Cameron's Regime Creates Dystopian Society Using Snoopers' Charter

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Courtesy: Dave Brown

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 2 April 2016

On Tuesday 15 March 2016 the despotic regime in the UK, i.e. Cameron's Conservatives, were able to foist yet another ill-conceived and disastrous Bill upon the British public: the Snoopers' Charter, aka. The Investigatory Powers Bill - Mar 2016, was passed by a majority of 266 votes in the House of Commons while an even greater number of Members of Parliament (MP) actually abstained. That both the Labour Party and the Scottish National Party, who together account for 288 seats in the UK's lower house in parliament, chose to abstain on new legislation which involves security, privacy, and much much more, is as clear an indictment of the Bill's failure to not only address the MP's concerns but also the concerns of the British public.

Of course, it should be remembered that the Cameron regime are actually an illegitimate administration who assumed office with just 24.4% of the popular vote following the General Election of 7 May 2015. That the British people have to endure a deeply unpopular and undemocratic First-Past-the-Post (FPP) voting system, while even fledgling democracies in countries like Australia and New Zealand have managed to introduce Proportional Representation (PR), is a complete abomination.

Bill 143, i.e. the Snoopers' Charter, is primarily aimed at codifying and authorising the current nefarious illegal practices of not just the Security Service (MI5), the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) but the criminal activities of more than 40 public and quasi-public organisations in the UK. The Charter explicitly authorises Mass Surveillance, under the sanitised title of Bulk Warrants which includes Bulk Interception Warrants, Bulk Acquisition Warrants, Bulk Equipment Interference Warrants and Bulk Personal Dataset Warrants. In other words, the dystopian world narrated in George Orwell's book 1984 has not only come to fruition but has been exceeded in both scope and quantum.

But that is not all.

The vast majority of the mainstream media both in the UK and throughout the West, who are a sycophantic arm of the despotic regimes they support, have eschewed the key issues surrounding the interception of communications, i.e. the efficacy of mass surveillance in identifying targets involved in terrorism, pedophilia and serious crime; the burgeoning list of public, and quasi-public bodies, who are authorised to sanction interception warrants; and the proven track record of these bodies in misusing and abusing their authority. More exactly, the media have demonstrated a near total abrogation of their responsibilities to the British public in holding the Cameron regime to account, on this and many other issues. The notion that the people can rely on the mainstream media to inform, advise and protect their interests is as perverse as entrusting the safety and security of the henhouse to a fox.

Be that as it may, there are even more insidious clauses in Para's 22, 98 & 158 (Pages 29, 87 & 135 respectively) called:

22/98/158 Approval of warrants issued in urgent cases

The nature of this clause is to give a person who has the authority to request a warrant up to three working days, after they have initiated a process authorised by Bill 143, to seek the approval of a Judicial Commissioner. Judicial Commissioner's are entrusted to oversee the process and authorise an interception warrant as required, if the appropriate criteria is met.

In essence, the Snoopers' Charter gives a person, who has the authority to issue a warrant, to snoop directly, or indirectly, i.e. to use incidental or secondary data acquisition, on a target and then justify their activities retrospectively to a Judicial Commissioner. The possibilities for the abuse of this retrospective authority are endless: a resident in dispute with their local authority, a patient in dispute with their local health authority or a parent in dispute with their local education authority. While these issues are by no means trivial, there is also the more worrying possibility that it could be used for the political disenfranchisement of politically engaged people who hold dissenting views of current politicians or to actively undermine the social cohesion and democratic rights of the people to justify the implementation of draconian security measures. It is already common knowledge that this level of control and manipulation is being carried out by the UK's security services who have their own political agenda in securing ever larger budgets for their own nefarious purposes.

The truth is, the Snoopers Charter, i.e. the Investigatory Powers Bill - Mar 2016, is nothing less than a policy designed to subvert the nations democracy, to erode the freedom of its people to act and react on issues of their choosing within the law and to deny the general public the right of personal and professional development by invading their privacy.

That Cameron's regime is creating a dystopian society in which we are all targets to be controlled and manipulated by a rogue totalitarian dictatorship is no longer in any doubt.

We can only spread our knowledge outwards from individual to individual, generation to generation. In the face of the thought police, there is no other way.
George Orwell