Home Office plans to create 'Big brother' database for phones calls, emails and web use
By Andy Bloxham
Last Updated: 7:07AM BST 20/05/2008
The Home Office will create a database to store the details of every phone call made, every email sent and every web page visited by British citizens in the previous year under plans currently under discussion, it has emerged.
The Government wants to create the system to fight terrorism and crime. The police and security services believe it will make it easier to access important data as communications become more complex.
Telecoms firms and internet service providers (ISPs) have already been approached by the Home Office, which would be given customer records if the plans were realised.
The security services and police would then be able to access records for any individual over the previous 12 months by gaining permission through the courts.
More here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1990999/Home-Office-plans-to-create-'Big-brother'-database-for-phones-calls,-emails-and-web-use.html
Here's my favorite line from the article: "The plans will raise concern from data protection and civil liberty campaigners and fuel objections to the perceived rise of a "Big Brother" state."
That's what every article about the emerging database always says. "Raise concern" is a polite way of saying the people who claim to be concerned will file the appropriate papers and make a lot of noise and then all the genuinely concerned folks think their legitimate concerns are being addressed by professional "campaigners." Here's an article that flat out says the British government is planning on using ALL private correspondence to catch criminals (and don't you know there's a lot more things defined as "crimes" these days, includng things like saying or writing the "wrong" things). But it's only a "perceived rise" of the Big Mother state, so... only paranoids or professional complainers perceive it to be thus?
Now add to this growing database all the other information the government collects in the COMPASS program and the Communitarian Community Census and you've got all the evidence the Sanhedrin Court needs to determine what kind of person you are. Remember NO actual crimes (in the usual sense of the word) have to be committed before Big Mother steps in to save the public from you. The communitarians also intervene and "save" people from themselves who have the "POTENTIAL for crime." I used to call Big Mother a high tech soothsayer. All they need to do now is throw in a little pinch of the global religion to give it that final godly, spiritual touch. Like Veronica Jackson, director of the Department of Neighborhoods NATS (a pilot test for COMPASS datagathering operations in Seattle, WA in 1999) said: "Sacrifices have to made for the good of the community." That phrase just rolled off her lying lips... but she couldn't answer one simple question about where that mindset originated.
What's the odds the author of the UK Telegraph article was trained by Common Purpose?