Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Britain Needs Something Like the Fouth Amendment

Phones tapped at the rate of 1,000 a day - Telegraph You think 1984 was just a story, do you? It is fast becoming the truth in the UK.

Not happy with having a surveillance camera on every street corner, they are now letting all kinds of government bodies enact spying operations. None of which requires a court order by the way.
Eric Pickles, the Conservative local government spokesman, said the use of surveillance powers against suspected fly-tippers [people dumping trash] was "completely over the top."
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Eric Metcalfe, a barrister who advises Justice, a civil rights group, called the findings "disturbing". He added: "Putting the Home Secretary in charge of authorising interceptions is like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse."
And they still can't put criminals in jail or let people defend themselves.

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