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  • Government Discussion Document Ahead of Proposed Counter Terror Bill 2007

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    by Richard

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    Is this faith based polic...
    by Richard

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    by Richard

  • Enhanced sentences

  • Control Orders

  • Data sharing powers for the intelligence agencies (including CT DNA database on a Statutory Footing)

  • Police powers to hold passports and travel documents at ports
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    by Richard

  • Seizure of Terrorist Assets

  • Increased security at Key Gas Sites

  • Intercept as Evidence

  • Stop and Question



    UK Legislation

    The United Kingdom suffers from tens of thousands of pages of complicated criminal laws, and thousands of new, often unenforceable criminal offences, which have been created as a "Pretend to be Seen to Be Doing Something" response to tabloid media hype and hysteria, and political social engineering dogmas. These overbroad, catch-all laws, which remove the scope for any judicial appeals process, have been rubber stamped, often without being read, let alone properly understood, by Members of Parliament.

    The text of many of these Acts of Parliament are now online, but it is still too difficult for most people, including the police and criminal justice system, to work out the cumulative effect of all the amendments, even for the most serious offences involving national security or terrorism or serious crime.

    Many MPs do not seem to bother to even to actually read the details of the legislation which they vote to inflict on us.

    UK Legislation Links

    UK Statute Law Database - is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online, but it is not yet up to date.

    UK Commissioners

    UK Commissioners some of whom are meant to protect your privacy and investigate abuses by the bureaucrats.

    UK Intelligence Agencies

    intelligence_gov_uk_150.gif - Cabinet Office hosted portal website to various UK Intelligence agencies and UK Government intelligence committees and Commissioners etc.

    0800 789 321 free, confidential, Anti-Terrorist Hotline (use 999 or 112 to report immediate threats)
    Anti-terrorism hotline 0800 789 321 free and confidential - use 999 or 112 to report immediate threats.

    MI5 encrypted contact web form use 999 or 112 to report immediate threats
    Encrypted MI5 web response form NuLabour's "Climate of Fear" is not the same as the real fight against terror.

    syf_logo_120.gif Secure Your Ferliliser logo
    Secure Your Fertiliser - advice on ammonium nitrate and urea fertiliser security

    cpni_logo_150.gif Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure
    Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure - "CPNI provides expert advice to the critical national infrastructure on physical, personnel and information security, to protect against terrorism and other threats."

    SIS MI6 careers_logo_sis.gif
    Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) recruitment.

    Government Communications Headquarters GCHQ

    Serious Organised Crime Agency - have cut themselves off from direct contact with the public and businesses - no phone - no email

    Defence Advisory (DA) Notice system - voluntary self censorship by the established UK press and broadcast media regarding defence and intelligence topics via the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee.

    netcu_logo_150.gif National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit
    National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit - keeps a watch on animal extremists, genetically modified crop protesters, peace protesters etc.

    (some people think that the word salad of acronyms means that NETCU is a spoof website)

    Campaign Button Links

    Watching Them, Watching Us, UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign
    UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign

    NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card
    NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card and National Identity Register centralised database.

    asboconcern logo
    ASBO Concern - is a campaigning alliance of organisations and individuals who are concerned about the abuse of NuLabour's Anti Social Behaviour Orders.

    Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial 
Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.
    Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.

    Peaceful resistance to the curtailment of our rights to Free Assem.bly and Free Speech in the SOCPA Designated Area around Parliament Square and beyond

    Parliament Protest blog - resistance to the Designated Area resticting peaceful demonstrations or lobbying in the vicinity of Parliament.

    Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans
    Data Retention is No Solution Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans.

    Save Parliament: Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (and other issues)
    Save Parliament - Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (and other issues)

    Open Rights Group

    renew for freedom - renew your passport in 2006
    Renew For Freedom - renew your Passport in the Summer Autumn of 2006.

    The Big Opt Out Campaign - opt out of having your NHS Care Record medical records and personal details stored insecurely on a massive national centralised database.

    Tor - the onion routing network
    Tor - the onion routing network - "Tor aims to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Communications are bounced around a distributed network of servers called onion routers, protecting you from websites that build profiles of your interests, local eavesdroppers that read your data or learn what sites you visit, and even the onion routers themselves."

