Looks like I may have opened a can of worms here, by starting dialogue about a subject which perhaps should be regarded as taboo?
I am talking about the recent news of big government involvement in collecting information from communications on the web by private individuals.
I think that this subject is not going to be answered easily and will continue to attract comment for years to come, so to try to close the subject, I’ve posted a copy of a letter printed in last week’s Guardian (UK newspaper), which pretty much sums up what most of the readers here on this blog have been telling me.
“Your reports on the Prism programme…reinforce the the evidence of whistleblowers over the last decade that the National Security Agency (NSA), despite official denials, has been massively extending it’s capacity to intercept all forms of electronic communications and is harvesting private data on a systematic basis.
Extremely concerning from the UK perspective is the role of Menwith Hill, the NSA spy base in North Yorkshire that plays a key role for the US as part of a global electronic surveillance network.
Menwith Hill has undergone a multi-billion dollar investment programme to enhance exactly those same capabilities for the interception of domestic communications and in it’s role coordinating intelligence-led warfare for special operations forces and remote control weaponry like drones.
All this is done effectively beyond any form of parliamentary accountability and is shrouded under the convenient cover of national security.
The NSA is now enormously powerful and is operating as a de facto secret state in ways that (possibly) flout democratic norms and international law, with serious implications for personal and political freedoms” Steve Schofield, Bradford
(excerpt of letter from Guardian newspaper, 8th June 2013)