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The minister responsible for counter-terrorism has said that despite "some very nasty bastards out there who aim to do us harm", government security initiatives have made the UK safer from attacks in recent years. Lord West, the Parliamentary under-secretary for security and counter-terrorism, made the claim in a speech to …

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He thinks?

"I think people who say that have obviously never lived in a police state."

I lived in the Soviet Union which is popularly associated with being a model for a police state.

I have to say the today's Britain is coming quite close. Just put more efforts in some war on terror or on internet nasties, roll out the magic databases and we'll be there soon.

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I only wanna take a picture officer

"some very nasty bastards out there who aim to do us harm"

Well that's enough about the house of commons, what about terrorists?

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Not lived in, no.

But I visited Poland in the early '80s and that was pretty close to one.

To echo the sentiments of Vladimir Plouzhnikov Britain is getting close.

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Subtext:

What he says:

"There is a lot of talk about us being a police state," he said. "I think people who say that have obviously never lived in a police state."

What he means:

"There is a lot of talk about us being a police state, I think people who say that have obviously got no idea what we still have planned to make us even more like East Germany was in the 1980s."

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Police State UK

I have friends who lived in the Eastern Bloc countries during Communist times and every one of them says that the UK is becoming a police state.

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Police State UK

Yugoslav People's militiamen (police) were more easygoing than what I can read about British police lately. From shooting Brasilian electricians to arresting photographers... you're nearly there, Cod.

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wow

Did anyone else read the comment "I think people who say that have obviously never lived in a police state." as "Just you wait, you'll soon know what a Police state really is" ...

or am I being paranoid?

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Strange network security plans

They could educate users about how to pick and remember good passwords (initial letters of a memorable quote / type with hands one key left or right of the home positions). They could explain when an admin needs to know a user's password (never). They could replace the easy target applications (acrobat and MS word). They could disable javascript and flash. After they have done the basics, they can explain why they need to monitor the entire internet for the source of leaked expenses claims.

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His quote in full

"They are very cute, these bastards,..... Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face?"

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1. If terrorist were really trying to disrupt government networks, then those networks would be moved to private connections not exposed to the outside world and not connected to the internet.

2. If they were on private connections, then his desire to monitor general public internet would not arise, because his traffic would be separate and secure. There would be HIS separate and secure communications, and everyone elses p0rn surfing and viagra spam and Lindsy Lohen tweats.

3. He's an asshole. He rants about imagined plots with no real attack scenario, no viable damage and cannot see any tradeoff that doesn't take us neared a police state. You don't want a character from Dr Strangelove in charge of cyber security, you want a sysadmin, who will do the *REAL* things necessary to fix the *REAL* security on a network. And yes, it may even include moving VPNs onto private links, and other stuff like that. But it will not involve any James Bond style plots from imagined master terrorists with new death rays.

Get someone with a grip on the real world in charge of cyber security please. Not some old duffer from the military.

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Ever lived in a police state?

Has the Admiral Lord West of Spithead himself ever "lived in a police state", such that would actually give him some standing to comment on the matter?

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I call bullshit...

I'm calling bullshit on the above commentors. Britain has no equivalent to the Stasi. We do not grab people out of their homes in the middle of the night and lock them away indefinitely. No one in Britain gets locked away for thought crimes, only for things they actually do.

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RE: I call bullshit...

What are you talking about?

If you're arrested under certain anti-terror laws then you don't even get the right to a trial until *they* decide. You don't get to speak to your family either. Sound like the Stasi yet?

What about asylum seekers who have their privacy invaded by pre-dawn raids before being carted off to some detention area. Sound like the Stasi yet?

As for no-one gets locked away for thought-crimes. Well, we do have a one-sided extradition arrangement with the US. If *they* can think of some trumped up charges, you'll be over there and in jail before your feet touch the ground. (Look no further than certain Gitmo inmates or hackers for evidence of this!) Sound like the Stasi yet?

I don't think I need to do much more than mention police brutality...

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Maybe not, but...

Just because it ain't that Stasi, don't be getting any ideas about "freedom," "rights"and "justice" they don't exist. Never have.

