Wednesday, June 26, 2013

GCHQ Makes Britain as Popular as the NSA Has Made America - Updated

The tapping of fibre-optic cables by Britain's NSA-analog, GCHQ, has caused justifiable outrage in Germany.  (The Guardian:  Germany blasts Britain over GCHQ's secret cable trawl)

As with the US, they claim to be catching terrorists but who are they, where are they, and what did they do.  Every part of this from Guantanamo forward, is a flagrant violation of every legal principle imaginable.  The NSA and the GCHQ are sharing information so this isn't a case of parallel evolution but rather the Evil Twins creating an Orwellian empire demonstrating the worst of the Emperor's New Clothes.  Obama and Cameron claim to be dressed in such finery from the protection of these insidious services but it means nothing when no-one has any idea what protection has actually been afforded by the NSA and the GCHQ.

There's nothing new on Edward Snowden this morning except that Putin remains emphatic that he is not going to turn him over to the US.  It is one hugely bizarre turn of events when China and Russia stand more for freedom than the US or the UK are willing to do.

Note:  the GCHQ is already classifying political extremists with terrorists and criminals which is exactly what Orwell predicted.  None of the nine thousand being monitored have police records.  You don't even have to ask to know this is happening in the US as well.  (The Guardian:  News UK news Police Police unit monitors 9,000 'extremists')

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