    Amnesty International 's campaign

    BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging

    NGO in a box - Security Edition privacy and security software tools

    Home Office Watch blog, "a single repository of all the shambolic errors and mistakes made by the British Home Office compiled from Parliamentary Questions, news reports, and tip-offs by the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs team."

    Reporters Without Borders - Reporters Sans Frontières - campaign for journalists 'and bloggers' freedom in repressive countries and war zones.

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  • June 9, 2007

    Government Discussion Document Ahead of Proposed Counter Terror Bill 2007

    Spy Blog has set up this sub-Blog, to encourage people to analyse and comment on the Labour Government's latest plans for even more repressive "Must Pretend To Be Seen To Be Doing Something" legislation.

    John Reid, who, thankfully, is in his last month as Home Secretary, made an Oral Statement to Parliament on Thursday 8th June 2007:

    Continue reading "Government Discussion Document Ahead of Proposed Counter Terror Bill 2007" »



    1 Today the Home Secretary has announced to Parliament his intention to bring forward a new counter terrorism Bill later this year.

    2 Some of the measures that might be included in a future bill are briefly outlined in this paper. This is the start of a process of consultation with interested parties both inside and outside Parliament. This will include publication of a fuller content paper in the next few weeks, the sharing of draft clauses later in the year and scrutiny by the Home Affairs Select Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights, before any legislation is introduced.

    3 These legal measures are just one part of the Government’s overall counter terrorism strategy. This includes a refocused Home Office with the creation of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism which delivers a new drive, more cohesion and a greater strategic capacity in the fight against terror. By 2008, annual spending on counter-terrorism, intelligence and resilience will reach £2.25bn, which is double what it was prior to September 11. In conjunction with this it is vital that we aim to work with communities to isolate, prevent and defeat violent extremism. Prevention of terrorism must always be the priority and to do this we need the support of communities.

    Pre charge detention

    Pre charge detention

    4 The decision to increase pre charge detention limits from 14 – 28 days has been justified by subsequent events. That means we have been able to bring forward prosecutions that otherwise may not have been possible.

    Since it now seems to have magically disappeared from the official websites, here is a link to our transcript of the Andy Hayman letter and attached "evidence" which attempted to justify the call for 90 days detention without charge last time around

    Asst. Met Commissioner Andy Hayman's letter trying to justify 90 days detention without charge

    See also

    Computer Encryption and Mobile Phone evidence and the alleged justification for 90 days Detention Without Charge - Home Affairs Select Committee Oral Evidence 14th February 2006

    5 We have made it clear that we believe it is right to go beyond 28 days but I want where possible to build broad agreement on the way forward.

    6 I would therefore like to begin discussions now on how we might do this. One way might be to legislate now to extend the current limit but to make it clear that there would be further judicial and Parliamentary oversight. This would continue to include judicial approval every seven days for any requests to hold suspects. But it might also include a detailed annual report to Parliament with an accompanying debate.

    Post charge questioning and notification requirement

    Post charge questioning and notification requirement

    7 At present, after charge, the police can only interview defendants to clarify earlier statements, where public safety is at risk or where, if the defendant agrees, new evidence comes to light. The CPS state that invariably defendants decline to be interviewed. We are considering legislation so that in terrorist cases suspects can be questioned after charge on any aspect of the offence for which they have been charged. Where a subject refuses to answer questions but then later relies on something they had the opportunity to mention previously, for example an alibi, then adverse inferences could be drawn from this where it is reasonable to do so.

    8 In addition we are considering notification requirements similar to those for Sex Offenders once convicted terrorists leave prison.

    Enhanced sentences

    Enhanced sentences

    9 Although nearly all terrorist suspects are arrested under the powers in the Terrorism Act 2000, they are subsequently charged with the most appropriate offence. This may be one of the terrorist specific offences (for example, terrorist finance offences) but it may also be a range of nonterrorist offences such as an offence under the Explosives Act 1875. We would like to ensure that sentences for terrorists who are convicted of non-terrorist specific offences are enhanced to reflect the additional seriousness that terrorist involvement represents. We intend that it would be the courts who would determine whether or not an offence was terrorism related and that the prosecution and defence would both have the right to appeal against such a determination. Enhanced sentencing is recommended by Lord Carlile, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism, in his report on the definition of terrorism published on 15 March.