If the government, dressed in police uniforms decide that they are going to smash down your door, search through all your possesions, kick the livng daylights out of you, and then get dragged to a police cell where you will be left to rot for a minimum of 24hrs regardless of whether any supporting evidence was found.

You cannot have rights if they can take them away from you.

Clearly you have never been on the shitty end of the stick, but don't worry, keep your blinders on, and it won't be long now.

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Back at you

"No one in Britain gets locked away for thought crimes"

Oh really?

Let's hope nobody ever frames Tom 15 for kiddy-fiddling.

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REmoving my tinfoil hat for a second.

We are moving into a "soft" police state. I doubt (or, at least hope) that states as obviously nasty as those "behind the Iron curtain" won't come to be again. However, there are more ways to change the behaviour of a population than out and out violence and many of these are being adopted against the public in the UK (and other western societies).

One of the oft-used phrases is "Virtual Panopticon" -- which is something that couldn't really be instigated until fairly recently.

If you ignore what you see (perhaps correctly) as paranoia and hyperbole you may find some genuine concerns.

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I see your point...

... and don't entirely agree. You see although we don't haul many people out of their beds in the middle of the night, we have constructed a web of surveilance networks, lawsand police extrapolations thereof that have resulted in perfectly ordinary people having their civil rights impinged upon many times a day for no conceivable benefit.

Got a camera? Be careful where you point it or you'll be jumped by the police. Want to make a speech in public? Be careful where you make it, it might be illegal. Got plans to fly? Then get a password with unneccesary biometrics and walk through this useless new scanner. Driving? I don't know how many automatic numberplate recognition cameras I drive through each week but it its 100 that's 100 too many. Speed cameras - on sections of road it is generally impossible to break the speed limit on under normal conditions (I'm looking at YOU, M25 and YOU, M6). Walking in town? You're being video'd. And, coming soon, the national ID card. All your personal details folded in to one small piece of easily lost plastic. Also coming soon - all your internet traffic logged 'just in case'. DNA database full of people never charged with a crime. Do I have to go on or can I leave the country now?

As individuals we are more closely monitored than ever before, all ostensibly because a tiny minority of a tiny minority might manage to cause some trouble. I'm not belittling the trouble that has been caused in the past by the IRA or other more recent groups of people, but the extreme lengths our government is going to are excessive (depressingly so, when you list them like i have just done).

In information terms we are all living in glass houses, with no curtains, bathing and showering in public and proclaiming our every small private piece of information in ten-foot high flashing neon. Nothing to hide, nothing to fear? Rubbish. Nothing to hide, no reason for every last detail of my life to be on show to the government. You need to wake up and smell your own bullshit.

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Oh, really?

So we don't have detention without trial? Yes we do. (See Terrorism acts 2000, 2006)

So we are all innocent until *proven* guilty? No we are not. (Re: retention of DNA profiles of innocent people)

So we can go about our legal and private business without it being subject to Government and/or police scrutiny? No we cannot. (DNA Database, NIR, CCTV, ANPR, etc)

So we don't torture our citizens? Actually we don't, we just turn a blind eye while other countries do it for us.

No, we probably aren't a fully fledged "Police State", but on a scale of 1 to 100, were 1 is a liberal democracy and 100 is a full Police State, I'd place us at about 75 to 80.

And its getting higher every day.

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We don't need secret police

The police have been given carte blanche to openly operate outside the law. They can and do break up or impede legal protests. They stop people taking photographs in public. They take DNA samples and store them indefinitely, despite it being illegal to do so. What other group of people can flout a law on the grounds that they are waiting for it to be "clarified" when it is already black and white? And why would they drag people out of their homes when they can keep them under indefinite house arrest, without trial or even an indication of what the alleged crimes might be?

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Open your eyes...

You've obviously never been arrested and detained under the terrorism act or subject to a control order. I suggest you do a little bit of simple research before commenting further.

People are treated pretty much EXACTLY as you have described on a regular basis, of course it's OK because currently *most* of the people we treat in this way are either Muslim 'terrorists' or illegal immigrants and their young children...

I have a few articles here which only just begin to scratch the surface of Police State Britain...

http://www.librangelical.co.uk

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Let's analyse

"Britain has no equivalent to the Stasi."

