Loz Kaye : Iraq - Repeating Past Mistakes

Before we move forward against ISIL in Iraq, we have to learn from our past mistakes, or we will be doomed to repeat them.

So here we are again. Parliament has voted to back military intervention in Iraq. In fact it is not so much as here we go again, as back to business as usual. Since 1990 we have been militarily involved in the country every year apart from 2012 and 2013. That in itself should give us pause for thought. 

It's certainly the case that the most recent Iraq war has left a deep scar on British politics. Cameron is clearly all too aware of that with his statement that we should not let the mistakes of the past affect decisions about the future. 

But the mistakes of the past are much broader than the "dodgy dossier". What the rise of ISIL shows is that the implementation of our entire defence strategy has been mistaken. The stated aims have been to tackle instability, identify security risks, to exploit influence to manage risks, to help resolve conflicts and strengthen international norms.

Does giving ISIL what it wants with a scrap in their own back yard achieve any of this? Plainly, no. US and UK strikes pave the way to further undermining the territorial integrity of Iraq, the precise opposite of the motion agreed.

Allegations Rock Web Filtering Policy

Tuesday, 4 March, 2014 - 13:00

Downing Street has said, that one of David Cameron's aides has been arrested on suspicion of an offence "relating to child abuse imagery".

As deputy head of the policy unit, Patrick Rock was one of a number of officials who had been working on Internet policy in the wake of tabloid pressure on abuse imagery. The Prime Minister had been due to make him a peer "in recognition of his long service and the trust that he puts in his judgement".

The fight against the surveillance state has only just begun

The truth is that Labour and Conservatives have colluded over subsequent governments to dramatically expand the extent of the surveillance state in Britain – writes Loz Kaye

We are often told that the British public at large does not really care about the issue of mass surveillance. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he does not “think that Snowden has had an enormous public impact”. Certainly, the United Kingdom has not seen huge public demos or the kind of intense pressure on our politicians that has been seen in the United States and in Germany.

Thursday, 13 February, 2014 (All day)

David Cameron takes snooping lessons from the telly

THE UK PRIME MINISTER reckons that watching telly has told him a lot of what he knows and thinks is right about government surveillance of mobile communications and internet data traffic.

Loz Kaye, the leader of the UK Pirate Party, was unimpressed with this, and suggested that there is an attention gap somewhere.

"Anyone who argues that we don't have the capability to target communications clearly hasn't been paying attention over the months of the Snowden revelations. What is going on is an attempt to justify the liberties that have been taken without a democratic mandate," he said.

Friday, 31 January, 2014 - 23:00

Surveillance: Cameron Can't Tell Fact From Fiction

Friday, 31 January, 2014 - 13:15

David Cameron told a parliamentary committee that he plans, after the next election, to expand laws to allow the "politically contentious" surveillance of online activity. Essentially this will be another resurrection of the snooper's charter which has been killed twice, in the last two parliaments.

Despite the revelations of Snowden, and recent fears that some of GCHQ's operations may be illegal, Cameron said he has a "sense" that the British people do not care about this issue, and that the only opposition to the ongoing negation of privacy is media-driven.

Bit Tech: Cameron to announce block-by-default web filters

The Prime Minister David Cameron is due to make a speech to a child protection charity today which pledges government support for mandatory pornography filtering on UK internet connections - a move which has privacy and anti-censorship activists concerned.

Loz Kaye, leader of the UK Pirate Party, told us: "With search engine blocks and web filters, there is no foolproof 100% block solution. It will always be too much or not enough. This is utterly technologically illiterate. It can not possibly work in the way that Cameron and the Labour Party press office wants."

Monday, 22 July, 2013 - 21:00

Web blocking. The Collateral Damage.

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The last time I was in the (now closed) Ancoats walk in health centre I noticed something pretty sobering. A poster with information about help for victims of domestic abuse with tear off slips with contact details at the bottom.

Half of the strips were torn off.

Each torn strip represents a moment of someone seeking vital information to get help. It's that act of courage to seek information that has now become collateral in Cameron's web block firewall.

Digital Economy Act By The Back Door

Monday, 2 September, 2013 - 15:45

Internet Service Providers are being asked to create a database of customers suspected of downloading music, films and books without a license. Those identified on the database could then be disconnected or face legal action.

Measures to combat digital piracy will also be discussed at a Downing Street breakfast on 12 September to which record-label bosses and the music industry lobby, have been invited.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Cameron's Web Filter Panic

Monday, 22 July, 2013 - 13:30

David Cameron is announcing every household in the UK is to have 'offensive material' blocked by their internet provider unless they choose to receive it. Customers who set up new broadband accounts or switch providers would have to actively disable filters by the end of this year. Existing Internet users will be contacted by their internet providers and told they must decide whether to activate filters to prevent them accessing certain sites.

The Pirate Party remains opposed to imposing web filters.

Loz Kaye Pirate Party UK Leader said:

Open Letter to PM - Cameron's Internet Crusade

Wednesday, 24 July, 2013 - 15:00

Loz Kaye, the leader of Pirate Party UK, has written to David Cameron on behalf of the party asking him to reconsider requiring UK ISPs to enable filters on by default on UK internet connections. In the open letter, issued on Tuesday the 23rd July, the party points out that this move is a reversal of previous policy that was articulated as a result of a public consultation.


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