"close a capability gap"
Oh, what a *lovely* expression! Sounds meaningful, but is actually complete BS.
What is this "gap"? The gap between being able to monitor *some* communications and being able to monitor *all* communications? The one between having the ability to track a few people and all the people?
Or maybe it's the gap between our Civil Liberties and their idea of a Total Surveillance State?
About the only good news is that they've kicked their stupid plans to repeal the Human Rights Act into the long grass because they finally realised they weren't going to be able to rush that one through (but, as this shows, that doesn't mean they won't try to sneak it through in a couple of years...)