Police, MI5, MI6 - sure they're still some way off the real professionals that you mention, but they're learning. Give them some slack, they'll get there. Arresting journalists for taking photos on the streets is a good start, you must admit. And learning waterboarding from the Americans will help too.

"We do not grab people out of their homes in the middle of the night and lock them away indefinitely."

Yes. Only at dawn and only for 28 days (but we really want 90 days, don't we? Don't worry, keep trying and 90 days will come), but they are all pedofils or terrirists, that is "enemies of the people", so it's OK.

"No one in Britain gets locked away for thought crimes, only for things they actually do."

But if you draw a certain type of image in the privacy of your home, even if it's purely a product of your imagination, you will go to jail. Also if you will be found in possession of a particular type of photograph. Serves you right, dirty bastard (but how easy was it to plant some pictures on that idiot's computer, eh? ?-P )

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Pay attention at the back.

"No one in Britain gets locked away for thought crimes, only for things they actually do"

Erm, young lady arrested for writing Jihad poetry not so long ago, young chap arrested for downloading Jihadi like materials from the 'net despite him being an academic studying them for a thesis, etc, etc.

There are also offences of possessing materials likely to aid terrorism, possessing materials which 'glorify' extremism, and so on.

If those aren't thought crimes, I don't know what is. Besides, being able to arrest anyone, anywhere, for 'suspicion' without ANY evidence whatsoever makes it perfectly possible to arrest people for what amounts to thought crimes.

Then there's FTAC, speak up vociferously enough against a politician, exercise your democratic right to write them hate mail, and soon enough the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre will send some goons around to section you.

Do keep up.

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Re : I call bullshit

That's a record number of down votes I think and deservedly so.

Your rose-tinted view may be exactly how you see it but that's not the reality of how others experience things.

Dictatorships, tyrannies and police states work best with the willing cooperation of the people they oppress, who foolishly cheer it on and are blissfully or stupidly oblivious to what it truly is. It may only be Police State Lite so far and not as bad as the worst examples. Give it time.

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Yep that post was bullshit

Nobody locked away for thought crimes?

Really? Which rock have you been hiding under for the last decade?

Take a look at the "counter terrorism" legislation which allows people to be convicted for posession of material likely to be of use for a terrorist act. We have gone straight past thought crimes and you can now be convicted of a crime you have not even thought of yet because some jack-booted twat from the Police decides that your holiday or photography course photos are of "likely targets" and you are therefore a terrorist.

Muppet.

Oh, and as for "some very nasty bastards" that'll be Cressida Dick and her Met Police Death Squads will it? When you absolutely, definitely need to execute every last plumber in the city accept no substitute.

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"lyrical terrorist"

Oh yes I bet you've forgotten about her. Actually there are plenty of scenarios where people have been arrested and the actual evidence against them was secret.

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No thought crime, really are you quite sure.

Disclaimer: INAL

Some Examples:

Football disorder act 2000

Restriction on travel for people on the basis of wearing the wrong footy shirt and as such being likely to commit an offence.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2000/ukpga_20000025_en_1

Confiscation of asserts without proof said asserts were dishonestly obtained.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2002/ukpga_20020029_en_1

permits removal of British Citizenship, even for people who have been born in the UK, "for the public good", by Order of the Home Secretary

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2006/ukpga_20060013_en_1

Computer Misuse Act 1990 Section 1 unauthorized access.

In summary, despite never attempting access, the intent is suffficent to convict you.

So having a list of ip addresses and a perl script to generate passwords is sufficent to satisfy the offence.

Unauthorised access to computer material

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if—

(a) he causes a computer to perform any function with intent to secure access to any program or data held in any computer;

(b) the access he intends to secure is unauthorised; and

(c) he knows at the time when he causes the computer to perform the function that that is the case.

(2) The intent a person has to have to commit an offence under this section need not be directed at—

(a) any particular program or data;

(b) a program or data of any particular kind; or

(c) a program or data held in any particular computer.

(3) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to both.

Do you get it yet ?

In this country, which I was always so proud to be born in, you can be locked up for offenses beyond your capacity to commit, you freedom of movement restricted and your citizenship revoked.

