This year’s Privacy International survey put Britain bottom of the European
league for surveillance and civil intrusion. In his last column for the Sunday Times, Simon Jenkins urges us all to fight to defend freedom against government encroachment:
Never was the adage of Louis Brandeis, the US justice, more relevant: free men
are naturally alert to the wiles of evil-minded rulers but “the greatest
dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachments by men of zeal,
well-meaning but without understanding”.
Now the government wants to create a giant database that would store the details of every phone call, text message, and webpage visited by everyone in Britain: Big Brother will be watching every move you make.
[Home Secretary Jacqui] Smith parrots the totalitarian’s answer that “the innocent have nothing to
fear”. But they do. They know from experience that government cannot be
trusted with private information. In addition, any errors in that
information are almost impossible to correct.
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