Watching Britain’s top spies today reminded me of how politicians and the security services like to tell us that our intelligence services operate within the law and “if we have done nothing wrong we have nothing to fear”. Recent revelations by Edward Snowden suggest otherwise. GCHQ and the NSA appear to have routinely undermined, if not strictly broken, the laws that are supposed to protect our privacy and have collected information on our electronic communications without warrants or even suspicion that those upon who they are spying may be guilty of any crime.
These clips from Newsnight including an interview with the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald provide some insight into what is really going on.
Pauline Neville-Jones is talking nonsense. She has no idea how technology and encryption works and is claiming to believe that she doesn’t know how many of us are having our electronic data spied upon. As you will see in Part 2 of this series of posts, over half a million warrants for secret surveillance were issued last year with close to that number issued in each of the preceding few years. You have a right to complain, in secret, but most of us never discover that we were spied upon so why would we complain in the first place.
In the meantime don’t worry…….. if you have done nothing wrong you have nothing to fear.
- Greenwald’s Partner in Legal Bid Over UK Detention (abcnews.go.com)