COPS campaign update April 2018

29 April 2018 — COPS

It’s been a busy month of revelations abour Britain’s political secret police. Here’s a rundown:

The Met finally admitted that Special Branch officers illegally supplied info on political activists for construction industry blacklisting. Activists have long shown that spycops officer Mark Jenner was a member of construction union UCATT, and whistleblower officer Peter Francis has named five trade unions that were spied on.
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For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship

23 January 2018 — WSWS

An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists

The United States government, in the closest collaboration with Google, Facebook, Twitter and other powerful information technology corporations, is implementing massive restrictions on Internet access to socialist, antiwar and progressive websites. Similar repressive policies are being enacted by capitalist governments in Europe and throughout the world.

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NSA: National Security Agency Tracking of U.S. Citizens – “Questionable Practices” from 1960s & 1970s

26 September 2017 — National Security Archive

Ralph David Abernathy, Donald Sutherland, Women’s Liberation, and Vietnam Veterans Against the War – Among Those on NSA’s Watch List

NSA Biographic Files Named 73,000 U.S. Citizens, from Journalists Art Buchwald and Tom Wicker to Actors Joanne Woodward and Gregory Peck

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 605 

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China’s Cyberspying Is ‘on a Scale No One Imagined’–if You Pretend NSA Doesn’t Exist

4 August 2015 — FAIR

NSA headquartersStories about cyberespionage–like the data theft at the US Office of Personal Management believed but not officially stated to have been carried out by China–are weird. For one thing, they include quotes about how “we need to be a bit more public” about our responses to cyberattacks–delivered from White House officials who speak only on condition of anonymity.

That’s from a July 31 piece by the New York Times‘ David Sanger, which, as Marcy Wheeler of the blog Emptywheel (8/1/15) pointed out, had a certain amount of fiction mixed in with its reporting.

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Britain’s GCHQ Domestic Spying Apparatus to be granted Greater Surveillance Powers after Paris Attacks By Steven MacMillan

13 January 2014 — Global Research

Following the tragic events in Paris, David Cameron is meeting with security heads to potentially grant the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) even greater spying powers. In a disgusting (yet predictable) move by Cameron and fellow Western leaders, these latest attacks are being used as a justification for illegal GCHQ and National Security Agency (NSA) spying, and as a pretext to further expand the surveillance state which is already at heights never seen before in human history. This is the first time that governments have had the capacity and technological capability to monitor the behaviour, conversations, opinions and habits of the people on such a grand scale, in a quest to predict the behaviour of entire populations.

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United Nations report: US, UK surveillance programs violate international law By Thomas Gaist

18 July 2014 — WSWS

A report released Wednesday by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Navi Pillay, entitled “The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age”, finds that surveillance practices carried out by the major powers, the United States and the United Kingdom, in particular, violate basic principles of international law and are destructive of democratic rights.

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Airport security agency bans powerless electronic devices on flights to US By Thomas Gaist

10 July 2014 — WSWS

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began implementing a policy this week barring international air travelers en route to the US from bringing uncharged or “powerless” electronic devices onboard their flights. The new restriction is one element of heightened airport security measures announced by the US government last week in accordance with its latest “terror alert.”

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REVEALED: GCHQ’s BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE By Duncan Campbell

3 June 2014 — The Register

Snowden leaks that UK.gov suppressed Exclusive Above-top-secret details of Britain’s covert surveillance programme – including the location of a clandestine British base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East – have so far remained secret, despite being leaked by fugitive NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden. Government pressure has meant that some media organisations, despite being in possession of these facts, have declined to reveal them. Today, however, the Register publishes them in full.

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