You can be pinned down on a packed tube train, shot in the head for the crime of being a bit foreign looking (the officer in charge cressdia dick, got promoted :( )

We are not heading to a police state, we live in one, only the general incompetence of the gov'muppets protecting us.

Pull your head out of your backside and take a look around, I don't know how old you are, but the idea of ID cards, being required to register prior to peaceful assembly, DPI on comms traffic, detention without trial, removal of double jeopardy(basically one bite at the cherry, either your guilty or not and thats the end, not keep retrying utill you get the *right verdict*) and removal of citizenship are things that growing up here were unimaginable to me.

My parents moved here in the 70's to escape all that shit, now it's right here and it stinks.

Don't take my word for it, read the legislation in all its Orwellian finery

http://p10.hostingprod.com/@spyblog.org.uk/blog/UK_Legislation_Links.htm

In summary, educate yourself or shut the fuck up.

Troll, because either you really are that stupid or a magnificent troll, for your sake I hope you`re a troll.

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Well yes they are

"Britain has no equivalent to the Stasi."

Yes they do NDET CIU, NETCU, NPOIU to name just the police units. Be careful to have only views in the mainstream:

"NDET = The National Domestic Extremism Team (NDET) is a UK police unit set up to provide a dedicated response to tackling domestic extremism. "

NPOIU = Tracks and monitors anti-state protest groups

NETCU = National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit

CIU = Confidential Intelligence Unit , spies on enemies of the state.

"We do not grab people out of their homes in the middle of the night"

Yes you do.

"and lock them away indefinitely."

Yes you do, even indefinitely, even without trial:

http://www.law.dept.shef.ac.uk/news/?p=490

"No one in Britain gets locked away for thought crimes, only for things they actually do."

I'm sure if they could read thoughts they'd lock you up for those too, however you can be locked away for what somebody IMAGINES you will do based on your mere words. Or if they hypothesize that you COULD have stopped something happening and fail to do so. Or even failing to assist in a fishing expedition against yourself.

There are many many more reasons why the UK has become far worse than Stasi Germany.

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uh ho

http://www.librangelical.co.uk

apears to be a dead link..... let me get the tin foil hat before I go any further

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Bullshit!

"...only for things they actually do."

Yeah! Like taking terr'ist photographs! Or, regular photographs. Oh! And for being too tall! The bastards!

And don't get me started about those damn protesters! Who the hell do they think they are? Who could possibly object to the Ministry of Love's glorious program? Terr'ist sympathizers, that's who! I hope they come and arrest the lot of you!

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Flippin' 'Eck!

I just Googled "Fixated Threat Assessment Centre" - flippin' 'eck!

Now, I wonder what they do about those who develop an apparent fixation with FTAC itself?

Excuse me a moment, there's someone at the door. Some men in white coats...

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Novel plots

"explaining that intelligence on novel plots crossed his desk every day."

Yeah. Novel plots, movie plots, all that type of thing.

"There is a lot of talk about us being a police state," he said. "I think people who say that have obviously never lived in a police state."

Well covered above, but almost all the people I hear say that are in fact Eastern Europeans who used to live in police states. Guess they were the wrong kind of police state ? I mean those police states were the ones who could arrest you without charge, arrest you without telling you what the charges were, hold you on suspicion of arbitrary offences without any actual evidence, place you under house arrest for years, arrest you for having the wrong kind of books on your shelves and placed their entire population under mass surveillance by a combination of electronic interception and encouraging networks of informants to dob you in to the state.

Oh, wait ....

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Living in a Police State?

***"There is a lot of talk about us being a police state," he said. "I think people who say that have obviously never lived in a police state."***

No, I haven't, and I don't want to either.

It isn't just the "Police State" features of communism that New Labour is adopting, either. They are intent on controlling every aspect of our lives, from cradle to grave.

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Yes

Agree. They think we all are their property and they want their property to be accounted for at all times.

People may laugh at the Labour's ineptness, incompetence and inability to properly cover up anything but what is happening is that they lay the foundation and infrastructure that will do enormous damage if somebody more ruthless will come to power - like BNP.

Can you imagine - all the NIR and ContactPoint databases, DNA records, car trackers falling into the hands of an ultra-right or an ultra-left Government?

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And the others...

