Manchester attack

Mass Surveillance has failed us yet again

 

 

 

Today in Manchester life seems to be going on as normal - well, as normal as it can be with armed officers and army personnel seen in places such as the Arndale Centre and at public transport hubs. This is a result of the despicable acts committed by the Manchester bomber. 

 

Nevertheless, we have these heavily armed officers on the streets not just because there are people who want to destroy our way of life, but also because our police service is stretched very thin by cuts to policing numbers, and by the sheer enormity of trying to trawl through masses of data collected from all corners of the UK and overseas. 

 

 

The Defiant Little Girl

 

The Manchester Arena attack on Monday was a shock to all of us. Never do we think these things can happen to us, yet time and time again we see that they do.

 

I was at home with my wife and son when those dreadful events of Monday evening took place: my son sleeping soundly in his bed, and my wife and I just pottering about the house, when we started to see news of the attack on social media and hear from friends in the area as word of the atrocities began to spread. 

 

Government and Main Parties Point the Finger at Social Media for Terrorist Attack

David Elston's picture

While Manchester still grieves, there are those who have already started using the event to further their own political agenda.

As soon as the election is over, the government will seek to immediately pass new powers allowing the police and MI5 to remove all encryption from services such as WhatsApp and Facebook, despite social media providers' stringent opposition to any action weakening encryption. Further to this, non-partisan professionals such as Open Rights Group (ORG) have also continually raised their opposition to providing a back door to encryption, since it entirely destroys the concept of security.

Despite both campaigners and business professionals warning against it, the government is locked on this dangerous course.

Solidarity, Not Suspicion

Wendy Cockcroft's picture

I live in Salford and work in Manchester. Some of my colleagues are Muslim. This morning some of them turned up late for work because of road closures due to the ongoing investigation into last night's bomb attack at the Arena. They were very quiet today; Azim was preoccupied with trying to keep the department running smoothly while Gaz was speculating about what might have been — he heard the bomb go off and was shaken by the blast as he passed by in a car on his way home from a night out. Later, when they began to talk about it, Azim was saying that as news continues to trickle in we'll all see how we're being affected since everyone knows someone who knows someone who was involved in some way. As Neil Blackburn, Pirate Party UK Manchester Candidate said in our official statement: