When the North American Colonists revolted in the 1770s they repeatedly stated that they did so to preserve the English liberties they had inherited. Indeed, much of the way we today think about our rights and relationship to government comes from the long tradition of English liberty going back to the Magna Carta in 1215 and even before to the folkways and decentralised government of the Germanic tribes which settled Britain after the collapse of the Roman Empire. Today, it sadly appears that English liberty is completely dead. It should also be pointed out that it was not a communist revolution which killed it; rather, it was the new ‘conservative’ government that put the proverbial nail in the coffin. By embracing draconian legislation such as this as well as mass Third World immigration, the ‘conservatives’ have utterly failed to preserve both the English nation itself and traditional English freedoms. The BBC reports:
Internet firms will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time.
The Home Office says the move is key to tackling crime and terrorism, but civil liberties groups have criticised it.
Tory MP David Davis called it “an unnecessary extension of the ability of the state to snoop on ordinary people”.
…[I]t it would enable intelligence officers to identify who an individual or group is in contact with, how often and for how long. They would also be able to see which websites someone had visited.
In a statement, the Home Office said action was needed to “maintain the continued availability of communications data as technology changes”.
…Conservative MP and former shadow home secretary David Davis said it would make it easier for the government “to eavesdrop on vast numbers of people”.
“What this is talking about doing is not focusing on terrorists or criminals, it’s absolutely everybody’s emails, phone calls, web access…” he told the BBC.
“All that’s got to be recorded for two years and the government will be able to get at it with no by your leave from anybody.”
He said that until now anyone wishing to monitor communications had been required to gain permission from a magistrate.
“You shouldn’t go beyond that in a decent civilised society, but that’s what’s being proposed.”
Also see: The Call for FULL Transparency