Re: "Anyone" != "Everyone"
re: "there is little evidence, or none, that the data retained has been or is being used to suppress political dissent or create dossiers to identify those citizens (or legal residents) who must be watched for political deviance"
- Spying on environmental protest groups
- Spying on journalists
- Spying on whistleblowers
- Spying on activists (re: domestic terrorism database)
- Secret laws and policies
- Complicity in rendition
You are kidding right?
The UK government is rapidly heading for totalitarianism. The role of the police is to identify dissenters as enemies of the state.