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The UK is about to become one of the world's foremost surveillance states, allowing its police and intelligence agencies to spy on its own people to a degree that is unprecedented for a democracy. The UN's privacy chief has called the situation "worse than scary." Edward Snowden says it’s simply "the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy."

The legislation in question is called the Investigatory Powers Bill. It's been cleared by politicians and awaits only the formality of royal assent before it becomes law. The bill will legalize the UK's global surveillance program, which scoops up communications data from around the world, but it will also introduce new domestic powers, including a government database that stores the web history of every citizen in the country. UK spies will be empowered to hack individuals, internet infrastructure, and even whole towns - if the government deems it necessary.

"Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame?"

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The UK is doing the right thing
by rom508 on Thu 24th Nov 2016 09:06 UTC
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There have been terror attacks across Europe where many innocent people died. If government surveillance can prevent such terror attacks, then I have no problems with GCHQ spying on me, I don't use Internet for anything illegal. I couldn't care less about your "democratic rights" if there is a possibility my family members could be blown to shreds by some fanatics.

Just listen to this hippie bullshit:

"And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission"

I very much doubt that surveillance will diminish your freedom, unless you get caught doing something illegal - selling drugs, committing fraud, or planning acts of terrorism.

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