The UK government’s proposed surveillance legislation is “worse than scary”, the United Nations privacy chief has said.
Joseph Cannataci, the UN’s special rapporteur on privacy, attacked the government’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill, saying he had never seen evidence that mass surveillance works. He also accused MPs of leading an “absolute offensive” and an “orchestrated” media campaign to distort the debate and take hold of new powers.
The comments came during a live streamed keynote presentation at the Internet Governance Forum in Brazil, where leading experts from around the world have gathered to discuss the future of the internet and web policy.
Just when Prime Minister David Cameron thought the laughter and ridicule of the #PigGate scandal had smoldered out, the people of Lewes decided to mark Guy Fawkes night by burning an effigy of the Tory leader – naked with a pig’s head in his lap.
The Sussex town is famous for making its Bonfire Night festivities go with a bang, and hasn’t disappointed this November 5.
— Matty (@MattyJam92) November 5, 2015
Twitter user @MattyJam92 spotted this year’s Guy, which is traditionally burned atop a bonfire, being towed into place Thursday morning. Unlike the more common effigies of Guy Fawkes, the English Catholic who attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605, Lewes burned a compromising incarnation of the prime minister.
The #PigGate scandal, which stemmed from a startling claim that Cameron put “a private part of his anatomy” into a dead pig’s mouth at a student initiation ceremony while a student at Oxford, led to an endless barrage of jokes and mockery. The PM has denied the claim, made in an unauthorized biography of Cameron by former Tory party donor Lord Ashcroft.
In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations detailing pervasive secretive and unconstitutional government spying, many tech companies have taken steps to secure users privacy via end-to-end encryption.
Of all the world’s “leaders,” one person has stood out from the crowd by consistently advocating the most destructive, ignorant and authoritarian solutions. That man is UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
I’ve highlighted this fact time and time again here at Liberty Blitzkrieg. Here are a few examples in case you need some context:
While increasing cries from the West demand an end to all association with Saudi Arabia, the U.K. government described lucrative public contracts with the notorious human rights abuser as a “priority market.”
Government departments have been actively — even aggressively — steering U.K. businesses into bidding for contracts with the Saudis in the health, justice, defense, and security sectors, according to documents seen by the Observer.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron reflects the serious problem we have with politicians. Politicians have zero respect for our human rights for they only think about how they are going to raid our wealth to pay for their families and retirements at our expense. Cameron actually asked, “In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication we [the government] cannot read? My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not’.”
These people are highly dangerous. They only see government as the solution and do not grasp that we have rights. Government wants to eliminate all encryption because they are hunting money. You have a 1000 times greater chance of dying in a car crash than by a terrorist. They use terrorism as the great excuse to collect everything we do.
You know things are not well in the world when you hear claims that the Prime Minister of Great Britain had sex with a dead pig’s head and you barely flinch. That’s because sexual relations with farm animal carcasses simply pales in comparison to the man’s disastrous, authoritarian political positions.
In his latest act of verbal diarrhea, David Cameron has gone on the offensive…against Twitter. Little did he know it, but he’s actually quite late in his perceived “insight” into those who use the social media platform. For instance, it was over two years ago when Saudi authorities made their position quite clear. Here’s a excerpt from the post, Saudi Religious Police Chief Goes on the Attack…Against Twitter:
While the US has certainly made some epic strategic blunders in Syria that raise serious questions about just how “intelligent” US intelligence actually is, there’s little doubt that if one were to look behind all of the media parroting, the Pentagon and Langley understand all too well what’s going on in the Middle East.
That is, the significance of the Russia-Iran “nexus” in Syria isn’t lost on anyone in the US military and you can bet there have been quite a few high level discussions over the past 72 hours about the best way to counter Moscow and Tehran’s powerplay before it spills over into Iraq and ends up degrading Washington’s influence in Baghdad.
David Cameron has for the first time publicly denied allegations made in a biography written by the former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft that he was involved in a bizarre university club ritual with a dead pig’s head.
– David Cameron Accused of Sex Act With a Dead Pig (The Daily Beast)
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Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, right, greets British Prime Minister David Cameron June 10, 2014, during a defense chiefs strategic dialogue with the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and their British counterparts in London. (Wikimedia Commons / Department of Defense / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton)
– ‘A Dangerous International Precedent’: British Government Embraces Killer Drones (Shadow Proof, Sep 8, 2015):
British Prime Minister David Cameron informed Parliament the government had launched a drone strike on August 21, which assassinated three people in Syria alleged to be Islamic State militants, including two British citizens.
The strike against British citizen Reyaad Khan, the “target of the strike,” was committed without approval from Parliament. British citizen Ruhul Amin, who was killed in the strike, was deemed an “associate” worthy of death.