The questions we should be asking of surveillance proposals
Jacqui “Spammer” Smith fessed up yesterday to what we picked up months ago, ie they’re getting on with the evil IMP giant centralised database of all email, text, phone and web traffic despite the fact that Ministers have decided to delay the legislation needed to set it up because they can see they’re on to a Parliamentary loser.
Instead they’re doing the “phoney figleaf” consultation route. This will be based on familiar questions like
Do you think our loyal security services should be given proper up-to-date equipment to help them try to prevent terrorism and the massacre of innocents?
It will probably NOT be based on questions like
1. Are we so petrified, have we so lost our common sense, courage and phlegmatic British values that we should install a massive snooping engine so that bureaucrats have intrusive access to every aspect of everybody’s work, creative, cultural, social sexual and religious life?
2. Should we bequeathe to the future an interlocking set of mechanisms of total state control in order to reduce littering and graffiti?
3. Do we seriously think that wasting more billions of pounds on high-risk technology projects start to resolve the human and social sources of conflict in society?