what it was like to be subject to constant state intrusion.

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British government introduces Internet censorship filters By Mark Blackwood

7 August 2013 — WSWS

Complying with the dictates of the Conservative-Liberal-Democrat coalition government, the UK’s biggest Internet Service Providers (ISPs), covering 95 percent of all households, have agreed to initiate a “family-friendly” filtering system for the Internet. Smaller ISPs are expected to follow suit. The government will consider legislation if the self-regulatory agreement does not work.

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Statewatch News Online, 26 July 2013 (12/13) UK News

25 July 2013 — http://www.statewatch.org/ – e-mail: office@statewatch.org

1.   UK: The IPCC has today published their annual statistics on deaths during or following police contact 
2.   UK: Independent Police Complaints Commission report (IPPC): Metropolitan Police Service handling of complaints alleging race discrimination
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Statewatch News Online, 26 July 2013 (11/13): EU-USA: Data surveillance

25 July 2013 — http://www.statewatch.org/ – e-mail: office@statewatch.org

1.  EP Inquiry: Letter from Martin Schulz, MEP, President of the European Parliament to the Council Presidency
2.  GERMANY-USA: DATA SURVEILLANCE: ‘Key Partners’: The Secret Link Between Germany and the NSA
3.  Extract from the Minutes of the 4 July 2013 meeting of COREPER II: EU-US High Level expert group on security and data protection
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Statewatch News Online, 26 July 2013 (10/13)

25 July 2013 — http://www.statewatch.org/ – e-mail: office@statewatch.org

1.   USE OF DRONES: A new poll has found that the US policy of drone strikes remains unpopular around the world
2.   EU: FREEZING AND CONFISCATION OF ASSETS
3.   EU: ACCESS TO EU DOCUMENTS: Council’s public register of documents hits 2 million mark
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Video: Kevin Gosztola: Behind the Scenes of the Bradley Manning Trial Ignored by Corporate Media

16 July 2013 — Democracy Now!

The judge in the Bradley Manning case says she will decide Thursday on his lawyers’ request to dismiss seven of the charges he faces, including allegations that he aided the enemy when he provided hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.  Continue reading

US Expands Global Electronic Surveillance By Andrei Akulov

26 June 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The spy spooky stories hit the radar screens again. Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA, who has also worked at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, is on the way to the relative safety abroad, probably South America. Continue reading

Permanent Washington’s Backlash to Edward Snowden BY DAVID SIROTA

14 June 2013 — In These Times

The attacks on the NSA whistleblower reveal some ugly truths about America

Whether in celebrity culture or in our Facebook-mediated interactions, we live in the age of the human being as a public brand. So there’s nothing surprising about the reaction to this week’s disclosures about the National Security Agency’s unprecedented surveillance program. In our cult-of-personality society, that reaction has been predictably—and unfortunately—focused less on the agency’s possible crimes against the entire country than on Edward Snowden, the government contractor who disclosed the wrongdoing.

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Permanent Washington’s Backlash to Edward Snowden BY DAVID SIROTA

14 June 2013 — In These Times

The attacks on the NSA whistleblower reveal some ugly truths about America

Whether in celebrity culture or in our Facebook-mediated interactions, we live in the age of the human being as a public brand. So there’s nothing surprising about the reaction to this week’s disclosures about the National Security Agency’s unprecedented surveillance program. In our cult-of-personality society, that reaction has been predictably—and unfortunately—focused less on the agency’s possible crimes against the entire country than on Edward Snowden, the government contractor who disclosed the wrongdoing.

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