In what is rapidly becoming a totalitarian state, the UK domestic spying network is set to be expanded under new proposals by Intelligence and Security Committee.
We already live in a state where citizen’s communications and movements are spied on by the authorities twenty-four hours a day, and we have seen the powers of UK intelligence agencies significantly expanded in recent times. The government are still planning to introduce the ‘snooper’s charter’ in the near future, which will give even more powers to the state to spy on your every move.
Not content with their extensive legal powers (not that legality has much bearing on what they actually get up to), the Intelligence and Security Committee produced a new proposal on Tuesday for a massive programme install probes on all telecoms networks.
The report does not specify the number of so-called “probes” to be installed across Britain’s telecommunications networks, but says it would be part of a regime stockpiling information on nearly every move Britons make online.
The government says the installation of the probes will be critical in the online fight against terrorism and other crime, and that the content of emails or Skype calls would not necessarily be collected. Instead, they say, the program would keep track of so-called “outside the envelope” information – such as a message’s origin and recipient. An email’s contents would be accessible with a court order, though time and date of sending and receipt would be available with the authorization of a senior law enforcement or intelligence officer.
Which online services the probes would monitor were not identified in the report. However, Facebook, Twitter, Hotmail, and Google Chat are all widely used in the UK and are mentioned in other sections of the report.
The report said the surveillance regime would function on deep packet inspection, a monitoring method that lets an individual who intercepts data to search its contents. Though the project is still in draft form, the committee generally rejected critics’ claims that it would constitute an oppressive domestic spying program, saying that without such new security measures, rapidly developing technologies would soon “have a serious impact on the intelligence and security agencies.”
“Under current European data retention laws, deep packet inspection is not only legal, but also widely used by the private sector,” the report notes. “Whilst legislation is not a perfect solution,” it states elsewhere, “we believe it is the best available option.”
We wonder how much this is going to cost the British taxpayer. You can be sure it won’t be cheap, and it is highly unlikely that the government will ever tell its citizens how much of their hard earned cash is being spent on government paranoia rather than welfare.
Obviously they are more interested in pursuing their police state agenda rather than a humanitarian one.