Privacy Campaigners Smeared by ISC

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:

"The selective quoting of Big Brother Watch, Justice and Liberty to make it seem like they are unconcerned about terrorism is disgraceful and irresponsible.

It sends out a chilling message to any civil liberties group trying to engage with the parliamentary process - toe the line or we will smear you at the tax payer's expense.

Let's kill the myth that those of us who care about the right to privacy don't care about security once and for all.

The vast system of surveillance - whatever you want to call it - will eat billions of pounds in resources. And by the ISC's own admission, little of this will contribute to the fight against terrorism.

The ISC has things the wrong way round.

They pretend tracking us all will keep us safe, but it's no guarantee of stopping terrorist incidents. We know this from the death of Lee Rigby. We know this from the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

They are willing to sacrifice the right to privacy on a diffuse uncertainty that something in the vast sea of information might help in an isolated instance."

Friday, 13 March, 2015 - 16:30
Loz Kaye
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