I don't think it is just Labour. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the two main parties. And the Lib-Dems may not be much better.

I suppose no choice in an election is an easy choice.

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There is definitely the implication there...

...that he thinks we should not worry about this country becoming a police state whilst we're only 80% of the way there. We should wait until we're 100% there, THEN complain. Then we can be quietly 'disappeared' in the middle of the night.

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I second that

1984 was a warning. We may not live in a police state yet (perhaps), but if we see it coming and ignore it, we will.

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Spooky Competition raises the Danegeld Premium

How very odd that Intelligence and GCHQ doesn't class the Labour Party Cabinet as a subversive, destabilising terrorist cell mirroring Al Qaeda for they must surely have all of the necessary communications intercept evidence, for if ever there was a target audience for 24/7/365 monitoring, it is politicians.

And I wish GCHQ CSOC all the luck in the world and look forward to them making a difference and a change, although I don't know of anyone fool enough to put money on them doing anything which will lead anywhere near anyone who knows how to groom them and have them clutching at straws.

Do GCHQ CSOC Offer Covert Lead Mentoring from/for the Virtual Space Playground or are they just a behind the curve reactionary force/fig leaf?

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Land fit for heroes

Just saying.

Those that died for our freedom, and the dwindling number of those who are still alive. would be wondering why they bothered.

Comments above this cover areas far more thoughly then I, and I am reminded of the phrase 'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing', it's particularly ironic that this is being done to protect us.

Oh - and of course:

“Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

from Hermann Goering.

ttfn

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Me too

'"There is a lot of talk about us being a police state," he said. "I think people who say that have obviously never lived in a police state."'

I haven't lived in any of the better-known police states mentioned by others, but how about Argentina (under Peron), 1970s Portugal, and 1970s Tunisia? All "benevolent" dictatorships, in which you could nevertheless easily disappear for something you said.

To be honest, I think the secret police in all three countries would have given their eye teeth for the technology and legal powers the British "security forces" have nowadays.

As for the "bastards", whenever I hear from our political overlords about nasty malicious foreigners who "hate our freedoms", I recall the French proverb:

"Cet animal est tres mechant: Quand on l'attaque, il se defend".

("This animal is very vicious: When you attack it, it defends itself").

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"We are safer"

Well it depends on which you find more offensive:

. 1 in a million chance of being killed by a terrorist

. 1 in 1 chance of being asked for you papers, Tovarisch

. 1 in 10 chance of stripping naked ("Don't worry, it's a machine...") in front of an airport monkey

. 1 in 1 chance of having your every move and action analysed by your government ("I've got nothing to hide")

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"We are safer - not safe"

... of course we're not entirely safe Lord West. Nor are we ever likely to be as long as security theatre keeps you and your mates on the gravy train and outside the surveillance you inflict on the rest of us.

As for "I think people who say that have obviously never lived in a police state" .... well, I just give up - it's all been said often enough above. We ARE approaching police state status, Lord West, and people like you are knowingly and cynically creating it. But then, when did the creators of a police state ever come clean?

One of the problems of a police state is the inevitable reaction. Historically, populations have a habit of reacting violently when they think they have nothing more to lose. This is one of the reasons for more surveillance and data - in police states the real security threat often comes, eventually, from the general population, and it is they who must be controlled from the very outset. Terrorists are not just a (very real) threat - they're a gift to ambitious politicians and bureaucrats.

Those who forget history...

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Who are the terrorists again?

'Safer from terrorism' my arse. The only people who have ever terrified me is my own government.

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correction

Given the tone of the rest of the speach,

"or we end up like them [terrorists]"

should read

or we end up like them [bastards]

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The fundamentalists minister has spoken!

"There is a lot of talk about us being a police state," he said. "I think people who say that have obviously never lived in a police state."

The counter-bastards Minister forgets that while he thinks we, public know as a fact that we all live in a police state country and the bastards in power only create new measures not to counter-terrorists but to terrorise and make our lives in hell.

The terrorist "bastards" have not removed freedoms, those that are continually removing freedoms don't have better words to describe them Minister.

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"Stay a step ahead of terrorists"? WTF? They are not the Russian secret service!

