UK Liberty

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Posted in freedom of assembly by ukliberty on February 12, 2009

Marc Vallée in the Guardian:

… From Monday it will be an offence to elicit or attempt to elicit information about an individual who is or has been a member of the armed forces, intelligence services, or a police officer in Great Britain – it’s been an offence in Northern Ireland since 2000. It will also be an offence to publish such information.

In a nutshell, you could be arrested for taking and publishing a picture of a police officer if the police think it is “likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism”. Your defence if charged by the crown prosecution service would be to prove that you had a “reasonable excuse” to take the picture in the first place. …

And a great comment:

Yet they are free to film us, photograph us, take our DNA where no crime has been committed, stop and search us, fit us up, read our emails, listen to our phone calls, access whatever databases the government has on us, monitor our car journeys and the list goes on.

Marc Vallée’s blog.

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