Terrorism

Theresa May uses London Bridge attack to further her autocratic agenda

Monday, 5 June, 2017 (All day)

On Saturday 3rd June an incident took place in which a van travelling at an estimated 50mph along London Bridge collided with pedestrians. Those inside the vehicle subsequently abandoned it and attacked a number of passers-by in nearby Borough Market. Our thoughts go out to all of those affected by this atrocious act.

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

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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

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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:

Amber Rudd will break encryption

Sunday, 26 March, 2017 - 17:45

Today Home Secretary Amber Rudd claimed that end-to-end encryption is "absolutely unacceptable" when referring to how she believed terrorists primarily communicate.

Statement Regarding Today's Suspected Terror Attack

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017 - 22:15

Pirate Party UK statement about today's suspected terror attack in London.

The victims included many people just crossing Westminster bridge at the time of the incident. Some reported French students were included in the injured, along with some Policemen who were just returning from a commendation ceremony. While 2 of the confirmed dead include the assailant and an armed police officer.

The full police statement from Commander Harrington at this time can be found here.

"Terrorist house" boy: Pirate Party calls to scrap Prevent law

Wednesday, 20 January, 2016 - 13:00

The Pirate Party is gravely concerned that a 10-year-old Muslim boy at a primary school in Lancashire was investigated by police on suspicion of terrorism for making a simple spelling error in an essay, and calls for a change in the law.

Mark Chapman, Pirate Party justice spokesperson, said:

Privacy Campaigners Smeared by ISC

Friday, 13 March, 2015 - 16:30

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:

High Court Dismisses Miranda Claim

Wednesday, 19 February, 2014 - 10:00

The High Court has dismissed the claim by David Miranda that his nine hour detention at Heathrow under anti-terror laws was unlawful.

The judges concluded that Miranda’s detention at Heathrow under the Terrorism Act was lawful, proportionate and did not breach the European human rights protections of freedom of expression.

They accepted that the detention of Miranda and the seizure of computer material was “an indirect interference with press freedom” but that it was justified by legitimate and “very pressing” interests of national security.

More Democracy: Learning From Norway's Response to Terror

Loz Kaye comments on the context of the Anders Breivik attacks.

Right from the outset, the reaction from Norway has set the tragic events in a wider perspective. The Justice Minister noted how the attack was against one of the best expressions of democracy, young people meeting together to discuss politics and be active. In Scandinavia many have felt it was an assault on the kind of open society that people see as fundamental to their way of life. They pride themselves that their politicians and public figures are accessible.

The Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's response has been very clear- the answer to violence must be more democracy, more openness, more participation in society. On the national broadcaster NRK various commentators expressed a fear that increased security would also lead to the shutting off of the political class from ordinary people.

Monday, 25 July, 2011 - 01:00

UK government Prevent strategy will block web sites

"Internet filtering across the public estate is essential. We want to ensure that users in schools, libraries, colleges and Immigration Removal Centres are unable to access unlawful material. We will continue to work closely with [the] filtering industry," Prevent the report states.

Loz Kaye, leader of the Party in the UK added his own thoughts to the mix in a short conversation with the INQUIRER. He said that the Party was concerned about the report, and added, "With its public Internet filtering the Coalition's Prevent strategy undermines the freedoms it purports to protect." 

Thursday, 9 June, 2011 (All day)

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