I didn't know terrorists had an R&D program designed to out compete our ever growing Police State. What so we need ever more Police State powers to “stay ahead”. WTF?! Terrorists are low tech not high tech because they don't care if they live or die, so turning themselves into a walking bomb is far easier than setting up a multi-million R&D program to devise some high tech delivery system. So WTF is this staying a step ahead of terrorists about?!

Sounds very much like no matter how much power they have over people he wants more power. Thats just wonderful. Thats how a Police State is created!

By the way, Mr Lord "bastard" West, I've never lived in a police state until the past few years, its why I complain about living in a police state!

Plus if this Lord West is referring to a Police State that kills the occasional person, then I wouldn't even put that past some of our ruling elite. After all, I'm sure the families of Jean Charles de Menezes and even David Kelly would have something to say about deaths caused by our arrogant ruling elite.

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I feel much safer

Moan about a police state all you like, fact is there have been very few terrorbastard-related deaths of recent.

In other news, very few deaths in the UK have occurred from stampeding rhinos or meteor strikes over the last few years as well. I'd like to say a big thank you to the Minister and everyone else working at the Department of Statistically Improbable Ways to Die for protecting us from all three. Giving up our civil liberties is a small price to pay for such protection.

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Really?

"Giving up our civil liberties is a small price to pay for such protection."

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin

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Re: Really?

Yes, I think the post you're responding to was satirical and was making the same point you are.

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So, all ye mongers of Doom, where to? where to then?

I'd be delighted to be informed exactly *where* in the world I could live that isn't akin to a police state?

I'd have to be realistic and narrow this down to a primarily English speaking country, as obviously, I need to work and would prefer to work in my own profession.

Clearly the USA is just as bad as the UK, if not worse. In Australia, it's mandatory to vote - and they are pretty draconian on all sorts of things - just look at their stance on net censorship.

Not sure what NZ is like.

I lived in South Africa for the better part of 20 years - great country, really free - virtually zero surveillance because the government is so ineffectual, however, big issue - Crime with a capital C.

So, all of those doom mongers - who may indeed be spot on - where to? where you going to go?

Far better to try to *change* the place your in - join your local communities, get involved with politics - try to change the system from the ground up.

It's clear that if you fight it head on, it wins, you also need to stay within the law.

You can either sit on your lazy arses and whinge and/or leave the country, or fight.

What's it to be?

Change starts at ground level, it starts with awareness.

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Stasi

Interesting reading, a journalist files freedom of information against the MET to find out whether they've been spying on him, and indeed yes they have. This is the 'overt' surveillance, the public stuff, the 'COVERT' surveillance he can't get access to.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2009/oct/26/police-protest-data-protection

The ACPO units (NDET CIU, NETCU, NPOIU mentioned above ) are exempt from Freedom of Information requests, so he cannot determine whether they have him listed as an enemy of the state, or a person whose viewpoint is too far left wing or right wing. (I'm not making it up, yes there really is a police unit that tracks and monitors people whose views are too far left or right of the government line).

http://www.statewatch.org/news/2009/mar/uk-britains-secretive-police-force.pdf

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Suck it and see said the priest to the choir boy.

" The ACPO units (NDET CIU, NETCU, NPOIU mentioned above ) are exempt from Freedom of Information requests, so he cannot determine whether they have him listed as an enemy of the state, or a person whose viewpoint is too far left wing or right wing. (I'm not making it up, yes there really is a police unit that tracks and monitors people whose views are too far left or right of the government line).

http://www.statewatch.org/news/2009/mar/uk-britains-secretive-police-force.pdf" .... Anonymous Coward Posted Wednesday 10th March 2010 16:01 GMT

AC, That is bound to be a rich vein for advocates specialising in entrapment for of course, it can be very convenient for those with a vested interest in chaos to allow for a plot to mature/develop thus giving them a chance to further terrorise and subjugate the masses with further restrictions and regulations?

And then they wonder why they are losing the battle. And you'd be amazed at what can be done with mice nowadays, which can connect dots and transfer scriptures which collapse critical and strategic SCADA systems from out of nowhere, which is a nice first day thought for the new Cyber Security Operations Centre feeding Lord West his bile.

I wonder if sharing such a thought is thought criminal and a reason for surveillance/monitoring? :-)

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