    See our comments on this report:

    The legal definition of terrorism - disappointing legal review

    Control Orders

    Control Orders

    10 The police have identified some circumstances in which it is necessary for them to have a self-standing power of entry and search of premises to enforce and monitor the control order effectively. This will provide the police with further tools to assist in effectively monitoring the control orders system.

    Data sharing powers for the intelligence agencies (including CT DNA database on a Statutory Footing)

    Data sharing powers for the intelligence agencies (including CT DNA database on a Statutory Footing)

    11 We would like to legislate to provide statutory data sharing powers or the intelligence and security agencies that are similar to those already provided for the Serious and Organised Crime Agency. Sections 32 – 34 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA) gave the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) specific data sharing powers and we would like to provide something similar for the intelligence and security agencies. Specifically, the provisions remove barriers to individuals and organisations sharing with the intelligence and security agencies information that is necessary for the proper discharge of the agencies’ statutory functions.

    Use and disclosure of information

    32 Use of information by SOCA

    33 Disclosure of information by SOCA

    34 Disclosure of information to SOCA

    35 Restrictions on further disclosure

    12 We would also like to put the police’s counter-terrorist data DNA base on a similar statutory footing to the National Police Database.

    13 Neither of these measures will alter the powers of the Police and Security Services to collect material

    Police powers to hold passports and travel documents at ports

    Police powers to hold passports and travel documents at ports

    14 The police have identified a particular gap where an individual stopped at a port is suspected, on the basis of an examination undertaken and/or other intelligence, of wanting to travel abroad for terrorism related purposes. At present no power exists short of arrest and so the police have requested powers to enable the temporary holding of travel documents from such individuals for sufficient, though limited, period to enable further investigations to be undertaken.

    Seizure of Terrorist Assets

    Seizure of Terrorist Assets

    15 The courts can currently seize the assets of someone who has been convicted of a terrorist finance offence. We are considering extending this power to cover all those convicted of a terrorist or terrorist related offence where the court believes that their assets might be used for terrorist purposes

    Increased security at Key Gas Sites

    Increased security at Key Gas Sites

    16 There is an ongoing operational requirement to provide appropriate security measures at key gas supply sites, including the deployment of additional police services, in order to counter the potential risks. We plan to legislate about the arrangements for the funding of increased security at these key sites.

    Intercept as Evidence

    Intercept as Evidence

    17 The Government’s position on intercept as evidence has consistently been that we would only change the law to permit intercept evidence if the necessary safeguards can be put in place to protect sensitive techniques and the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

    18 The right approach is to address this carefully and fully before deciding on whether to use intercept as evidence. That is what we are doing. However we believe that we now need to reach a conclusion on this issue. Therefore, subject to further discussions to agree the structure and timescale, I am today announcing that we will commission a review of intercept as evidence on Privy Counsellor terms.

    Stop and Question

    Stop and Question

    19 Consideration of powers to stop and question, currently available to police in Northern Ireland and suggested for introduction across the UK by the Northern Ireland Office, is at a very early stage and is currently subject to a process of internal government consultation and we will report the outcome of that in due course.



    20 Anyone who is interested in the legislation is encouraged to become involved in this consultation exercise. There are a number of ways to do this. First, we have set up a web page dedicated to the Bill. This can be accessed at This site will contain documents relevant to the Bill and related issues. Any queries or concerns about the Bill, measures for inclusion in the Bill or pre charge detention can email those queries to We would welcome comments on the issues raised in this document and where appropriate will respond to any questions raised.

    About this blog

    This blog is a sub-Blog of Spy Blog, which is intended to provide a forum for bnalysis and discussion of the latest controversial Counter Terrorism Bill 2007 legislation being proposed by the repressive and unpopular Labour Government and its securocrat apparatchiki and commercial vested interests.


    Please feel free to email your views about this blog, or news about the issues it tries to comment on.


    Our PGP public encryption key is available for those correspondents who wish to send us news or information in confidence, and also for those of you who value your privacy, even if you have got nothing to hide.

    You can download a free copy of the PGP encryption software from pgp-now.gif

    We look forward to the day when UK Government Legislation, Press Releases and Emails etc. are Digitally Signed under the HMG PKI Root Certificate hierarchy so that we can be assured that they are not fakes. Trusting that the digitally signed content makes any sense, is another matter entirely.

