New CIA director pledges crackdown on whistleblowers

Monday, 30 January, 2017 - 15:00

Mike Pompeo, the newly-confirmed director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency, has pledged to "aggressively seek to ensure we have the most effective programs for identifying insider threats" in a chilling statement of intent to US senators.

Pompeo's statement is a sign that the new director intends to pursue the same anti-leaks policies that discourage whistleblowing as were enforced by the previous administration under President Obama.

Pirate Party Whistleblowing Spokesperson Rebecca Sentance said:

Loz Kaye : A Question of Surveillance , Trust and Democracy

We are facing crunch time on mass surveillance. For years the Snoopers' Charter agenda has been pushed by politicians of various stripes, first as the Intercept Modernisation programme, then the Communications Data Bill. Now we are facing it again with a proposed Investigatory Powers Bill. However this time it has been set as a key priority by a majority Tory government cocky from an unexpected election victory. We have just months to head off a major defeat under very difficult political conditions.

Even so, all the expert advice on surveillance is pointing in the opposite direction at the moment. Court rulings have found both operation and legislation itself unlawful. Reports commissioned by parliament and the man formerly known as Deputy Prime Minister are calling for a root and branch reform of intercept legislation to properly balance privacy and security.

Privacy Campaigners Smeared by ISC

Friday, 13 March, 2015 - 16:30

In a recent report by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), MPs singled out privacy campaigners by selectively quoting evidence that seemingly implies an indifference toward terrorism.

The inquiry was tasked to investigate the impact intrusive surveillance activities has on privacy. It was sparked after whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed US and UK mass surveillance programmes and detailed extensive internet and phone surveillance.

Pirate Party Leader, Loz Kaye said:

Surveillance Stitch Up to be Rushed Through

Thursday, 10 July, 2014 - 10:15

Legislation described as "emergency" will be brought in next week to force phone and internet companies to keep records of phone calls, texts and internet use. The proposals were agreed by all three main parties out of public view in the course of this week.

This follows a recent ruling of the European Court of Justice that such powers entail "a wide ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data".


"My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them." - Edward Snowden

Loz Kaye : LibDems and Labour – Nothing to Offer on Mass Surveillance

There is a set pattern for speeches from mainstream politicians about the Internet. Start off with a few “isn't it amazing what the kids can do nowadays” generalities to show you are vaguely with it. Then do a nod in the direction of the economic benefits technology can bring, to keep business happy. That leaves you clear to get on to the meat of what you really want to talk about – how the Nettywebz are a Pandora's box of terror, abuse, threats to citizen's rights, and moral dissolution.

So it has proved with the much trailed speeches by the Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper and the LibDem Leader Nick Clegg respectively. In particular, Cooper's speech is so packed with web cliches that it is clear that the Labour top remains fundamentally anti-Internet in its outlook. There are too many lazy conflations to mention, Facebook and NHS data are lumped together for example. She refers to the “digital challenges of the last 12 months” regarding mass surveillance. I have no idea what this means specifically, and I suspect whoever wrote it doesn't either.

To cut through the padding, the heart of what they set out to address, was surveillance in the light of the Snowden revelations. I want to focus on the substance – such as it is – of what they said and proposed, rather than how it was sold to the media.

The fact that they are discussing this at all shows that it is beginning to filter through to politicians that they can't ignore the gravity of the serious breaches of trust that have taken place. That's in no small way thanks to all the work of grassroots digital rights and privacy activists over the months. And of course Edward Snowden himself, whatever Cooper might claim to the contrary. To be fair, this is some kind of progress.

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)

The Day We Fight Back - 11th February 2014

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For months now Snowden's revelations have shown the true shocking extent of massive state surveillance. Much of the anger has rightly focused on the United States and the NSA. But as Edward Snowden put it, the UK and GCHQ "has a big dog in this fight" too.

Amongst what we've found out is the mass and indiscriminate collection of email, phone calls, website visits, facebook posts and tweets.  The breaking into, tapping of and collaboration with large corporations such as Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Facebook.

Where there are laws surrounding the collection of these data which would prohibit our security services from collecting them, the collection was deliberately handed off to a foreign power not covered by those laws.

The talks surrounding the delegation of powers to the UK's security services which were abandoned last year were a farce; it was merely an attempt to legalise what was already happening, not a real discussion on the reality of surveillance.

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.


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