UK police are free to confiscate travellers’ phones

UK Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye said that the revelation comes at a time when people are increasingly worried about privacy.

"These revelations are a further embarrassment for the UK. What with this, GCHQ and TEMPORA it's a wonder that anyone wants to come here at all. Once again we can see mission creep in the name of fighting terrorism. It's not enough for the Met to say that the Terrorism Act 2000 is subject to scrutiny, it's the powers themselves that are too broad," said Kaye.

Monday, 15 July, 2013 - 23:00

MI5 Head Tries To Shut Down PRISM Debate

Wednesday, 9 October, 2013 - 22:00

In his first public speech since taking over as head of the Security Service MI5 in April, Andrew Parker has claimed that public discussion of the reach and limits of GCHQ intercept capabilities hands an advantage to terrorists. While not specifically naming Edward Snowden, it's clear that he was hitting out at stories on PRISM and TEMPORA in the Guardian over recent months.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Techeye: Content industry wants a "music NSA"


The Pirate Party UK's leader, Loz Kaye, has hit back at the British content industry pressuring top ISPs to introduce a database of suspected pirates for copyright breaches.

Speaking with TechEye, Kaye said the industry "seems intent on turning ISPs into the music NSA".

Monday, 2 September, 2013 - 22:00 : PRISM the British Dimension

Loz Kaye, leader of the UK Pirate Party, gives a view from the UK about the NSA PRISM revelations: The cultural sense among ordinary people in the UK actually goes very counter to taking authoritarian steps into people’s privacy, Kaye writes, and the sense that the US is legally ignoring UK liberties is disturbing. It is up to us to keep pressing these questions to make sure we don’t sleepwalk in to a society where all of us are suspicious until proven innocent, he writes.

Monday, 17 June, 2013 - 11:00

Public Service Europe: David Miranda Detention

Does Heathrow Detention Suggest UK Is Becoming A Police State?

The decision to hold the partner of a journalist at a UK airport for nine hours raises profound questions about British commitments to freedom of speech, freedom of movement and the UK's relationship to the rest of the world – warns UK Pirate Party

The detention of The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner David Miranda at Heathrow airport for nearly nine hours under anti-terrorism laws has sent shockwaves through the British media and political life. Miranda had equipment such as his phone and laptop confiscated, was not given an interpreter and was grilled about Edward Snowden - and even protests in Brazil.

Tuesday, 20 August, 2013 - 23:00

Loz Kaye : The David Miranda Detention and the Surveillance State

The detention of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner David Miranda at Heathrow airport for nearly nine hours under anti-terrorism laws has sent shockwaves through the British media and political life. Miranda had equipment such as his phone and laptop confiscated, was not given an interpreter, and was grilled about Snowden and even protests in Brazil.

While some details of the story have been in doubt, such as the extent to which David Miranda had legal support, the basic facts that he was stopped and questioned at length are not in dispute. Keeping someone for nine hours under the Terrorism Act 2000 is highly exceptional. No-one, least of all the police, have suggested that he was planning any kind of act of terror or posed any sort of danger to the UK or anywhere else.

The Metropolitan Police have robustly defended the holding of Mr Miranda as "legally and procedurally sound". Already much time has been spent analysing whether this is in fact the case. But that is to spectacularly miss the point - why was David Miranda stopped in the first place? Clearly his very presence raised a flag. Anyone who is even indirectly involved in the PRISM story is now in the searchlight. This is an attack on the ability of journalists to do their work and the taking of devices such as memory sticks undermines the basic principle of protection of sources.

The Whitehouse has confirmed it received a “heads up” from the British authorities before David Miranda was taken in to custody. While US officials would not be drawn on why he was singled out, this shows he deliberately targeted. Either the UK is indiscriminately enforcing a United States flagging system, or we are operating our own version of the 'no-fly' list. Whichever it is, this raises profound questions to our commitments to freedom of speech, freedom of movement and our relationship to the rest of the world. Understandably, Brazil has been hugely unimpressed by the detention of one of its citizens in this manner and has summoned the British ambassador to explain.

Snowden and Asylum #EuropeFail

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After some days with an increasing number of rebuffs, it is now reported that Edward Snowden is being offered asylum by Venezuela and Nicaragua. It appears that the bizarre incident with Evo Morales' plane may have in fact had precisely the opposite effect to what the US administration was hoping for by provoking Latin American nations.

As I pointed out on Russia Today a few days back, while Europe fails to act, there are no good options for Edward Snowden. I said that I am not a fan of Venezuela, that is because its human rights record and authoritarian tendencies are very far from what the Pirate Party view is. No doubt if Snowden goes there, this will be used to attack him and the whole basis of the NSA revelations. But wherever he ends up, this does not change the importance of the story.  If European nations are not willing to offer him the protection he needs, the fault is ours, not his.

Enter AntiPrism

The uncovering of programmes like PRISM and Tempora, as well as similar projects hinted at in France and elsewhere, shows clearly that far from respecting our independence and privacy many of our governments are complicit in domestic surveillance to an unprecedented scale.

The rhetoric, that our governments are acting because they have to is false. That our politicians have put these programmes in place to protect us from criminals and terrorists is weak at best. The claim that these vast systems are necessary to defend our freedoms is as hypocritical as it is contradictory.

Time For Our Independence Day. Independence From the US.

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The 4th of July is always a little bit odd for us here in the UK. It's usually accompanied with wry jokes about how we should never have let the former colony go. Jokes that mask Britain's enduring inability to see how the world, and our place in it, has changed. What has changed above all is that the balance of power is utterly reversed.

Whether it is on foreign policy or on the domestic surveillance of our citizens, successive UK governments follow America's lead unswervingly. We're not quite Airstrip One yet, but the 4th is no cause for fireworks and parades this side of the pond as far as I'm concerned.