UK PM David Cameron Urges Investigation Of The Guardian Over Snowden Leaks; There Shall Be No Free Press

Bilderberg David Cameron is only doing what he is told to do.

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years.
It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.

– David Rockefeller, Bilderberg meeting 1991

UK PM David Cameron wanted the Guardian’s Edward Snowden files destroyed or returned (AFP, Aug 22, 2013):

PRIME Minister David Cameron faced calls to address parliament on why Britain’s top civil servant pressured the Guardian newspaper to destroy Edward Snowden’s leaked files.

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A general view of the Guardian Newspaper offices in London, England.

UK Prime Minister Urges Investigation Of The Guardian Over Snowden Leaks; There Shall Be No Free Press (Techdirt, Oct 17, 2013):

While freedom of the press is fairly deeply engrained in the US, that’s not so true elsewhere — and that became abundantly clear with the absurd theatrics of UK officials forcing the Guardian to destroy a computer in the basement for no reason at all. And now UK Prime Minister David Cameron is ratcheting things up, urging Parliament to investigate The Guardian to see if it broke any laws:

David Cameron has encouraged a Commons select committee to investigate whether the Guardian has broken the law or damaged national security by publishing secrets leaked by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

He made his proposal in response to a question from former defence secretary Liam Fox, saying the Guardian had been guilty of double standards for exposing the scandal of phone hacking by newspapers and yet had gone on to publish secrets from the NSA taken by Snowden.

I’ve read that statement over and over and over again, and I still don’t see what the double standard is. Both involve reporting on things of public interest, which, last I checked, is exactly what news organizations are supposed to do.

Then it gets even more bizarre, with Cameron arguing that the above-mentioned computer destruction somehow “proves” that the news organization knew it was breaking the law.

Speaking at prime minister’s questions on Wednesday, Cameron said: “The plain fact is that what has happened has damaged national security and in many ways the Guardian themselves admitted that when they agreed, when asked politely by my national security adviser and cabinet secretary to destroy the files they had, they went ahead and destroyed those files.

“So they know that what they’re dealing with is dangerous for national security. I think it’s up to select committees in this house if they want to examine this issue and make further recommendations.”

That’s a plainly ludicrous interpretation of what happened. First, it wasn’t a “polite” request, but there was a very clear implied threat to the Guardian if it didn’t comply. Second, using oppressive censorship on the one hand to argue in support of further oppressive censorship on the other hand isn’t exactly a winning argument.

In the end, what Cameron is doing is making it clear that the UK can have no free press. It can only have stenographers. When the government threatens to have you investigated for reporting on the excesses of government, you’ve created massive chilling effects, and guaranteed much greater corruption and abuse, as you’ve wiped out a key factor in keeping those things in check. Cameron’s statements reflect poorly on the wider UK and its supposed belief in free speech and a free press.

1 thought on “UK PM David Cameron Urges Investigation Of The Guardian Over Snowden Leaks; There Shall Be No Free Press”

  1. Fortunately for the world, the UK still has a free press, and a far better government system than a republic. They have a parliamentary system which allows each group a voice in government, and it is pretty simple to throw a bad apple out of power. David Cameron is greatly disliked, and the people are not behind him at all, they see him as a lapdog of the US.
    I wish we had a similar government model here, republics are too easily hijacked, as was the US and Ancient Rome. We have two corrupt parties (instead of the 4 we had before WW2) and are given dreadful candidates for office.
    Obama won because the other guy was worse, not because of any great love for Obama. This is no way to run a government.
    The Green Party, a real established political party for many years had a candidate for President in 2012. Her name was Jill Stein. When she had the audacity to show up at one of the fake presidential debates, she was arrested. It was not given any press, and the Americans who did know shrugged it off, the apathy is stupendous.
    That is not how an open, free society operates.


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