David Cameron told a parliamentary committee that he plans, after the next election, to expand laws to allow the "politically contentious" surveillance of online activity. Essentially this will be another resurrection of the snooper's charter which has been killed twice, in the last two parliaments.
Despite the revelations of Snowden, and recent fears that some of GCHQ's operations may be illegal, Cameron said he has a "sense" that the British people do not care about this issue, and that the only opposition to the ongoing negation of privacy is media-driven.
Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:
"Cameron saying we should accept mass surveillance because he likes crime dramas would be laughable if it weren't so chilling. He needs to learn the difference between fact and fiction. What next? Justifying the badger cull because of the Archers?"
"Anyone who argues that we don't have the capability to target communications clearly hasn't been paying attention over the months of the Snowden revelations. What is going on is an attempt to justify the liberties that have been taken without a democratic mandate."
"To blame the media and campaigners for blowing this out of proportion shows how afraid Cameron is of real debate on this subject. The British public are very worried about this issue and will not let it be brushed under the carpet."