    Hints and Tips for Whistleblowers

    Please take the appropriate precautions if you are planning to blow the whistle on shadowy and powerful people in Government or commerce, and their dubious policies. The mainstream media and bloggers also need to take simple precautions to help preserve the anonymity of their sources e.g. see our hints and tips for whistleblowers

    BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging

    Digital Security & Privacy for Human Rights Defenders manual.


    Watching Them, Watching Us
    London 2600

    Our UK Freedom of Information Act request tracking blog - ethical and technical discussion about the project for anonymous mass leaking of documents etc.

    Privacy & Security

    Privacy International
    Privacy and Human Rights Survey 2004

    Cryptome - censored or leaked government documents etc.

    Identity Project report by the London School of Economics
    Surveillance & Society the fully peer-reviewed transdisciplinary online surveillance studies journal

    Statewatch - monitoring the state and civil liberties in the European Union

    The Policy Laundering Project - attempts by Governments to pretend their repressive surveillance systems, have to be introduced to comply with international agreements, which they themselves have pushed for in the first place

    International Campaign Against Mass Surveillance

    ARCH Action Rights for Children in Education - worried about the planned Children's Bill Database, Connexions Card, fingerprinting of children, CCTV spy cameras in schools etc.

    Foundation for Information Policy Research
    UK Crypto - UK Cryptography Policy Discussion Group email list

    Technical Advisory Board on internet and telecomms interception under RIPA

    European Digital Rights

    Open Rights Group - a UK version of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a clearinghouse to raise digital rights and civil liberties issues with the media and to influence Governments.

    Digital Rights Ireland - legal case against mandatory EU Comms Data Retention etc.

    Blindside - "What’s going to go wrong in our e-enabled world? " blog and wiki and Quarterly Report will supposedly be read by the Cabinet Office Central Sponsor for Information Assurance. Whether the rest of the Government bureaucracy and the Politicians actually listen to the CSIA, is another matter.

    Biometrics in schools - 'A concerned parent who doesn't want her children to live in "1984" type society.'

    Human Rights

    Liberty Human Rights campaigners

    British Institute of Human Rights
    Amnesty International

    Prevent Genocide International

    asboconcern - campaign for reform of Anti-Social Behavior Orders

    Front Line Defenders - Irish charity - Defenders of Human Rights Defenders

    UK Government

    UK Government Home Office - "Not fit for purpose. It is inadequate in terms of its scope, it is inadequate in terms of its information technology, leadership, management systems and processes" - Home Secretary John Reid. 23rd May 2006. Not quite the fount of all evil legislation in the UK, but close.

    No. 10 Downing Street Prime Minister's Official Spindoctors

    Public Bills before Parliament

    United Kingdom Parliament
    Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons.

    House of Commons "Question Book"

    UK Statute Law Database - is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online, but it is not yet up to date.

    FaxYourMP - identify and then fax your Member of Parliament
    WriteToThem - identify and then contact your Local Councillors, members of devolved assemblies, Member of Parliament, Members of the European Parliament etc.
    They Work For You - House of Commons Hansard made more accessible ? UK Members of the European Parliament

    Read The Bills Act - USA proposal to force politicians to actually read the legislation that they are voting for, something which is badly needed in the UK Parliament.

    Bichard Inquiry delving into criminal records and "soft intelligence" policies highlighted by the Soham murders.

    ACPO - Association of Chief Police Officers - England, Wales and Northern Ireland
    ACPOS Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland

    Parliamentary Opposition

    Home Office Watch blog, "a single repository of all the shambolic errors and mistakes made by the British Home Office compiled from Parliamentary Questions, news reports, and tip-offs by the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs team."

    Online Media

    Boing Boing

    Need To Know

    The Register

    NewsNow Encryption and Security aggregate news feed
    KableNet - UK Government IT project news - UK eGovernment and public sector IT news
    eGov Monitor

    Ideal Government - debate about UK eGovernment

    NIR and ID Cards

    Stand - email and fax campaign on ID Cards etc.

