UK: Widespread Spying

The UK has some serious problems with the rights of its citizens and the credibility of its legal system (RickB, Ten Percent):

this is a tip of a very dirty iceberg” I told you so. What the hell did they think they were doing? How widespread is this? And from how high did the orders come? Given the obvious illegality of the practice it suggests a high level instruction, this goes to the Ministry Of Justice (or MiniJust in newspeak eh?) I would (hello resignations) reckon.

A legal precedent has established that deliberate bugging of conversations with lawyers constitutes such an affront to the rule of law that trials should be halted and any convictions obtained overturned.

The ruling, in the court of appeal in 2005, may mean that dozens of terrorist trials could be aborted and the Soham murderer, Ian Huntley, go free if allegations by a whistleblower that lawyers’ visits with clients were routinely bugged at Woodhill prison are substantiated.

Its just the tip of the iceberg alright:

The Tories also want a probe into new claims hundreds of lawyers are bugged.

And I thought we were ahead of the Brits when it came to an utter lack of privacy and regard for civil rights. Upon reflection, its probably more likely that we simply don’t have the requisite whistle blowing going on here (or media attention span and integrity to put such crimes in the national awareness).

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3 Responses

  1. So far this story is not getting the attention it should in the UK, meanwhile meet Infragard
    http://www.progressive.org/mag_rothschild0308
    “Today, more than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The members of this rapidly growing group, called InfraGard, receive secret warnings of terrorist threats before the public does—and, at least on one occasion, before elected officials. In return, they provide information to the government, which alarms the ACLU. But there may be more to it than that. One business executive, who showed me his InfraGard card, told me they have permission to “shoot to kill” in the event of martial law.”

  2. Holy shit. What?

  3. […] 2008 by Dan (Fitness) If this is legit, this ought to be a full blown scandal.  (Via RickB in comments).  The Progressive: Today, more than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working […]

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