    NO2ID - opposition to the Home Office's Compulsory Biometric ID Card
    NO2ID bulletin board discussion forum

    Home Office Identity Cards website
    No compulsory national Identity Cards (ID Cards) BBC iCan campaign site
    UK ID Cards blog
    NO2ID press clippings blog
    CASNIC - Campaign to STOP the National Identity Card.
    Defy-ID active meetings and protests in Glasgow - New Alliance's ID Cards page - total rejection of any UK ID Card

    International Civil Aviation Organisation - Machine Readable Travel Documents standards for Biometric Passports etc.
    Anti National ID Japan - controversial and insecure Jukinet National ID registry in Japan
    UK Biometrics Working Group run by CESG/GCHQ experts etc. the UK Government on Biometrics issues feasability
    Citizen Information Project feasability study population register plans by the Treasury and Office of National Statistics - comments and links to each paragraph of the Home Office's "Strategic Action Plan for the National Identity Scheme".

    De-Materialised ID - "The voluntary alternative to material ID cards, A Proposal by David Moss of Business Consultancy Services Ltd (BCSL)" - well researched analysis of the current Home Office scheme, and a potentially viable alternative.

    Surveillance Infrastructures

    National Roads Telecommunications Services project - infrastruture for various mass surveillance systems, CCTV, ANPR, PMMR imaging etc.

    CameraWatch - independent UK CCTV industry lobby group - like us, they also want more regulation of CCTV surveillance systems.

    RFID Links

    RFID tag privacy concerns - our own original article updated with photos

    NoTags - campaign against individual item RFID tags
    Position Statement on the Use of RFID on Consumer Products has been endorsed by a large number of privacy and human rights organisations.
    RFID Privacy Happenings at MIT
    Surpriv: RFID Surveillance and Privacy
    RFID Scanner blog
    RFID Gazette
    The Sorting Door Project blog - where we sometimes crosspost RFID articles

    Genetic Links

    DNA Profiles - analysis by Paul Nutteing
    GeneWatch UK monitors genetic privacy and other issues
    Postnote February 2006 Number 258 - National DNA Database (.pdf) - Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

    The National DNA Database Annual Report 2004/5 (.pdf) - published by the NDNAD Board and ACPO.

    Miscellanous Links

    Michael Field - Pacific Island news - no longer a paradise - John Gilmore versus USA internal flight passports and passenger profiling etc.

    The BUPA Seven - whistleblowers badly let down by the system.

    Tax Credit Overpayment - the near suicidal despair inflicted on poor, vulnerable people by Chancellor Gordon Brown's disasterous Inland Revenue IT system.

    Fassit UK - resources and help for those abused by the Social Services Childrens Care bureaucracy

    Former Spies

    MI6 v Tomlinson - Richard Tomlinson - still being harassed by his former employer MI6

    Martin Ingram, Welcome To The Dark Side - former British Army Intelligence operative in Northern Ireland.

    Operation Billiards - Mitrokhin or Oshchenko ? Michael John Smith - seeking to overturn his Official Secrets Act conviction in the GEC case.

    The Dirty Secrets of MI5 & MI6 - Tony Holland, Michael John Smith and John Symond - stories and chronologies.

    Naked Spygirl - Olivia Frank

    Blog Links blog - Comments on IT security and Privacy or the lack thereof.
    Rat's Blog -The Reverend Rat writes about London street life and technology
    Duncan Drury - wired adventures in Tanzania & London
    Dr. K's blog - Hacker, Author, Musician, Philosopher

    David Mery - falsely arrested on the London Tube - you could be next.

    James Hammerton
    White Rose - a thorn in the side of Big Brother
    Big Blunkett
    Into The Machine - formerly "David Blunkett is an Arse" by Charlie Williams and Scribe
    infinite ideas machine - Phil Booth
    Louise Ferguson - City of Bits
    Chris Lightfoot
    Oblomovka - Danny O'Brien

    Liberty Central

    dropsafe - Alec Muffett
    The Identity Corner - Stefan Brands
    Kim Cameron - Microsoft's Identity Architect
    Schneier on Security - Bruce Schneier
    Politics of Privacy Blog - Andreas Busch
    solarider blog

    Richard Allan - former Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam
    Boris Johnson Conservative MP for Henley
    Craig Murray - former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan, "outsourced torture" whistleblower

    Howard Rheingold - SmartMobs
    Global Guerrillas - John Robb
    Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends

    Vmyths - debunking computer security hype

    Nick Leaton - Random Ramblings
    The Periscope - Companion weblog to journalist network.
    The Practical Nomad Blog Edward Hasbrouck on Privacy and Travel
    Policeman's Blog
    World Weary Detective

    Martin Stabe
    B2fxxx - Ray Corrigan
    Matt Sellers
    Grits for Breakfast - Scott Henson in Texas
    The Green Ribbon - Tom Griffin
    Guido Fawkes blog - Parliamentary plots, rumours and conspiracy.
    The Last Ditch - Tom Paine
    The (e)State of Tim - Tim Hicks
    Ilkley Against CCTV
    Tim Worstall
    Bill's Comment Page - Bill Cameron
    The Society of Qualified Archivists
    The Streeb-Greebling Diaries - Bob Mottram
    Your Right To Know - Heather Brooke
    Talk Politics - Unity

    Ministry of Truth _ Unity's V for Vendetta styled blog.

    Bloggerheads - Tim Ireland

    W. David Stephenson blogs on homeland security et al.
    EUrophobia - Nosemonkey

    Blogzilla - Ian Brown

    BlairWatch - Chronicling the demise of the New Labour Project

    dreamfish - Robert Longstaff

    Informaticopia - Rod Ward


    The Musings of Harry

    Chicken Yoghurt - Justin McKeating

    The Red Tape Chronicles - Bob Sullivan MSNBC

    Campaign Against the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

    Stop the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

    Rob Wilton's esoterica

    panGloss - Innovation, Technology and the Law

    Arch Rights - Action on Rights for Children blog

    Database Masterclass - frequently asked questions and answers about the several centralised national databases of children in the UK.


    Moving On

    Steve Moxon blog - former Home Office whistleblower and author.

    Al-Muhajabah's Sundries - anglophile blog

    Architectures of Control in Design - Dan Lockton

    rabenhorst - Kai Billen (mostly in German)

    Nearly Perfect Privacy - Tiffany and Morpheus

    Iain Dale's Diary - a popular Conservative political blog

    Brit Watch - Public Surveillance in the UK - Web - Email - Databases - CCTV - Telephony - RFID - Banking - DNA

    BLOGDIAL - smart mobile phone forensics, information security, computer security and digital forensics by a couple of Australian researchers

    Ralph Bendrath

    Financial Cryptography - Ian Grigg et al.

    UK Liberty - A blog on issues relating to liberty in the UK

    Big Brother State - "a small act of resistance" to the "sustained and systematic attack on our personal freedom, privacy and legal system"

    HosReport - "Crisis. Conspiraciones. Enigmas. Conflictos. Espionaje." - Carlos Eduardo Hos (in Spanish)

    "Give 'em hell Pike!" - Frank Fisher

    Corruption-free Anguilla - Good Governance and Corruption in Public Office Issues in the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla in the West Indies - Don Mitchell CBE QC

    geeklawyer - intellectual property, civil liberties and the legal system

    PJC Journal - I am not a number, I am a free Man - The Prisoner

    Charlie's Diary - Charlie Stross

    The Caucus House - blog of the Chicago International Model United Nations

    Famous for 15 Megapixels

    Postman Patel

    The 4th Bomb: Tavistock Sq Daniel's 7:7 Revelations - Daniel Obachike

    OurKingdom - part of OpenDemocracy - " will discuss Britain’s nations, institutions, constitution, administration, liberties, justice, peoples and media and their principles, identity and character"

    Other Links

    Spam Huntress - The Norwegian Spam Huntress - Ann Elisabeth

    Fuel Crisis Blog - Petrol over £1 per litre ! Protest !
    Mayor of London Blog
    London Olympics 2012 - NO !!!!

    Cool Britannia

    Identity Cards Bill clause by clause analysis and comments


    Free Gary McKinnon - UK citizen facing extradition to the USA for "hacking" over 90 US Military computer systems.

    Parliament Protest - information and discussion on peaceful resistance to the arbitrary curtailment of freedom of assembly and freedom of speech, in the excessive Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 Designated Area around Parliament Square in London.

    RIPA Consultations

    RIPA Part III consultation blog - Government access to Encrypted Information and Encryption Keys.

    RIPA Part I Chapter II consultation blog - Government access and disclosure of Communications Traffic Data